In Jayson Stark’s Time to check the shopping lists, he has Mark Mulder as the free agent who could top the Reds’ list. He says a veteran starting pitcher is what they need.
All I know is he would have to accept a lot less money than he made in 2008 ($7 million). The Reds don’t need to be paying that much money for a guy who pitched less than 2 innings last season.
Also, in ESPN Insider-only content (not linked), Stark said the Reds are investigating whether there’s a market for Bronson Arroyo and says Texas might be interested.
I actually could see Arroyo getting shipped to the Rangers as part of a deal to bring a catcher here. You’re still selling high on Arroyo if you deal him … he had a great second half.
Most Baseball Prospectus stuff also is for subscribers’ only, but they do reveal the Reds Top 11 Prospects, with Yonder Alonso topping the list as a five-star prospect and Todd Frazier and Drew Stubbs rated as four-star prospects.