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+ John Fay reports that there is still no word from Scott Rolen. Will he stay or will he go? This has been the burning question for Rolen this winter as he weighs retirement.
+ ESPN released its 2013 television schedule for Sunday Night Baseball on Tuesday. Amazingly, the Reds aren't on it. Neither are the Washington Nationals, who boasted the best regular season record in baseball last season. Cincinnati finished second at 97-65.
+ Mat Latos and his wife Dallas are allowing fans a pretty neat opportunity this spring. The couple provided directions on how fans could get their Latos jerseys autographed by sending them to the team's complex in Goodyear, Arizona. Check out Dallas' latest blog post details for the details.
+ One Bleacher Report writer suggests that Walt Jocketty would do well in extending the contracts of Latos, Johnny Cueto, and Homer Bailey....immediately.
+ John Sickels of SB Nation took the time to assign grades to who he believed are the...
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The Reds have been awaiting an official retirement decision from third basemen Scott Rolen all offseason. The 37-year old has been teetering on the fence of a possible return, and the team has already stated that they would be interested in allowing him to come back to serve in some form or fashion. But given Rolen's recent history of injury, coupled with his decline in productivity...
Via John Fay’s blog, I learned that the Reds have announced their non-roster invitees to spring training, which is just around the corner. Here’s a list for you:
RHP Nick Christiani – 25 year old who’s been in the Reds’ system all along. He had a 3.34 ERA last year in AAA Louisville.
LHP Wilkin De La Rosa – 27 year old who’s been bouncing around minor league teams...
Just because you have all the money in the world doesn’t make you the smartest person in the room sometimes. Take the Dodgers, for example. Last May the Dodgers were bought by a Chicago-based consortium called Guggenheim Baseball Management for a record $2 billion. Injected with a seemingly bottomless well of cash, the [...]
CBS Sports has been running a series they call "Core Values", which looks to highlight the "cornerstone player", the "face of the franchise", and the "face of the future" for all 30 MLB teams. The Reds were up on Wednesday.
While other clubs had three different players represented for these titles, Cincinnati had just one: Joey Votto.
by: Jon Davis
#10 Ismael Guillon LHP
The selection of Ismael Guillon, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound lefty, here at number ten makes back-to-back prospects who were signed out of Venezuela at the age of 16. In fact, Guillon was signed just two months after Yorman Rodriguez back in 2008. After a bad 2011, where he had 6.6 BB/9 and an ERA of 6.57, Guillon...
The Reds announced their non-roster invitees to spring training yesterday. Here is the list of prospects invited (not including guys already on the 40-man roster who are invited automatically):
Tucker Barnhart – C
Billy Hamilton – OF
Ryan LaMarre – OF
Kristopher Negron – INF/OF
Denis Phipps – OF
Derrick Robinson – OF
Nick Christiani – RHP
Wilkin De La Rosa – LHP...
Bronson Arroyo isn't a guy who is normally brought up much when talking up about the Reds. No, those conversations usually revolve around Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, or Aroldis Chapman. There is certainly nothing wrong with this. The Reds do boast a roster full of guys worthy of such attention, and most of the attention does go to the younger guys.
At 35-years old, Arroyo...
by: Jon Davis
#9 Yorman Rodriguez OF
Here at number nine we find a prospect who has all the tools and athleticism to be an impact player in the big leagues one day, Yorman Rodriguez. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound right handed outfielder was signed out of Venezuela at 16-years old in August of 2008, he enters this year at age 20. Last year...
by: Jon Davis
#8 Kyle Lotzkar RHP
Up next we have a very interesting prospect, a supplemental 1st round pick in the 2007 draft: Kyle Lotzkar, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound right hander drafted out of South Delta Secondary School in British Columbia. Lotzkar, just like another Canadian we all know, was drafted very high with a lot of potential from...
In a foot race, I’d place my money on Roman Quinn over any prospect not named Billy Hamilton. Heads up, it would be close — very close. 2012 was a historic year for minor league base stealers as Hamilton attempted 192 steals and was successful 155 times — breaking the record held by Vince Coleman. This feat overshadowed Astros prospect Delino Deshields Jr. as his paltry total...
After a period of great silence, the Reds have finally awaken us all from our winter slumber with some rare news on Monday.
According to MLB.com beat writer Mark Sheldon, the team has announced the signing of veteran shortstop Cesar Izturis to a minor league contract. The 32-year old owns a career batting average of .255 over 12 seasons in the big show. However, his bat certainly...
My favorite things about Reds.com right now is without a doubt, the countdown to spring training. We are currently sitting at 25 days until pitchers and catchers report. Can. Not. Wait.
John Sickels will occasionally post player comments from his book. Yesterday he posted Billy Hamilton as one of his comments. Here is a peak:
I have been watching baseball for 35 years and I have...
Michael Wuertz was out of baseball in 2012. He did not play in the Majors. He did not play in the minors. He did not even play independent league ball. However, Wuertz is attempting a comeback this season. He has signed with the Miami Marlins.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Wuertz has signed a minor league contract with the Marlins. The deal includes an invite...
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MLB.com's Hot Stove crew what Reds top prospect Billy Hamilton can expect during his first big league Spring Training. Hamilton is one of 15 non-roster invites to Spring Training. He set a new professional baseball record by stealing 155 bases last year between Single-A and Double-A. The 2013 campaign will mark his first as an outfielder.
The Nationals` latest move might affect their demands for Mike Morse, Scott Hairston might sign soon, and the Dodgers are looking into Scott Rolen.