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GM says Reds’ payroll will rise in 2012, but don’t expect big free agent signings

Sep 22, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

Walt Jocketty AP

General manager Walt Jocketty said earlier this week that the Reds will exercise their $12 million option on Brandon Phillips for next season and today he revealed that the team’s payroll will rise from the current $80 million mark.

“Our preliminary projections are that we’ll bump it up a little,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We’re still working on the end number. But it will be more than it was this year.”

Fay speculates that the “bump” will be to around $85 million, which is why Jocketty replied “probably not” when asked about potentially pursuing big-name free agents. All but 12 teams have a payroll above $85 million this season.

If the Reds pick up their options on Phillips and closer Francisco Cordero that would put them at $68 million in commitments before factoring in arbitration raises and minimum-salaried players, so unless they cut Cordero loose Jocketty will be bargain shopping.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 22, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    They can trade Votto to the Jays any time. The Jays do not plan any expensive free agent signings according to an interview with AA on Sportsnet.ca, but do want to make some trades.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 22, 2011 at 6:29 PM

      Free Joey Votto! Send him home to Toronto!

      • preludetosmack - Sep 23, 2011 at 8:58 AM

        replying to yourself, and agreeing with yourself is pathetic

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