Tag:Walt Jocketty
Posted on: November 3, 2010 10:41 am

Jocketty wins Executive of Year award

Jocketty Walt Jocketty has won the Sporting News ' Executive of the Year award, the third time the designation has gone to Jocketty.

The ex-Cardinals GM who took Cincinnati over in 2008, won in 2000 and 2004 as well. His work in Cincinnati gave the team its first postseason berth since 1995 as well as its first winning season in a decade. He was responsible for acquiring Scott Rolen in a trade, striking for Mike Leake in the draft, overseeing the development of Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, and importing fireballer Aroldis Chapman.

Jon Daniels was considered a heavy favorite for the award, but you can't go wrong with Jocketty: he's proven he's still one of the best GMs in the game.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:49 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:25 am

Reds unlikely to pick up option on Cabrera

Orland Cabrera The Reds are unlikely to exercise their option on shortstop Orlando Cabrera, Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty told Brad Johansen of WKRC-TV in Cincinnati .

Cabrera has a $4 million mutual option for 2011. If the club declines the option, he'll be paid $1 million, if Cabrera declines, he gets $500,000.

"It's probably more than we want to exercise, we'll try to find a happy medium … if not, [Paul] Janish will be our shortstop," Jocketty told Johansen.

Cabrera hit .263/.303/.354 for the Reds in 123 games. According to FanGraphs, his UZR/150 was 5.3. Janish hit .260/.338/.385 for the Reds in 82 games and had a UZR/150 of 2.2.

Despite those fielding numbers, Janish is considered by most to be not only an upgrade defensively over Cabrera, but a considerable one at that. The Reds seemed content on heading into 2010 with Janish as their starter before Cabrera was signed on Feb. 1.

Cabrera has said he'd like to return to Cincinnati, and Jocketty and Baker liked having him around. His veteran leadership was cited by many as a positive influence on the young team.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 10:34 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 11:03 pm

Chapman coming to big leagues Sept. 1

Aroldis Chapman Aroldis Chapman will be in the big leagues on Sept. 1, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer .

"That will give him a chance to stabilize int eh bullpen and get more experience," Jocketty said. "We're trying to find the right time."

Because the Reds have two players on the 60-day disabled list (Jose Arrendondo and Mike Lincoln), Chapman (and another player) will be eligible for the playoffs.

Since moving from starting to relieving, Chapman is 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA with 41 strikeouts and 12 walks in 26 innings.

So why isn't he in Cincinnati already?

"Who do you take off?" Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It would be somebody else who pitched well. Everyone in the bullpen is throwing excellent. … That's not a good message to our guys here when you perform well and get sent out. They're looking over their shoulder for fear of getting sent out. I want them looking at the prize at the end, not looking behind them."

The Reds are still planning on Chapman as being a starter in the future and using the David Price template for the Cuban lefty.
The Reds are at home against the Brewers on Sept. 1 before a embarking on a roadtrip to St. Louis and Colorado, so expect a good crowd at Great American Ball Park that night, you may even want to pick up your tickets early.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:33 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 2:20 pm

Chapman closer to the big leagues

Aroldis Chapman Aroldis Chapman is getting closer to the big leagues, Reds manager Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Erardi .

"We'll see how he is in the next couple of weeks," Jocketty said.

The Reds moved Chapman from the rotation to the bullpen in June and after a rough start, Chapman has dominated. In his last nine relief outings, Chapman hasn't surrendered an earned run. In 10 1/3 innings, he's allowed six hits, walked six and struck out 17, allowing an unearned run.

Overall, he's 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 15 appearances as a reliever, walking nine and striking out 29 in 18 2/3 innings, limiting batters to a .186 average against. In his first six outings, he allowed six earned runs in 8 1/3 innings.

The Reds still view Chapman as a starter in the future, but hope to use him out of the bullpen in a pennant race and potential playoff push, much like the Rays did with David Price in 2008.

The Reds currently have two lefties in their bullpen, Arthur Rhodes and Bill Bray. The team sent right-hander Carlos Fisher to Triple-A following Sunday's game and will call up 41-year old Russ Springer before tonight's game in Pittsburgh. Springer and Jason Isringhausen (who has given up an earned run in each of his two outings at Triple-A since signing with the team last week) are part of Jocketty's retirement home fishing for bullpen help.

The bullpen, especially the middle relief, has the Reds biggest concern through the first three months of the season, but in July, the bullpen had a 2.52 ERA, allowing 21 runs in 75 innings. In the first three months of the season, the bullpen had a 4.57 ERA.

One of the big reasons for the turnaround is that Nick Masset, who sported a 2.37 ERA last season, but had a 5.88 ERA through the first three months of the season. In July, Masset allowed just one earned run in 15 appearances with batters hitting .184 against him with 14 strikeouts and seven walks. Rookie Logan Ondrusek has allowed just two runs in 24 games since being recalled from Triple-A at the beginning of June and hasn't allowed a run in his last 17 outings, totaling 18 2/3 innings. Another rookie, Jordan Smith, has also been good with a 2.53 ERA in 18 games. He hasn't allowed a run in his last eight appearances.

