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By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Leake striving to make longer run in 2012
CINCINNATI -- In his first two big league seasons, Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake finished early because of a cap on his innings. He's hopeful of going much deeper in 2012."I don't tend to set goals, but if I were to, I'd like to get to 30 starts and 200 innings," Leake said on Saturday during Redsfest. Leake, 24, was 12-9 with a 3.86 ERA in 29 games including 26 starts this past season. He led the club in wins and with 118 strikeouts and worked 167 2/3 innings. He pitched 138 1/3 innings as a rookie in 2010. This offseason, Leake is already working out and has built a gym inside the garage of his Phoenix-area home. "I felt strong last year coming off of the end of the year," Leake said. "I'm sticking to the same routine. I'm throwing about a half a month earlier this time. Last year ended with a little bit of tightness."
Jocketty says Reds covet backup to Cozart
CINCINNATI -- In what's become an annual Redsfest tradition, general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker were on the main stage peppered with questions during a Hot Stove question and answer session with fans.On Saturday, Jocketty revealed the Reds are looking around for a veteran shortstop/infielder to back up rookie Zack Cozart. The club was high on free agent Ramon Santiago, who re-signed with the Tigers recently. "Those are the types of guys we are looking for," Jocketty said. The Reds still have a wide open situation for a closer, with incumbent Francisco Cordero still on the free agent market. "We're going to look in-house. We're going to look at trades or free agents and try to come up with a guy, a main guy," Baker said. "The one thing we don't want to do is have a closer by committee." Jocketty and Baker will depart for Dallas and the Winter Meetings on Sunday. Jocketty is hoping there will be a lot of activity for his club. "We've spent a lot of time the last month or so just preparing for it and had a lot of conversations with other clubs and some agents for free agents," Jocketty said. "I have a couple of meetings scheduled for [Sunday] already. It's hard to predict what's going to happen. Usually when we get into the same building, it tends to move a little bit quicker."