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Friday, December 12, 2014

Mat Latos’ wife followed rumors on Twitter before trade to Marlins - CBSSports.com

That has to be a really weird position to be in.

Literally just refreshing my Twitter feed to see if Mat is really REALLY traded. Hahahahahaha

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2014 at 09:36 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trades, twitter

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tigers Acquire Alfredo Simon

The Tigers have officially agreed to a deal with the Reds for starter Alfredo Simon, . A pair of 23-year-olds will be headed to Cincinnati in the trade: shortstop Eugenio Suarez and pitching prospect Jonathan Crawford.

Simon, a veteran righty, is projected by MLBTR and Matt Swartz to earn $5.1MM in his final year of arbitration eligibility.

The District Attorney Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:42 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: alfredo simon, eugenio suarez, reds, tigers, trades, transactions

Marlins To Acquire Mat Latos From Reds

And Cat Latos, natch.

Marlins pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani is likely headed to the Reds in the deal, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro tweets. Chad Wallach is also going to Cincinnati, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports on Twitter.


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Dodgers Acquire Chris Heisey For Matt Magill

Take our advice, at any price… a pitcher like Magill is not much of a sacrifice.

The Dodgers have officially agreed to acquire outfielder Chris Heisey from the Reds, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports on Twitter. Heisey, 29, is arb eligible and is projected by MLBTR/Matt Swartz to earn $2.2MM. Righty Matt Magill is coming back to the Reds for Heisey, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports on Twitter...

Soon to be 30, Heisey, has scuffled at the plate in each of the last two seasons with Cincinnati but has been looked upon fondly by defensive metrics. Despite below-average offensive production, his work in the outfield grass has made him a positive overall contributor. And Heisey does have some more promising campaigns at the plate in his history…

The 25-year-old Magill made six starts for the Dodgers in 2013, struggling mightily. And he had a rough go of it at Triple-A in 2014, posting a 5.21 ERA and messy ratio of 7.4 K/9 against 6.3 BB/9, even while spending much of his time in relief. But he has shown some ability to miss bats at times, and could be a useful swingman or middle relief piece for Cinci.

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2014 at 06:17 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chris heisey, dodgers, matt magill, reds, trades, transactions

Monday, December 01, 2014

Jim Bowden: Potential winter meetings trades (PAY)

BODES

Seattle Mariners | Los Angeles Dodgers | Milwaukee Brewers

Dodgers acquire: James Paxton from Seattle; Jean Segura from Milwaukee

The Dodgers have a lot of outfield depth and are looking to build with younger players as they seek a World Series title in the near future. Not an easy formula to make transactions. Matt Kemp has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract, and although I think it would be a mistake to trade him, the fact is that the Dodgers are listening to offers. The Mariners could offer them one of the best young left-handed starters in the game in Paxton to put in their rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. If they could pick up Segura in a three-way deal with the Brewers, they would have their stopgap shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready for the majors (or is moved to third base). Segura, 24, had a down year, but should return close to his 2013 form, when he hit .294 with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases. The Dodgers would still have Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier in their outfield.

Mariners acquire: Ryan Braun from Milwaukee

If the Mariners want to win the AL West next year, they have to acquire a big right-handed hitter to hit between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in their lineup, and Braun would be the perfect fit. GM Jack Zduriencik’s claim to fame when he was with the Brewers was his drafting of Braun, and he’d love to get reunited with him in Seattle. The Mariners have Chris Taylor—who could take over shortstop for Brad Miller, who would go to Milwaukee in this potential deal—and would still have a strong starting rotation with Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias, even if they traded Paxton. Of course, they would have to probably sign a midlevel free agent like Brandon McCarthy or Kyle Kendrick after a trade like this.

Brewers acquire: Matt Kemp from Los Angeles; Miller from Seattle

The Brewers had to be concerned with Braun’s loss of power during the past couple of years. Granted, it’s probably because of the numbness in his right thumb that they now think has completely healed. However, after watching Kemp the last two months of the season, there is no doubt that he would be an upgrade over Braun, and while they may lose some in the swap of shortstops, it would be worth it to have less risk with Kemp than Braun. In addition, the deal would send a wake-up call and be a clubhouse chemistry change to a team that collapsed in September.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Friars show interest in dealing for Bruce | MLB.com

Say this much about first-year Padres general manager A.J. Preller: He’s apparently leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of offensive help.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres, reds

Friday, November 21, 2014

Reds at least considering trading big names, reducing payroll | FOX Sports

The Reds had a club-record $114 million payroll last season, but missed the playoffs. They already have $75.5 million committed in ’15, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. If they retain all nine of their arbitration-eligible players, the total projects to about $120 million, with no other moves.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trade rumors

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Votto ‘doing great’ with offseason rehab work | reds.com

Emphasis added.

