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Walt Jocketty expected to remain Reds’ general manager in 2015

Aug 23, 2014, 12:04 PM EST

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There’s been some speculation about Tony La Russa potentially getting the band back together with the Diamondbacks, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Walt Jocketty is expected to remain the Reds’ general manager in 2015.

Jocketty previously served as general manager with the Cardinals from 1996-2007 while La Russa was the manager and is currently in the final year of his contract with the Reds. However, Rosenthal hears that “there never has been indication that Jocketty wants to leave Cincinnati, or that owner Bob Castellini wants him out.”

After dropping seven straight and 10 out of 11, the Reds sit at 61-68 on the year. They are currently on pace for their worst season since 2008.

  1. bringbackkosar - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Reds were inactive at the trade deadline despite the whole right side of the infield being on the shelf and thereby waste career seasons from Cueto, Frazier, Mesoraco, maybe Chapman. But by all means keep Hoover on the roster until he loses his 10th game in relief. NL central was still within reach but they gave up. Nice job Walt

    • Paper Lions - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      This is all true….but look at the price of acquisitions at the trade deadline. The Reds can’t afford to trade away young cheap talent (especially with the soon-to-be albatross contract of Votto and the overpaid Phillips and Bailey). There weren’t any 1B or 2B options at the deadline….I guess they could have traded for Headley and moved Frazier to 1B, but that wouldn’t have really made much difference.

      As an organization, depth has been a problem all over the field, any injuries and the team goes south….stay healthy and they have been fine….that has been a theme for about the last 5 years.

      Now, all of that being true (IMO, at least), Jocketty is guilty of the team’s lack of depth. He’s made some good trades (getting Latos), but he doesn’t really have the aggressive approach a GM with a limited payroll needs to have. With the Cardinals, he mostly traded away any prospects they did have (which were few) and tried to extend veterans or sign FAs. That approach can handcuff a budget limited team if the contracts don’t work out well, and they often don’t.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        Exactly, which is part of why the Cards shuffled him off to Buffalo, or Cincy.

        Depending on just how bad Votto’s knee turns out to be in the longer term, his contract is almost certainly will be in the 10 worst, and could challenge, at least, for a top-5 spot. It’s the length as well as the money, as with Miggy’s yet-to-be, Pujols, A-Rod, etc.

      • 78mu - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        There’s a reason the Card’s minor league system improved after Walt left.

        But I will say he traded away prospects that weren’t that good for solid vets (Jose Leon for Will Clark) and he’s been able to do the same for the Reds (Latos trade) but the minor league pipeline resembles what he left the Cards with.

        The biggest problem he’s had in Cincinnati is he didn’t draft a guy like Pujols (in the 13th round no less).

      • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:08 AM

        :(

        http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/USOK0537

      • Paper Lions - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Ouch.

        I haven’t turned on the AC in over a month. Highs have been between 75-82 with lows in the 50s almost every night….but that heat you guys have is coming this way…supposed to be high 80s by mid-week.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        Mid 80’s! That’s where we were at like 9 or 10 last night! That’s the thing I do miss about New England — the weather. Even when it got hot during the day, it cooled off at night. Urgh.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Yeah, the only time I have to use the AC is when it doesn’t cool off at night…and that always coincides with high humidity. Over the last few years there have been times that lasted of weeks or even over a month in which I had to run the AC pretty much every day and keep the windows closed because it was over 90 during the day with lows over 70 and 100% humidity….but not this year.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        I will not miss the heat. I basically hibernate from May to September here. It’s actually a health hazard not to run your AC here. And, yet, I remember that few places in MA had ceiling fans…which is super dumb.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        Weird. Ceiling fans are pretty much standard in CT. I have them in every room but the bathroom and my small “office” which most women would use for a walk in closet….the previous owner did.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        That’s creepy, dude. lol How do the puppies take the heat?

      • Paper Lions - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        What’s creepy? The room is a stand alone room, but it is upstairs in a gabled part of the house, so it is only about 6′ by 9′. It was originally probably used as a nursery or young kids room. This is a typical old NE house, not many or large closets.

        The pups don’t care much for the heat, especially Ajax (really shaggy Australian Shepherd)….if it is hot, I take them on hikes with rivers/streams so they can take a dip.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        You said “closet” — not storage room. I pictured you huddled over science stuff in a walk-in. ha ha That was our guest room when we lived in MA…but it got hot — which was probably just as well as it was used exclusively by drunks and in-laws. Frankly, if we hadn’t had the basement, I probably would’ve used the room for storage too. CoCo used to love to go down to the river to swim.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        No, she really used it as a closet. She (the previous owner) put up two rods to hang up clothes, so….I assume the rest of used for shoes and other accessories. I don’t know, she had moved out before I ever looked at the place.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        Hmmm, maybe she hung up her seasonal clothes instead of packing them??

