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Thumbs up or thumbs down for GM Walt Jocketty?


February is upon us. On most any other year, Spring Training games would be just weeks away, but alas, we sit more than a month from the first time the Cincinnati Reds will take to the field competitively. (March 3 against the Cleveland Indians marks the Spring Training opener.)

The rosters are for the most part set. Barring a winning lottery ticket in the pocket of Mr. Castellini, the team is done making any extravagant moves. If General Manager Walt Jocketty is to make a move at this point, it’s likely to be a minor acquisition.

So the question bears asking: what do Reds fans think of the job Walt has done this off-season? Let’s take a look at the moves he has made since the disappointing end to 2014:

-Paid Ryan Ludwick $4.5 million to NOT be on the roster in 2015

-Allowed Jack Hannahan, Ramon Santiago, Logan Ondrusek, Jake Elmore to leave via free agency

-Nearly dealt Jay Bruce, but eventually relented

-Stockpiled journeymen major leaguers to minor league contracts with invites to big league camp: Josh Satin, Ivan De Jesus, Irving Falu, Brennan Boesch, Nate Adcock, Jose Mijares, and Jason Marquis

-Traded Chris Heisey to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for pitching depth in the form of Matt Magill

-Traded Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins in exchange for P Anthony DeSclafani and C Chad Wallach

-Traded Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for P Jonathon Crawford and SS Eugenio Suarez

-Acquired Marlon Byrd from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for 2014 Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Ben Lively

-Nabbed Keyvius Sampson off waivers to continue to bolster rotation depth

-Brought back Neftali Soto

-Extended Devin Mesoraco on a four-year contract, avoiding arbitration

Knowing all this, do your best to look at it objectively, and then vote below. Does GM Walt Jocketty get a thumbs up, or a thumbs down for his work this offseason?