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The Reds already had a playoff caliber roster before acquiring Shin-Soo Choo this winter. They were also pretty well off with Aroldis Chapman as their closer. But instead of moving forward with the 2012 team that saw their campaign end in the NLDS, the club thought they would be better off to roll the dice and shake things up for 2013.
That is precisely why the Reds added Choo and are planning to plug him into center field -- a position he has played sparingly in his 8-year MLB career. And that is also why they are aiming to slide Chapman from the 'pen to the starting rotation. ESPN's Jim Bowden sees these decisions as the "biggest risks of the offseason".
Here's how the former Reds general manager backed up his claim:
Chapman whiffed 122 batters in 71 2/3 innings last year, and was arguably the NL's second-best closer after Craig Kimbrel. Nonetheless, Cincy has always wanted to use him as a starter, and this offseason GM Walt Jocketty and pitch...
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Great pitching hasn't exactly been a staple for the Reds in years past. The franchise has been traditionally known for its offensive prowess rather than its ability to get batters out. But that perception may be shifting thanks to the latest developments in Cincinnati. The Redlegs have been relying on pitching and defense and ESPN's Buster Olney has taken notice.
At first glance, there probably doesn't seem like a whole lot to improve upon when you win more games than every MLB team except one. That's precisely what the Reds managed to do during the 2012 regular season after emerging victorious in 97 contests, second only to the 98 games won by the NL East champion Washington Nationals. As fate would have it though, both clubs bowed...
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It's no small secret that Dusty Baker has one of baseball's best infields at his disposal. It has been that way for several years now thanks to the likes of Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Scott Rolen and others who have manned the dirt at GABP along the way.
With that in mind, the fact that Buster Olney dubbed...
Jay Bruce in right, Shin-Soo Choo in center, and Ryan Ludwick in left -- this appears to be the outfield trio manager Dusty Baker will be penciling in on a regular basis in 2013. Chris Heisey, Xavier Paul, and perhaps Billy Hamilton will be called upon to patrol the GABP grasses at times next season, as well. So, how does Cincinnati's outfielding unit compare to those...
Pitchers like Aroldis Chapman don’t pop up very often. The guy has a fastball that averages 98 mph, something that only one other pitcher did last year (Andrew Cashner, anyone?). He made significant strides in his second season in Cincy, dropping his walk rate under 3.00 BB/9 and turning what was a serious weakness in 2011 into a major strength. In fact, Chapman’s 5.30 K:BB ratio...
This past year has been filled with tons of memorable moments, and it has been a pleasure to not only cover those, but share those moments with you as fellow Reds fans, as well!
I'm very eager to see what 2013 brings for our beloved Redlegs. Ownership and management has made a solid commitment to winning in Cincinnati, and because of it, has put the big league club in a position...
Aroldis Chapman‘s bid to join the Cincinnati rotation is fascinating for two reasons: He’s such a unique player with very few good comparables He was extremely valuable as a closer (his 3.3 WAR was the third-best by a RP in the last seven years) I’ve been highly critical of Chapman over the last few weeks, questioning whether he had a diverse enough repertoire to make it...
The Indians have been lucky to have some great right fielders in team history and this list includes five of the greatest Indians of all time. Outside of those five, there is a big drop off and a departure from the stereotype that corner outfielder is a power position. The top five however, can't be understated. It includes one Hall of Famers and another player that should be...
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The Redlegs have made some pretty notable moves this offseason. Namely, the re-signings of reliever Jonathan Broxton and Ryan Ludwick, and the acquisition of Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland Indians.
MLB.com's Hot Stove crew recently chatted it up on how those aforementioned additions have improved the club heading into the 2013 season.