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Monday, April 17, 2017

Amir Garrett Won’t Ever Be Great?—?but He Still Might Be Pretty Good

When the Reds drafted Garrett in the 22nd round in 2011 and handed him a $1 million bonus, it was with the understanding that he’d be allowed to play basketball in college, which he did for two years before he committed to baseball full time in 2014. It’s cool enough when someone plays two sports at a high level, but basketball also has a lot to do with what makes Garrett an interesting baseball player.

For starters, Garrett’s basketball career has done some interesting things to his developmental curve. Garrett, who turns 25 next month, was a consensus top-100 prospect this past offseason (Baseball Prospectus was the highest on him, placing him at no. 32), which is unusual for a pitcher his age who was drafted out of high school and had no real injury history to speak of, but had yet to make his big league debut; normally a pitcher that talented would’ve been in the big leagues for years if he hadn’t run into any developmental issues. But Garrett also didn’t play baseball full time until his age-22 season, which means he’s still making refinements to his delivery and secondary offerings that he’d have taken care of years ago if he hadn’t been playing basketball half the year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 10:59 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amir garrett, reds

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Don’t Change The Channel With These Hitters At Bat

The bosses gave me an impossible assignment: Write up the definitive list of players whose at-bats you can’t afford to miss…

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Key attribute: Can’t outsmart him

Stat to know: Led majors with .332 average against off-speed pitches (curves/sliders/changeups/splitters) in 2016

Cabrera has hit .300 11 times in his career and has won four batting titles. He has nine seasons hitting at least .320; since World War II, only Wade Boggs and Stan Musial (10 apiece) have more. That makes him one of the best hitters for average in the past 70 years—oh, and he’s hit 446 home runs, won two home run titles and is capable of blasts such as this one:

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 11, 2017 at 04:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, indians, marlins, mets, nationals, reds, science of hitting, tigers

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Forgotten Rivalry: The Reds and Dodgers Battle for Supremacy of the 70s

“As far as talent goes, I’ll take Reds-Dodgers in the ‘70s over any version of Yankees-Red Sox, Cubs-Cardinals, or Dodgers-Giants.”

—————-

It was only one game, but it was a game that showed the world what it was like to have three of the greatest everyday players of all time, all in their primes, in one lineup, at the same time. Comb through baseball history and try to find a team that ever had three such players - you won’t. Secretariat may have moved “like a tremendous machine,” as the track announcer at the Belmont Stakes would famously call three weeks later. But he could have just as easily been describing The Big Red Machine.

—————-

But even against the backdrop of the era, the Dodgers’ starting pitching was pretty extraordinary. Around the league, 200-plus inning workloads were typically limited to the front line pitchers. Most teams had two or three such starters, and divided the workload at the back end of the rotation among several others. But four of the Dodgers’ five 1973 starters – Don Sutton, Andy Messersmith, Claude Osteen, and Tommy John - topped the 200 inning mark. The only one who didn’t, Downing, finished with 193.

gehrig97 Posted: April 10, 2017 at 02:37 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: bench, big red machine, dodgers, garvey, morgan, reds, rose, sutton

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Suspended Reds prospect posted videos of apparent drug use on Snapchat

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ian Kahaloa was suspended for 50 games by the league Tuesday after he failed his second test for a drug of abuse. At some point after he submitted that sample, but before his suspension was announced, the 19-year-old appears to have posted videos of his drug use on Snapchat.

Those videos were discovered by Twitter user @Reds_1fan. There are four clips posted in total, two of which appear to feature drugs, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

One of those videos shows someone using a rolled up dollar bill to snort what appears to be cocaine. The camera then quickly pans up to show what looks to be Kahaloa drinking out of a large bottle of Coca-Cola while in a Reds shirt. The Snapchat posting was captioned “Party time lets go”.

A second video shows a bong and what appears to be a large amount of marijuana, before transitioning to a photo of what appears to be two lines of cocaine. Two other videos, both captioned “Wake and bake,” also show a bong and marijuana. The second of those then transitions to a video of Kahaloa using a Snapchat filter to look like a deer.
You can view those videos below. Be warned that the content in them is sensitive and may depict drug use. They may be considered not safe for work.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2017 at 05:16 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, reds

Monday, April 03, 2017

Will Votto grow old before Reds grow up?

