Coming from Mr. Jocketty via Mark Sheldon, the Reds are currently working to try to give our remaining arbitration eligible players “the Votto” and sign them to deals before the Tuesday deadline.
Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, and Bill Bray are all in talks with the Reds and it is hopeful that they could be signed to multi-year deals. This would work to finish filling out the rest of the spring training roster and take care of some very good young players that should stay part of the Reds for some time.
I like the hint that these players could get multi-year deals. Volquez and Cueto will most definitely be big parts of the bedrock of the rotation going forward and (though I may be in the dwindling minority) still feel like Bray could be a great piece for the bullpen after showing good signs last season bouncing back from injuries.
With this flurry of activity nearing the arbitration deadline, I am starting to get more optimistic about the position of the Reds within the division and the NL as a whole. The whole standing pat deal was rubbing me the wrong way around the time of the winter meetings but as its worn on, I am starting to feel it. Such is the fickle nature of fandom I suppose, but I think that this is as efficient a path as could be taken through the offseason.
Having these potential deals coming through to take care of arbitration players, we should very soon be able to start seeing what our 2011 Reds will look like and begin to preview them and the seemingly more competitive NL Central. It’s going to be an exciting time soon here and I cannot wait.