Found January 24, 2012 on Reds Minor Leagues:
Devin Mesoraco came into the 2011 season fresh off of a huge breakout year for him in which he hit .302/.377/.587 across three levels. The 2011 season would be a big one, ending with him catching games in Cincinnati for the Reds. April was pretty much a pick up from where Mesoraco had left off the season before as he would go out and hit .313/.405/.552 with 10 walks and 18 strikeouts on the month. In just 67 at bats on the month, Mesoraco had 7 doubles which would be a sign of things to come to go along with 3 home runs. In May there was a slight step backwards, though it really only came in the power department. Mesoraco had 10 walks and 15 strikeouts in 93 at bats while hitting 8 doubles and 2 home runs. For the month the catcher would post a .301/.375/.452 line. On May 9th, he may have had the worst game of his career as he went 0-8 with 2 strikeouts in an game against Rochester. 8 days later he would have a 5 hit game with a double, 2 runs and an RBI. June continued the strong ...

Halos making pitch for reliever Francisco Cordero

The Angels are one of four finalists to acquire free-agent reliever Francisco Cordero, his agent said, but it is unclear whether they are recruiting the veteran right-hander as a closer or set-up man. Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto has maintained all winter that he is not looking to replace closer Jordan Walden, who as a rookie last season went 5-5 with a 2.98 earned-run average...

Rotation Slot Definitions for 2011

With the Reds stated pursuit of starting pitching for the top of the rotation this off season and the recent acquisition Mat Latos, there has been lots of discussions in regard to the slotting of pitchers in the starting rotation. Many like to tag starting pitchers as being a #1, #2, #3, #4, or #5 starter to describe their level of ability as a starting pitcher. The trouble is...

Reds sign Lenny Harris!

Yeah! Best pinch-hitter ever! Wait…what? Ooohhhh…the Reds signed Willie Harris. That makes more sense, I suppose: The Reds agreed to terms with utility player Willie Harris on a minor league contract, two sources confirmed to on Monday. Harris, who will be invited to camp as a non-roster player, can earn an $800,000 base salary if he makes the club and his overall salary...

The 2012 All Prospect Team

Catcher – Devin Mesoraco (Cincinnati Reds) Some may wonder why not Jesus Montero. The answer is simply because Montero is a not a legit catcher. I understand Seattle intends to play him over there part time, but that’s essentially an open invitation for teams to steal bases at will and pitchers will be cognizant of the fact that any ball in the dirt has a good chance of reaching...

Reds reach 2-year agreement with Nick Masset

The Reds tweeted that the organization and Nick Masset have come to terms on a two-year contract worth a reported $5.5 million in guaranteed money, plus incentives.  Masset had filed for arbitration at $2.9 million for 2012 and the Reds had countered with $2.1 million. John Fay is reporting that this deal extends Masset beyond his arbitration years and includes his first year of...

Why I will miss CoCo.

Wow, the market really collapsed for Francisco Cordero. It appears he is going to the Blue Jays…as a setup man. I know I’m probably in the minority, but I’m a fully-paid member of the CoCo Fan Club. Sure, he had his occasional problems, and he frustrated me just as much as he did you guys. In the end, however, he was what you would call a “stand-up guy.” After enduring...

Blue Jays agree to terms with RHP Cordero

The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to terms with closer Francisco Cordero on a one-year deal worth $4.5 million on Tuesday. Cordero became a free agent after the Cincinnati Reds decided to pay his $1 million buyout. The righthander posted a 5-3 mark with a 2.45 ERA and converted 37 of 43 save opportunities last season, including 20 of 21 after the All-Star break. The 36-year-old Cordero...

Francisco Cordero agrees to deal with Blue Jays

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Wednesday All Questions Answered

Have you gotten your copy of the 2012 Prospect Guide yet? Over 100 scouting reports on the Reds top prospects. Click on the image above for more information. The rules are the same as always: You get three questions. Avoid questions with really long answers. Avoid questions that I will have to do research on to answer. Ask before midnight. Simple enough, so get to it!

Reds Sign Willie Harris

Reds manager Dusty Baker says the team signed Willie Harris, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets. Paragon Sports International represents the versatile 33-year-old. Harris spent the 2011 campaign with the Mets after a three-year stint in Washington. He can play all three outfield positions plus second and third and owns a .330 on-base percentage in 11 seasons. The Nationals and Mets...

Phillies deal Valdez to Reds for lefty Horst

The Phillies have addressed their need for left-handed depth in the bullpen by acquiring 26-year-old Jeremy Horst from the Cincinnati Reds for utility infielder Wilson Valdez.
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