Rebuilding Reds ponder big moves at Meetings

Rebuilding Reds ponder big moves at Meetings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Reds have been listening to offers and exploring trades for some of their players much of the offseason. Will this be the week they pull off some major moves?

With all 30 clubs gathered together in one place for the 2015 Winter Meetings at the spacious Opryland Hotel, it certainly can't hurt the chances for a deal -- or deals -- to be made.

The meetings formally begin on Monday and run until Thursday morning, but Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty, general manager Dick Williams and their staff arrived on Sunday afternoon. Like most clubs, they will be getting to work quickly and having discussions with teams and agents.

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Coming off a 98-loss season, the rebuilding Reds have been looking toward the future. The club has reportedly traded All-Star Aroldis Chapman to the Dodgers for two prospects, though neither club has confirmed the deal.

"We really haven't had a lot of discussion, with the exception of one player maybe," said Jocketty on Saturday during Redsfest, alluding to Chapman. "Other than that, it's been pretty quiet. I don't know what's going to happen when we get to Nashville. It's been pretty slow since Thanksgiving."

Jocketty, Williams at Redsfest

The Reds have been willing to listen on any player on the roster, especially those closing in on free agency. While Chapman is one year away, right fielder Jay Bruce has one more guaranteed year on his contract and a club option for 2017. Third baseman Todd Frazier has two years before he can hit the open market.

Reds' rebuild may crystallize at Winter Meetings and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2015 Winter Meetings from the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, with the Network launching 35 hours of live Winter Meetings coverage on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also catch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on, as well as the announcement of the Hall of Fame Pre-Integration Era Committee inductees on Monday at 11 a.m. ET and the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.

Inside the Reds' suite at Opryland, Jocketty and Williams will have a daily briefing with Reds beat writers about developments. Manager Bryan Price is scheduled to meet with reporters Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

The Winter Meetings wrap with the Rule 5 Draft. The Reds have a 40-man roster with 35 players, leaving them ample room to add a player.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.