Found February 18, 2012 on Redlegs Review:
Former Reds GM and current columnist Jim Bowden took the time to hand out offseason grades for all 30 MLB teams on Friday (click here to read more). And despite criticizing the team for giving up a lot in exchange for Mat Latos back in December, the boisterous Bowden seems to be singing a different tune now. Only one team in the National League received a higher grade from him than Cincinnati did (Miami Marlins/A). The following is an excerpt taken from that piece regarding the Redlegs: Cincinnati Reds – Grade: A- Key Transactions: Acquired RHP Mat Latos from San Diego for 1B Yonder Alonso, C Yasmani Grandal, RHP Edinson Volquez and RHP Brad Boxberger; acquired LHP Sean Marshall from Chicago Cubs for LHP Travis Wood, OF Dave Sappelt and IF Ronald Torreyes; acquired IF Wilson Valdez from Philadelphia for LHP Jeremy Horst; signed RHP Ryan Madson, one year, $8.5 million; signed OF Ryan Ludwick, one year, $6.78 million; signed LHP Jeff Francis, one year, $2 million; si...

2012 projections: Jay Bruce

Chances are if you love baseball, you love numbers and statistics just as much. No sport relies more heavily on the use of numbers to measure the performance of its players than baseball. So, to help give a better outlook of what the 2012 season may hold for several Reds players I've dug up some projections from four different sources. They are as follows: BG: baseballguru...

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Mat Latos & the Cincinnati Reds starting rotation preview

Mat Latos ( credit) Cincinnati made the boldest move of any team in the NL Central to upgrade its starting rotation in the offseason.The Reds gave up four players, including veteran starter Edinson Volquez and a few top prospects, to get Mat Latos from San Diego. At only age 24, Latos has electric stuff as shown by his 413 strikeouts in 429 career innings and a 3.37 ERA in...

Season Previews: Cincinnati Reds

It's about time to kick off one of our favorite things in all the world: Season Previews. Five years ago, they began as a semi-serious analysis and ended up as half-assed haiku. We're just gonna go with what we know. Continuing our preview of the National League Central, here is a look at the 2012 Cincinnati Reds. Bronson Arroyo Wails on his sweet guitar Watch his commercials...

Player Profile #35: Jay Bruce | OF | CIN

Jay Bruce does something that’s rare these days and that’s hit home runs. That’s about all he does because he won’t contribute enough in steals to make a difference and his batting average will be mediocre thanks to his swinging strike rate (career 12.2%). His xBA has been consistently in the .260 range, which is what you should expect and that will hurt his value some....

Friday news and notes

With a series of articles planned for this week, today has news and notes from just about an entire week. First things first, some roster moves: Carlos Fisher cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA with an invite to spring training. The Reds also signed Brett Tomko to a minor league deal. I just don’t know where the Reds are going to hide all of these veteran arms without cutting...

Reds to sign Brett Tomko

Tomko is back with the team who originally drafted him Ben Nicholson-Smith of has the scoop: "The Reds have agreed to sign right-hander Brett Tomko to a minor league deal, MLBTR has learned. The 14-year veteran split the 2011 season between the Rangers and their Triple-A affiliate. Tomko appeared in eight games for the Rangers last year, posting...

Full circle: Tomko signs with Reds

After passing his physical, veteran pitcher Brett Tomko formally signed a Minor League contract with the Reds on Sunday. He is in Major League camp as a non-roster player and participated in the first workout.

Cool under pressure, Madson ready to deliver

Pressure tested, Philly approved. Not much will rattle new Reds closer Ryan Madson when he emerges from the bullpen in the ninth inning.

Tomko inks minor league deal with Reds

The Cincinnati Reds have signed pitcher Brett Tomko to a minor league contract, the team announced Sunday.

Spring Training is Here

You’ve got to love it. Well, another offseason has been written on….Sleeping fast then heading to Goodyear for #ST2012. I’m ready. @Reds @MLB — Jay Bruce (@JayABruce) February 19, 2012  

Jamie Samuelsen's blog: Tigers should stay in-house for No. 5 starter, but it doesn't matter much

Today's papers carried the news that the Cincinnati Reds had signed 38-year old Brett Tomko, whom I honestly thought had retired four or five seasons ago. The moral: There are always pitchers out there who can eat up some innings.
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