Found October 26, 2011 on MLB Trade Rumors:
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 2013 Aroldis Chapman, SP/RP: $7MM through 2014 Johnny Cueto, SP: $23.6MM through 2014 Jay Bruce, RF: $48MM through 2016 Yonder Alonso, LF: $1MM through 2012 Miguel Cairo, IF: $1MM through 2012 Ryan Hanigan, C: $3.25MM through 2013 Contractual Options Brandon Phillips, Type A 2B: $12MM club option with a $1MM buyout Arbitration Eligible Players (estimated salaries) Nick Masset, RP: $2.4MM Edinson Volquez, SP: $2.3MM Homer Bailey, SP: $1.8MM Bill Bray, RP: $1.4MM Jose Arredondo, RP: $1MM Jared Burton, RP: $900K (non-tender candidate) Paul Janish, SS...

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...

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 Throws One Scoreless, Dogs Win

The Phoenix Desert Dogs beat the Salt River Rafters 4-1 yesterday in a game that saw Aroldis Chapman make his AFL debut, as he prepares for winter ball, and the transition back to becoming a starting pitcher. -Brodie Greene was the DH and went 1-4 on the day. He was caught stealing second after his lone single. -Aroldis Chapman did not start, but came in to pitch a scoreless...

State of the Farm – Second Base

Ronald Torreyes may have spent the first half of the season in extended spring training, but what he was able to do over the second half of the season puts him at the top of my list at second base. The 18 year old burst onto the scene last year after demolishing the Venezuelan Summer League before coming to the US and hitting .349/.379/.494 for the AZL Reds as a 17 year old. Despite...

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...

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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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...

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...

Heyman: Phillips expected back with Reds, Cordero iffy

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:...

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...

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.
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