The Hot Stove League hasn’t yet burst forth into flame, but there are a few things going on in the Nation:

–The Reds have been interested in obtaining Texas catcher Gerald Laird for a long time. Now, it appears that they are competing with the Tigers, among others, in trade talks with the Rangers for Laird. What does Texas want in return? Pitching, of course:

The Reds’ most appealing young pitcher is reliever Joshua Roenicke, a hard-throwing right-hander who was 6-2 with a 2.82 ERA, 13 saves and 71 strikeouts in 61 innings between Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville this past season. He appeared in five games for the Reds in September, and he is high on the Rangers’ list.

Other Reds pitchers of interest are right-handed starters Daryl Thompson and Homer Bailey, and relievers Carlos Fisher, Pedro Viola and Robert Manuel. Viola is a left-hander who was converted to a starter at the end of this past season, and, in seven starts, was 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in Double-A. In 33 innings, he gave up 27 hits, nine walks and struck out 30.

Laird is expected to make around $3 million next year, and then could declare for free agency after the 2010 season.

–In the Enquirer, John Erardi has a nice little profile of Joey Votto. Some interesting quotes from Votto, who just seems like a great guy.

Even better, Erardi mentions that he ran into the True Creature, Ron Robinson, and Kal Daniels, as well.

–The Reds are not raising ticket prices in 2008. I’m a little surprised, because I thought they’d raise prices to keep up with the demand from fans excited to see if the Reds can really achieve a ninth straight losing season.

This guy has a very interesting, stats-based look at the Reds 2008 season. It’s worth a quick read.

–Finally, this guy wants to see Adam Dunn sign with the Athletics. There have been recent reports that the Mariners, Yankees, and Braves, among others, are interested in Dunn’s services.

2 Responses

  1. Nathan in Muncie

    I say get something done but I/m afraid I’ve fallen in love with all the young talent and even giving up Roenicke does not sound appealing. I say go for someone that is not as close; a viola or fisher type. But that’s just me

  2. Dan

    Re: catching, there’s a very good discussion going on over on Doug’s redsminorleagues.com site:

    http://redsminorleagues.com/2008/12/05/what-should-the-reds-do-at-catcher/

    I think most (including me) seem to think that Hanigan should be fine as the primary catcher.

    I also think most over there think that Laird is ordinary enough (age 29, career numbers .255/.306/.383) that there is no point in giving up anyone of any value (such as Roenicke) for him.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/l/lairdge01.shtml

    Gregg Zaun was getting some love as a good backup candidate. He’s almost 38, but he’s a switch hitter and has put up some nice OBP’s (career .251/.344/.386), and he’s a free agent. At his age, a 1-year deal might do it. And obviously, you wouldn’t need to trade anyone away to get him!

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/z/zaungr01.shtml