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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Players Honor Prince by Changing Walkup Music.

Later in the evening, a handful of players changed their walk-up music to Prince songs, including the Reds’ Brandon Phillips, the Orioles’ Adam Jones, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and the Rangers’ Bryan Holaday.

As a rule, I don’t get worked up over celebrity deaths. But this one hurts.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 21, 2016 at 10:59 PM | 670 comment(s)
  Beats: death, music, orioles, rangers, reds, twins, yankees

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Reds’ Jay Bruce, Joey Votto working on bunting this spring

It’s all about the shift.

It’s hard not to notice all the real estate on the left side of the infield when Jay Bruce comes up to bat. Most teams employ an extreme shift with Bruce at the plate, moving the second baseman into short right field, the shortstop behind the bag and the third baseman at the normal shortstop position.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, joey votto, reds

Monday, February 22, 2016

Blue Jays looking to trade for Reds’ Jay Bruce | MLB.com

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman was the first to report Toronto’s interest in the 28-year-old former Silver Slugger. Heyman tweeted Monday that a three-team deal was in the works that would send Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders to the Angels, Bruce to the Blue Jays and undisclosed players going to the Reds.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2016 at 09:48 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, blue jays, jay bruce, michael saunders, reds, trade rumors

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds | FanGraphs Baseball

The Reds top prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 31, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, prospects reports, reds

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Reds’ Devin Mesoraco says his hip is no problem leading to spring

Devin Mesoraco says he’s pain-free and has been doing all the catching drills he needs to do to be ready for spring training, despite his June hip surgery.

“I’ve done everything, I’ve been hitting for a couple of months. Catching-wise, I’ve been blocking, throwing, receiving, doing just about everything with no pain,” Mesoraco said on Wednesday at the announcement for the Reds hosting the 2016 and 2017 R.B.I. World Series. “Everything’s been as planned.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 28, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: devin mesoraco, reds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pete Rose to be inducted into Reds Hall of Fame

Pete Rose is going into the Hall of Fame.

No, Rob Manfred hasn’t had a change of heart. The all-time hits leader will be honored as a member of the Reds Hall of Fame.

“Inducting Pete into the Reds Hall of Fame will be a defining moment in the 147-year history of this storied franchise,” team president Bob Castellini said Tuesday (via WXIX-TV) in a prepared statement. “He is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Reds uniform and it will be an unforgettable experience watching him being honored as such.”...

A ceremony to honor Rose is scheduled to take place during the 2016 Reds Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, June 24-26.

This will tarnish the great institution that houses Chris Sabo!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 19, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, reds

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Stark:  The odd and troubling state of the National League

The Reds—“They’re in Houston mode, 100 percent. They tried it the other way. Now they’re the biggest example of doing it this way. They’re willing to do pretty much whatever has to be done.”...

Over and over, we heard executives of clubs on both sides of this divide say they think this approach was inspired by the success of the Astros. And why the heck not? They stripped down their payroll. They averaged 108 losses a year for three years. They became the first club in history to hold the first pick in the draft three years in a row. And then ... (ta-daaaa) ... they used all that mega-losing to catapult themselves from 111 losses to a playoff spot in just two years.

Oh, there were other reasons the Astros won, of course. But does anyone dispute that they analyzed this system, then did all they could to make it work? So have they plotted a course that has led the NL to this place, as other teams look for exactly the same edge?

TDF, situational idiot Posted: January 14, 2016 at 02:19 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brewers, phillies, reds, tanking

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ken Rosenthal: New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman pulling out plenty of tricks in acquiring Aroldis Chapman, Starlin Castro for mid-level prospects | FOX Sports

They didn’t give up much. They can try and sign Chapman. If they can’t they will get a compensation pick. A nice deal for the Yankees.

Oh, the Yankees hated losing right-hander Rookie Davis, whom some scouts view as a potential a No. 3 starter. Former first-round pick Eric Jagielo, though, had no chance of passing first-base prospect Greg Bird, particularly when he has struggled to stay healthy. The other two players whom the Yankees sent to the Reds—second baseman Tony Renda and right-hander Caleb Cotham—were described as organizational filler.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, reds, trade, yankees

Monday, December 28, 2015

Bryan Hoch on Twitter: “Yankees have acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Reds”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2015 at 04:33 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, reds, trade, yankees

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Why won’t Phillips accept a trade? | The Real McCoy - daytondailynews

Maybe the guy likes Cincy and doesn’t want to move his family.

TO TURN DOWN TWO trades is a selfish move. The team doesn’t want him. Yes, he is within his contractural rights. But does he want to win? He could have played next year in Washington for the same salary he will make from the Reds in 2016 and have a chance to win.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, reds

Thursday, December 24, 2015

One of the saddest moments in Reds’ history, 40 years later

Here’s a nice story about the very short life of the Reds Jim McGlothlin.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jim mcglothlin, reds

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Brandon Phillips’ future with Reds uncertain | MLB.com

If the Reds didn’t want the complications of negotiating with Phillips to make a deal, they should have traded him before he earned his 10/5 rights. Sheldon’s talk about releasing him or threatening his playing time is just silly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, reds

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Chances of deal for Brandon Phillips appear to be fading - The Washington Post

Phillips is staying in Cincy through 2018 if he wants to stay there.

