Jocketty: Reds looking for a bat
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has several of his inner-circle of baseball operations people on the road with him in New York. Jocketty is eyeing some additions to the club before the July 31 Trade Deadline.
“I’d like to add a bat,” Jocketty said on Sunday. “We just haven’t found anything that attracts us yet. It may not happen before the 31st.”
A deal of course can still happen after the deadline. Players have to clear waivers though and can be blocked. There haven’t been a ton of activity yet on the Reds front.
“We’ve had a few discussions with clubs but it’s been relatively quiet,” Jocketty said. “It’s a little surprising.”
The Reds offense has been compromised by injuries to Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, who are both likely to be on the disabled list for an extended period.
If the Reds acquire a bat, the preference would be for the player to play multiple positions.
“That would be better because eventually we’re going to get Joey and Brandon back so you don’t want to limit yourself if you can,” Jocketty said.
As for one player out there who doesn’t require a trade, recently released Braves 2B Dan Uggla, Jocketty did not rule it out of hand.
“We haven’t discussed it yet,” he said. “I haven’t talked to our scouts who saw him. We’re going to meet tomorrow and go over some stuff.”
— Mark Sheldon