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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, February 18, 2008

My theory on Blanton

Here's my theory on what the Reds are thinking about with Joe Blanton: They want to get a look at Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez and Matt Maloney before they decide whether to pull the trigger on a trade. Remember, Dusty Baker and Walt Jocketty haven't seen any of these guys throw.

If Baker and Jocketty like what they see, the Reds may decide they don't need Blanton. Or vice versa.

"Baker said the Reds are still looking, but that's the case around baseball.

"Everybody I know is looking for one," he said. "Maybe except Boston. But they might be looking for one with (Curt) Schilling hurt."

But there becomes a time when you go with what you've got.

"There some late (free agents to sign) out there," Baker said. "But you've got to move forward with who you have here. You don't want the guys here thinking: They're looking at somebody else. Are they dissatisfied with me? You've got get rid of that notion."

One early note:

--Left-hander Bill Bray is being held back because of a sore shoulder. He doesn't think it's serious. He over-correct in his rehab. "Now, I have to correct that," he said. "We're working out what I have to do." He is throwing but not off the mound.

Cueto, Bailey and Volquez throw today. I'll report back with what I see. my guess is I could hit any of them.


at 9:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


On the flip side, if the Reds try and make a deal two weeks from now wouldn't Oakland realize that we saw something in camp we didn't like with Bailey/Cueto? It seems like they would only ask for more to get a deal done.


at 9:40 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Cueto, Bailey and Volquez will eventually be ready for the big leagues -- unless a lot of scouts are wrong. It's a matter of whether they're ready now.

at 9:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we move on from Joe Blanton? Everytime I come here, there's a new thread about him. Nevermind the terrible home/away splits and how bad he would be at GABP. Oakland is a pitchers park with huge foul territory.

at 11:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, bray is hurt? shocking...

at 11:51 AM Anonymous redfuture said...

They've never had any reason to rely on Bray anyway. At least this should make it more likely that Aflac (I mean, Affeldt) goes to the pen where he belongs. If it quacks like a duck, it is a duck; if it pitches like a reliever, it is a reliever.

at 12:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John- I know you didn't intend it this way, but your blog entry made it look like Walt Jocketty is GM. No mention of Krivsky. Ha!

at 1:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

based on jocketty/baker's track records in the past they prefer veteran teams. as talented as that group of prospects is i dont think either would hesitate in giving up one of the pitching prospects for an established SP.

at 6:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Cueto, Bailey and Volquez throw today. I'll report back with what I see. my guess is I could hit any of them."

I that a typo? I hope so.

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