Is coffee for closers?
As Price settles in, Chapman's role unclear
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Chapman prepared himself to be a starter but preferred to remain a closer. Ultimately, the left-hander with triple-digit velocity remained in the bullpen.
The issue could be revisited now that Price is the Reds' manager.
"I don't mean this to be glib, but I've really thought about getting a good suit before I got up here as opposed to trying to figure out what we're going to do necessarily with the club," Price said Tuesday during his introductory news conference.
The Phillips question
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Jocketty would not go so far as to guarantee that Phillips would be with the Reds at Spring Training 2014.
“I’m not saying that,” Jocketty said. “We’ve got some things we’ve got to look at on how we’re going to improve our club. I’m not going to say nobody is untouchable. Obviously, we want to keep as much of this club intact as we can.”
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Will Arizona attempt to woo Choo?
Choo, a 31-year-old right fielder, would be an interesting addition for the D-backs, for a variety of reasons.
First, they would be adding one of baseball's better leadoff hitters. Choo is a career .288 hitter with a .389 on-base percentage, who has topped the 15-home run mark and stolen more than 20 bases in four of the last five years.
To offer or not to offer?
The Giants and 2-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum agreed on 2-year deal last night. Lincecum, 29, was 10-14 4.37 ERA in 2013. What does that mean for Bronson Arroyo, if anything?
*The Reds have until five days after the World Series to make a qualifying offer (1 year, $14m).
*If the Reds don't make an offer, Arroyo is free to sign with another team, without compensation for Reds or from signing team.
*If Arroyo accepts the Reds qualifying offer, they would owe him $14M for 2014.
*If Arroyo is offered and rejects, a teams signing Arroyo would surrender their first round pick, but that forfeited pick does not go to the Reds. Instead, the first round of the draft is condensed. The Reds would get a compensation pick at the end of the first round.
*The first 10 draft selections are protected. A team with a protected pick, signing Arroyo, would surrender their next-highest selections.
Summary: I've gotta think Arroyo believes he can get a better deal that 1 year, $14M on the open market. If I were the Reds, I'd offer, thinking he will reject. Life could be worse if he accepts and they have him for 2014.