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The Reds have moved three players off their 40-man roster this week.

Utility player Jolbert Cabrera and pitchers Adam Pettyjohn and Jon Adkins were sent outright to Triple-A Louisville. Cabrera refused the assignment and became a free agent.

Yeah, all minor moves, but GM Walt Jocketty hasn’t missed a step so far. He’s getting rid of dead wood and increasing roster flexibility. So far, so good.

15 Responses

  1. Mr. Redlegs

    I dunno, Chad. These are typical, end-of-season moves every team makes. Uncle Walt sitting on his ass for 5 1/2 months of a six-month season and not doing one thing to shore up the outfield depth when injuries ensued, allowing Terry Reynolds to draft Alonso over Beckham, and permitting the season to get away in May and June without a single roster move of significance is a fairly large missed step.

  2. Mark in CC

    I agree minor but correct moves.

    I kind of hope Pettyjohn and Adkins come to Spring Training non-roster. I think Pettyjohn could be a Jamie Moyer type lefthander which could work great between Johnny C and Edinson. That last game start shouldn’t be held against him. He has WON the last 2 minor league seasons. In the words of the old lefthander, “Winning pitchers find a way to win.”

    Livingston is another who might fit here.

    Adkins got the job done at AAA too and could be a quality 12th man. Worth an invitation.

  3. preach

    I can’t leave the link for some reason, but did anyone see what the Cubs did on their way out of Dodger stadium after the sweep? As if you didn’t have enough reason to dislike them.

    Hey, it was the only time during the series that the Cubs hit anything.

  4. Sultan of Swaff

    I’ve been chatting with a coworker who is a big Cardinals fan. If you compare position by position, we still have a lot of work to do just to be as good as them (even though our starting pitching should be better than theirs). Right now on paper we’re the 5th best offensive team in the division, so it’s imperative we improve. Dumping these three AAAA players is a start.

  5. Evarmstrong

    Exactly what did you want the GM to do to shore up the outfield? Who do you move? What is wrong with our number 1 pick, put him at first and move Votto to RF, what is the problem?

  6. David

    I am hearing a lot lately about moving Harang to Seattle after the playoffs. I’m not sure for who yet, possibly Beltre or Ichiro? Bill Bavasi may be pushing Jocketty to bring in either. I will keep you posted.

  7. Phill

    preach what happened? They trash the place?

  8. GregD

    What’s your source of the Harang rumors?

  9. GregD

    allowing Terry Reynolds to draft Alonso over Beckham

    A little early to be saying one pick was superior to another.

    permitting the season to get away in May and June without a single roster move of significance is a fairly large missed step

    Whoa…now you think he could have done something to make this a winning season? You’ve claimed multiple times that you knew back in spring training that this team was going nowhere. Now you think Jocketty could have made a significant move in May to improve the fortunes of this club??

    You can’t have it both ways.

    And if every team made these “typical, end-of-season moves” there wouldn’t be a Rule V draft.

  10. Mr. Redlegs

    Greg, you’re right about the draft picks, but what the Reds need in their system are athletes–shortstops, center field types, and of course pitchers. Almost every draft expert had them taking what seemed to be the perfect pick in Beckham, not another left-handed hitter 1b type.

    So let’s surmise Votto and Alonso and Bruce are in the lineup at the same time. Gonna bat them 3-6, all lefties? The Billy Wagners of the world will eat them alive. And now Votto is a RF?


    I’m not saying they would have made the playoffs if Jocketty had gotten off his can, but when Hopper, Freel and Hairston went down and they were stuck with Patterson having to play out of necessity, they did nothing. When their catching was sucking gas they did nothing, despite persistent whispers about Laird. It was at a time of the year when something could have been made from the season. Maybe .500 or a pinch better. Instead, they did nothing. I don’t believe Krivsky would have sat still even through the end of April.

    Well, if you don’t think every team makes these kind of moves at this time of year look at the transactions as 40-man rosters are cleared of these types of players. And the Rule V Draft has some impact but it’s not the primary reason these AAAA players, retreads and has-beens are removed. These people have been non-tendered at this time of year forever.

  11. Mike Martz

    The Cubs returned to Chicago on Sunday, still stinging after being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series. Before leaving Dodger Stadium, one or more members of the Cubs took a bat to the plumbing near the visiting dugout, creating a flood.

  12. preach

    preach what happened? They trash the place?

    appartently broke a water pipe and some other juvenile, thuggish behavior. It’s totally inexcuseable, and no one has had the decency to man up and confess.

    Here is some info from the chicago sun times:

    You never want to add insult to injury. But sometimes it happens.

    Especially when you’re defeated, angry, confused, impotent and — above all — embarrassed.

    » Click to enlarge image

    Rick Telander, Sun-Times sports columnist
    (Chris Sweda/Sun-Times)

    Williams not sitting still
    The Cubs on Saturday night in Los Angeles were all those things. They had just been swept out of the playoffs in three ugly games at the hands of the Dodgers, a team that finished 13½ games below them in the regular-season standings.

