The Reds don't figure to be players in the free agent market this offseason, considering that their payroll is likely to go up only slightly from last year's 80.8 million.
With nearly 50 million committed to seven players under contract, the club simply can't pursue top-end free agents. For example, the Reds did not make early calls to the agents for Jose Reyes or C.J. Wilson.
"Oh, God, no," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We'd love to, but we won't be doing anything like that. We've got to be more creative."
The Reds hope to be active on the trade front.
"We're looking more at that," Jocketty said.
Jocketty was hoping to do more legwork at the general managers' meetings in Milwaukee.
"We've made some phone calls touching base," he said. "We'll follow those up. Things heat up more at the winter meetings. That's how it usually works."
The winter meetings are scheduled for Dec. 5-8 in Dallas.
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