Among the issues the Reds needed to resolve with Phillips was the question of money deferred in the six-year, $72.5 million contract extension he signed in 2012, according to that person. Phillips moved his family to Cincinnati year-round, and has played for the Reds since 2006, though some speculated he might be willing to leave the area to reunite with Dusty Baker, his former manager.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 05:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, reds

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sports on Earth: Ten Years of Three Team Trades

The three-team trade is nothing new by any means, though it has become increasingly common in recent years. The first three-team deal on record came in 1904 when the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds all teamed up for a relatively tame three-player swap.

Three-team trades tend to be a bit more complex nowadays, as was the case Wednesday when the White Sox acquired slugger Todd Frazier from the Reds. In order to do so, the White Sox sent a package of prospects to the Dodgers, who, in turn, sent a trio of their own prospects to the Reds.

This marked the 17th three-team trade in the last 10 years, with the previous 16 producing various results. In some cases, it’s become obvious which team(s) got the better deal, while others proved to be relatively even and some still remain up in the air. The following is a look at each of the 16 three-team trades over the past decade:


Nationals eye Brandon Phillips, Daniel Murphy | MLB.com

Are the Nationals really interested in Murphy or are they trying to pressure the Reds a little to get them to agree on a Phillips deal?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2015 at 06:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon phillips, daniel murphy, nationals, reds

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Reds trade Todd Frazier to White Sox | MLB.com

The White Sox have acquired All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Reds as part of a three-team deal that includes the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.

None of the three clubs has confirmed the deal.

The Reds get prospects Jose Peraza, Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler from the Dodgers in the deal while prospects Frankie Montas, Trayce Thompson and Micah Johnson go from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds, trades, white sox

Monday, December 07, 2015

Police report: Aroldis Chapman fired gunshots, ‘choked’ girlfriend in domestic incident

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman allegedly fired eight gunshots in the garage of his Miami-area home following an October argument with his girlfriend in which she told police he “choked” her and pushed her against a wall, according to police reports obtained by Yahoo Sports.

No arrests were made after the incident, in which more than a dozen police officers were dispatched to Chapman’s home in Davie, Fla., around 11 p.m. on Oct. 30. Chapman’s girlfriend exited the house and hid in bushes following the argument that stemmed from something she found on Chapman’s cellphone, according to the police report….

The Reds have attempted to trade Chapman in recent weeks and were believed to have completed a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday until word of the incident held up the deal, sources told Yahoo Sports. Through a spokesman, Major League Baseball confirmed to Yahoo Sports that it would investigate the incident.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 10:04 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, dodgers, domestic violence, police blotter, reds

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: “BREAKING:

I will update as more info becomes available.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, dodgers, reds, trades, winter meetings

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Joey Votto won’t waive trade clause with Reds | MLB.com

$24.88 million is chump change now. Right?

“I absolutely love playing here,” Votto said during Redsfest on Friday. “When all this trade stuff gets going, it’s natural for a player to have that thought process and what would you consider? I just absolutely love playing here. I really like where I live. I like my team and my job. I like the location of the ballpark and the fans and the clubhouse and the uniform and the number on my back—all the littlest things that people take for granted are very comfortable to me and something I look forward to. I don’t think of myself as anything other than a Cincinnati Red. It’s one of the really cool things about having a no-trade clause. I’m one of the rare players who has that. I get to stay a Cincinnati Red.

Walt Jocketty and Dick Williams field questions at Redsfest about their approach heading into 2016 and if they will trade Aroldis Chapman
“I look at guys in all kinds of different sports and I admire the players that stick with one franchise and do well and ride out the rough times and experience the highs, instead of it being the kind of experience that you consume.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2015 at 07:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Breakout Candidates for 2016: Cincinnati Reds - Minor League Ball

I’m very high on Iglesias as well.

Top Candidate:  Raisel Iglesias. In his October report on Cincinnati’s rookie starters, John highlighted many of the reasons to be excited about Iglesias heading into 2016.  In 95.1 innings during his rookie campaign, the Cuban import registered impressive peripheral markers including 9.82 K/9, 2.64 BB/9, and a 3.28 xFIP.  His mediocre 4.15 ERA obscures his overall talent level.  Given all of the challenges he faced in his transition to pro-ball in the U.S., I am wildly optimistic about what his career could look like going forward.

In a seven game stretch from August through the start of September, Iglesias looked like one of the best pitchers in baseball.  That period culminated in three starts with double-digit strikeouts giving fans a sense of what Iglesias could be in the long run.  Ultimately, the Reds shut him down in mid-September as a precaution against the fatigue of an increased workload at the highest level.

It is clear that Iglesias is much better than the bullpen arm many people expected when he signed in the summer of 2014.  His ability to miss bats and dominate over extended outings gives him the highest ceiling of any Reds starter.  Lefties were tough on Iglesias in 2015, handling him to the tune of a .332 wOBA.  Pitch fX data indicates that his change up has the potential to be a serious weapon, but he only threw it 11.6% of the time last year.  It could be that Iglesias is an adjustment to his approach and pitch usage away from conquering lefties and cementing his place at the top of the Reds rotation.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, reds

Friday, November 06, 2015

Milwaukee - Baseball Prospectus: NL CENTRAL’S TOP-50 PROSPECTS

Baseball Prospectus breaks down the Top 50 by division.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, cubs, pirates, prospects, reds

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Reds Promote Dick Williams to GM

My first thought was that Walt Jocketty had brought THE Dick Williams back from the beyond, just so he could get fired in season a record fifth time.

severian Posted: November 04, 2015 at 03:25 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dick williams, reds, walt jocketty

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

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