Votto has a career hitting line of .310/.417/.533 with 163 homers and 553 RBIs over eight seasons. He has nine more seasons and $206 million remaining on the contract extension he signed in April 2012, plus a $20 million club option for the 2024 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Reds won’t rule out a fire sale | New York Post

Dan O’Dowd, who looks like a great addition to MLB Network, commented that the last place a GM should be is in the middle, not all in and not all out. It seems Jocketty shares that view.

Word is their general manager, Walt Jocketty, has told his troops the team should follow one of two very definitive routes: 1) All in. 2) All out.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 09:55 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Making the case for a Yoenis Cespedes-Johnny Cueto trade | FOX Sports

I get where Cameron is coming from. I don’t see, however, how opening up a hole at the top of the Reds rotation really offsets what they’d be getting in his proposed deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:37 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, reds

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blue Jays to play Reds in Olympic Stadium on April 3 and 4

Youppi!

Since a report from Montreal’s 98.5 FM’s Jeremy Filosa way back in mid-August that the Blue Jays were playing two spring training exhibition games at Olympic Stadium, there have been multiple confirmations by both Toronto (Shi Davidi) and national (Jon Morosi) reporters. Now we have a semi-official confirmation of the event: the two games now appear on both the Blue Jays’ and the Reds’ April schedules, as noticed by the eagle-eyed Rob Silver:

As of time of writing, event details have not been made available on the evenko website.

Like earlier in 2014, two games will be played: a 7:07 pm evening game on Friday, April 3 and a 1:07 matinee on Saturday, April 4. We are just 154 days and 2 hours away from baseball’s return to Canada.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2014 at 05:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, montreal, olympic stadium, reds

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Notes: Maddon, Cherington, Fixing the Reds, Trusting Buck, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Another great column by David Laurila .

There are a lot of ways to look at how you might augment your offense, but it can’t just be nine guys working a pitching staff over,” said Maddon. “If your goal is to get a starter out of a game, that might be the last thing you want to do. You see a lot of 95-plus out of the pen now, and some of those guys have quality secondary pitches. I think it’s become easier to build bullpens, and it’s rare a team has a bad one.”

The Kansas City Royals are a fit for Maddon’s musings. Not only is their pen dominant, their speed-focused offense posted the lowest walk rate in the game.

“We might possibly need to see a trend away from seeing pitches,” suggested Maddon. “I can see speed – including using it creatively – becoming a more important part of the game. I think the trend might be going back to the way the game had been before the unrealistic home run numbers arrived and walks became prominent. I really don’t know.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 01:22 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, general, joe maddon, orioles, red sox, reds, tigers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Johnny Cueto shuts down the Cardinals, lowers ERA to 2.15

Cincinnati is out of contention, but that didn’t stop Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman from combining on a three-hit shutout of St. Louis as the Reds took three of four games from the Cardinals.

Cueto did the heavy lifting with eight shutout innings and then Chapman did his usual thing in the ninth inning, striking out two batters for his 33rd save.

Cueto’s excellence has gotten somewhat overlooked just because Clayton Kershaw has been so ridiculously amazing for the Dodgers, but the Reds ace now has a 2.15 ERA in a league-leading 222 innings this season.

People talk like Kershaw has the Cy Young wrapped up but Cueto could have 40-50 mores innings, more wins, and more strikeouts than Kershaw. I think Kershaw is the slight favorite her but if Cueto finishes strong and Kershaw slips just a bit, I could see Cueto deserving the Cy Young.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 11, 2014 at 03:54 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Monday, September 08, 2014

Leake concerned with longevity, not personal win-loss record

Leake, another face of Neolution.

“I’m like Bronson Aroryo always was,” he said. “I don’t really worry about the wins and losses. I’m more impressed with longetivity numbers than the immediate numbers.”

In his five years with the Reds, after coming directly from college to the Reds rotation, he is 52-30. More importantly to him, he pitched 192 innings last season and didn’t miss a starter.

