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After a period of great silence, the Reds have finally awaken us all from our winter slumber with some rare news on Monday.
According to MLB.com beat writer Mark Sheldon, the team has announced the signing of veteran shortstop Cesar Izturis to a minor league contract. The 32-year old owns a career batting average of .255 over 12 seasons in the big show. However, his bat certainly isn't what has kept him in the major leagues all of these years. Izturis is known for his defensive ability rather than this offensive skills. He won a Gold Glove in 2004 and was dubbed an All-Star in 2005.
Cincinnati will be the ninth organization he has played for after previously serving stints with the Blue Jays, Nationals, Brewers, Cubs, Pirates, Cardinals, Orioles, and most notably, the Dodgers.
Izturis is expected to compete for a spot on the 25-man roster as a backup middle infielder.
In other Reds-related news, he along with 14 others, have been invited to Spring Training as non-ro...
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The Reds have been awaiting an official retirement decision from third basemen Scott Rolen all offseason. The 37-year old has been teetering on the fence of a possible return, and the team has already stated that they would be interested in allowing him to come back to serve in some form or fashion. But given Rolen's recent history of injury, coupled with his decline in productivity...
Reds All-Star outfielder Jay Bruce and country music legend Garth Brooks teamed up for a good cause in Nashville over the weekend.
As part of a benefit for an organization called Teammates for Kids, the two sang a riveting rendition of Brooks' hit song "Friends in Low Places" at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night. The above photo taken by serves as proof!
Via John Fay’s blog, I learned that the Reds have announced their non-roster invitees to spring training, which is just around the corner. Here’s a list for you:
RHP Nick Christiani – 25 year old who’s been in the Reds’ system all along. He had a 3.34 ERA last year in AAA Louisville.
LHP Wilkin De La Rosa – 27 year old who’s been bouncing around minor league teams...
The Reds announced their non-roster invitees to spring training yesterday. Here is the list of prospects invited (not including guys already on the 40-man roster who are invited automatically):
Tucker Barnhart – C
Billy Hamilton – OF
Ryan LaMarre – OF
Kristopher Negron – INF/OF
Denis Phipps – OF
Derrick Robinson – OF
Nick Christiani – RHP
Wilkin De La Rosa – LHP...
Bronson Arroyo isn't a guy who is normally brought up much when talking up about the Reds. No, those conversations usually revolve around Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, or Aroldis Chapman. There is certainly nothing wrong with this. The Reds do boast a roster full of guys worthy of such attention, and most of the attention does go to the younger guys.
At 35-years old, Arroyo...
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#9 Yorman Rodriguez OF
Here at number nine we find a prospect who has all the tools and athleticism to be an impact player in the big leagues one day, Yorman Rodriguez. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound right handed outfielder was signed out of Venezuela at 16-years old in August of 2008, he enters this year at age 20. Last year...
by: Jon Davis
#8 Kyle Lotzkar RHP
Up next we have a very interesting prospect, a supplemental 1st round pick in the 2007 draft: Kyle Lotzkar, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound right hander drafted out of South Delta Secondary School in British Columbia. Lotzkar, just like another Canadian we all know, was drafted very high with a lot of potential from...
In a foot race, I’d place my money on Roman Quinn over any prospect not named Billy Hamilton. Heads up, it would be close — very close. 2012 was a historic year for minor league base stealers as Hamilton attempted 192 steals and was successful 155 times — breaking the record held by Vince Coleman. This feat overshadowed Astros prospect Delino Deshields Jr. as his paltry total...
I'm just going to take a moment to review some of the transactions, reports, interviews and rumors that have floated over the wire in the last month or so where I have some thought or comment.Item: Colby Rasmus avoids arbitration, signed for one year at $4.675 mil. That brings the total of guaranteed contracts to $109.575 million. There are three other players still arb eligible...
The names of players committing to play in the World Baseball Classic are coming fast now. Albert Pujols is likely to play, as we mentioned earlier, and now it seems R.A. Dickey will represent Team USA. Dickey is coming off a Cy Young performance in 2012, but he is also recovering from offseason abdominal surgery.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says Dickey is among a list of...
Former St. Louis Cardinals centerfield Colby Rasmus was one of the most scrutinized players in recent memory during his days in St. Louis. Fans did not understand the kid's laid back attitude and balked at his perceived laziness in centerfield.
Now that he is a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, Rasmus is evidently doing his best to ingrain himself in Canadian culture. The...
Hello my Mets faithful! Right about now it’s the middle of winter and we’re knee deep in NFL playoff football, NBA basketball, and the NHL FINALLY returns next weekend! Of course, many of us are also counting down the days until spring training begins.
That wonderful time of year when we all have renewed faith in our teams, eager to see what new talent is up and coming, and...
Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus, Baltimore pitcher Tommy Hunter and Oakland catcher George Kottaras agreed to one-year contracts, leaving 133 players eligible to file for salary arbitration Tuesday.
Rasmus gets $4,675,000 under Monday's agreement, Hunter $1.82 million and Kottaras $1 million.
San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward, Boston outfielder...