I know there are certain segments within the Reds fanbase that would like to maybe add this player or that player. Just so we all know, the following has occurred within the realm of free agents over the past day or so…
All of this news is from Hardball Talk:
The Atlanta Braves have declined to pick up the options on pitcher Kyle Farnsworth and outfielder Rick Ankiel. Both players received a six figure buyout. Both came to Atlanta in a deal with the Kansas City Royals. Most will remember Ankiel for his towering shot in the NLDS against the now World Series champion San Francisco Giants. He is a lefty. Something to at least think about.
If you though maybe the Reds could go after Oakland A’s outfielder Coco Crisp, think again. Crisp tweeted that he will be back in Oakland next season. Crisp was a slight possibility for the Reds as a left fielder (my opinion). Lefty bat with a decent glove and above average speed. Oh, he can hit leadoff.
A curious move may be the San Diego Padres pitcher Jon Garland declining his mutual option and he will hit the free agent market. Garland was a vital cog in the Padres excellent 2010 season. He was only 14-12 with a 3.47 ERA. Garland will get $300,000 for declining. Cincy doesn’t really need a starter, but other teams within the division do.
Speaking of the Padres, looks like Adrian Gonzalez will be there for at least part of next season. The club exercised their option to pay Gonzalez $5.5 million. I mention this because with Joey Votto eligible for arbitration, makes you wonder what he could possibly command.
I also thought that the Reds could have possibly made a go at the Atlanta Braves Omar Infante. It was a faint hope. No go. The Braves picked up his $2.5 million option.
This really could be worth mentioning. The Milwaukee Brewers declined their option on catcher Gregg Zaun. With the status of Ramon Hernanadez still a bit up in the air, Zaun could be a spring training invitee if he gets no other bites. Zaun missed most of last year after shoulder surgery and he’s 40. Still, it’s a possible backup to at least consider.
The Detroit Tigers will decline the $7.5 million option on Jhonny Peralta, but they want to bring him back at a lower rate. Sound a bit familiar? Cabrera, Hernandez. Peralta can play multiple infield position, but was primarily a shortstop when he came up with the Cleveland Indians. In 16 games at Great American, Peralta hit only .259 with 3 homers. Still, just a thought, but maybe too pricey.
What other free agents are making you think a bit? I have another, but let’s see if anyone else mentions him…