John Fay reports that the Reds have made two minor moves today at the winter meetings.

Buck Coats, who had been designated for assignment when Cordero was added to the roster, was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays for a PTBNL or cash. Got to like being able to find a taker for a player who you would have probably released otherwise.

The other move, I’m not so thrilled with. Jorge Cantu was released. Fay proposes that the move was made with the intent to clear a roster spot to be able to make a selection in tomorrow’s Rule V draft. The Reds obtained Cantu last season from Tampa Bay for RHP Calvin Medlock and LHP Brian Shackelford. I really liked the idea of having Cantu on the roster. If a deal was made for a pitcher involving an infielder, say someone like Edwin Encarnacion, Cantu would have been a nice guy to have around to step in and compete for the position next spring, or at worst be a backup infielder with some pop from the right side. Scanning down the roster quickly, I can find a lot of other guys (Smit, Hanigan, Castro, Gil, Janish, Dickerson…) who I’d have cut loose off the 40 man roster before Cantu. A surprising move, we can only hope that the Reds select as well in tomorrow’s Rule V as they did in last years.