Reds done with major moves this offseason
By Mark Sheldon /01/02/13 10:36 PM ET
CINCINNATI -- Having checked off all of their offseason needs in rapid fashion in late November and December, the Reds are poised to keep more additions to a minimum in the final weeks of the Hot Stove season.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty re-signed closer Jonathan Broxton and outfielder Ryan Ludwick, traded for center fielder Shin-Soo Choo and signed infielder Jack Hannahan as a free agent. His primary focus this month will be trying to sign his own players that are eligible for arbitration.
"The only thing we could possibly need is another left-handed reliever, but it's not critical," Jocketty said Wednesday from his winter home in Phoenix. "Our right-handed relievers have done well versus left-handed hitters."
Cincinnati currently has one established left-hander in its bullpen in Sean Marshall. Another lefty, Aroldis Chapman, is expected to shift from closer to compete for a rotation spot in Spring Training.
The free-agent market is not flush with southpaws, especially after the Brewers closed deals with two of them in recent days -- Mike Gonzalez and Tom Gorzelanny. The Reds were reportedly interested in Gonzalez, who has agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.25 million plus incentives, according to reports.
Other names that remain on the market are Manny Parra, Rich Hill, J.C. Romero and Pedro Feliciano.
A glance at the numbers show that Jocketty was correct about his right-handed relievers. All of them had better success versus lefties compared to righties last season -- including Jose Arredondo (.277 vs. righties, .165 vs. lefties), Sam LeCure (.232 vs. righties, .208 vs. lefties), J.J. Hoover (.196 vs. righties, .120 vs. lefties), Logan Ondrusek (.285 vs. righties, .190 vs. lefties) and Alfredo Simon (.283 vs. righties, .267 vs. lefties).
Top left-handed pitching prospect Tony Cingrani is not currently being viewed as a bullpen candidate.
"He could do that, but we would prefer him to start at Triple-A," Jocketty said. "We want to have starting pitching depth. He's capable of relieving, but it's not in his best long-term interests. If it becomes in the best interests of the club, maybe it's something we could look at in Spring Training."
Jocketty has never been shy about combing for late-winter bargains as prices come down. Late last month, the team re-signed veteran catcher Corky Miller for depth at Triple-A Louisville. Other catchers still on the market are seeking big league contracts, while the Reds only want to offer Minor League deals.
There is still interest from the Reds in retaining free-agent third baseman Scott Rolen for a supporting role, but Rolen, who turns 38 in April, still hasn't decided whether he will retire.
"We could possibly improve our bench, but I like the makeup of our bench now," Jocketty said. "Other than that, we're pretty well set. We never stop trying to improve the club, but at some point you look to make do with what you've got."