Reds not selling

There will be a more detailed story coming … but Reds GM Walt Jocketty is not changing his Trade Deadline strategy in light of the rough week his club has had (swept four straight by the Mets to go 50-55).

“We are not selling,” Jocketty said Friday afternoon.

One of the players prominent in rumors of a sell has been catcher Ramon Hernandez, especially with top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco on the cusp at Triple-A Louisville. However, Jocketty said he has not listened to offers for Hernandez.

“I haven’t no, and I don’t know if I would,” Jocketty said. “I still think he’s a guy that can help us with this year. I think his value is greater to us now than if we were to move him. You’re not going to get the value in return for him that he gives our club. That’s why we would hold on to him.”
 — Mark Sheldon


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I am so glad to hear that! I was discouraged by what former Reds Barry Larkin and Aaron Boone were saying on “Baseball Tonight” They seem to think we should sell or stand pat, but I think 6 1/2 out is not insurmountable considering their are 56 games left to play. Anything can happen in the Central. I really don’t think that St. Louis has really done anything all that impressive in the trade market. We need a spark plug at the top that can cause a distraction on the basepaths and mess with the heads of opposing pitchers. We have guys that have proven they can hit, but they just need someone who can set the table and they need to work on their hitting in the clutch. I think Scott Rolen’s absence in the lineup hurts them from a leadership position and his ability to get on base..

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