“Making every start and throwing 200 innings is what I’d rather do every year than go out and win 15 or 20 games once or twice. The innings and pitching every start is more appealing to me than winning games.

“Wins and losses are really not an indication of how your season went,” said the 5-foot-10, 190-pound right hander. “You can have a 4.50 ERA and have 16 wins.”

That’s why Leake believes keeping wins and losses for pitchers is meaningless.

“I don’t even think wins and losses should be a pitcher’s stat,” he said. “That really is a team stat. I mean, just the other day Mat Latos doesn’t give up an earned run, all four runs are unearned, and he gets tagged with the loss. That’s difficult for a pitcher.”

Repoz Posted: September 08, 2014 at 05:58 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Homer Bailey To Undergo Forearm Surgery

D’OH!

Reds starter Homer Bailey will undergo surgery tomorrow on his right forearm to repair a flexor mass tendon tear, the club announced on Twitter. He is expected to be ready in time for the spring, according to a report from C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer...

Needless to say, this is not how the 28-year-old — and, even less so, his team — hoped to see this season end. Bailey inked a six-year, $105MM extension before the 2014 campaign, a significant investment for a mid-market club that has already locked up several core players and had to choose carefully in making commitments to its best arms…

this particular injury and procedure do not appear to be as momentous as a UCL replacement… Of course, forearm issues can be precursors to more serious injuries to the elbow and shoulder, so Cincinnati will surely handle its high-priced starter with care.

The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, injuries, reds

Brisbee: Finding baseball’s most hopeless franchise

The included tweet should guarantee the honor just on principle.

Old teams in large markets with thin farm systems

This is where the Phillies are. This is where the Yankees are. Here be the White Sox… None of these teams will ever qualify for most-screwed status, though… their large-market status will always guarantee that there’s someone in a worse spot.

Older teams in small markets

The Reds might really be screwed… A lot of what makes the Reds a sorta-contender now, though, could still be good in the future… In about a week, the Brewers could be here… A lot of their best players are still 30 or under, though, so I’m not sure if they’re close to an “old” team just yet…

Cursed teams

the Padres… have a respected farm system, for what it’s worth, and they have young talent on the roster. Heck, they’re close to .500 right now because they’ve proven adept at developing pitchers, at least the ones who stay healthy.

They make the list, though, because they’re the Padres…

The Rockies

They get their own category because they win. What are the Rockies? Have you ever seen a team like this, a team so committed to its GM through 90-loss seasons, unless that’s not really the GM? An owner who might be something of a meddler and whose brain might be filled with gestational YouTube comments that he filters through his fingers and shares with fans?

Their franchise players are chronically hurt, and they have a long track record of breaking young pitchers, both in body and spirit. Everything about them is a mess right now, from the top down. That’s all before you get to the worst part: They already start with the biggest disadvantage in baseball, the thin air of Coors Field… It’s one of the Hilbert problems of baseball, except it’s been the same mathematicians working on the problem for the last 15 years, and most of the available evidence suggests they’re using a watch calculator with the “7” key missing.

The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets, padres, phillies, reds, rockies, white sox, yankees

An interview with the ‘Hit King,’ Pete Rose

Don’t let the fear of making outs hold you back!

Mark: You’ve also got the record for the most at bats.

Pete: And I’ve got the record for the most games and I’ve got the record for the most wins.

Mark: The most outs too? Comment on that.

Pete: That’s okay, I mean, that’s okay. The guy second now is pretty good, his name is Carl Yastrzemski. I batted fourteen thousand and some times. I got four thousand and some hits. It was fun making the outs and having the opportunity to try to get base hits. You know, longevity is part of being a good person, whether you’re in business or whether you’re in sports and I played twenty-four years. I was pretty much injury free over most of my career and I was always surrounded with great players. You know I played with ten Hall of Famers. The first one being Frank Robinson and the last one being Barry Larkin. You throw in Bench, Morgan and Perez and you throw in Carlton and Mike Schmidt and you go up to Montreal and you throw in Gary Carter and Andre Dawson. You come back home as player/manager and you throw in Barry Larkin. I played for Sparky Anderson, Hall of Fame Manager. I played against a lot of Hall of Famers. Hit off of nineteen Hall of Fame pitchers. I don’t know how many Hall of Famers I played against. Pretty darn many I think.

...Mark: Well, you’ve traveled throughout the United States, now what makes this region of Cincinnati (Clermont County) so special to you?

