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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Callis: Ranking the best farm systems of the past five years

No Phils.

In today’s Pipeline Perspectives, Jonathan and I debate which farm system has been the most productive since the end of the 2009 season. My choice was the Nationals, who have developed three budding superstars in Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, two more All-Stars in Ian Desmond and Derek Norris, plus a bunch of complementary players and trade fodder….

4. Royals
Kansas City nearly rode its system to a World Series championship last year, building the second-most homegrown playoff team in 2014—behind only St. Louis. The Royals’ in-house highlights included Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi (the key pieces in the James Shields trade), Salvador Perez and Yordano Ventura.

5. Reds
Cincinnati has harvested a nice combination of blue-chip talent (Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Devin Mesoraco) and solid contributors (most notably, Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger, Zack Cozart, Didi Gregorius, Yasmani Grandal and Mike Leake), though it has traded most of the latter group.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Votto, Phillips: Same team, different approaches

Brandon Phillips, the new Jeff Francoeur.

Nothing against Votto, Phillips says, but he’s up there swinging the bat, believing driving in runs is the best way to help your team win games.

Nothing against Phillips, Votto says, but he believes the best way to score runs is simply getting on base, no matter the situation.

And regardless what statistics may say, they’ll never change their ways, believing their method is best.

“I don’t do that MLB Network on-base percentage (stuff),’’ Phillips told USA TODAY Sports. “I think that’s messing up baseball. I think people now are just worried about getting paid, and worrying about on-base percentage, instead of just winning the game.

“That’s the new thing now. I feel like all of these stats and all of these geeks upstairs, they’re messing up baseball, they’re just changing the game. It’s all about on-base percentage. If you don’t get on base, then you suck. That’s basically what they’re saying. People don’t care about RBI or scoring runs, it’s all about getting on base.

“Why we changing the game after all of this time? If we all just took our walks, nobody would be scoring runs. Nobody would be driving anybody in or getting anybody over. How you doing to play the game like that. People don’t look at doing the things the right way, and doing things to help your team win.

“I remember back in the day you hit .230, you suck. Nowadays, you hit .230, with a .400 on-base percentage, you’re one of the best players in the game. That’s amazing. I’ve never seen (stuff) like that. Times have changed. It’s totally different now.

 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias, a Cuban defector, signed ... | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal writes about the Reds efforts to sign Raisel Iglesias.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: raisel iglesias, reds

Monday, March 16, 2015

Reds will use left-hander Tony Cingrani out of bullpen

“As of right now, we see Cingrani as more of a relief option rather than a starting option,” Price said. “We’re looking at our club and trying to figure out how we’re the best. We brought a bunch of people in that are capable of competing for those jobs, but we don’t have enough innings to give them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 07:22 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, tony cingrani

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Reds prospect arrested, charged with hitting girlfriend with rock

A Reds minor-league prospect was arrested early Saturday morning in Glendale, Ariz., after he was accused of knocking his girlfriend unconscious with a giant rock, azcentral.com reported.

Tanner Rahier, 21, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to injure, according to police reports. He was later released.

Rahier told investigators he did not know the woman and didn’t throw rocks at her. However, police say he got into an argument with a bartender Pullano’s Pizza, refusing to pay his bill. To defuse the situation, Rahier’s girlfriend brought him outside the restaurant, where they began arguing.

Rahier started to throw rocks at his girlfriend, one of which hit her on the side of the head and caused her to lose consciousness, according to police reports. The rock was roughly 8 inches across.

An ambulance transported the woman to the hospital, where she underwent tests. She may need stitches for her injuries.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 10, 2015 at 04:49 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, police blotter, prospects, reds

Monday, March 09, 2015

Major league teams wrestle with personal catchers | www.daytondailynews.com

Managers have to home some type of plan to rest catchers. Personal catchers are as good a way to manage playing time as any.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 07:50 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, cubs, reds

Friday, March 06, 2015

Doc: Reds’ Joey Votto a curious guy

Ted Williams was criticized for his approach as well.

Votto could be right. He could be in the vanguard of how hitters hit and think. At the moment, metrics are discussed by media and front-office types, not players. Maybe Votto bends that discussion.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Bryan Price wants Reds to run like Pete Rose

If I were a betting man, I’d bet that all managers feel the same way.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: pete rose, reds

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Joey Votto to miss start of Reds’ Cactus League games

This isn’t particularly promising either.

Price said Votto hasn’t participated in all of the team’s field drills, but doesn’t expect the star first baseman to miss any significant time. There has been no decision yet on when Votto will begin playing in exhibition games, Price said.

“Those little things, I’m starting to get to the point where those, I’ll be able to join in on and really be a part of nearly everything,” Votto said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Votto defends Reds’ clubhouse leadership | reds.com

Votto responds to Latos’ comments.

