We’ve been banging the drum to bring Barry Larkin back to Cincinnati for a long time here at Redleg Nation. We won’t rest until Larkin is back in the fold.

Some good news on that front:

Also, someone asked about possibility of Barry Larkin returning to the organization a couple of weeks ago. Jocketty said the Reds have discussed it. “But there’s nothing to report at this time,” Jocketty said.

I believe Larkin parted ways with the Washington Nationals. If that’s the case — I’m checking — I think you’ll see him at spring training at the very least.

Fingers are crossed.

12 Responses

  1. John

    Man. You know it’s a slow winter when the most exciting acquisition is a front office hire.

    Booooorring

  2. rpa

    well, now that griffey’s gone, we have to have someone around who refuses to change positions for the good of the team.

    might as well be larkin.

    besides, he might be our best defensive option at ss next year assuming gonzalez never plays again.

  3. Mr. Redlegs

    Hey RPA, you forgot about Captain Backstabber, too.

  4. mike

    Man. You know it’s a slow winter when the most exciting acquisition is a front office hire.

    while lots of teams have made moves, signed players, made trade, etc, the Reds have done NOTHING!

    even if a lot of moves have been small, even today the Cubs, Astros, SF, Stl and Seattle made moves

    3 days in December and 9 teams have signed players

    There is one things missing in Reds analysis i’ve read. The Reds are WORSE than last year right now. They have subtracted Dunn’s offense and the offense was already average. Some of that can be made up by improvement by Bruce, Votto, and EE but not all. The Reds need offense.

    I’d rather have Larkin playing SS than the current options

  5. BenL

    The Reds record was the same if not a tad better w/o Dunn.

    1) Small number statistics.

    2) If you expect the same performance out of Dickerson you are crazy.

  6. Sultan of Swaff

    30% of the season is not a small sample size, and while I don’t expect the same from Dickerson, the roster minus Bako and Patterson will more than compensate.

  7. GregD

    The Reds record after Dunn left and the gist of the 2009 USA Today article both all point to 1 thing for this team…pitching. If Harang and Arroyo lower their ERA’s back to their previous year’s numbers, Volquez can repeat (or at least not fall off the table), and Cueto can improve, then this team is going to make some noise next year.

    Why was the Reds record better after Dunn went to Arizona? Pitching. The Reds ERA improved from 4.65 with Dunn to 4.28 in their 43 games AD (after Dunn). The biggest impact for those who claim that Dunn’s defense makes the pitching worse…HR allowed by pitching dropped from 1 every 7 innings to 1 every 8 innings. Opponents AVG against and SLG against improved from .277/.457 to .269/.431.

    It’s unfortunate that Dunn (and others) had to play here so many years without any pitching support.

  8. Mike

    Barry is a politician but bring him back and he’ll be in line to be the Reds next manager.

  9. Mr. Redlegs

    Greg, what do the defensive numbers say about that better pitching after Dunn was jettisoned?

    Dickerson played a pretty good left field and with Patterson in center that was a decent go-and-get’ em outfield.

  10. preach

    besides, he might be our best defensive option at ss next year assuming gonzalez never plays again. ouch.

    As long as he doesn’t give another speech, I’m fine with it.

  11. Shane

    As long as he doesn’t give another speech, I’m fine with it.

    Oh but he will, and lots of them.