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Reds likely to invest at the top

While the Cardinals appear to be done spending this off-season, the Reds may just be getting started.

According to reports out of Cincinnati, the Reds are interested in using their savings from letting Arthur Rhodes walk to find some help at the top of their batting order.

Tops on their shopping list could be former Dodgers outfielder Scott Podsednik. But Johnny Damon is still on the market, too. Damon, who was thought to be close to an agreement to return to the Yankees a year ago, apparently moved away from New York over concerns about the amount of playing time that would be available to him. The Reds could also chose to re-sign infielder Orlando Cabrera.

Investing at the top of the order could be a wise move. There's been some talk around baseball in the last few weeks that we could finally see the return of a speedier style of play. Stolen bases have taken a back seat to home runs in the last couple of decades. But bigger ballparks like the ones in San Diego and San Francisco could play well for a hitter who can plug the gaps and run all day -- or use the spacious outfields to get on base with a single and then turn it into a double by stealing second.

Jocketty's deliberateness is no surprise. Dating back to his Cardinals days, it seems like he waits for the market to come back to him and springs his plans into action at the end of the old year or beginning of the new year.