Cincinnati Reds GM Walt Jocketty noted Sunday how "surprisingly quiet" free agency has been for his team so far, but that could change soon. The team will discuss several possible moves on Monday, including potentially the acquisition of Dan Uggla. The Atlanta Braves released the struggling Uggla on Friday after he hit .162 with two home runs in 48 games for the Braves this season.
The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports that while Jocketty wants to get a deal done, he doesn't feel he has to pull off a major move before the July 31 trade deadline.
While it might seem like a quiet free-agent period for the Reds on the surface, the team has been busy. The Reds have been linked to the Phillies' Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo, and MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reported Sunday Jocketty and the club have been actively looking to add a bat, but haven't found anything in this season's unusually dry offensive market that attracts them.
Cincinnati has been hampered by recent injuries to second baseman Brandon Phillips and first baseman Joey Votto, who are each more than a month away from returning to the club. But the Reds remain only two and a half games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League wild card race.
The 34-year-old Uggla is a three-time all star and is in the next-to-last year of a contract that calls for salaries of $13 million this season and next.
- Will Green