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Friday, July 31, 2015

Twitter: Giants get Leake

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, mike leake, reds, trade rumors, trades

Monday, July 27, 2015

Early returns on Cueto deal look good for Reds | FOX Sports

Rosenthal’s take on the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 12:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals, trades

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Reds trade Johnny Cueto to Royals | reds.com

Finally, after almost a day of speculation, the Royals completed a trade for Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto.

The deal was announced during the third inning of the Royals-Astros game on Sunday: Cueto and cash considerations to the Royals for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 04:59 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals

Sunday Notes: Tigers, Pillar, Pirates’ Bell, Correa, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s lastest. That’s L-A-U-R-I-L-I-A.

Carlos Correa is on the cusp of stardom at a young age. Two months shy of his 21st birthday, the Astros shortstop is hitting a precocious .292/.337/.532, with 21 extra-base knocks in 154 at bats.

According to manager A.J. Hinch, the youngster is attentive to a fault. After an at bat, or following a game, he’ll often seek “affirmation on what he sees versus what we see.”

“He’ll want to know that his load is on time,” elaborated Hinch. “He’ll want to see if the ball is borderline, in, out, up, down. He’ll want to know what we thought from the side. His front foot in his timing, how high his hands get, how high his load gets… that’s always a point of emphasis for him. He’s very mechanically sound, and very tuned in to his body and how his swing operates.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos correa, kevin pillar, notes, pirates, reds, tigers

Frazier homers, Cueto pitches gem amid trade rumors | FOX Sports

The Royals were close to trading for Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto before the deal fell through, major-league sources told FOX Sports.

The issue, the sources said, was that one of the players going from the Royals to the Reds did not check out medically. At that point, the deal was nullified.

The near-trade created a dramatic scene among Reds officials and players prior to their game Saturday evening against the Colorado Rockies. Not long before the first pitch, Cueto’s fellow starter Michael Lorenzen began warming up because the Reds believed there was a high probability Cueto would be scratched once the deal was formally agreed upon.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals, trade rumors

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

No contender needs Johnny Cueto more than Kansas City Royals | FOX Sports

Unless, of course, Cueto has physical issues.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 05:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals

Monday, July 20, 2015

Despite managerial issues, the Angels are focused.

Sometimes a midseason managerial change sparks a ballclub. But a team sparked by a midseason Civil War in which the general manager resigns because he can’t coexist with the manager? That’s a new one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, notes, orioles, reds, rumors

Full Count: Trade deadline looming | FOX Sports

Robothal’s latest.

My guess: The stalemate is going to continue, maybe right until the final days leading to the deadline. The buyers need a fuller picture of who exactly is available and how those pitchers are performing. The sellers, meanwhile, need the urgency of the deadline to spur action — and in some cases, more time to polish their goods.

I’m not talking about Hamels, who will return to his old self the moment he escapes the losing, angst-ridden environment in Philadelphia. But Cueto’s six-walk performance on Sunday likely renewed concerns for teams already worried about his elbow; his average fastball velocity of 92.68 mph was his second-lowest of the season, according to Brooksbaseball.net (the only game in which Cueto’s velocity was lower was on May 19, after which he missed a start due to stiffness in his elbow).


Johnny Cueto has rare rough outing vs. Indians | reds.com

This does not help his trade value.

“You have a better chance of coming out and seeing him throw a one-hit shutout then you have him walking six guys and walking in some guys with the bases loaded,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It was just a bad day.”
“I feel really well today, I feel outstanding today,” Cueto said through translator Tomas Vera. “But things happen. This is what happened. I don’t think [very often] in my career I’ve walked six batters in one game. It just happened. Things happened. It’s as simple as that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Reds front office waiting for offers

The fire sale is in full swing. The Reds have put all the players they willing to part with on the shelf. Owner Bob Castellini has given go-ahead to trade as needed.

Nobody has bought yet. But it will happen. It’s a matter of how many players will go.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trade rumors

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Perfect compromise for solving the Pete Rose controversy | New York Post

That’s the problem. If he’s the same guy he was 25 years ago, he doesn’t deserve a second chance.

“If [Commissioner Rob Manfred] is a fair man, if he’s going to give someone a second chance, I’ll be the happiest guy in the world,” Rose told Fox’s Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday. “But I understand he’s got a tough job. But I’m a good guy. I’m not the same guy that I was 25 years ago.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, reds

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The Reds are holding up trade traffic, according to Jon Morosi

THIS TIME IT COUNTS

According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, Walt Jocketty is hauling the obnoxiously slow boat that’s clogging up the left lane of the baseball world.

