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07:13 AM ET 12.27 | For Cinci, the offseason shopping spree likely wasn't going to include a big-ticket item. The Reds were never going to approach that zip code of salary, nor should they have tried. The team in the Reds market size could not afford to be hamstrung for that much money. In the one year he was with Cincinnati, I thought Choo was not only an impressive player to watch, but an impressive person. He was very concerned about pulling his weight for his team and teammates. He was always courteous to the media and just professional all around. Billy Hamilton is now the guy to leadoff and play center field. ... I would expect the Reds make some more moves in January but maybe not the big splash everyone expected the past month. I don't know if they can pull off the big trade at this point. That window seems to be closing.

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December 27, 2013  08:24 AM ET

They are willing to unload Phillips, but he is wanting to renegotiate his contract with another team before being traded, and at this point it looks like number 4 will be in Cincy for the 14 season.

December 27, 2013  09:47 AM ET

Jocketty was on Hot Stove phone the other day. He said they are sending Billy Hamilton to a bunting school before spring training starts. Dude can flat out fly. He is standing up from his slide when the infielder is receiving the catcher's throw.

 
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