Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Notable Quotables

Here are some notable quotes coming from Reds country recently:

“A lot of interest, more interest than we’ve had in the last few month. All of a sudden the last month or so, people have been really interested. Yes, our sales are up. They are on target.” -Owner Bob Castellini on the rise in season ticket sales over the past few weeks.

"I think Walt [Jocketty] has been in pursuit of that for a while. It's something we know is a big challenge for us. It's certainly is desirable." -Castellini on the prospects of signing Joey Votto to a long-term extension.

"It has got to be one of the best in the division, if not one of the best in the league. We've got [Ryan] Madson as the closer, with [Bill] Bray and [Sean] Marshall as our left-handed setup guys. And with [Logan] Ondrusek and [Nick] Masset and [Jose] Arredondo [and others], we're pretty strong." -GM Walt Jocketty on the Reds newly-upgraded bullpen.

"Both he [Brandon Phillips] and Votto are guys that we want to try and sign long-term because they are a big part of our ballclub. Everyone has to understand that these are expensive deals and there is only so much we can do." -Jocketty on the prospects of locking up two of the team's stars long-term.

Does Baker and the Reds have enough
in their arsenal to make a deep playoff
run in 2012?
"I'm very happy. These are the most moves, combined, in an offseason since I've been here. We're trying to get better and trying to have an even better opportunity to win....I'm trying to hold back my excitement because we have a ways to go before we go to Spring Training. I'm loving the moves we have made. I think we have an excellent chance and an excellent team." -Manager Dusty Baker on the rash of moves made this offseason and the team's chances of making a deep postseason run.

"Walt took care of business this offseason. That was pretty good to see, getting our team going and ready for the year. It's going to be a fun Spring Training." -INF/OF Todd Frazier on the team's busy offseason.

"The team has a lot of talent at every position. I think the additions of Madson, and Ludwick as of late, are two good guys. It just adds to a great ballclub and a potential postseason run." -Newcomer Mat Latos expressing his excitement in joining the club.

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