Reds' GM Walt Jocketty confirmed that Norichika Aoki and Michael Morse are on the team's target list of free agents.
Left field continues to be an issue for the Reds and the patch-job they tried doing last season just never took. Morse and Aoki would both fit the bill, though Aoki has always been in center or right. Still, he's a solid defender capable of handling the job and could prove to be a solid No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Morse isn't as strong defensively, but his power makes him a much more attractive option considering the fact that Joey Votto doesn't swing as big a stick as he once did. Look for the Reds to be aggressive in their pursuit as the free agent crop isn't filled with many bargains.
Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile
The Reds will look to make some moves after a down year, and Morse and Aoki seem like good fits. Aoki, who batted .285 with 63 runs,43 RBI's, and 17 stolen bases, is a decent fielder and can play all outfield positions. He'd be a nice upgrade over Skip Schumaker in left. Morse, who would be best suited as a DH, would likely spend time in left field if he was signed by the Reds, and provided good power at the dish, with 16 home runs and 61 RBI's while batting .279 , though he isn't very good at fielding. Morse doesn't seem like a great fit, as left field would be the only spot to put him, and he's a very poor fielder, making Aoki a more likely free agent addition.
Analyst: Ben Diamond View Profile