Garrett sees the upcoming season as a clean slate. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Following a hip surgery and successful rehab, Reds left-hander Amir Garrett feels optimistic about the 2018 season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. The sophomore is ready to put a nightmarish 2017 behind him. “I will re-establish myself again and basically start over from the beginning in spring,” says Garrett. “It’s a clean slate, 2018. 2017 is behind me. I have a book and that page isn’t even in there.” Garrett added that he feels stronger and has even shed ten pounds. While the 25-year-old southpaw got off to a hot start last year, his 7.39 ERA and 5.09 BB/9 at season’s end look disastrous. Garrett claims he’s happy that he had a rough year, as he had “never really had any struggles and adversity” prior to that.

More news out of Cincinnati…

  • In light of a slow free agent market, the Reds are looking to add a player, says GM Dick Williams (hat tip to Sheldon). That player is likely to be a reliever, however, which seemingly closes the door on any notion that a rebuilding Cincinnati ballclub might be in on the market’s remaining position players and rotation candidates. Thus far, the only contract the Reds have given out this offseason is a two-year, $4.5M guarantee to right-handed reliever Jared Hughes. According to our 2017-2018 free agent list, over 40 MLB relievers remain available on the free agent market.
  • Although Cincinnati obviously isn’t expected to compete for a playoff spot, the 2018 season will prove a crucial one for the franchise’s rebuild, says Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Reds fans have watched the rival Brewers undergo a notoriously short rebuild while they’ve had to endure four consecutive losing seasons already. “We’ve struggled to be competitive since the second half of 2014,” manager Bryan Price told reporters at the Reds Caravan on Thursday. “That’s a fair amount of time to ask our fan base to wait. I think they’re going to see a lot of improvement as far as wins and losses. They need to see that.” Buchanan does cite some reasons for optimism, including a much healthier pitching staff that could take a step forward, the rising stardom of Eugenio Suarez and the potential for top prospect Nick Senzel to make the big league roster at some point this season. Interestingly, he also notes that the Reds were apparently in on Christian Yelich early on, but backed off quickly when they learned that they’d need to part with either Senzel or Hunter Greene “just to start”.
QUIZ: Name the old stadiums that housed these MLB franchises

As the game of baseball continued to expand in popularity and style of play, new demands were needed for the stadiums that housed the MLB franchises. However, some of the older homes still hold a great deal of history. Can you name the stadiums of yesteryear that played host to these teams? 

Clue: Name of the team and years of occupancy.

Score:
0/27
Time:
7:00
CHW 1872-77
23rd Street Grounds
PHI 1887-38
Baker Bowl
DET 1901-02
Burns Park
HOU 1962-64
Colt Stadium
CIN 1912-70
Crosley Field
BKD 1913-57
Ebbets Field
TOR 1977-89
Exhibition Stadium
PIT 1909-70
Forbes Field
ATL 1966-96
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
WSH 1911-60
Griffith Stadium
MIN 1982-09
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
BOS 1901-11
Huntington Avenue Grounds
MON 1969-76
Jarry Park
BAL 1954-91
Memorial Stadium
DET 1912-99
Navin Field
MON 1977-04
Olympic Stadium
CIN 1902-11
Palace of the Fans
NYY, NYG, NYM 1891-63
Polo Grounds
CIN 1970-02
Riverfront Stadium
STL 1893-20
Robison Park
SFG 1958-59
Seal Stadium
PHA, PHI 1909-70
Shibe Park
SLB, STL 1902-66
Sportsman's Park
HOU 1965-99
The Astrodome
SEA 1977-99
The Kingdome
PIT 1970-00
Three Rivers Stadium
PHI 1971-03
Veterans Stadium
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