Infielder Ryan Theriot might be a good fit for the Reds after the Cardinals declined to tender a 2012 contract offer Monday, making him a free agent.

Theriot, who hit .271 last season, is not great defensively – 17 errors in 91 games at shortstop. But he’s a utility guy who plays shortstop. That’s a stated need of the Reds.

Theriot has played mostly second and short in his career. But he’s played nine games at third and 11 games in the outfield.

Just idle speculation by the Fayman, methinks. Fay does, however, end with this noteworthy paragraph:

The Reds, so far in this offseason, have not added one player outside the organization to the roster.

It’s not like Spring Training starts tomorrow, so there is certainly no reason whatsoever that we should overreact. It’s only mid-December, after all…but this off-season bears a striking resemblance to last year’s thus far. Ol’ Walt’s just sitting on his hands at the moment. We can only hope something big is in the works.

I choose to believe that the Reds will be making at least one big move before the 2012 season. Management knows the team can’t win with the roster as currently constructed. They have to do something to improve the club, right? Right?