From the Enquirer’s website:
Brad Kullman, the Reds interim general manager, said today that there are no ongoing trade talks with the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians regarding outfielder Austin Kearns.
“All the rumors are about what happened in the past,” Kullman said.
The Reds reportedly turned down a trade last week than would have sent Kearns to Cleveland and Matt Clement to Cincinnati in a three-way deal. The Indians also reportedly offered Jake Westbrook for Kearns straight up.
Former Reds GM Dan O’Brien said no to both deals.
Kullman said he has been talking trades pretty much non-stop the last two days. He’s contacted nearly every team in baseball. He’s brought in all his top advisers.
But that does not mean something is about to happen.
So, while I don’t think this rules out a Kearns deal, it doesn’t sound like anything is imminent.
And then this comment:
There’s a chance,” he said. “But I don’t want to trade Austin Kearns. I don’t want to trade Adam Dunn. There are a lot of players on our team that I like.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But, the fact is we won 73 games last year and 76 two years ago. Do we want to bring back the same team, minus Sean Casey?”
I don’t even like hearing Dunn’s name mentioned in the same sentence with the word “trade”.