      • Paper Lions - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Maybe. She also converted the garage into office space. I don’t remember what she did, but she worked from home and traveled for business a lot…so it could have been space to hang up a lot of business suits. I never actually met her because she was travelling when we closed and her fiance showed up in her stead.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        Maybe that’s where she put him. Kidding. I had some friends who rented a place here — the previous renter was at ORU. The upstairs was…bizarre. It was painted black with mirrors on the wall and a disco ball. There was a hidden cubbyhole in the wall with a built in bed & dresser (containing children’s clothes). I don’t believe in exorcisms, but, damn that one got me close.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        I don’t know if he would fit in there….he was a big dude. Funny combo, kinda, he was a logger. They moved so he’d be closer on his commute.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        OMG, we split a house with them. She was a counselor and he worked for the railroad. Well, I guess you have to mark loggers off your list then.

  2. stoutfiles - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Cueto should have been traded. It was obvious to everyone but Reds management that this team was going to implode in the 2nd half with a bunch of utility players starting every day.

    Price has no guts. Plays the same people that can’t come close to hitting .250 everyday and only recently demoted some awful bullpen pitchers. There should be no player loyalty; produce or you don’t play.

    The future looks even worse, all our trade bait is about to hit free agency and the farm is barren.

    • Paper Lions - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Who, exactly, do they have in the organization that is better than what they’ve been trotting out there? This ins’t a deep organization.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        And, since Jocketty has been there better than half a decade, how much of this is his fault?

      • Paper Lions - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        I’d say it is 100% his fault (or the fault of his regime, which, I guess, is the same thing here).

      • stoutfiles - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Why not call them up and find out what they’ve got? Or at least get them ready for major league ball. If you’ve got a guy in the majors that you know that being awful is the best they can do, why waste a roster spot with them? If anything it might motivate guys with talent to start working harder. When you know you’re job is secure you sometimes get a little lazy. There needs to be more pressure to succeed, and that starts with Price. We had this problem with Dusty and we’re having it again.

  3. baberuthslegs - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Didn’t we hear that Dusty Baker would be back? Then he got fired.

  4. cincinata - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    There is no reason to expect Walt to be let go. All of you nay say-ers have forgotten how bad this team was before Walt got here. I say that the Reds are in better shape now then before Walt, and they will have a future in the playoffs if he stays. Nothing is done overnight. His teams are usually in contention, and before him they were not.

    • Paper Lions - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Feel free to list all of the things that he is responsible for….he didn’t acquire Phillips, or Votto, or Cueto, or Bailey, or Bruce, or Frazier……or just about any of the guys responsible for their strong run. Those were all guys already in the system. He picked up Latos, which was nice, what else?

      His run has really been like Amaro lite: mostly due to work done by the previous regime, long-term contracts that will hinder future roster construction, not nearly enough organizational depth or a steady flow of young players up through the minors. If Jocketty had a bigger budget, he’d probably just more closely resemble Amaro in decision making.

      • sports1976 - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        Unlike Philly, the Reds still have a window with this group to be solid for a few more years. All of the everyday spots (except LF) are signed thru 2017. In this group, only Phillips is at an age where you would expect declining production over the next three years. Fans act like that Votto has become another Don Mattingly (a guy who had a severe decline due to an injury). They use last year as an example which is absurd considering his .926 ops. Because of the vagueness of this year’s injury, it is hard to evaluate Joey’s 2014 numbers. He will be 31 next year and there is no hard evidence that he is done at this point.

        The Reds have several top pitching prospects (Cingrani, Iglesias, Stephenson, Lively, Lorensen, Travieso and others) as options to address potential moves that are coming to the staff. With Bailey only hurler signed beyond next year on current staff , Walt has some flexibility to keep a few vets while adding in the talented prospects.

  5. cincinata - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    That being said, they do have to build up the farm system a little. But it has started. How has Billy Hamilton worked out?

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      He’s going to be ROY because it’s a weak NL class. Somebody needs to work with him on improving his base running, including his base stealing. Right now, he’s still trying to do it on raw speed alone, and getting thrown out too much. He’s improved in the last week to be just above 70 percent success rate, but was in the mid-60s.

      And, that’s one prospect.

      Again, Cards in the last two years alone have Miller (technically a call-up 3 years ago), Wacha, Martinez, Wong, and the book still being written on Taveras.

      • Paper Lions - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        And Adams and Carpenter

  6. sports1976 - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    The “Cardinals win/always pack the park” narrative certainly wasn’t in play when Walt took over after 94. St. Louis just completed 7th straight year out of playoffs and ranked 7th in attendance in league. It would be hard for any GM to match his top 5 moves in STL (1. hired LaRussa 2. signed Carpenter 3. acquired Wainwright 4. drafted Pujols 5. drafted Molina). To a large extent, Moz is riding the Walt gravy train that was built up. Fans point to Walt’s drafts, which to some degree is fair. Still, they weren’t that bad. He only had two top 10 picks. Looper was turned for Renteria while Drew brought back Wainwright. The only guys picked in the top 5 rounds that emerged for other teams prior to doing anything with STL were Chris Perez and Haren.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Not entirely true. The issue of how big of a contract to give Pujols when he hit free agency, with the team already looking a few years ahead, was part of why the Cards parted company with him. A Mozeliak in Cincy wouldn’t have done the Votto contract as it is.

  7. okwhitefalcon - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Jocketty made some absolutely brilliant personnel moves/acquisitions in STL, the Pujols extension early on maybe the crown jewel.

    He and TLR changed the entire culture of a franchise gone numb.

    A different story in Cincy these days, not sure if a culture change isn’t in order there at this point.

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