The Reds could be open to pursuing another shortstop, but it won’t be Khalil Greene.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty on Thursday shot down a newspaper report out of San Diego this week that he was interested in trading with the Padres for Greene.
“We’re looking at shortstops but not that one. I don’t know where that came from,” Jocketty said as he prepared to return home from the General Managers Meetings, which were held in Southern California.
“I told clubs we’re looking for protection in the event Alex Gonzalez is not able to play,” Jocketty continued. “We’re not looking to take on a large salary. It’d be a zero to three [years] guy. Or, we might not do anything. We’ve got alternatives with Jeff Keppinger, Paul Janish and of course, Gonzalez.”
It’s encouraging, of course, that the Reds are looking for a shortstop. Further, it’s also encouraging that they won’t be pursuing Khalil Greene. Greene is one of the smoothest fielders I’ve ever seen at SS, but his value is limited.
On a related note, does anyone think there is any chance whatsoever that Gonzalez will be worth the five and a half million dollars he’s going to be paid next year?