Found October 31, 2012 on
The Outside Corner:
In a parallel universe, Scott Rolen makes a good throw to Joey Votto in the top of the tenth inning of Game 3 of the NLDS, the Reds sweep the Giants, and go on to win their first World Series since 1990. Really, it's possible that Rolen's bad throw is all that really separated the Reds from a World Championship. The Reds were a really good team in 2012, they won a lot of games, and the ended up losing to the eventual World Champions by a narrow margin. So how do the Reds get back in 2013?
The Reds were a pretty complete team in 2012, and all of the main pieces will be back in place in 2013. They're going to lose Scott Rolen, Ryan Ludwick, Jonathan Broxton, and probably Ryan Madson (it's easy to forget Madson is a Red; they have a mutual option on him after he lost the entire 2012 season to Tommy John surgery) to free agency. The biggest concern from that group is Ludwick, who revitalized his career in Cincy in 2012 with a .275/.346/.531, 26 homer campaign...
BEST OF MAXIM
Ryan Ludwick attempts to drive in a run.We all knew it was going to happen, but yesterday Ryan Ludwick made it official. He declined his option for next year and became a free agent.
Had he elected to take the option, he would have had another year and $5 million. On the open market he can probably get a 2-year deal and somewhat more millions, having hit .275 with 26 home runs in...
To see the other parts of the Top 25 Prospect List, click here.
20. Neftali Soto – 1B – 23 Years Old – AAA
Acquired: 3rd Round, 2007 Draft
The Good: Soto has above-average to plus raw power and has shown above-average in game power at times in his career.
Needs to work on: Plate discipline. While he improved his Strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2012, he is still very aggressive at...
To see the other parts of the Top 25 Prospect List, click here. Just a reminder that I will hold some sort of All Questions Answer or a Chat tomorrow afternoon to address any and all questions about the list once it is completed.
10. Yorman Rodriguez – OF – 19 Years Old – A-
Acquired: NDFA, August 2008
The Good: No player in the system has a toolset that can match that of Rodriguez...
The 2012 edition of the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game will be held on Saturday, November 3rd at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. If you want to watch it, it will air live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 8 p.m. ET. The game will feature 19 players from the MLB's Top 100 Prospects list, including No. 14 Billy Hamilton of your very own Cincinnati Reds. Joining Hamilton...
Have you ever wondered how awesome it would be if we could see some of the Reds dress up in Halloween costumes? I posed this precise question in yesterday's post and the same answer still holds true today. I have not only thought about how awesome it would be, but I have attempted to make it a reality as well. Here is the second half of the 2-day series featuring costume recommendations...
There were six Cincinnati Reds in the Top Three for National League Rawlings Gold Glove awards for 2012 and they made it a clean sweep.
All six were swept out the door.
When the envelopes were ripped open Tuesday night on ESPN2, not a single Reds player took home the gold.
Center fielder Drew Stubbs, right fielder Jay Bruce, first baseman Joey Votto, second baseman Brandon Phillips...
The Cincinnati Reds had more players nominated for a Gold Globe this year than any other team, but at the end of the televised announcement show, they went home with none.
The Reds’ candidates were:
Pitcher Bronson Arroyo – In Arroyo’s case, I’m going to say it was an honor just to be nominated. He’s got some good defense, but the best?
First Baseman Joey Votto – Not...
The Javelinas got walloped on Monday night, losing 7-1 to the Scottsdale Scorpions. Peoria was outhit 10-3 as it was a quiet game for Reds prospects.
-CF Billy Hamilton went 0-3, with a walk. His batting average has dropped to .214.
-RHP Curtis Partch notched a perfect inning with a strikeout to bring his ERA down to 2.35.
Tuesday wasn't any better for Peoria...
Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick has become a free agent after declining his contract option for $5 million next season.
Ludwick was the Reds' top hitter while first baseman Joey Votto missed 48 games with a knee injury, batting .340 with 12 homers and 36 RBIs. Ludwick made $2.5 million last season and got a $500,000 buyout on the 2013 option.
Relief pitcher Ryan Madson also became...
Today marks the final day of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot. Well, guess what? We have arrived at the top game...
Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick became a free agent Wednesday after declining his $5 million contract option for next season, looking for a bigger deal after his strong second half played a big role in Cincinnati winning the NL Central title.
The 34-year-old Ludwick was the Reds' top hitter while first baseman Joey Votto missed 48 games with a knee injury, batting .340 with 12...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick became a free agent Wednesday after declining his 5 million contract option for next season, looking for a bigger deal after his strong second half played a big role in Cincinnati winning the NL Central title.
The 34-year-old Ludwick was the Reds' top hitter while first baseman Joey Votto missed 48 games with a knee injury, batting...
To see the other parts of the Top 25 Prospect List, click here.
15. Dan Langfield – RHP – 21 Years Old – RK+
Acquired: 3rd Round, 2012 Draft
The Good: He has four average or better pitches with a plus slider and above-average fastball. He came out and struck out 54 batters in 37 innings in his initial exposure to professional hitters.
Needs to work on: Control is a bit of a...
Today marks day 11 of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.
But for now, here is No. 2 on the list:
Ryan Madson earned $8.5M this season
without appearing in a single game
Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick and reliever Ryan Madson are officially entering the free agent market. This coming after both of them declined their respective contract options for the 2013 season on Wednesday.
The 34-year old Ludwick signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati this past offseason and he...