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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Reds left-handed reliever Bill Bray and infielder Wilson Valdez have refused outright assignments to the minor leagues, choosing to become free agents.
Bray missed most of last season because of injuries, a problem throughout his seven-year career with Cincinnati. He was on the disabled list from April 24 until June 21 with a groin injury, then from July 31 through the rest of the season with a bad back. He appeared in 14 games and gave up five runs in 8 2-3 innings.
The Reds got the 34-year-old Valdez in a trade with Philadelphia last January for left-hander Jeremy Horst. He started 44 games at shortstop, third base, second base and center field. Valdez batted .206 in 77 games overall with no homers, 15 RBIs and four errors.
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At long last, the Reds have washed their hands of The Trade. The last remaining component, Bill Bray, was outrighted yesterday and chose free agency rather than being non-tendered later.
As you may recall, Bray was supposed to be the bright spot in a deal that sent right-fielder Austin Kearns and shortstop Felipe Lopez to the Washington Nationals in 2006. In addition to Bray, the...
Jay Bruce prepares to swing and hit a home run to tie the game.Tonight, Reds’ right fielder Jay Bruce was one of three NL outfielders awarded the 2012 Silver Slugger award.
Though Bruce can go through some frustratingly long stretches where it seems like he can’t do anything but strike out (he had 155 Ks this year), those are more than overbalanced by the earth-rending tears...
The news from yesterday was that the Reds hope to acquire a closer so they can move Chapman to the rotation. I have never understood the idea that you need someone to come in to close before making Chapman a starter. Having a quality starter is a lot more valuable than having an elite closer. It is a lot easier to find a decent closer than it is to find even an average starter, much...
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has been popular among his peers at this week’s GM meetings in Indian Wells, Calif.
He has what many of them need: shortstops.
The Reds have two talented shortstops on their 40-man roster: Zack Cozart, 27, and Didi Gregorius, 22. Both are far away from free agency, meaning one could be dealt to fill a more immediate need.
In fact, Jocketty...
Major League Baseball handed out some hardware on Thursday night and one Red was among the ones who received a share.
Jay Bruce earned his first career Silver Slugger Award after claiming the title as the National League's top offensive right fielder. The 25-year old produced a slash line of .252/.327/.514 with 34 HR and 99 RBI in a team-leading 155 games this season. He...
Peoria was a well-oiled machine on Wednesday, routing Phoenix 8-0. The Desert Dogs, the Reds AFL affiliate last year, managed just four hits and committed an error, while this year's version, the Javelinas, banged out nine hits. There was plenty of Reds action in this one, with six of the runs being scored by Reds prospects and overall actually having a hand in all eight runs...
The Reds are interested in acquiring the services of outfielder Michael Bourn, according to this report by CBS Sports. It suggests that Cincinnati isn't considered the favorite to land Bourn - that title belongs to the Washington Nationals - but they are expected to make a solid run at him.
The 29-year old free agent boasted an on-base percentage of .348 last season to go...
Acquiring Latos proved to be fruitful this season
by: Chase Fitzgerald
Walt Jocketty made quite a few trades this season which is actually pretty unusual. It is very hard to determine who wins trade at first glance so, now that we have a season in the books, let’s find out.
Reds get: Sean Marshall
Cubs get: Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt, and Ronald ...
There were a lot of expectations heaped on Jay Bruce since the Reds' 2005 first rounder made his debut in 2007. Though he hasn't put together a monster breakout season he's shown gradual improvement each year and is now a Silver Slugger. He's still only 25 yrs old giving fans good reason to believe he will continue climb in the status of an elite MLB outfielder.
by: Chase Fitzgerald
The Reds bullpen this season was just flat out nasty.They boasted the best ERA in baseball at 2.65 and also led the league in saves, fewest earned runs, and fewest homeruns allowed, which is just amazing if you consider that they are pitching at GABP most of the time. This was the best bullpen the Reds have had in a long time. Yes, even better...
On Wednesday, Major League Baseball revealed its finalists for the major awards voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). And two members of the Cincinnati Reds made the cut.
Reds rookie Todd Frazier is among three vying for National League Rookie of the Year honors. His competitors are Arizona Diamondbacks hurler Wade Miley and Washington Nationals outfielder...
Sorry about the late post guys. I worked on the book yesterday for about 10 hours and went to bed, completely forgetting about an article for today.
I guess the big news of the day is Jocketty mentioning that he would be willing to trade one of Zach Cozart or Didi Gregorius in the right deal. That could open up a whole barrel of options. I think that Cozart likely has a little more...