Found October 26, 2011 on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
In a post to Twitter, Jon Heyman says the Reds are expected to pick up the option for 2B Brandon Phillips if they cannot work out an extension. The 30-year-old Phillips has a $12 million option for 2012. Heyman also says it’s a “closer call” as to whether or not Cincinnati will pick up Francisco Cordero‘s $12 million option, or buy him out for $1 million. Michael Baron: Assuming he was to become a free agent (which I never really saw as a possibility anyway), I don’t see Phillips as a possibility for the Mets. He will be 32 on Opening Day, and given Sandy Alderson’s comments over the last year, I wouldn’t expect him to give a player in his early thirties a multi-year deal; especially a player who might be in his decline phase. Regarding Cordero, he was very productive in 2011. But he will be 37 in May, and I would expect him to be looking for a multi-year deal, so I question whether or not it’s wise to give such contracts to closers, especially those who are as old as Cordero. It’s...

Should the Reds Resign Francisco Cordero?

Cordero ranks 12th on the all-time saves list with 327. That is second among active players, trailing only Mariano Rivera. The Reds made a huge splash in free agency when they solidified their closer role with Francisco Cordero back in November of 2007. The team thought so highly of the right-hander that they were willing to sign him to the wealthiest contract ever given to...

Another honor for Brandon Phillips

Nice: The 2011 Sporting News All-Star teams were revealed on Thursday, with one member of the Reds making the cut. Second baseman Brandon Phillips was named to the NL squad by the magazine after a vote by 55 front offices members from around the big leagues. Phillips is a first-time honoree on the Sporting News NL All-Star team. Reds first baseman Joey Votto was on the list in 2010...

Reds in Other Winter Leagues

We've spent a lot of time focusing on the Arizona Fall League and how Reds' prospects are performing there, but there are of course other players within the Reds' organization honing their skills in the various fall and winter leagues around baseball. This is a summary of those players, as well as a Spanish lesson. Aroldis Chapman - First off, we already know the Cuban...

Chapman Gives Up One in 2nd Game

The World Series wasn't the only game to be decided in 11 innings last night, as the Phoenix Desert Dogs lost to the Peoria Javelinas who scored two runs in the top of the 11th to win 7-5. -Brodie Greene came in as a pinch runner in the 10th but did not score, nor play in the 11th. -Aroldis Chapman saw his second action in the AFL, allowing a hit, an earned run, a walk...

So long, Fred Lewis

So long, Fred Lewis and Chad Reineke. We barely knew ya’. Both players have elected to explore free agency, which is not surprising. Reineke, of course, is just organizational filler. Lewis, on the other hand, can be a useful part for a team that uses him correctly. No matter; Lewis was not and is not the answer to the left field conundrum that faces the Reds. How the club addresses...

Thursday news, notes and some scouting

Drew Hayes took home the Minor League Baseball Class A Reliever of the Year Award. “I think Drew’s numbers speak for themselves,” said Jeff Graupe of the Reds’ player development department. “He showed a plus fastball, a plus slider and he was great in late inning situations.” I wouldn’t quite rate his fastball as plus, but it is certainly a good fastball. His dominating...

I will never complain about Dusty Baker again

Ron Washington may be the worst manager I’ve ever seen, and he is in his second straight World Series. Clearly, the manager has far less impact on a team’s success than I thought. Sheesh.

Your Midweek Reds Links & Notes

* Former Red Scott Williamson auctioned off his World Series ring that he won as a member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. The coveted piece of jewelry sold for $89,000. To read about the full story visit this link. * Reds second basemen Brandon Phillips was selected to the 2011 Sporting News NL All-Star squad on Thursday. He is only the second Red to make the list since...

Reds' Aroldis Chapman ready to start transition to rotation

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Phillips selected as Sporting News All-Star

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was named to The Sporting News National League All-Star squad in a vote of 55 big league front office executives.

Wednesday news and notes

Top Prospect Alert released their Top 15 prospects for the Reds on Tuesday. The list starts off fairly solid, even with Hamilton ranking so highly, but the lack of Yorman Rodriguez on the list is a bit or a surprise. Brad Boxberger also missing the list is a slight surprise. The list doesn’t give much info aside from stats, so gathering why a player was or wasn’t ranked there...

Fred Lewis, Chad Reineke Elect Free Agency

Fred Lewis and Chad Reineke have elected free agency, according to Reds assistant director of media relations Jamie Ramsey.  Both players made their decision earlier in October. Lewis signed a one-year, $900K deal with Cincinnati in January and looked to add some left-handed hitting depth to the Reds' outfield.  Lewis, however, hit .230/.321/.317 in 210 plate appearances...

Louisville Slugger Museum to Honor Former Red

The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will bestow its 2011 Living Legend Award to a former Red on Friday, Nov. 11th, and that Red is none other than catching great Johnny Bench. He will accept the award during a special ceremony that kicks off the museum's eight-annual auction. Here is an excerpt from the official press release sent out by the museum: Bench...

Offseason Outlook: Cincinnati Reds

Look for the Reds to be active on the trade market, as GM Walt Jocketty decides whether to use his trade chips and limited payroll flexibility on a front-of-the-rotation starter or a middle-of-the-order bat. Guaranteed Contracts Bronson Arroyo, SP: $13.5MM through 2013, plus significant deferred money Scott Rolen, 3B: $6.5MM through 2012 Joey Votto, 1B: $26.5MM through...
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