Questions and Rumors

Here we go again. The Reds get slapped around by the Red Sox today 9-0 and lose another series. Poor pitching again by Homer Bailey who looks nothing like the promising young prospect we all hoped that he would be.

How come Dick Pole and/or Dusty don’t get into his face and light him up like they did to Matt Belisle earlier this season?

Where is the post-game meltdown by Dusty? I am tired of hearing about how good it was in the Haight-Ashbury scene back in the 60’s and 70’s in California. Its nice to hear that he is laid back, but is Baker too laid back to light a fire underneath the team’s individual and collective ass, especially the younger players? I didn’t think old-school types would appreciate the lack of effort and the constant rolling over that this team seems to do on a rather consistent basis.

Why do I love Brandon Phillips? Because of this:

Nice “Sandlot” reference.

Some rumors after the jump…

Rumors

Dayton Daily News beat writer Hal McCoy reported today in the radio booth that AAA pitching prospects Josh Roenike and Daryl Thompson could see time in the majors sooner rather than later. McCoy implied that Dusty wants to see what he has in the minors since he isn’t happy with Homer’s performance. If this is true, it may be a way of showcasing talent for trade bait later on down the road. Given Jocketty and Dusty’s propensity to favor “veteran presence”, this could be one of the first moves of the new regime.

Marty Brennaman brought up an article written by Joel Sherman of the NY Post who recently wrote that Jocketty and the Reds are rumored to be interested in not re-singing Dunn, moving Griffey, Freel and perhaps Bronson Arroyo.

New Reds GM Walt Jocketty has told counterparts he wants to clean house, notably of free-agent-to-be outfielders Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn, plus Ryan Freel and – in the right deal -starter Bronson Arroyo.

I am not familiar with Sherman’s work or if he is just blowing smoke like the NY Post tends to do.

After Marty read the article, Bob Castellini visited the booth in an effort to give fans some hope.  Marty asked Bob directly about the article and Bob said “This is news to me”. Bob C. quickly changed the subject and tried to stay positive as the Red Sox continued to pile on runs as he was speaking.  Either he does know and doesn’t want to show his hand or he really doesn’t know anything about it and Sherman is wrong.

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