With the Winter Meetings upon us, the speculation for all 30 ball clubs has begun. From the speculation of where Jon Lester will sign to the speculation of whether or not the Boston Red Sox will continue to make moves, fans and general managers alike begin to wonder what the future will look like.
The Cincinnati Reds have some big question marks and speculation beginning as the Winter Meetings begin. There are several areas in which the Reds are lacking some key players. With the recent trade of Chris Heisey to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it seems safe to say the everyday left fielder for the 2015 Cincinnati Reds does not currently have a spot on the 40-man roster. With Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce set in center field and right field, the potentials for left field on the current roster are Skip Schumaker, Donald Lutz and Jason Bourgeois. It seems pretty safe to say that none of the three potential left field candidates as it currently stands will be playing left field everyday at Great American Ballpark.
Redlegs Radio Report had the opportunity to interview Walt Jocketty this past weekend at Redsfest, the winter fanfest for the Cincinnati Reds. Here’s what Jocketty had to say:
Walt told us "If I didn't make some move before opening day, I wouldn't be doing my job."
— RedlegsRadioReport (@RedlegsRadioRep) December 8, 2014
It seems even Walt Jocketty has the mindset of coming into the Winter Meetings to make some sort of deal. With the down year the Reds had as a team altogether in 2014, there seems to be a sense of urgency heading into 2015. While left field is the one big question mark heading into next season, there are several names out there for the Reds to potentially try to land. It has been rumored that Mike Morse has been considered as well as Red Sox’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. While the Cespedes deal would be a bit harder to imagine, there is an outside shot that the Reds are looking to unload one of their talented starting pitchers that most likely will not be controlled past this season. Other names that have been linked to the Reds have been Nori Aoki, Justin Upton and Melky Cabrera.
While left field is not the only need the Reds head into the Winter Meetings with, it is the primary need. The secondary need for the Reds is to sure up the bullpen which struggled mightily last season. The Winter Meetings do not always spell trades or signings for many teams, but conversations will be started. Reds’ fans are used to Jocketty pulling out trades and signings when least expected, so we’ll see what he’s got up his sleeve for this off-season.