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In less than a month the Reds will begin spring training. There are a ton of questions around this team but one of the most important is the health of Joey Votto’s knee.
Thinking back to early last season, Votto was on his way to an MVP type season and then injured the knee on a slide into third base. Two surgeries and a rough rehab later Votto was back for the Reds but never quite got back to what he was before the injury. Will he be fully healed and the Joey Votto that Reds fans expect? This is going to be a key thing to watch as Votto gets back onto the field.
One thing that makes this fan optimistic that Votto can return was what we saw from him at the plate after his return. Sure, there was no power in him (zero homeruns) but his plate discipline was evident and he managed to get on base in the playoffs. I hope Votto was able to get his knee and mind right this offseason and becomes the MVP we need at first base.
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CBS Sports has been running a series they call "Core Values", which looks to highlight the "cornerstone player", the "face of the franchise", and the "face of the future" for all 30 MLB teams. The Reds were up on Wednesday.
While other clubs had three different players represented for these titles, Cincinnati had just one: Joey Votto.
The rosters for the World Baseball Classic were released yesterday, and Brandon Phillips will be playing for Team USA.
Phillips was hesitant, at first, but manager Joe Torre convinced him.
“My conversation with Joe Torre convinced me to really do it. I wanted to do it the past. But some of the players got hurt and started off real slow in the season. Talking to Joe Torre, he said...
Reading an article by Matt Snyder on CBS sports, there is one quote that gets me very excited.
With Votto, Phillips, Bruce, Chapman, Latos, Cueto, Hamilton, Shin-Soo Choo, Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco, Zack Cozart, Homer Bailey and more, the Reds have star power, role players, depth and potential for improvement in several areas. They are set up to contend every year for the foreseeable...
by: Jon Davis
#11 Ryan LaMarre OF
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Next on the list we have 6-foot-2, 205-pound outfielder, Ryan LaMarre -- who the Reds drafted out of the University of Michigan in the second round in 2010. He is what I like to call "a flip-flopper", as he bats right handed and throws left, a la Ryan Ludwick. LaMarre...
Coming into the 2012 season, there were two things most people knew about Chad Rogers: He was once bitten by a shark and that he was a solid relief prospect. After 2012 he was still once bitten by a shark, but he was now an intriguing pitching prospect with a chance to start.
The Reds sent Rogers to Bakersfield and the starting rotation for the Blaze. He made his first start of the...
by: Jon Davis
#10 Ismael Guillon LHP
The selection of Ismael Guillon, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound lefty, here at number ten makes back-to-back prospects who were signed out of Venezuela at the age of 16. In fact, Guillon was signed just two months after Yorman Rodriguez back in 2008. After a bad 2011, where he had 6.6 BB/9 and an ERA of 6.57, Guillon...
The Reds announced their non-roster invitees to spring training yesterday. Here is the list of prospects invited (not including guys already on the 40-man roster who are invited automatically):
Tucker Barnhart – C
Billy Hamilton – OF
Ryan LaMarre – OF
Kristopher Negron – INF/OF
Denis Phipps – OF
Derrick Robinson – OF
Nick Christiani – RHP
Wilkin De La Rosa – LHP...
I will be the first to admit, the outlook for the 2013 version of the Cincinnati Reds looks pretty rosy. The organization's recent history of success has dramatically raised expectations around the Queen City. And they appear to have the pieces in place needed to reach or exceed them.
With that being said, here are 15 expectations I have for the Redlegs in 2013. Disclaimer...
Logan Ondrusek and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a two-year contract.
The team announced the deal Thursday night.
Ondrusek, a right-handed reliever, had filed for salary arbitration after going 5-2 with a 3.46 ERA and two saves last season. Teams and players are set to exchange proposed salaries Friday.
Cincinnati still has six players in arbitration: pitchers Homer Bailey...
Friday marked the deadline for players and teams to exchange salary figures for arbitration. If necessary, salary arbitration hearings will be held between Feb. 4 and Feb. 20.
Here is a look at the figures from the Reds, courtesy of CBS Sports:
Homer Bailey: player $5.8M, team $4.75M
Shin-Soo Choo: player $8M, team $6.75M
Chris Heisey: player $1.65M, team $1.05M
by: Jon Davis
#12 Amir Garrett LHP
Next on the list we have Amir Garrett, a prospect who is every bit the definition of that word. Garrett was a two-sport star in high school and ultimately agreed to join the St. John's basketball team prior to being drafted by the Reds in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft. Now, some...
Just because you have all the money in the world doesn’t make you the smartest person in the room sometimes. Take the Dodgers, for example. Last May the Dodgers were bought by a Chicago-based consortium called Guggenheim Baseball Management for a record $2 billion. Injected with a seemingly bottomless well of cash, the [...]
My favorite things about Reds.com right now is without a doubt, the countdown to spring training. We are currently sitting at 25 days until pitchers and catchers report. Can. Not. Wait.
John Sickels will occasionally post player comments from his book. Yesterday he posted Billy Hamilton as one of his comments. Here is a peak:
I have been watching baseball for 35 years and I have...
Michael Wuertz was out of baseball in 2012. He did not play in the Majors. He did not play in the minors. He did not even play independent league ball. However, Wuertz is attempting a comeback this season. He has signed with the Miami Marlins.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Wuertz has signed a minor league contract with the Marlins. The deal includes an invite...
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MLB.com's Hot Stove crew what Reds top prospect Billy Hamilton can expect during his first big league Spring Training. Hamilton is one of 15 non-roster invites to Spring Training. He set a new professional baseball record by stealing 155 bases last year between Single-A and Double-A. The 2013 campaign will mark his first as an outfielder.