Yes. Next obvious question.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

We know why you wear a baseball cap

Hats off to you!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, hats, history, reds

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scooter Gennett waived by Brewers, picked up by Reds

Gennett was put on waivers by the Brewers despite having a minor-league option available. His contract for the 2017 season was $2.525 million, which will be picked up by the Reds. The transaction opens up a spot on the Brewers’ 40-man major-league roster.

Gennett, a Cincinnati native, was drafted in the 16th round by the Brewers in 2009 and played four seasons in the majors with the ballclub. In 2016, he batted .263 (.317 OBP) with 14 homers and 56 RBI in 137 games.

Brewers general manager David Stearns said the team tried to trade Gennett but nothing materialized.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2017 at 01:55 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, reds, scooter gennett

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bronson Arroyo: “I’m literally about to pull off the impossible”

Bronson Arroyo feels normal, and that’s pretty abnormal.

It’s been nearly three years since the 40-year-old has thrown a pitch in the major leagues. He’s spent most of that time fighting to come back from shoulder and elbow surgeries, unable to get his aging body to rebound.

But now he feels healthy, with nothing remarkable to report about his preparation for the regular season. Now, he’s on the verge of pitching in a major-league rotation – or in the majors at all – for the first time since 2014.

“I’m literally about to pull off the impossible,” Arroyo said. “That’s the way I see it.”

The Cincinnati Reds signed Arroyo to a minor-league deal just as spring training began, taking the low-risk bet that he was finally healthy. After an injury to Anthony DeSclafani left the rotation short of experience, they’ll be relying on him more than they could have expected.

No one with the Reds has said for certain that Arroyo will join the rotation, not wanting to count on his health before it’s absolutely proven. T

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 27, 2017 at 05:54 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: bronson arroyo, reds

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Braves close to trade for Brandon Phillips | MLB.com

Biggest hurdle is probably Phillips no trade clause. Of course, if they tell him he’ll be a bench player if he stays might incentivize him to accept the deal.

Brandon Phillips could soon be headed to Atlanta. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday evening that the Braves are nearing a trade to acquire the second baseman from the Reds. Neither club has confirmed the report.

It’s not yet clear what Cincinnati may receive in return, but the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Phillips would be the only player the Reds would give up in a potential trade. The report cautioned that while an agreement is close, there are still hurdles to clear before it’s completed.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, braves, reds, trade rumors

Monday, January 30, 2017

Opportunity available for young Reds pitchers in spring training

Is that all?

When pitchers and catchers report to camp in Goodyear, Arizona, on Feb. 13, there are many more candidates than open spots in the team’s rotation. Barring injuries, Anthony DeSclafani, Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan have spots locked up. Free-agent signing Scott Feldman is a clear leader for the fourth spot, Bryan Price said, leaving perhaps just one more spot for the team’s bevy of young starting pitching talent. Among those battling for the rotation will be Robert Stephenson, Cody Reed, Amir Garrett, Sal Romano, Rookie Davis, Jackson Stephens, Tyler Mahle, Nick Travieso and Keury Mella. There’s also 29-year-old Tim Adleman, who made 13 starts for the Reds a year ago.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Reds agree to deal with Scott Feldman

The Reds have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Scott Feldman, multiple sources confirmed to The Enquirer.

The team announced the signing on Thursday morning.

Feldman, who turns 34 next month, was 7-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 40 appearances - including five starts - between the Astros and Blue Jays in 2016.

The deal, originally reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, is worth $2.3 million with another $2.2 million in incentives.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 26, 2017 at 11:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, scott feldman

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Marlins Acquire RHP Straily from Reds

The Reds get a huge prospect haul in return for a huge regression candidate.


Saturday, January 07, 2017

CTBNL: Brandon Phillips’ Current Stance Is Hard To Figure

As Goldman mentions later in the article, the Reds can just bench him. Although he has the right to block deals, if he becomes a part-timer player and gets off to a poor start, it’s really going to impact his earning potential next year.

What’s a little more difficult to reconcile with the normal human experience is the insistence on staying in a place where you know you’re not wanted. Even with his hard bargained-for contractual right, Phillips can only control his destiny for so long. The contract has but the coming season to run, he’s going on 36, his skills, limited to begin with, are beginning to ebb, and second basemen are up there with catchers in having attenuated careers—the Roberto Alomar Rule, we call it. “Veteran gravitas” is Phillips’ best bet to gain some extra time as a starter, going to a team in the late stages of a rebuild, rather than the early stage in which the Reds are stuck, and finds a manager and front office willing to overlook his general lack of production because they perceive him to be a clubhouse asset.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, reds

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Brandon Phillips blocked a trade from Cincinnati to Atlanta, sources say

Why even bother?