If that’s tangibly true, it confirms at least one of the two nonsensical dogmas Reds fans have heard whispers about for months, with the off chance that both head-scratching theories are true.  If there’s a hard deadline that’s been put in place for all potential deals and said deadline comes after the city of Cincinnati gets to host the All Star Game, either the front office of the Reds is prioritizing having Reds players in the All Star Game more than them being healthy trade chips, or the front office is deluded enough to think the next week’s worth of games still has significant bearing on whether the Reds can be a contender in 2015.  Or both, if you’re way into baseball masochism.

You can bend your mind a bit to see that the Reds’ unwillingness to yield carries with it a bit of admirability, at least in a Spartan sort of way.  Perhaps they’re determined to fight until the end against all odds in some grandiose attempt at generating pride through unsuccessful stubbornness.  Perhaps the front office came across a spare $200 million that the rest of the world is unaware of and they plan on using it to keep the likes of Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman around for the rest of their playing days.


Saturday, June 27, 2015


Monday, June 22, 2015

ESPN: Entries in long-hidden notebook show Pete Rose bet on baseball as player

For analysis on this, let’s turn to FOX analyst Pete Rose.

For 26 years, Pete Rose has kept to one story: He never bet on baseball while he was a player.

Yes, he admitted in 2004, after almost 15 years of denials, he had placed bets on baseball, but he insisted it was only as a manager.
 
But new documents obtained by Outside the Lines indicate Rose bet extensively on baseball—and on the Cincinnati Reds—as he racked up the last hits of a record-smashing career in 1986. The documents go beyond the evidence presented in the 1989 Dowd report that led to Rose’s banishment and provide the first written record that Rose bet while he was still on the field.

“This does it. This closes the door,” said John Dowd, the former federal prosecutor who led MLB’s investigation.

The documents are copies of pages from a notebook seized from the home of former Rose associate Michael Bertolini during a raid by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in October 1989, nearly two months after Rose was declared permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball. Their authenticity has been verified by two people who took part in the raid, which was part of a mail fraud investigation and unrelated to gambling. For 26 years, the notebook has remained under court-ordered seal and is currently stored in the National Archives’ New York office, where officials have declined requests to release it publicly.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2015 at 01:12 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: banishment, gambling, pete rose, reds

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hamilton thinks about giving up switch-hitting

You can’t? Somebody should tell Pablo and Shane.

“It’s on my mind all the time,” he said. “Here lately, a bunch of guys have done it. Pablo (Sandoval) did it. Shane Victorino did it. It’s something you can’t do in the middle of the season. You can’t go from being left-hander to facing righty-on-righty. You can’t do it in the middle of the season.

“But it’s something I’ve really been thinking about to do. I’m starting to feel a little more comfortable left-handed. It’s something I’ve got to keep working hard at.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, reds

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Fay: Given injuries, firing Price would be foolish

A case for keeping Bryan Price.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bryan price, reds

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Votto joins Bench in record books with 3 homers | reds.com

Joey Votto on Tuesday night etched his name on a Reds list that only Johnny Bench is also on.

Votto knocked three home runs against the Phillies to lead Cincinnati to an 11-2 victory and secure the three-game series at Great American Ball Park. The three-homer game was Votto’s third of his career and catapulted him into the record books as one of only two Reds to ever have three career three-home run games—with the other being Bench.
“It’s very cliche to say it, but any time you’re alongside a name like that, it’s an honor, it’s meaningful,” Votto said. “I’m humbled by it. I’m certainly not in his class, but to do something that he’s done before is meaningful to me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Monday, June 01, 2015

Joey Votto drew a three-ball walk

In the seventh inning on Sunday, Votto drew a three-ball walk against Nationals reliever Matt Grace. The Reds had already scored once to break a 2-2 tie prior to the walk, but they went on to score five more en route to an 8-2 win.

I didn’t realize the Canadian exchange rate had gotten so bad.


Monday, May 25, 2015

All-Star Game shouldn’t stop slumping Reds from firing Price | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal wants Bryan Price fired.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bryan price, reds

Thursday, May 21, 2015

How has instant replay changed baserunning? - Bucs Dugout

As Brandon Phillips put it, the game changes and adjustments simply have to made. The keys for fielders today are simply to be more precise with their tags, and to make sure baserunners who should be called out are, in fact, called out.

