Found January 26, 2012 on Baseball Professor:
Is this Tim Hudson 2.0? Well, Johnny Cueto needs the years of success on his resume, but 2011 was a nice start. We saw a different pitcher on the mound as he threw his two-seamer more often (40.3% up from 30.8 percent), which helped bring his ground ball rate up from 41.7 percent to a very nice 53.7 percent. You will hear a lot of analysis on how Cueto out-pitched his FIP (3.45) with his 2.31 ERA, but inducing that many ground balls will do that from time to time. Of course, I expect Cueto to have an ERA between 3-3.5, but with his improved control he can definitely continue to post great WHIP numbers, especially if he keeps the ball on the ground. With the low ERA/WHIP, his lack of strikeouts aren’t a huge concern. Best case scenario: Shaun Marcum (MIL) Similar players: Clay Buchholz (BOS), Justin Masterson (CLE), Alexi Ogando (TEX) Worst case scenario: Jair Jurrjens (ATL) Strengths Ground ball rate, home run rate. What used to be a huge problem for Cueto (home runs) is now a st...

Reds Acquire Valdez, Avoid Arbitration With Masset

If the signing of utility man Willie Harris on Monday wasn't enough to secure depth in the Cincinnati infield, Wednesday's deal sure did. Late Wednesday afternoon, the Redlegs pulled the trigger on a trade that landed utility infielder Wilson Vadlez from the Phillies in exchange for left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst. Valdez appeared in 99 games for the NL East Champs...

Top 100 MLB Prospects: Reds Analysis recently released its 2012 Prospect Watch Top 100 list, and after the recent trades, the Reds were able to claim just two of the players on the list, Devin Mesoraco at #14 and Billy Hamilton at #34. For what it's worth, having just two on the list does put them in the bottom third of the league in "top prospects." Some may hardly even count Mesoraco as...

Arredondo, Reds Reach Agreement

The Redlegs entered Thursday with just one arbitration-eligible player on their roster, and by Thursday evening they had none. This is because the franchise reached a two-year deal with reliever Jose Arredondo, thus dodging the arbitration bullet one final time for the 2012 offseason. The exact salary figures have yet to be released yet, but it's safe to assume the right...

Reds Caravan to make stop in Louisville on January 29

Louisville, KY – The 2012 Reds Winter Caravan, presented by, will make its annual stop in Louisville on Sunday, January 29 at Louisville Slugger Field from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Reds broadcaster and former Louisville Bats broadcaster Jim Kelch, broadcaster and former pitcher Jeff Brantley, Manager Dusty...

Reds reach 2-year agreement with Nick Masset

The Reds tweeted that the organization and Nick Masset have come to terms on a two-year contract worth a reported $5.5 million in guaranteed money, plus incentives.  Masset had filed for arbitration at $2.9 million for 2012 and the Reds had countered with $2.1 million. John Fay is reporting that this deal extends Masset beyond his arbitration years and includes his first year of...

Why I will miss CoCo.

Wow, the market really collapsed for Francisco Cordero. It appears he is going to the Blue Jays…as a setup man. I know I’m probably in the minority, but I’m a fully-paid member of the CoCo Fan Club. Sure, he had his occasional problems, and he frustrated me just as much as he did you guys. In the end, however, he was what you would call a “stand-up guy.” After enduring...

Latos stops in Cincinnati to meet new 'mates

A man used to living on West Coast time, Mat Latos was still rubbing the sleep out of his eyes early Thursday while trying to get to know his new working environment.

Blue Jays agree to terms with RHP Cordero

The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to terms with closer Francisco Cordero on a one-year deal worth $4.5 million on Tuesday. Cordero became a free agent after the Cincinnati Reds decided to pay his $1 million buyout. The righthander posted a 5-3 mark with a 2.45 ERA and converted 37 of 43 save opportunities last season, including 20 of 21 after the All-Star break. The 36-year-old Cordero...

Reds reach 2-year deal with reliever Arredondo

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have reached agreement on a two-year deal with right-handed reliever Jose Arredondo, their last player left in salary arbitration.

Extension Candidate: Joey Votto

With Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols off of the market, Joey Votto is officially the next MVP-caliber first baseman scheduled to hit free agency. The 28-year-old will become available two years from now, after the 2013 season, and if he continues producing, he’ll obtain a mega-contract of his own.  Talk of a Brandon Phillips extension has persisted throughout much...

Reds get Valdez from Phillies to strengthen bench

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds acquired infielder Wilson Valdez from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Jeremy Horst on Wednesday, another move to add depth to their bench.

Phillies deal Valdez to Reds for lefty Horst

The Phillies have addressed their need for left-handed depth in the bullpen by acquiring 26-year-old Jeremy Horst from the Cincinnati Reds for utility infielder Wilson Valdez.
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