There is an article by John Erardi in today’s Enquirer about Dave Williams.

John Fay has a bunch of random things in his Reds Insider column today.

Westbrook definitely makes the Reds better, but he doesn’t knock them over. He doesn’t instantly turn them into a contender – even if he returns to his 2004 form.

The biggest reason not to trade Kearns now is he’s probably the best chip the Reds have. If the team wants to land a No. 1 starter, Kearns is likely to be part of the package to do that down the line.

This is kind of what I said, only put in better terms. I don’t think many people believe Kearns value is going to drop lower than it is now, so why trade him when his value is low? Fay talks about a possible package deal with Chicago, who has entertained talk of trading Mark Prior. With someone to take Kearns stop without leaving a large hole in the outfield, I’d love to have Prior.

“Most of the talent we have in the system has come in the last two years,” O’Brien said. “Therefore, it’s at the lower levels … So it’s going to take time.”

I don’t doubt O’Brien’s sincerity. But if you’ve followed the Reds’ farm system closely, you’ve heard that before. Getting that young talent – particularly pitching talent – from the lower minors to the majors has been a longtime problem for the Reds.

I tend to agree with OB and think Fay is wrong on this one. It’s been a LONG time since this organization has realistically been able to say there might be help coming. I still think it’s too soon to say it now, when most of the players that you’re talking about are playing now higher than High A ball.

t’s tough to handicap the GM race. Reds special adviser Jim Beattie would seem to have a built-in advantage. Interim GM Brad Kullman has the advantage of a tryout. John Mozeliak has the St. Louis connection to new Reds CEO Bob Castellini, a former part-owner of the Cardinals. And Twins assistant GM Wayne Krivsky must have been impressive in 2003, because everyone with the Reds but Carl Lindner wanted him for the job.

• Mozeliak, by the way, has a Cincinnati connection. His wife, Julie, grew up here and graduated from Indian Hill High School.

Mozeliak, 37, is a native of Boulder, Colo. He got his start in baseball with the Colorado Rockies in 1993.

He knows Castellini.

“I know him from his association with the Cardinals,” Mozeliak said. “We’ve had some talks about baseball. But I wouldn’t characterize our relationship as close.”

Mozeliak has been close with Walt Jocketty, the Cards’ GM. The two have worked together going back to their days with the Rockies.

The past year or so, Mozeliak has been in the grooming-to-be-a-GM mode.

Sounds like Fay might be predicting Mozeliak over Kullman.

While the selection of a GM is critical, whoever gets the job is going to have less autonomy than O’Brien had. It’s pretty clear Castellini is going to be much more involved in the day-to-day operations than Lindner was.

Castellini sat in on a meeting with Kullman and the top advisers Thursday as they discussed player personnel. Lindner was not involved at that level.

• The involvement of former Reds in the organization is going to go beyond hitting fungos and throwing batting practice at spring training. Johnny Bench, heretofore a ceremonial adviser, was in the meetings Thursday.

I like an owner that wants to know things, but I hope that he lets his baseball people run the baseball organization. And I’m concerned about getting all these former Reds involved. If they were good teachers/coaches, wouldn’t some of them be working for an organization somewhere?

2 Responses

  1. Jim McCullough

    If the Reds are looking to land Prior then they need to sign him longterm before making the deal.

  2. The Mad Hatter

    I can’t even believe the Cubs would consider trading Prior. If we ever had a shot a #1 he’s the guy and his value will never be lower. I rather see Wily Mo involved rather than Kearns but all the same if theirs a chance they have to make a move at him. Much better option than bringing Bronson Arroyo.