Walt Jocketty’s feelings at the conclusion of the Winter Meetings were pretty much exactly the same as they were after the meetings in 2011 and ’12: Frustration. “Yeah, a little bit, but we keep trying,” Jocketty told reporters as the meetings ended. “We’ve made deals after the meetings before. I still like our club, but there’s some things we’d like to improve a little bit.” Jocketty, of course, was able to pull off trades for Mat Latos and Shin-Soo Choo in the weeks after the meetings the last couple of years. To get something done like that this year, maybe it’s time the Reds re-examine who they want to move. Maybe it’s time to consider trading Arolidis Chapman. The deal that came close to coming together at the Winter Meetings was a Brandon Phillips-for-Brett Gardner trade with the New York Yankees. I think the Phillips-for-Gardner trade still could happen. Other players may need to be added, and Phillips would have to agree to waive his no-trade. I’m guessing one phone call from Derek Jeter would do the trick. The other name being mentioned in regard to the Yankees and Gardner is Homer Bailey. Jocketty said the Reds are trying to sign Bailey, not trade him. Chapman hasn’t been mentioned. He would probably be enough for Gardner from the Yankees. And if Chapman is made available, more teams would be interested. He’s the kind of trading chip that could help solve the hole in the offense that Choo’s absence will leave. Chapman’s “I’m the closer” statement could not have set well with the front office. Chapman’s greatest value is as a starter, but you can’t make him a starter if he doesn’t want to start. Say what you will about Phillips, but he’s hit wherever the Reds have asked him to in the lineup. And trading Phillips became a little more difficult now that the best free agent second baseman on the market, Omar Infante, has reportedly signed with Kansas City. Chapman is arbitration-eligible for the first time this year, so the Reds control him in 2015 and ’16 as well.
Is dealing Aroldis Chapman answer for the Reds?
Cincinnati Enquirer | Dec 15