Big News Day In Cincinnati; More Rumors

StephenCorrespondent IMay 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Jake Peavy #44 of the San Diego Padres throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Padres 1-0.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Reds lost 12-5 to the Phillies. That’s all I’m going to say about that. 

Answered Prayers

Johnny Gomes was called up today replacing Darnell McDonald who was designated for assignment, thank you God.

The Reds also optioned Ramon Ramirez back to AAA for right handed reliever Carlos Fisher. 

Edinson Volquez was placed on the 15-day DL and Homer Bailey was recalled to take his place. Certainly Edinson Volquez on the DL is nothing I’ve ever prayed for, but I’m excited to see if Homer is ready for the big leagues. He looked fantastic in spring training and, after a bad start in AAA, has pitched quite well in his past six starts. 

It’s nice when one of the cornerstones of your rotation goes down that you can replace him with a prospect as heralded as Homer Bailey.  

Joey Votto was diagnosed with an inner-ear infection. Hopefully, after a quick stint on antibiotics, the “Clutch Canadian” will return healthier than ever and the Reds will really begin to make hay of the National League Central Division. Maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself. 

The Rumor Mill 

As I mentioned yesterday, Chris Welsh believes Walt Jocketty might have a trade up his sleeve for a big bat in left field. I also mentioned that no names have yet been mentioned on either end.

Allow me to mention a name for Walt Jocketty and tell me what you think.

Alex Rios. 

The Toronto Blue Jays were rumored to have been shopping the two-time All Star during the off season and spring training. Walt Jocketty and the Reds were rumored to be interested. Of course, nothing ever came of it.

Taking a look at Rios’ career numbers, they won’t blow you away but I happen to believe he would fit in quite well in Cincinnati. He has a batting line of .287/.357/.453/.791.

Rios has good speed too. Last season he ranked in the top ten in triples with eight and had 32 stolen bases. He also tied Justin Morneau for fifth in the Major Leagues in doubles.

His power numbers are good, not great. That is one area where the Blue Jays are looking for improvement in Rios. In 2007, he hit 24 home runs, so the ability is there. In a smaller park, such as, say, Great American Ballpark, Rios’ power could flourish.

Getting Down to the “Neety Greety”

Before I move on, that previous line should have been read as Nacho Libre would have read it. If that doesn’t make sense to you, just don’t worry about it.

The Blue Jays resigned Rios in 2008 to a big seven-year deal worth nearly $70 million. Perhaps my math is really terrible, or I just completely missed something, but in my research I added up what his contract would look like if the Reds did acquire him. I came to a total of $72.2 million between years 2010-2015.

Please correct me if I have misunderstood or miscalculated something here.

If the $72 million is correct, would the Reds be willing to make that happen for 28-year-old Alex Rios?

The entire argument may very well be pointless for a number of reasons, but the biggest might be Rios’ full no-trade clause until 2011, when it becomes a limited no-trade clause, allowing him to block deals with six clubs. I wonder who those six teams are?

Again, I have never claimed to be an expert on anything, especially the clauses and rules of baseball contracts. But with this no-trade clause having been in effect since he signed his latest contract in 2008, why and how were the Jays shopping Rios? Seriously, feel free to correct me where I’m wrong.

All in all, Jocketty may not be interested in Rios even if they could trade for him. After musing with a fellow Reds fan about trades and rumors, Rios’ name came up and I thought it was interesting. 

It’s very possible that you have a better suggestion for Walt Jocketty. I know Walt is a big fan of this blog and always loves my input and advice, so maybe this is the best place to voice your opinion.

Jake Peavy

Before I sign off today, I just want to comment on Peavy’s veto of the trade with the White Sox.

Apparently, Jake Peavy was holding out to see what the Cubs might offer. Two questions for you, Jake Peavy, and the Padres.

  1. What is Jake Peavy’s obsession with the Chicago Cubs and wanting to play there?
  2. Who in God’s green earth do the Cubs have to trade for Jake Peavy?

The Cubs farm system is a complete wretch and I don’t think anyone is interested in Derek Lee, especially not the Padres. They may have a few “throw-in” players to give, but tell me who they have as a cornerstone trade piece.

Going back to earlier, I’d like to hear who is on your radar for left field in Cincinnati. What should Walt Jocketty do?