Saturday, December 21, 2013

Walt Jocketty speaks about Choo fallout, Hamilton, losing Arroyo and more


John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Reds general manager Walt Jocketty in the wake of Saturday's news that Shin-Soo Choo has agreed to sign with the Rangers. And the two apparently discussed several issues at hand including the fallout from not bringing back Choo (which was expected), trade rumors, and the likelihood of resigning Bronson Arroyo.

Here is a quick rundown on the notable revelations:

+ Jocketty called Billy Hamilton "the guy" in both center field and leadoff for next season. Although the Reds are optimistic about Hamilton, plenty of concern still rests with his ability to hit for average on more importantly, get on base. He tallied a mediocre .308 on-base percentage at Triple-A in 2013 as compared to the .423 on-base percentage Choo recorded at the major league level.

+ Jocketty seems to have side-stepped the report that the Reds offered Brandon Phillips to the Yankees in exchange for Brett Gardner. However, he did say the team continues to look at trade possibilities, but also added "it's been pretty quiet."

+ Despite reports suggesting the Reds offered Arroyo a one-year deal, Jocketty refuted that and said the club never made him an offer at all. Jocketty also confessed that Cincinnati is likely to lose Arroyo to another team who is in a better position to give him what he wants.

+ The Reds will receive a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds due to losing Choo to Texas. They will not get one for Arroyo if they don't sign him because they failed to make him a qualifying offer.

All in all, none of what Jocketty had to say today will probably lift the spirits of Reds fans, who are beginning to grow discontent with the way the offseason is going.

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