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ESPN's Jayson Stark had high praises for the Reds
ESPN.com columnist Jayson Stark provided a rather large and interesting piece on Friday afternoon. In it he takes a look at major headlines, the best/worst signings, the most/least improved teams, and players to watch heading into Spring Training. And he had several good things to say about the Redlegs. Here they are:
* Cincinnati was listed as the third-most improved team in the National League, trailing only the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins.
* The team's signing of closer Ryan Madson (1yr/$8.5M) was named the best one-year deal of the offseason. In fact, Stark named the move as the second-best free agent signing of the offseason overall, trailing only the Angels' Albert Pujols (10yr/$250M).
* The Mat Latos trade was voted as the third-best trade of the winter. The criteria for this one was that both teams benefited from the trade. The Sean Marshall swap also received some votes, but fell just shy ...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Former Reds GM and current ESPN.com columnist Jim Bowden took the time to hand out offseason grades for all 30 MLB teams on Friday (click here to read more). And despite criticizing the team for giving up a lot in exchange for Mat Latos back in December, the boisterous Bowden seems to be singing a different tune now. Only one team in the National League received a higher grade...
Chances are if you love baseball, you love numbers and statistics just as much. No sport relies more heavily on the use of numbers to measure the performance of its players than baseball. So, to help give a better outlook of what the 2012 season may hold for several Reds players I've dug up some projections from four different sources. They are as follows:
Can Cueto repeat the success he had in '11?
Today we take aim at analyzing the Reds' starting rotation for the 2012 season.
This time last year we were talking about how many capable arms the Reds had at their disposal in respect to their starting rotation. It's amazing how fast things can change, isn't it? For what Cincy held in quantity back then they lacked...
Mat Latos (MLB.com credit) Cincinnati made the boldest move of any team in the NL Central to upgrade its starting rotation in the offseason.The Reds gave up four players, including veteran starter Edinson Volquez and a few top prospects, to get Mat Latos from San Diego. At only age 24, Latos has electric stuff as shown by his 413 strikeouts in 429 career innings and a 3.37 ERA in...
It's about time to kick off one of our favorite things in all the world: Season Previews. Five years ago, they began as a semi-serious analysis and ended up as half-assed haiku. We're just gonna go with what we know. Continuing our preview of the National League Central, here is a look at the 2012 Cincinnati Reds.
Wails on his sweet guitar
Watch his commercials...
Jay Bruce does something that’s rare these days and that’s hit home runs. That’s about all he does because he won’t contribute enough in steals to make a difference and his batting average will be mediocre thanks to his swinging strike rate (career 12.2%). His xBA has been consistently in the .260 range, which is what you should expect and that will hurt his value some....
With a series of articles planned for this week, today has news and notes from just about an entire week. First things first, some roster moves: Carlos Fisher cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA with an invite to spring training. The Reds also signed Brett Tomko to a minor league deal. I just don’t know where the Reds are going to hide all of these veteran arms without cutting...
Tomko is back with the team
who originally drafted him
Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLBtraderumors.com has the scoop:
"The Reds have agreed to sign right-hander Brett Tomko to a minor league deal, MLBTR has learned. The 14-year veteran split the 2011 season between the Rangers and their Triple-A affiliate.
Tomko appeared in eight games for the Rangers last year, posting...
There's certainly no shortage of Reds-related reading material this week as Spring Training begins in just a matter of days. So, I've rounded up the best-of-the-best from around the web and combined them into one giant post for your viewing pleasure. Dig in and enjoy.
* Jonah Keri of Grantland.com offers up a season preview for the Reds, which includes a projected lineup...
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Well, another offseason has been written on….Sleeping fast then heading to Goodyear for #ST2012. I’m ready. @Reds @MLB
— Jay Bruce (@JayABruce) February 19, 2012
Joel Luckhaupt, formerly of the long-defunct Reds and Blues blog, has gotten … [visit site to read more]
Today's papers carried the news that the Cincinnati Reds had signed 38-year old Brett Tomko, whom I honestly thought had retired four or five seasons ago. The moral: There are always pitchers out there who can eat up some innings.