    Then came the insult.

    Moments after the final out (Alfonso Soriano fanning on three pitches), one of the Cubs — maybe two, maybe all 25 — took something large and hard, like a shoe or bat or sledgehammer, and busted a fair-sized water pipe at the back of the visitors’ dugout.

    Water gushed out, and very quickly the floor of the area leading into the locker room was flooded.

    Now we live in an era when video footage of a simple bat-to-a-water-cooler or ritualistic-scattering-of-Gatorade-cups-after-getting-yanked can become endless fodder for ESPN ”SportsCenter,” YouTube, blogs, radio talk shows and everything in between.

    But this pipe carnage was not caught on video or cell phone, nor was it spotted by any electronic broadcast member, and the game ended very late (after midnight in Chicago), and the National League Division Series celebration started afield, and the L.A. writers naturally swarmed the winners and not the losers, and we Chicago writers were detoured around the expanding cement-bottomed lake through another entrance to the locker room and accepted the explanation that there had been a post-game plumbing issue.

    Then everybody went home. And the Dodgers traveled to Philadelphia for the NL Championship Series.

    So the incident was forgotten.

    Never really documented.

    But it happened. And that is not a good thing, no matter how frustrated you are or how furious you are at your own mistakes or bad luck or inability to change the dark pendulum of history.

    Speaking of punks
    It’s kind of Johnny Rotten in its punkish-ness, sort of Motley Crue in its Nikki Sixx-junkie days of trashed hotels and ruined rental cars.

    The water flowage was cited by Cubs staffers as the reason manager Lou Piniella did not go to the interview room across the field for the anticipated postgame debriefing. I don’t know if you want to believe that. But let’s say it’s true. If it is, the busted pipe thus was a factor in the information that Cubs fans received after the sweep.

    I personally was led to believe there had been an amazingly timed malfunction of the old stadium’s water and drainage system. Maybe from the Dodgers’ champagne corks, I thought. Maybe from Cubs fans hurling.

    Perhaps it was karma: Even Chavez Ravine is rejecting the Cubs.

    Naturally, no player hinted that any of them had done — let’s face it — criminal damage to a private building.

    But apparently general manager Jim Hendry did tell a Dodgers official before the team bus left, ”Find out how much it cost, and we’ll pay for it.”

    Maybe there is nothing all that bad about this incident. After all, no one was hurt, a pipe’s a pipe, water evaporates.

    But there is the smell of cover-up to the thing, and the vandalism is, at the very least, part of perhaps the most bizarre and inexplicable fall from grace in the Cubs’ curse-riddled history. Above all, somebody on the team should stand up and say, ”I was the guy.” Maybe two or more of them should stand up and say they did it. If they did it. Explain their anger, apologize and we’ll forgive.

    I called the Cubs, and director of media relations Peter Chase said: ”I honestly can’t tell you. I don’t know who did it.”

    Piniella and Hendry better know. If they think they have control of this team, they better know.

    I called the Dodgers, and no one there (almost everyone’s in Philly, remember) wanted to go on the record. But I will use these unattributed, yet real quotes: ”One of the main water pipes that connects to the locker room was broken after the conclusion of the game. It is metal. There was obvious damage. It didn’t just happen on its own. The problem was addressed immediately.”

    Has repair work been paid for by the Cubs?

    The representative did not know. The Dodgers, after all, have bigger things on their minds.

    Hockey hooliganism
    Remember when the U.S. men’s hockey team trashed three dorm rooms after losing to the Czech Republic at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano?

    Nobody took blame for that, though captain Chris Chelios eventually wrote a check for $3,000 and presented it to Japanese officials to cover the damage. Still, the faint odor of irresponsibility and peevishness lingers around that team, around that sport.

    The Cubs don’t need that. Baseball doesn’t. The on-field postseason failure is enough for the Cubs by itself.

    If someone would step forward and fess up to the off-field thing, that would be nice.

    Even if it’s Lou Piniella himself.

    It’s pitiful. These guys are millionaires doing something that would ge them fired from any real job. And of course the job to clean up the mess will be left to “Joe Sixpack”. I’ve always disliked the Cubs, but someone needs to be called to task over this. It’s sickening. It’s premeditated damage. This isn’t getting angry and punching something or knocking over a water cooler. And trust and believe the Sun Times version was a lot less tame regarding it than other sources.

  13. mhopp

    I have to agree with Mr. Redlegs on this one. I am not impressed at all with Jocketty, although everyone does things differently and maybe he didn’t want to “rock the boat” and just sit back and look at everything first season. If he is looking at the “long haul” this does make this logic. Remember that Walt Jocketty had a GREAT management team under him…in St. Louis and obviously he does not have that now so that makes him less effective right now with the contracts of Dumpy and crew. If next year is near as bad as this year then heads should definitely roll!