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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

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Buchanan: Joey Votto happy with 2016 performance, team’s direction

“Personally, until (Mike) Trout came into the league, I thought every year that I would be in the conversation for best player in the game and he f——-d that up for everybody,” Votto said. “Babe Ruth and Ted Williams included. He’s ruining it for everyone.”

FactCheck: AWESOME.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: October 02, 2016 at 06:09 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, joey votto, mike trout, reds

Friday, September 30, 2016

Molina’s walk-off 2B keeps Cards in WC hunt | MLB.com

It was a weird end. Watching the game, I agree with the umps. Price waited too long.

Molina stepped to the plate with two out and the potential winning run on first and ripped a ball to left field. It bounced off the warning track and hit a panel of signage beyond the wall before caroming back into play. A throw from left fielder Adam Duvall was too late to get Carpenter, who slid into home to initiate the celebration.

Statcast measures the exit velocity of Yadier Molina’s double and Matt Carpenter’s max speed as he scores the game-winning run

As the Cardinals carried that celebration into the dugout, the Reds remained on the field wanting to challenge that the ball should have been ruled dead—and Molina, therefore, awarded a ground-rule double—when it hit the signage. Reds manager Bryan Price waited too long before requesting a review, and the game officially ended.

“In this situation, Bryan Price did not come up on the top step,” crew chief Bill Miller told a pool reporter after the game. “We stayed there. I waited for my partners to come off the field. I looked into the dugout, the Cincinnati dugout, and Bryan Price made no eye contact with me whatsoever, and then after 30 seconds he finally realized, somebody must have told him what had happened, and we were walking off the field.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, reds

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Reds’ Pitching Might Be The Worst Of All Time

. Somehow the Reds have been the only staff in MLB history to post a cumulative WAR below the replacement level. Not every Cincinnati hurler has been historically bad — Anthony DeSclafani has done admirable work, leading the team with 1.9 WAR, and Raisel Iglesias has 1.3 WAR with a superb 3.30 FIP. But by the logic of the theory that underpins WAR, the Reds’ sub-replacement tally means they could have stocked their entire pitching staff with nothing but freely available fringe players and AAA callups, and they’d have won an additional game. To find another team that could say that, you’d need to hark back 127 years (!!) to the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys, whose 23-113 record still stands as second-worst in the long annals of major-league failure.

But that’s just according to FanGraphs’ model of WAR, which parcels out pitching credit (or, in this case, blame) based on FIP. Baseball-Reference.com’s competing WAR model2 uses runs allowed — a fielding dependent statistic — as its starting point, before accounting for a pitcher’s defensive support using fielding metrics. Oftentimes, the two varieties of WAR will be in agreement, but they do not see eye to eye on Cincinnati’s place in baseball history: According to the B–R version, not only are the Reds not the worst staff ever, but their 4.3 pitching WAR is only the fourth-worst tally of 2016.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 20, 2016 at 05:42 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: fivethirtyeight, reds

Reds set new record for home runs allowed in a season

It’s been a real team effort.

With Jason Heyward‘s eighth-inning two-run home run off of Blake Wood on Monday night, the Reds set a new ignominious record, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports. The club has now allowed 242 home runs, surpassing the 241 the 1996 Tigers yielded. ....

Brandon Finnegan has allowed the most home runs on the team with 29 followed by Dan Straily at 28. Because the Reds have struggled to keep other pitchers in the rotation, eight other pitchers have given up double-digit home runs including five who have made at least 10 starts.

Coming into Monday’s action, Major League pitching had allowed 5,218 home runs. The Reds’ 239 at the time represented 4.58 percent of that total. The Twins had allowed the second-most at 209, or 4.0 percent. By the way, that 5,218 total was already the sixth-highest total in major league history. Thank you, Reds.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: September 20, 2016 at 02:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, reds

Monday, September 19, 2016

Reds offense good enough to win now

On the year, the offense is nothing special. The Reds are No. 9 in NL runs scored. But as anyone still following the once-miserable Redlegs can attest, it’s a different team from the first half.

The post-All-Star break Reds rank top-five in runs scored, having plated more runs than both the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Of course, runs scored is hardly a tell-all metric. But even a more granular look into the Reds offense reveals more evidence of the team’s ability to score with the NL’s best. On the entire year, the Reds rank No. 12 in wRC+. But since the break, the Reds rank No. 3 in wRC+ and are just one of three NL teams over 100 in that category….

Plenty of players share responsibility for the team’s dramatic turnaround. Of course, everyone remembers the brutal start of Joey Votto, who hit .200 in May. He finished the first half hitting .252, still an impressive feat considering his start.

Votto is hitting .401 for the second half and is starting to generate MVP whispers.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 19, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Monday, September 12, 2016

Reds’ Next Starting Rotation Full Of Potential

Hope in Cincy.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez signs with Reds | MLB.com

The Reds’ latest splurge into the Cuban free-agent market culminated on Wednesday, when the signing of pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez was completed. Gutierrez was at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday for his physical, which he passed before the signing was made official. It is a Minor League contract, and the right-hander will not occupy a spot on the 40-man roster.

MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported on Aug. 30, via an industry source, that the Reds and Gutierrez had a $4.75 million deal. Gutierrez, who hails from Pinar del Rio, Cuba, turns 21 on Sept. 18.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 12:34 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, reds, vladimir gutierrez

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Jay Bruce clarifies report he did not want to be traded to Mets - NY Daily News

“The Reds came to me very early in the process and asked me where I wanted to go and I gave them three places I wanted to go and New York wasn’t one of them.

