Some minor news today. First, this:

The Reds have signed minor league free agent Chris Burke, a former first-round pick of the Astros, to a minor-league deal, Jocketty said.

Burke hit .239/.315/.359 in parts of six major league seasons and will turn 30 in March. His best season was 2006, when he played in 123 games for the Astros and hit .276/.347/.418 with 9 home runs and 40 RBIs. He has played every position but pitcher and catcher in his big league career. He played last season for San Diego, but finished the season in the Braves’ system.

“I think we see him as a potential candidate for the utility role on the major league club and if nothing else, he’ll play at Louisville, he’s from Louisville, it’s his hometown and he’s very excited about the possibility to play for either club,” Jocketty said. “He’s an experienced guy that might be able to help us.”

Also, in the AA phase of the Rule V draft, the Reds drafted Douglas Salinas, a RHP from the Tampa Bay organization and lost LHP Ben Jukich to the Cardinals.

Otherwise, nothing new to report from the winter meetings. Move on, nothing to see here. Jocketty continues to say he “really likes” the club as it stands right now. I can’t imagine why, but I’m willing to hope for the best.