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The Reds have talked to free agent outfielders Jason Kubel and Cody Ross

Dec 17, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

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There are all sorts of ramifications to today’s Mat Latos deal, but one of the more under-the-radar aspects is that the Reds now have some extra cash to use in the free agent market. While they remain interested in re-signing closer Francisco Cordero, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that they have also spoken with free agent outfielders Jason Kubel and Cody Ross.

Kubel, 29, has a .271/.335/.459 batting line over parts of seven seasons in the majors. He was limited to just 99 games this season due a sprained left foot. The Twins are interested in bringing him back, even after signing Josh Willingham this week, though Jon Paul Morosi of reported today that it’s unlikely to happen unless his asking price comes down.

Ross is seeking a three-year deal this winter, but that’s a pretty unrealistic scenario following a season in which he batted just .240/.325/.405 with a .730 OPS. Still, he’s a right-handed bat and offers more flexibility defensively than Kubel. For what it’s worth, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty called Ross “an interesting name” earlier this month.

  1. hittfamily - Dec 17, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Stubbs, Bruce, Heisey. What am I missing? Who is the odd man out if they make this deal. All of them are too good to be a 4th outfielder. Unless their plan is to trade Stubbs or Heisey for pitching. If they can strengthen their rotation by trading one of them, it makes sense. But by themselves, neither of those 2 bring enough for a team to trade anything better than a back of the rotation pitcher. Hindsight will be 20/20 for the Reds, but if this was the plan, Stubbs or Heisey and Grandal for Jair Jurjjens, while keeping Volquez and Alonso for other trade bait seems like a better option.

    • brucewaynewins - Dec 17, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      Platoon in left with Heisey. Its the only plan they’ve ever mentioned from day 1.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    They seem to only see Heisy as a platoon guy.

  3. metalhead65 - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    they talk about lack of money but want to waste what they have on everybody else’s rejects. walt there is a reason the giants do not want ross back and that is he sucks! why pay somebody like that when you have a young talent like Heisey,who dusty refuses to give a real shot at being a starter. how can you waste a year and a half on watching gomes suck and not give heisey more than a couple of starts a week to prove himself?reds fans want to win but we also would like to see the young talent we have play. there is no reason cozart should not be the starting shortstop with janish or frazier backing him up. third base should be a rolen/fransisco platoon with fransisco getting most of the playing time since rolen is always injured. go with the young guys you have and have shown they can do the job if given the time instead of the reject plan you are using.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Dec 19, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    For some reason picturing Cody Ross in a Reds uniform just seems right. I don’t know why but it does.

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