Willy Taveras? Really?

FoxSports.com reported that the Reds are interested in three Colorado Rockies: center fielder Willy Taveras, catcher Yorvit Torrealba and third baseman Garrett Atkins.

Walt Jocketty confirmed the two clubs had talked.

“We’ve let clubs know our position. We’re looking for catching, center field, shortstop and a right-handed RBI guy,” Jocketty said.

So you could see how the rumor started if it’s not true.

The Rocky Mountain News says the Reds are not at all interested in Taveras or Torrealba, only inquiring about Atkins.

If that’s the case, that would be a huge relief. Willy Taveras’ on-base percentage was .308 and his slugging percentage was .296, lowest among players who qualified for the batting title. I really don’t think we want to replace Corey Patterson – one of the worst centerfielders in Reds’ history (based on his stats last season) – with someone who doesn’t get on much more often. Taveras had 68 stolen bases last year, but you can’t steal first.

I don’t think Torrealba is the answer at catcher. He’s a backup. And the Rocky Mountain News points out that the Reds would prefer a left-handed-hitting catcher (also one who’s not arbitration eligible) to complement Ryan Hanigan.

I also explained yesterday that I’d hate to see them give up a lot for Atkins, for that matter. I’m not too worried, though, considering three other teams (Phillies, Angels and Twins) reportedly are going after Atkins.

By the way, have you seen how pathetic the free-agent centerfielder market is this offseason? Wow. Put it this way: Corey Patterson is mentioned among the cream of the crop. Barring a blockbuster trade, I really wouldn’t have a problem with running Chris Dickerson out there in the spring. He was impressive enough in 2008 that he deserves a shot.

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  1. Dan

    I agree, I’d like to see what Dickerson can do in centerfield if we can’t get anything blockbuster. He certainly played well enough last year to deserve a shot. Still risky, for sure. Hopefully this young Reds team can come together and put something special on the field.

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