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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

Winter meetings update

Seen and heard at the Opryland Hotel:

--Pete Mackanin is not at the Meeting -- yet.

"I'm coming in tomorrow," he said by phone from his home in Florida.

Mackanin says he's in line for a couple of on-the-field jobs. That would be his preference. If that doesn't work out, he'll consider returning to the Reds as a scout.

"Wayne (Krivsky) has left that open to me," Mackanin said.

--I heard that former Reds minor league field coordinator Tim Naehring landed a job in Yankees system. I'm trying to track down the details.

--Tony LaRussa and Bill DeWitt had lunch together at the one of the garden restaurants.

--Jerome Bettis is here for some reason. My guess is he's promoting something.

--Jose Rijo is making the rounds. Josie seems to know everyone in baseball. Rijo said the Nationals -- he's a special adviser to Jim Bowden -- have traded for Elijah Dukes. Dukes is a five-tool outfielder. Jim Bowden can't get enough of them. Dukes has had his share of troubles. Let's see Lastings Milledge, Dukes, Wily Mo Pena and Austin Kearns. That's outfield is getting crowded.


at 2:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, I never did buy the story of a "new direction." Have you ever heard any rumors of the real reason for the purge?

at 3:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great for Tim! Wish him well from all of us.

That was one move from Wayne that just didn't seem right. And proof of his work(Naehring) is about to come in waves.

at 4:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bowden is a complete Idiot.

at 4:36 PM Blogger Frank Robinson's Ghost said...

You know, Anon 4:06 -- You're absolutely right?

Who in the world would want an outfield of Elijah Dukes, Lastings Milledge, and Austin Kearns (or Wily Mo?) Sheer idiocy.

The Nats also happen to have a manager who can lead, nurture, and straighten out young talent. But hey, we can't all have Jerry Narron.

at 4:45 PM Blogger concepcionsf said...

Reds have reportedly made contact with Brett Tomko's agent

--full circle, and a serviceable #4/5 started to keep the seat warm until Cueto/Maloney are ready?

at 5:39 PM Blogger Mark T said...

I listened to Bowden on XM yesterday - the man is a motormouth - the exact opposite of Krivsky. We know everything he does, and why. He said on the Millidge deal that the Mets benefit now with Ryan Church, but that they will in the long run as Lastings develops into a middle of the lineup hitter.

He gave up a bird in the hand for one in the bush. Apparently he's a superior judge of talent and knows the future. Most GM's would kill for that kind of ability!

at 6:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bowden's problem was that his guys were always 2 years away.

Look at Wily Mo and Kearns. Either they're two years away, or have never arrived.

at 7:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Franks Ghost,
Doesn't matter what the( OF) is made of if the pitching doesn't come around.

Bowden is great for making a big splash when he makes a trade(Remember what he said after the Griffey trade?). It comes down to building a complete team and he has not done that as of yet.

at 12:21 AM Blogger Frank Robinson's Ghost said...

Anon 7:14 --

Everything you say is true. We'll see how it goes. Bowden is a carnival barker, he loves the show and he certainly hasn't built a complete team, but the organization has made big strides in the not quite 2 years (?) since MLB sold them.

I have faith in Acta's ability to help the "troubled youths" grow into men -- but you can't know for sure. Yet both of these trades were a relatively cheap way to acquire top notch raw young talent. I think the Nats are really still pointing towards 2009 or 2010.

at 9:53 AM Anonymous Dan said...

Brett Tomko? ? ? Are you kidding me? An ERA of 6 in LA and SD, both pitchers parks. Can you see him in GABP? ? ? Maybe he can take the place of Todd Coffey or Mike Stanton as the Red's official Chief Arson Starter. Of course bringing Milton back along with Tomko, the staff could probably set a record for balls landing in the Ohio River.

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