“The thing that upsets me the most is the people that are talking about leadership and talking about our clubhouse are not in our clubhouse,” Votto said. “They’re not consistently here to make any sort of comment on the clubhouse. These are guys that very rarely show their face in the clubhouse, are never on the bus, not in the hotel, certainly not on the field, and these guys are constantly commenting on the importance of leadership with no sort of experience to be able to have that conversation. They don’t see the interactions. They don’t see the bench. They’re going to write and talk endlessly on something they have no information on.

“To me, I think that’s doing a disservice to this team. It’s doing a disservice to the front office, to the coaching staff, and I think it’s highly, highly convenient because we lost last year to highlight something like that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Monday, February 23, 2015

Q&A: MAT LATOS OPENS UP

Where’s the manager and coaching staff?

After Bronson, the same exact thing. We had starters in there roping our (clubhouse attendants), like, cattle-roping our clubbies. Guys on their computers, buying stuff, hanging out in the clubhouse. We had a guy with a year-and-a-half in the big leagues wandering around the clubhouse, hanging out. We had a closer in there sleeping until the seventh inning. We lose that veteran leadership, that’s what happens. You can’t have that ... it turns into a circus.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, matt latos, padres, reds

Thursday, February 12, 2015

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #4 — Bob Howsam

Architect of the late 60’s Cardinals World Series teams and the Big Red Machine.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, history, reds

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Schoenfield: Ranking the teams: 24 through 19

Can the Yankees compete with the large market teams?

Due for a better year: Rodriguez? CC Sabathia? Carlos Beltran? Take your old, injured veteran and project better numbers. And then go buy a lottery ticket.

Due for a worse year: Did Miller turn the corner in 2014? After averaging 5.3 walks per nine innings over his career, he lowered that to 2.5 while striking out a dominant 14.9 per nine. The Yankees forked over a lot of money to get the big lefty and now he and Betances could make for the best one-two relief punch in the majors if Miller replicates his 2014 success.

I’m just the messenger: Can the Yankees get 90 starts from Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda? Those three combined for just 41 last season, although Tanaka and Pineda pitched some sweet baseball when healthy. All are major health risks, of course, but keep this in mind as well: The Yankees are losing some quality starts from 2014. Kuroda, McCarthy, Greene and Phelps combined for 77 starts and a solid 3.68 ERA. Even if those guys stay healthy they may not be any better than that rate of production.

The final word: The Yankees have been outscored each of the past two years, although they managed to finish over .500 both seasons. While a lot of people are pointing to a healthier rotation and better seasons from some of the veterans as reasons the Yankees will contend this year, I turn that around and say: Who’s a good bet to improve? The only thing I’m sure of is the Yankees will have better defense at shortstop. I’m taking the under .500—for the first time since 1992.

Prediction: 78-84

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david schoenfield, marlins, rays, reds, white sox, yankees

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Reds Extend Devin Mesoraco – MLB Trade Rumors

Mesoraco will receive a $28MM guarantee, MLBTR has learned. He receives a $500K signing bonus and will earn $2.4MM in 2015, $4.9MM in 2016, $7.2MM in 2017 and $13MM in 2018.  The contract also contains an additional $2MM worth of performance bonuses for a max of $30MM over the four-year term.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 07:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: devin mesoraco, reds

Friday, January 16, 2015

Arthur Rhodes officially retires

MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that reliever Arthur Rhodes has officially retired from baseball.

Rhodes hasn’t pitched since 2011, but I think he still deserves a proper sendoff. 20 years, 900 games, 1,152 strikeouts, one All-Star berth, and two of the biggest earrings you ever saw.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reds have deal in place for Marlon Byrd

Looks like the Reds have their new left fielder. Marlon Byrd is going to be traded to the Reds from the Phillies, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. In return, the Phillies will get at least minor-league pitcher Ben Lively while also sending some cash to the Reds, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox.

Byrd, 37, will make $8 million this coming season and has a vesting option—that will trigger if he gets 550 plate appearances in 2015—for $8 million in 2016.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 31, 2014 at 01:52 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: ben lively, marlon byrd, phillies, reds, trade

Monday, December 29, 2014

Marlon Byrd Trade Between Phillies, Reds Fell Through

Will the Byrd fly the coop?

The Phillies are in clear rebuild mode, having dealt Jimmy Rollins and Antonio Bastardo this offseason, and they appear to have had a third trade in the works before it fell through. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Phillies and Reds were close to a trade that would’ve sent Marlon Byrd to Cincinnati before talks broke down (Twitter link). The other players in the trade are unclear at this point, though Morosi notes that the Reds and Phils could still re-work the deal.

The Reds have a known need for a left fielder, although it’s somewhat interesting that they’ve been pursuing upgrades via trade, considering the fact that they, too, have looked to be in the midst of a rebuild. The Reds have dealt Mat Latos to the Marlins and Alfredo Simon to the Tigers in a pair of trades aimed at the future. It’s possible that the Byrd trade talks took place before those moves, and the team has simply changed directions, but it’s also possible that they feel they can contend even after moving a pair of arms and weakening their rotation.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: marlon byrd, phillies, reds, trade rumors

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

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