Pete: Well, obviously one thing I was born here. Two, I was always a Cincinnati Reds fan growing up. Every boy wanted to be a Cincinnati Red. I’m no different than anybody else. I just happened to live the dream and be able to accomplish what I did in this town. I mean, there are a lot of good things going on in this town.

You know most of the things that I like about Cincinnati are involved in baseball. You know I’m not the type of guy that goes to plays, the Phantom of the Opera, although it’s great, I’m too macho to do that kind of stuff.

 

Repoz Posted: September 04, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: history, reds

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Doc Daugherty: Aroldis Chapman not necessary for Reds

Hell, even Doc Sportello is right once in a while (Fabian Fazzo).

Not that I dislike Aroldis Chapman. I like a good strikeout as much as the next guy. I think it’s great every time he throws a pitch 100 mph, every broadcaster has to tell us about it. It’s cool when he runs in from the bullpen and the GASP crowd cheers. His role in feeding pizza to the masses cannot not be underestimated.

But the fact is, Chapman is useful here, not necessary.

Should we list the reasons again, kids?

Let’s start with the fact that 14 pitchers in MLB have more saves than his 29. Including Addison Reed (Diamondbacks, 57-80) and Glen Perkins (Minnesota, 60-77). Yep, I know Chappy started the year on the DL. But the larger point remains, a great closer on a mediocre-at-best team is like a diamond ring on a chimp’s finger.

Again: Closers are beholden to situations. Specific situations. Somewhere in the Manager’s Manual For Running Games is this edict:

A manager may not use his “closer’’ unless his team is ahead by at least one run, but no more than 3; the game is not in the final inning, preferably the start of the final inning. Managers who employ a “closer’’ in other situations risk being booted from The Order of The Book and subjected to a lifetime of second guessing.

If BPrice had truly wanted to break the mold and burn The Book, he’d have used his best reliever in the most important situations. Hint: They ain’t always the start of the 9th, with the bases clean.

That would have ensured Chappy was used more, and just might have made his presence worth the circus atmosphere surrounding his entrance. As it is, Price hasn’t much strayed from The Book.

Beyond that, Chapman should have been put into the starting rotation, oh, three years ago, where he’d have been assured to work every fifth day, and could have been dominant for 7 innings, not one. That’s why the Reds signed him in the first place.

Repoz Posted: September 02, 2014 at 10:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, sabermetrics

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Brewers Acquire Jonathan Broxton

I always thought Broxton was pretty Turnbow-y. But he does lead the Reds in games pitched and has a 1.86 ERA, so maybe I’m wrong. (3.52 FIP)

The Reds have traded right-hander Jonathan Broxton to the Brewers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).

The District Attorney Posted: August 31, 2014 at 01:36 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jonathan broxton, reds, trades, transactions

Sherman: How Reds react to second-half swoon will be major factor in offseason

Leitch is scared of the Cubs also! Hop on the el train, choo choo!

the club that faces the most daunting hurdles [this offseason] is the Reds because: 1) Four-fifths of their rotation will enter their walk year to free agency in 2015. 2) They have huge investments in a right side of the infield, with Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto, that has significant indicators of diminishing returns. 3) They play in arguably the majors’ toughest division, with the Brewers, Cardinals and Pirates all still vying for the playoffs, and the scariest element for every team in the NL Central the behemoth growing at Wrigley…

“We still have a small window,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said by phone. “This year is disappointing because of the injuries. From the very beginning, we had 11 DL guys and eight were key. … I feel we still have a small window if the guys come back healthy.”

That could be true. But I think Cincinnati has to be proactive and shop Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos, and maybe [Jay] Bruce, too. Even at full health, the Reds would not be the favorites to win the NL Central next year — maybe not even be picked for second or third… Phillips and Homer Bailey have big contracts that can’t be moved or only can be moved by eating large sums and/or taking back equally bad pacts. Having those contracts means the Reds do not seem positioned to sign their ace, Cueto, and maybe not even Latos, at a time when that duo plus Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon are all free agents after the 2015 campaign. And to make bad worse, Cincinnati is viewed as having a bottom-tier farm system at a time when the Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs have among the best…

“We are certainly aware of the strength of our division and the emerging strength of the Cubs,” Jocketty said. “We have obviously kicked [what to do moving forward] around some, but once the season is over we will sit down and really focus on it. I don’t know that we could sign everybody. That would be tough to do. We will do the best we can to retain the pitching we have and make the right choices.”