Seth Lugo keeps Mets rolling in 5-1 win over Nationals
“But that has nothing to do with the Mets or New York or anything like that. I had personal ties with places I wanted to go. It ended up not working out.”

What places? “San Francisco, Texas and L.A.,” Bruce said.

So is he upset to be a Met? “Absolutely not. I got a chance to come play in a playoff race and I’m so happy to be here. Things get misconstrued. Yes, New York was not on my list initially, that’s really all there is to it. Definitely wasn’t as comfortable with New York as I was the other places, but I’m happy to be here and we’re doing exactly what I hoped to do when I got here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets, reds

Monday, September 05, 2016

Report: Before trade to the Mets, Jay Bruce asked to be sent ‘anywhere but New York’ | For The Win

Fatherhood has not hurt Bruce. He isn’t losing sleep or wasting energy changing diapers. Actually, he was still in Cincinnati when he became a father and was having a great year. Then they traded him to New York and his numbers declined in a New York minute. I was told when he knew he would be traded he went to the Reds and asked them to trade him anywhere but to New York. Guess they didn’t hear him right and thought he said, “Please trade me to New York.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2016 at 11:21 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets, reds

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Reds prospect Nick Senzel raking in Minors | reds.com

With his hitting skills, Senzel could be on the fast track to the Majors. He watched with interest as three 2015 first-round picks were recently promoted to the Majors in their first full pro seasons. That included overall No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson by the Braves, No. 2 pick Alex Bregman by the Astros and seventh pick Andrew Benintendi by the Red Sox.
“You’re always hopeful. You look at those guys ... get there their first full year, as a player and a college hitter that makes you hungry to get up there,” Senzel said. “I feel like different organizations have different plans. Whatever their plan is, you have to trust the process. At the same time, you want to do well at every level you’re in and move up as fast as you can.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nick senzel, prospects, reds

Monday, August 08, 2016

MLB notebook: Brian Bannister’s hands-on help a boon to Red Sox staff | Boston Herald

Interesting stuff. RTFA.

Brian Bannister’s kids know a ton more about pitching than you do.

Their combined ages are 11.

“I spend so much of my time, days, preparing how to say something to a guy in two minutes,” said Bannister, the Red Sox director of pitching analysis and development. “The bulk of my life is trying to take something very complicated and being able to tell it to my 4-year-old son (Atley) or 7-year-old daughter (Brynn). If I can tell it to them, then I know it can be explained quickly to somebody else.

“That’s always the goal. You’re not trying to make it complicated, you’re trying to make it actionable so somebody can go out and use it at the highest level of competition.”

He’s not kidding — he really does try out his material at home.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brian bannister, reds

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Reds Benefit from Error, Expected to Sign Undrafted Talent | FanGraphs Baseball

UPDATE: 8/4/2016: Friedl signed today for about $730k. Since the initial publication of this article, scouts have contacted me and alerted me that they knew he was draft eligible (though it’s clear some teams didn’t), as did Friedl, but that Friedl wasn’t going to sign after his R-Soph year unless he got the kind of money that he ended up getting today from the Reds. Scouts who saw him this spring didn’t think he was worth that sort of bonus. Scouts who saw him this summer however, did.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 01:45 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, t.j. fried

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Doc: MLB trade deadline is baseball at its worst

Dumbest column of the day?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, trade deadline

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Rovell: Lowlight Of The Night: Joey Votto

Disagree with Rovell. The fan deserved Joey’s scorn.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 02, 2016 at 10:24 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, joey votto, reds, trolling

Monday, August 01, 2016

MLB.com: Myers swipes home in the 6th

Welcome back, Homer.

Wil Myers breaks for home after Homer Bailey turns his back on the plate and pulls off the steal for the Padres’ second run of the game

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, oops, padres, reds, steals home, wil myers

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Reds’ Joey Votto is the super-villain baseball needs

Joey Votto appears to be auditioning for a role as a WWE heel.

Moe Greene Posted: July 28, 2016 at 06:52 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Slate: Out at Home

Reds fans couldn’t help but think the Griffeys should’ve reunited in Cincinnati. Junior’s ancestral connection to the Big Red Machine explained a lot of the fervor over his eventual homecoming. Just as important was his star power, which transcended his sport in a way that doesn’t really happen in baseball today. (Try to imagine local news helicopters tracking the homecoming of, say, Dallas-born Clayton Kershaw.) Griffey had endorsement deals with Pepsi, Nabisco, and AOL; he had a hugely popular video game; he had a sprawling relationship with Nike, seen most famously in the ads that pushed “Griffey for President.” And yet, in an era when TV money had not yet semileveled the playing field, baseball’s most famous player chose to go to Cincinnati, one of the game’s smallest markets. To make that happen, Griffey agreed to a team-friendly extension: a nine-year deal for $112.5 million that made him just the seventh-highest-paid player in the game (And that didn’t even account for the fact that more than half of the money was deferred.) “If the player owns a Rolls-Royce and he chooses to sell it at Volkswagen prices, that’s his right,” agent Scott Boras groused. The contract’s details reportedly moved Bud Selig to the verge of tears.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: July 24, 2016 at 10:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ken griffey, jr., mariners, reds, trades

Saturday, July 23, 2016


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