“But now you have to make sure to try your best not to make any mistakes because people can reverse the call,” Phillips said. “So that is one that does cross everybody’s mind. They want to make sure that they do make things happen, that they make sure they do get that guy out.”

So, instant replay has changed the game in intended and perhaps some interestingly unintended ways. As Clint Hurdle succinctly summarized this new era of tag play replay: “There is no doubt it’s become more physical around the base. You got to get down there and stick your nose in there and stick with the play. Both sides.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 21, 2015 at 11:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, pirates, reds, rules of the game

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Cincinnati Reds are at a fork in the road

You are arrive at a fork in the road, take it.

If you choose to rebuild ...

You’re believing that in three years, Johnny Cueto and Joey Votto are not going to be cornerstones of a contending roster, so there’s no sense in paying them both as much as some small-market teams will pay their entire roster. You’re believing that Phillips is done for, Bruce is Ben Grieve, Cozart isn’t a building block and Hamilton is just as likely to be a role player as a star. Or, if you’re not completely dejected, you’re believing in just one or two of those, and that’s enough to make you hope the Reds start over.

You’re believing in the haul that the Reds can get from their pending free agents, Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake, can include a future star and several future contributors. You’re believing that the haul could be supplemented with aggressive, Beane-style moves, in which players are traded a year too early rather than a year too late. If you don’t think Cueto can be replaced and that Votto is somewhere between good and great (but not an MVP), it would make a lot of sense to explore what Aroldis Chapman, Cozart and even Todd Frazier could fetch.

The 2016 Reds could look like the 2014 Astros, except where that would have been an insult last year, you can see how it’s a compliment now. Here, I’ll start:

Johnny Cueto = one top-30 prospect, two additional prospects
Aroldis Chapman = one top-50 prospect, two additional prospects
Todd Frazier = two top-100 prospects, one additional prospect
Zack Cozart = one top-100 prospect, one additional prospect
Mike Leake = one top-100 prospect, one additional prospect

The Reds opened the season with three prospects in the top 100, according to Baseball America. Here’s a chance to have nine, with a half-dozen additional prospects thrown in.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2015 at 03:55 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, trades

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bruce Chen Announces Retirement

“Today, I would like to announce my retirement.  For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate”

Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: May 19, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, bruce chen, expos, indians, mets, orioles, phillies, rangers, red sox, reds

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Marshall needs second shoulder surgery | reds.com

This is not good.

Reds left-handed reliever Sean Marshall’s efforts to come back from shoulder surgery took a terrible turn when it was revealed he will need another season-ending operation in the same shoulder.

Marshall is scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek will perform the procedure.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 06:55 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, sean marshall

Monday, May 11, 2015

Olney: Laying out each team’s Mount Rushmore and ranking the quartets

The Mount Rushmore for BTF: Chris Truby, Mike Piazza, Madeline Albright, and Frank Tanana.

And Mike Crudale.

So I picked my own four for each club, and then ranked the 30 sets of four. Here they are, from the best to the fourth-best (in my opinion) for each franchise:

1. Giants: Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Christy Mathewson, Willie McCovey

2. Yankees: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mariano Rivera (see below)

3. Cardinals: Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson

4. Red Sox: Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Cy Young, Pedro Martinez

5. Tigers: Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Miguel Cabrera, Al Kaline

6. Reds: Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Frank Robinson

7. Twins: Walter Johnson, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett

8. Athletics: Rickey Henderson, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Reggie Jackson

9. Braves: Hank Aaron, Greg Maddux, Warren Spahn, Chipper Jones

10. Dodgers: Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Clayton Kershaw


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Votto Ejected, May Face Further Discipline.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto was ejected from Wednesday’s game vs. the Pirates and could be facing further discipline after bumping home-plate umpire Chris Conroy.

During a scoreless game, Votto struck out to end the top of the third inning and was visibly upset, yelling and spiking his helmet as he walked away. Votto also appeared to say something toward starting pitcher Gerrit Cole in the Pirates’ third-base dugout before Conroy ejected him while Votto’s back was turned.

I always thought of Votto as the quiet type.

Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: May 06, 2015 at 09:29 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: ejections, reds

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