The District Attorney Posted: August 31, 2014 at 11:03 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Thursday, August 28, 2014

McCoy: Bryan Price sees throwback style in current state of baseball

You haven’t lived…until you live through a Sonny Ruberto Era.

Price then became philosophic about the way the game is being played these days—much less offense, fewer home runs, fewer runs scored.

“It’s interesting in that the game seems to be trending back towards what we saw in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. We no longer have these grandiose offensive numbers. When I was in Seattle for my second year (as pitching coach) we were second in the league in earned run average with a 4.50. What is there, one team in the National League that has an ERA that high (Colorado 4.95)?”

Price didn’t mention that the Steroids Era is over, although many experts believe the steroids and PEDs helped pitchers as much as the hitters.

“What’s happening is phenomenal,” he said, after somebody mentioned that Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt led the league with 37 home runs last season and 37 home runs in 2000 would have tied him for 15th.

“It will be interesting to see if the game keeps moving its way back to the sacrifice bunt, the hit-and-run, the things that kind of fallen by the wayside. You can no longer count on copious numbers of runs to be scored. You can no longer say, ‘Just hold on guys, we’ll have a four or five-run inning somewhere along he way and put this game away. It is something to see.”

But the strikeouts continue to pile up. It is no longer like 1941 when Joe DiMaggio put together his 56-game hitting streak and only struck out 13 times in 622 plate appearances. And that same year Ted Williams hit .406 and struck out 27 times in 606 plate appearances.

“The strikeout has become an acceptable part of the game, even with players who are not home run hitters,” said Price. “That’s the part to me that is really dangerous these days, all the empty at-bats.

When told of what DiMaggio and Williams did, Price shook his head and said, “That’s unbelievable, really unbelievable. It really is. It’s phenomenal.”

Repoz Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:40 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, reds

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pete Rose’s Reckless Gamble

I have taught a variety of sports law courses in the past seven years. Every semester, when my lecture turns to sports gambling, I get some form of this question:

“But what about Pete Rose? He only bet on his team to win. What’s wrong with that?”

The gist of my response: A lot is wrong with that.

 


Votto appears. . .and speaks | The Real McCoy | Cincinnati Reds baseball news

Doesn’t Joey Votto know it’s only a flesh wound!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:41 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Best Beer in Baseball

Several years ago, craft beer started taking off at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. From 2011-2012, sales went up by 20 percent. From 2012-2013, they were up 47 percent.

So when it came time to create a new hangout in a highly trafficked spot on the third-base concourse, the ballpark went all-in on craft-style beers. The new Reds Brewery District – an 84-foot-long bar with more than 50 taps – included more than 20 craft offerings when it opened this spring. There were local beers from Cincinnati brewers like Christian Moerlein, MadTree, Blank Slate, Fifty West, Rhinegeist, Mt. Carmel, and Rivertown. There were national options from well-regarded breweries like Founders, Bell’s, West Sixth and Great Lakes.

And the market exploded. Counting single-day offerings, the Cincinnati Reds’ selection of distinct beers went from 42 to more than 130 – the most in Major League Baseball, according to a Washington Post analysis….

While teams like the Reds are just discovering the craft-beer market, the Seattle Mariners have long reveled in it. Located in the hops-mad Pacific Northwest – one of the bastions of craft brewing – the Mariners have a beer program that would make many specialty bars jealous.

About 70 percent of Safeco Field’s 700 beer handles are devoted to “good, quality craft beer,” according to Steve Dominguez, the general manager of Centerplate’s operations at Safeco Field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 03:01 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, mariners, reds, stadium fare

Friday, August 08, 2014

Did The Enquirer Take Down a Castellini Arrest Story?

Robert S. Castellini, the 46-year-old son of Reds owner Bob Castellini, and his wife Deanna were arrested and charged with domestic violence for fighting in front of their children.

Crime reporter Kimball Perry was all over the story, as he has a long history of detailing the crayist of the cray in Hamilton County courtrooms, reporting on Monday that both Robert and Deanna went in front of a judge that morning and how court documents described “visible scratch marks around the neck of Ms. Castellini” and Robert having “visible scratches around his neck and shoulder.

Despite such drama and intrigue — three Castellinis work in the Reds front office and Robert’s lawyer is Hamilton County GOP chairman Alex Triantafilou — The Enquirer appears to have pulled the story from its website as of Tuesday afternoon.


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