Found January 18, 2012 on Redlegs Review:
Many of the Reds minor league teams are welcoming new names to their organizations at the managerial level, as evidenced with David Bell and Jim Riggleman taking over in Louisville and Pensacola, respectively. However, the Bakersfield Blaze may have the most anticipated player joining their roster in 2012, as 2011 Reds Minor League Player of the Year and speedster, Billy Hamilton, will likely start the year at the Class-A Advanced affiliate of Cincinnati. The middle of the week blazes in with the Bakersfield Blaze... -After the 2011 season ended, Bakersfield was part of a game that was awarded the MiLBY for Class A Advanced Best Game, and for good reason too. It was a nine-inning 24-19 affair (the longest nine inning game in California League history) with the Inland Empire 66ers that unfortunately ended in a loss for the Blaze. -The Blaze have got some awesome promotions going for 2012, so if you're in the area make sure you get to the games. -If you have a child ...

Are the Reds' Offseason Moves Enough?

Is the additon of Ryan Madson, among others, enough to dub the Reds' division favorites? Dan Syzmborski wrote a very intriguing column recently implying that the Reds still need to make another big offseason move to be considered the "true division favorites" (it's an ESPN Insider piece, so if you want to view it in its entirety you must subscribe). Nonetheless...

Reds, RHP Bailey agree on $2.4 million deal

Right-hander Homer Bailey agreed to a $2,425,000 contract on Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration with the Cincinnati Reds. Bailey is coming off his best season, setting career highs in starts, wins, innings and strikeouts despite two stints on the disabled list because of shoulder problems in 2010. He went 9-7 with a 4.43 earned run average in 22 starts with 106 strikeouts in 132...

Catching Up on MINOR Details: Dayton

If one were to pick which minor league team of the Reds had the best 2011, it would have to be the Single-A affiliate Dayton Dragons. Under manager Delino DeShields (and I love that he's their manager and I don't know why), they finished 83-57, good enough to finish first and win their third division title, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs. They could...

Redleg Nation Radio #65: with Reds prospect Tucker Barnhart

Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, and rising catching prospect, Tucker Barnhart joined Bill for an interesting conversation on this episode of Redleg Nation Radio. You can listen with the player at the bottom of this post or right-click here to download the mp3 file to listen at your leisure. For links to all previous episodes of Redleg Nation Radio, check out the podcast’s home...

Catching Up on MINOR Details: Pensacola

The Reds Double-A affiliate may have had the biggest news of any of the Reds minor league organizations as they dropped the moniker of the Carolina Mudcats, moved to a brand new park in Florida, hired a big name manager and became the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, who will celebrate and play their inaugural season in 2012. Tuesday is the day of the Blue Wahoos... -The Pensacola...

Todd Frazier Replaced with Less Versatile Version of Todd Frazier

Ryan Ludwick is the newest member of the Reds and I have some seriously mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, the Reds needed outfield depth. On the other hand, this negatively affects the construction of the bench. As I read the tea leaves, the following players are locks to make the team: Hanigan, Cairo, Francisco, Ludwick, and Janish (until they sign another SS). That’s...

Reds, Ludwick agree to 1-year deal

(AP) -- Ryan Ludwick and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a 2.5 million, one-year contract Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. and were the first to report Cincinnati's agreement with the free-agent outfielder. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal was pending a physical...

AP Source: Reds, Ludwick agree to 1-year deal

A person with knowledge of the deal says free-agent outfielder Ryan Ludwick and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract. and were the first to report the agreement. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made by the...

Ryan Ludwick Will Continue His NL Central Tour Of Duty With The Cincinnati Reds

A minor domino fell tonight, as free agent outfielder Ryan Ludwick signed with the Cincinnati Reds for one year, $2.5 million. He can reach up to $3 million with incentives, and the deal has an option for 2013. The Reds are the third NL Central team Ludwick has played for, following the St Louis Cardinals (where he had his best years) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (where he spent two...

ESPN Releases Sunday Night Baseball Schedule

Yesterday ESPN released their Sunday Night Baseball telecast schedule for the first half of the season. The Cincinnati Reds will host a mid-July contest at Great American Ballpark to give fans that rare Sunday game under the lights. It seems as a whole ESPN tried to buck the typical ways of throwing the Yankees, Red Sox, or Cubs on every Sunday Night. This schedule features good...

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!

Athletics, Jonny Gomes Nearing Deal

The A's are nearing a deal with free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A deal with the ACES client could be completed by Monday. Conor Jackson and Johnny Damon were also considerations for the A's, who were looking for an outfielder capable of hitting left-handers, according to Slusser. GM Billy Beane has traded for...

Indians ink Accardo, Lewis to minor league deals

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have agreed to minor league contracts with reliever Jeremy Accardo and outfielder Fred Lewis.
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