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The Cincinnati Reds finished the 2011 season with a disappointing 79-83 record and 17 games behind first place Milwaukee. They went into the off-season knowing that they had to shore up their pitching staff. Mission accomplished, but at a hefty price. The Reds traded away 4 of their top prospects to acquire Mat Latos from the Padres and Sean Marshall from the Cubs.
Latos gives them a top tier starting pitcher to go with free agent signee Jeff Francis. That duo will certainly bolster what was a solid, but unspectacular staff. In addition to the Marshall trade, the Reds signed Ryan Madson to be their closer and with those two moves solidified the back end of their bullpen.
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Cincinnati is aiming for the NL Central crown and have all the pieces in place to achieve that goal. MVP candidate Joey Votto anchors the infield and the batting order for Dusty Baker. Jay Bruce smashed 32 homers last year and is an ideal compliment to Votto. Brandon Phillips ha...
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. The first thing Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker told newly acquired pitcher Mat Latos was, Just be yourself.
Baker smiled and said, I said that even though I know that Latos is, uh, a little bit different.
And it is more than the Body By Ink, tattoos from neck to toes, and the spiked hair that forces his hat size to be larger than his head.
Latos is a genuine...
It’s been widely noted for a while now that both Phillips and the Reds are interested in working out a long-term extension. However, all the talk and so little action has got me wondering, does the organization really want to keep Phillips around beyond this year? Their moves lately have me seriously doubting their intentions.
Firstly, the club decided to pick up the 1yr/...
The long-talked about wild card expansion has finally been announced. Both the National League and the American League will both be getting a second wild card team. This expansion is the first since 1994 and brings the total number of playoff teams to 10, which is the largest number in major league history.
The playoff series are changing in a way that actually puts the wild card...
2011 was a disappointing season for the Reds, finishing 79-83 (3rd in NL Central) after reaching the postseason in 2010. The team was in the bottom third of the majors in almost every pitching statistic including ERA (4.16), walks (539) and home runs allowed (185). General manager Walt Jocketty was able to swing a deals for starting pitcher Mat Latos (San Diego), and fireballer...
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Catchers are one of the most Shallow Hal positions in fantasy baseball, so owners are always trying to get a leg up by finding the young prospects that can make a splurge on their fantasy squad. Devin Mesoraco could be one of those guys. He tore up the minor leagues with a .300 average and hit 48 home runs in his last 2 seasons of...
After injuries limited Scott Rolen to only 65 games played last season, the perennial All-Star third baseman is hoping for a healthy bounce-back campaign in 2012. He recently showed up to the Cincinnati Reds' camp ready for action.
When pitcher Brett Tomko returned to the Reds earlier this month, he walked into the Spring Training clubhouse carrying something that the younger version of himself didn't have during his first turn in Cincinnati.
One of the emerging storylines coming from the Cincinnati Reds’ Spring Training this year involves <a ... [visit site to read more]
It was a slow news day, so there isn’t much for today. There is a short, 2 inning scrimmage against themselves today. The real exhibition games begin this weekend. What a strange sentence that was to type… real exhibition?
Baseball Prospectus began its NL Central Preview yesterday. The projection has the Reds finishing at 87-75. The article doesn’t look at the Cardinals, Brewers...
Ryan Ludwick didn't feel that he needed to open up the hood on his hitting approach and do a whole lot of tinkering. The newest Reds outfielder knew plain as day what made him successful in the past, and what caused his more recent struggles.
Just because top Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco will be in the Majors this season, it doesn't mean that catcher Ryan Hanigan will only get scraps of playing time behind the plate.
Cincinnati has a lot invested in the 24-year old hurler
It's safe to say that there is a lot of pressure riding on Latos to perform well this season. The Reds gave up a bounty of players (SP Edinson Volquez, 1B Yonder Alonso, RP Brad Boxberger, C Yasmani Grandal) to get him from San Diego, and what they hope to receive in return is a perennial ace-caliber pitcher. The 24...
General Manager Sandy Alderson brought up the names of Jason Giambi and Joey Votto while mentioning players he believes are comparable to right fielder Lucas Duda.
“I think they will end up having a similar profile: Power guys with an excellent eye at the plate. If you have that combination, you can be a superstar. Especially for a left-handed hitter, if you’ve got power...