With Joey Votto entrenched at first base for at least the next three years, former top draft pick Yonder Alonso is looking for another way into the lineup. Alonso has been working in the outfield. He played a bit of left field for Triple-A Louisville.
"But I didn't know what I was doing," he said. "It's like night and day now."
Alonso spent this offseason in Miami, working with big-league outfielders Jon Jay of the St. Louis Cardinals and Melky Cabrera of the Kansas City Royals.
"It really helped," he said. "The biggest thing is the first step. I worked on that and my routes."
Outfield coach Billy Hatcher, who works with Alonso each day, has noticed a difference.
"His footwork is a lot better," Hatcher said. "He's worked hard. Anyone that determined is going to get better."
Reds manager Dusty Baker, however, isn't sure he'll be able to Alonso in spring games in the outfield.
Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs are going to get nearly all the time in right and center. That leaves Jonny Gomes, Chris Heisey, Fred Lewis and Danny Dorn competing for time in left.
MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - ROSTER REPORT
The Reds led the National League in every significant hitting category and finished second in fielding. But the team's strength is considered its young pitching, so the roster had little offseason turnover.
ARRIVALS: SS Edgar Renteria (free agent from Giants), OF Jeremy Hermida (minor league free agent from A's), OF Fred Lewis (free agent from Blue Jays).
DEPARTURES: RHP Aaron Harang (free agent, signed with Padres), LHP Arthur Rhodes (free agent, signed with Rangers), INF/OF Willie Bloomquist (free agent, signed with Diamondbacks), RHP Micah Owings (free agent, signed minor league deal with Diamondbacks), RHP Russ Springer (retired), OF Laynce Nix (free agent, signed minor league deal with Nationals), OF Jim Edmonds (free agent, signed minor league deal with Cardinals).
1. RHP Bronson Arroyo
2. RHP Johnny Cueto
3. RHP Edinson Volquez
4. RHP Homer Bailey
5. LHP Travis Wood