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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Jay Bruce and Aroldis Chapman Stay With Reds

There was plenty of interest in Jay Bruce and Aroldis Chapman but Walt Jocketty didn't think the Reds were offered enough in return.

The 28-year old Bruce and  27-year old Chapman are still with the Reds entering the prime of their careers.

“There was interest in both players, but we weren’t necessarily looking to move them," Walt Jocketty said. "The guys we moved were going to be free agents at the end of the season. We were very happy with what we did. Another benchmark I use is talking to general managers of other clubs, and all of the ones I talked to felt like we got some very good talent.”

Jocketty, perhaps learning from one of the worst trades in Reds' history, kept the two stars that are still on the rise rather than make a mistake like Bill DeWitt did by trading Frank Robinson.  DeWitt was quoted,"Robinson is an old 30."  He traded Robinson in the winter of 1965. Robinson won baseball's triple crown for the Baltimore Orioles and became the only player to win the Most Valuable Player Award in both the National and American League.
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Jocketty did get four pitchers and a power hitting infielder for pitchers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake, who were both on the last year of their contracts.

"There were a couple of deals that could’ve gone either way, but in the end, we weren’t getting the value we were looking for," Jocketty said. "We felt like we did well with the Cueto and Leake trades with what we got in return and meeting the objective of them to possibly playing in the post-season. It worked out well. We were very, very happy with our return.”

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