A lefty out of the pen could give 40-year old Rhodes a little relief. Rhodes has appeared in a 50 games. He earned his first All-Star bid after an amazing start -- in his first 35 games of the season, Rhodes had a 0.28 ERA, giving up just one run in his first 33 innings pitch of the season with batters hitting .140/.220/.187 against him. In his last 15, Rhodes has a 5.79 ERA with batters hitting .270/.333/.568 against him in 9 1/3 innings.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 8:56 pm

Reds looking for experienced bullpen help

Russ Springer It turns out right-hander Russ Springer is exactly what the Reds are looking for -- old relievers.

The Reds signed the 41-year old Springer to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Louisville.

The Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay talked to Reds general manager Walt Jocketty , who said the team is looking mainly for bullpen experience as the July 31 trade deadline looms.

"I think what I'm looking for more than anything is a little more experience in the bullpen and bullpen depth," Jocketty said. "I still like our club the way it is. We've still got some guys coming back with (Edinson) Volquez and we're trying to get (Aroldis) Chapman ready for the bullpen. Chapman is going to help, but he doesn't have the experience."

Chapman was moved to the bullpen last month and hasn't fared well. In seven appearances as a reliever, Chapman has a 5.79 ERA, allowing seven hits, seven runs, seven walks in 9 1/3 innings pitched. He has struck out 14 and batters are hitting just .194 off of him as a reliever, versus .246 as a starter. Chapman was 5-5 with a 4.11 ERA in 13 starts.

As far as the Reds' rotation, Jocketty said Travis Wood and Matt Maloney will not be put in the bullpen and Aaron Harang's return from the disabled list is still unsure.

"He was a little stiff today," Jocketty told Fay. "We'll monitor him the next few days. We would like to get him back pitching. We're not sure how long that's going to be."

If Wood continues to pitch as he has, there will be no real hurry to get Harang back, especially with Volquez's return.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: June 26, 2010 12:15 am

Chapman could be in Cincinnati soon

Aroldis Chapman The Reds expect to bring up left-hander Aroldis Chapman to pitch out of the bullpen sometime this season general manager Walt Jocketty told reporters on Friday. The Reds want to see how Chapman adjusts to pitching out of the bullpen in the next three weeks and then possibly call him up.

Chapman, a Cuban defector, started in spring training and all of this season until this week when he came out of the bullpen in relief of Edinson Volquez, who could also be back in Cincinnati in the next couple of weeks.

Jocketty said the team still considers Chapman's future to be that of a starter, but he could help the team more as a reliever this season. The Reds entered Friday's game against the Indians a half-game out of first place in the National League Central. The Reds, 40-33, haven't had a winning season since 2000 and have made the playoffs since 1995.

"We still see him as a starter, but we feel this season he can help us as a reliever," Jocketty said.

Chapman has dazzled with his fastball that has reached 103 mph for Triple-A Louisville, but has struggled with his control, especially of his secondary pitches. His fastball, however, is electric and in short spurts, he could dominate even big-league batters with that fastball.

There is still plenty of development left for Chapman who has shown signs of a very good curveball and slider, and has been working with former Red Mario Soto on a changeup. Chapman has yet to contain any of those pitches.

Chapman made his first relief appearance on Wednesday, allowing a run on two hits in two innings, while striking out two. For the season, Chapman has made 13 starts and appeared in 14 games, going 5-5 with a 4.12 ERA, striking out 79 and walking 41 in 67 2/3 innings.

Chapman may be used much like the Rays used David Price in 2008. Both are tall, lanky left-handers with a great fastball. Price was further in his development when he came up in 2008, but there are still similarities. The Reds would certainly like to have similar results, a short-term boost to the bullpen and a long-term boost to the rotation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 4:41 pm

Reds keeping an eye on Leake, skip a start

Mike Leake The Reds will skip Mike Leake's next start and are looking at ways to keep his innings under wraps.

Leake, the team's first-round pick last season, threw 142 innings at Arizona State last season and 89 1/3 innings already this season. The Reds want to limit Leake's innings to "probably 170" Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty tells the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay .

"We have a round number," Jocketty told Fay. "Probably 170, but it's not etched in stone."

Leake was scheduled to start Sunday in the series finale against Cleveland. Instead, Leake will start Tuesday in the second game of the series against Philadelphia at Great American Ball Park.

Leake is 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA. He picked up a no-decision Monday in the Reds' victory over the A's. His 89 1/3 innings are the second-most by a rookie pitcher so far this season, behind Cleveland's Mitch Talbot (90 1/3). St. Louis' Jaime Garcia has thrown 85 1/3 innings.

Leake is averaging 15.44 pitches per inning, the 17th fewest in the National League.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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