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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Krivsky: Starter a priority

Wayne Krivsky said the Reds are looking for a starting pitcher at the Winter Meetings.

"It's a priority," Krivsky said.

If you come to this blog regularly, you know that about as specific as Krivsky gets when talking about moves.

All 29 other teams have starting pitching somewhere on their Winter Meetings shopping list as well. But it sounded like Krivsky is fairly confident the Reds can make a trade.

"Trade talk is at much high pitch than last year," he said.

Other tidbits from the scribe session with Krivsky:

--Johnny Cueto has been invited to big league camp, although he's a long shot to make the club. To get him ready, he's been shut down at Winter Ball. "He's up to about 200 innings," Krivsky said, "get some rest and come into spring strong."

--The Reds are open to Eddie Guardado and Eric Milton returning, albeit at a drastically reduced price. "Those are two guys will keep in touch with," Krivsky said. The declined offering either arbitration.

--There are no untouchables. "Every organization has players who would be awfully hard to get," Krivsky said. "Someone would have to grossly overpay to acquire them. It’s unrealistic to think that’s going to happen." In other words, Jay Bruce, Homer Bailey or Cueto aren't going anywhere.


at 7:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has there been any rumors has to who the Reds might be pursuing for a trade?

p.s. Yeah I am basbeall junkie in need of a rumor fix.

at 7:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read on espn.com that the Reds asked about Dontrelle Willis but the Marlins wanted Homer Bailey in return. The Reds also talked to the Giants about Tim Lincecum but they wanted Jay Bruce in return.

at 8:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard about both the Willis and Lincecum rumors, but think both are too high of an asking price. Personally I heard Ian Snell may be available and would definitely deal Hamilton for Snell straight up or a combination of either Freel/Hopper and a minor league pitcher on the lines of Matt Maloney.

at 8:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Purely without any factual info, but any chance Joe Blanton is a target? He went to school at UK, works fast, gets lots of ground balls, and maybe could be had for a little less than Dan Haren, but probably still 3 very good prospects. Upside is he's cheap (380K in '07), only 26, and only 3 yrs of MLB service, but he was 2nd in IP in the AL and 3rd in CG. Plus, I think we've had good luck trading for young A's pitchers. He was lights out in his start against the redlegs last yr.

at 9:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance Dusty wants to be reunited with Michael Barrett in Cincinnati? By far, Barrett's best seasons at the plate were under Dusty in Chicago, his poor 2007 may have driven his value down, and lord knows the Reds could use some pop behind the plate.

at 9:11 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Almost anyone is available for the right price. I don't think the Reds will trade Bruce or Bailey, and they shouldn't. I've heard that Blanton may be available, but Billy Bean is looking for a lot in return.

at 11:34 AM Anonymous Dewey Maples said...

There was a blurb in this morning's Chicago Tribune that a rumor was Josh Hamilton to the Cubs for Sean Marshall.

at 11:36 AM Blogger reaganspad said...

Barrett is not a great catcher. I would rather keep Ross hitting 230 than watch Barrett play defense.

Ross will not hit 200 again. He hit a lot of hard outs, and went away from right field where he had a lot of success in 06. He does need to get off to a good start however, as he never pulled it out in 07

at 4:20 PM Anonymous MONEY MIKE said...

John you have stimulated quite the humerous conversation on the forums here about the Reds keeping touch with Milton. If you have not already seen it you should def. check it out because it will make you laugh

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