Reds links from the week that was:
MLBtraderumors.com examines whether the Reds will bring back Cabrera or Rhodes. They say that Cabrera is unlikely to be resigned at the moment, and that Jocketty continues to be hopeful that Rhodes will be back as a Red in 2011.
ESPN.com talks about just what made Joey Votto oh so valuable. Votto received only one non-first place vote, making him one of the most unanimous winners in recent memory. He joins Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins as the last two Canadians to win the prestigious award.
Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News, in a slightly older post, says that Walt Jocketty has made all the right moves so far this offseason. McCoy says that moves so far with Hernandez, Cabrera, and Rhodes have been smart to maximize the Reds cash this offseason.
The USA Today wrote a good piece about how Votto remembered his dad as he was awarded the MVP trophy. Joey Votto struggled with depression in 2009 after the death of his father. A new outlook on life may be leading to even more success on the field for the slugging first basemen.
Thoughts and Ramblings:
Dontrelle Willis could not have picked a worse team to revitalize his career with. The chances of him breaking into the majors with the Reds will be thin.
Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame…have we talked about that before?
Buster Olney mentioned the Reds as potentially being a team that could come after Derek Jeter. Can’t you already picture the Yankee captain in a Reds uniform!
The New York Mets managerial hiring was surprising, but they really needed a change from Minaya and Manuel.
Dusty Baker, Bryan Price, and Brook Jacoby have a chance to establish great continuity among the Reds coaching staff. The Reds have had a lot of turnover as far as their coaching staff. Since the mid-90′s the Reds have shuffled coaching staffs and front offices, and each has redefined what their specific goal is. They now have a clear goal, a clear focus, and a clear modus operandi to achieve the ultimate goal of winning in Cincinnati.