Yet, the relationship between Phillips and the club will only grow more uncomfortable if he continues balking at proposed trades.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:36 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, reds

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Reds sign relief pitcher Drew Storen

Right-hander Drew Storen and catcher Tucker Barnhart go way back to their high school days near Indianapolis. So do Storen and the Cincinnati Reds. That’s why the 29-year-old reliever signing with Reds for one year and $3 million guaranteed on Tuesday feels a bit like a homecoming.

“For Halloween, I was Chris Sabo multiple times,” Storen said. “It’s kind of nice to have my own name on a jersey.”

The addition of Storen is the first major offseason move by the Reds this winter, who until Tuesday were the last major-league club without any major-league signings. Storen will be tasked with solidifying a bullpen filled with promising young arms, most notably right-handers Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:20 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: drew storen, reds

Monday, December 26, 2016

How often will Reds play Jose Peraza in 2017? | MLB.com

Assuming no trades involving Brandon Phillips or Zack Cozart, would you consider sitting Phillips more often to play Jose Peraza/Dilson Herrera?
—@handrewmichael

It certainly wouldn’t be the ideal situation, but multiple people may have to sit so Peraza can play at least four games per week. That could mean breaks for Phillips and Cozart, or even Billy Hamilton in center field, which Peraza also plays. Herrera would likely begin the season at Triple-A Louisville if no one is dealt. The club would like to use this season to evaluate and develop the talent it expects to contribute beyond 2017, and Peraza and Herrera are certainly two of those players.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jose peraza, reds

Monday, December 19, 2016

Is there any hope for baseball’s basement dwellers?

We know there’s hope for the teams that just finished in first place. But is there hope for the teams that just finished in last place?

We’ve spent the past week asking that question to people all over baseball, especially in the wake of this sport’s new labor deal. We exempted the Atlanta Braves, a team moving into a new ballpark. We also exempted the Minnesota Twins, a franchise that just installed what is essentially a whole new group at the top of its baseball operations department.

But that still left four fascinating last-place teams with lots of questions about where they’re going, how they’ll get there and how the new labor agreement could affect them (or not). Those teams would be the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and Cincinnati Reds. You’ve heard of them, right?

So let’s buckle them all into our hot seat and hook them up to our cool new gizmo—the Hope Meter. Do they have hope on the field? Do they have hope off the field? It’s time to answer those questions, in order of impact on the franchise, for all four teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 19, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, padres, rays, reds, tanking

Friday, November 04, 2016

GM Dick Williams in control of Reds operations | reds.com

The reliever market gets more expensive every day.

“The bullpen will be interesting to see how it comes together,” Williams said. “The market is going to make it challenging. There is not a ton of options available, and there are a lot of teams talking about needing bullpen help right now. We just have to be careful that we don’t get swept up in a market that is overheated. We’ll monitor that market and try to find value.”
Creative bullpen management was in focus throughout the postseason, with managers not being afraid to go to their setup men in the middle innings and closers as early as the seventh to finish games while throwing 40-50 pitches.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: dick williams, general managers, reds

Friday, January 20, 2012

Thom Brennaman says he’ll broadcast ‘multiple’ games with his HOF dad on the radio this season

RETURN OF THE BRENNAMANSTER! (flee good people…flee!)

Bren

All the Reds trades to bolster the roster sure are nice, but here’s another reason for Reds fans to smile about the upcoming season:

Thom Brennaman promises that he’ll do some games on radio this year with his father, Marty Brennaman. They didn’t do any last year.

“Yes! Write it down in your notebook! We will do multiple games,” said Thom during a “Reds Hot Stove League” commercial break with his father Tuesday at the Holy Grail downtown.

The more he talked, the more he promised.

“I’m hoping we’ll get a chance to do three or four series together on radio,” Thom said.

Repoz Posted: January 20, 2012 at 09:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, business, media, reds

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball

OH NO, EXPO!

Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kevin Goldstein: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 Prospects

System In 20 Words Or Less: Considering the trades made for a 2012 run at the National Leaugue Central, there is still some strength in the system.

Five-Star Prospects
1. Billy Hamilton, SS
2. Devin Mesoraco, C
Three-Star Prospects
3. Zack Cozart, SS
4. Robert Stephenson, RHP
5. Daniel Corcino, RHP
6. J.C. Sulbaran, RHP
7. Didi Gregorius, SS
8. Todd Frazier, UT
9. Neftali Soto, 1B
10. Henry Rodriguez, 2B
Two-Star Prospects
11. Yorman Rodriguez, OF

Nine More:
12. Kyle Lotzkar, RHP: Can’t stay healthy, but continues to tease with some of the best stuff in the system.
13. Kyle Waldrop, OF: Athletic outfielder impressed Pioneer League scouts in 2011, has excellent chance to move up.
14. Donnie Joseph, LHP: Lefty reliever has bat-missing arsenal; could reach big leagues in 2012 with more strikes.
15. Gabriel Rosa, 3B: 2011 second-round pick is raw, but has the potential for plus power and defense.
16. Tony Cingrani, LHP: 2011 third-rounder has crazy number in pro debut, but projects for many as reliever.
17. Ryan LaMarre, OF: 2010 second-rounder has speed and contact ability, but leaves scouts underwhelmed with overall hitting.
18. Tucker Barnhart, C: Will get to the big leagues on defensive chops alone, but backup bat.
19. Juan Duran, OF: Finally began to untap the power in 2011, but is still uncoordinated after growing to six-foot-seven.
20. Ryan Wright, 2B: Overachiever with more skills than tools, but hard not to like.

Tripon Posted: January 17, 2012 at 06:26 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, reds, scouting

Ryan Ludwick to join Reds

Puzzling strategy. With Ludwick, Chris Heisey, Drew Stubbs, and Jay Bruce, aren’t the Reds outfielders going to wilt in the hot sun due to their skin color?

Ryan Ludwick and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made by the team.

An All-Star in 2008 with St. Louis, the 33-year-old Ludwick was traded from San Diego to Pittsburgh at the July 31 deadline last season. He batted a combined .237 with 13 homers and 75 RBIs.

Ludwick could give the Reds the right-handed bat they’ve been seeking to complement lefty sluggers Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. He figures to see playing time in left field, a spot filled mostly by Chris Heisey down the stretch last season after Cincinnati traded Jonny Gomes to Washington in late July.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, pirates, reds

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

MLB: Reds, closer Madson agree on one-year deal

The Reds agreed to terms late Tuesday on a one-year, $10 million contract with free-agent closer Ryan Madson, a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and MLB Network had the initial report of a deal being reached. The Reds have not announced any agreement. A message was left with general manager Walt Jocketty.

Citing sources, Heyman reported earlier in the evening that talks between the two sides were heating up and in the serious stages. However, a source familiar with the situation downplayed the report to MLB.com, saying it was unlikely the Reds would get Madson unless his agent—Scott Boras—came well off the demand of a four-year, $44 million contract he had been reportedly been wanting.

And with this seeming to be a one-year deal for Madson, that certainly appears to be the case.

Talks had been ongoing all winter with former Reds closer Francisco Cordero, who became a free agent after his $12 million club option was not exercised. Cincinnati had a one-year contract offer at an unknown figure on the table but could never reach an agreement with Cordero.

Thanks to Chet.

Repoz Posted: January 11, 2012 at 06:34 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Monday, January 09, 2012

Blasts from the Past

With the Hall of Fame results being announced today, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and dig up some old scouting reports from the Baseball America archives on some of the ballot’s notable candidates. . .

8. Barry Larkin, ss, 21, 5-11, 175, R-R
Larkin looked right at home in AA, hitting .267 for Vermont. He didn’t show power (one home run in 255 at-bats), but that will come. The key for him was just getting his feet on the ground, and he was not overpowered by the high level of competition (21 strikeouts in 255 at-bats). He will have good power for a shortstop.

6. Edgar Martinez, 3b, 25, 5-11, 175, R-R
Martinez’s discipline will produce runs. He’s averaged 70 RBIs the last four years. In the field, he’s solid, with good reactions and the soft hands of a middle infielder.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: January 09, 2012 at 03:27 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, braves, hall of fame, mariners, padres, reds, yankees

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