At least, according to this story:

There was only one place Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky could be this weekend.

Krivsky, who has yet to take any road trips during his first season with the club, often scouts the organization’s farm system instead.

Not this time. He was back at his office and hunkered down at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The Major League non-waiver trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET on Monday.

“I don’t know how busy I’m going to be,” Krivsky said. “I’m here if somebody wants to do anything. I’m just trying to make the team better. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t here and near a phone the next few days.” …

A report out of Baltimore said Cincinnati was looking at Orioles first baseman Jeff Conine. Making $1.75 million this season, Conine was closing in on 450 plate appearances and that would automatically trigger a $2 million option for 2007. As a 40-year-old, that could be a drawback.

Another published report said the Reds might have interest in Phillies starters Cory Lidle or Jon Lieber. Lidle, a former Red, is a free agent after the season. Lieber is signed through 2007 and will make $7.5 million next season. Krivsky’s former club, the Twins, have been looking all summer to deal deposed starter Kyle Lohse as well.

We’re really just in wait-and-see mode right now. I must say, however, the names mentioned above don’t excite me.

10 Responses

  1. Mark T

    I fail to see where Conine would help the club – can we do better right now than the Hatteburg Aurilia platoon? What am I missing?

  2. Brandon

    the names mentioned above aren’t names that sound too thrilling i agree, but for what the reds are looking for (a number 5 starter/another player to help out just a little on the offensive side) these names fit pretty well i think, i’d go with lidle, if i were krivsky, yes i know he was already here before and wasn’t unbelievable but if he could come in and get the job done he’s somebody the reds could re-sign and keep around, conine and lieber at their age i don’t think give the reds that option

  3. Brandon

    i agree mark T…i’m not sure why conine’s name is really being brought up..if the reds got him without giving up more than a mid level minor leaguer i wouldn’t mind it, i wanna see the reds try to trade larue for some the guy’s defense but david ross has moved miles ahead of him now with a MUCH cheaper contract

  4. Dan Dumoulin

    Open roster in Milwaukee… Brewers just got another closer-type from Texas… could the Reds be getting Kolb or Turnbow?

  5. GodlyCynic

    The Reds can’t have Lidle if the rumors are true that Lidle is being dangled as extra incentive for the Yankees to take Abreu off of the Phillies’ hands.

  6. Brandon

    yea i just saw that on espn too
    i guess there goes my theory on him

  7. Brian

    ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees and Phillies have reached a tentative deal involving Abreu and Lidle, so the rumors appear to be true on that one.

  8. Dan Dumoulin

    If you can have Conin for essentially nothing… and he agrees to waive the option for next year…wouldn’t you rather bring him off the bench than Brandon Watson? Minor moves can have big impacts come September.

  9. GodlyCynic

    The Cards just acquired Ronnie Belliard, which is a solid pick-up for them. Of course, it doesn’t improve their pitching at all, so they are only a tiny margin better than they were before this trade.

  10. philip

    Cards pick up Belly-yarn. Whoa watch out for them to almost beat the Cubs next time they play. I live in Cardinal country, I know it sucks, but their fans will not be happy if that’s all they do! Raphy Belly-yarn, and his stupid stocking under his hat!!! LOL