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A lot of information pouring from Redsfest this weekend, which set a new attendance record with 23,737 fans attending to the two day event. The Friday night crowd was especially heavier as 11,000 fans attended Friday night compared to just 3,000 last year.
Jocketty admits to looking to add a top of the rotation starter this offseason, stating that the team is looking at six different options, but not naming names. John Fay of the Enquirer speculates that the names could include Jamie Shields, Gio Gonzalez, Jair Jurrjens.
Bronson Arroyo realizes that he needs to increase velocity on his fastball.
“All I’m looking for is more velocity,” Arroyo said. “They can say all they want that velocity doesn’t mean anything. But there’s a world of difference between 86 and 91. I’m not going to lose the ability to get people out and the feel for my breaking ball. I’m trying to get my body strong and get that velocity back.”
Dusty Baker wants to have the closer role handed to one person, not use a...
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"It sounds like the Brandon Phillips extension will get done, writes John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. General Manager Walt Jocketty says that it’s a “complicated contract,” which will take time to be ironed out. That leads Fay to believe that the deal likely involves deferred money.
Yonder Alonso showed up for a promotion of Redsfest, the team's annual fan expo, noticeably thinner.
Alonso vowed to come to spring training lighter and quicker to help with the shift from first base to left field. He hired a personal chef and tailored his workouts toward being an outfielder.
The result? He's 18 pounds lighter than the 240 pounds he played at this season...
ESPN.com's Eric Karabell recently laid out some bold 2012 fantasy predictions for each MLB pitching staff, and he's not too high on next year's version of the Redlegs.
Here is the snippet taken from that Insider article:
When Drew Stubbs was called up in 2009 he became a popular free agent add in fantasy leagues due to his surprisingly useful power/speed combo. In just 42 games that season he hit eight home runs and stole 10 bases, putting him on pace for 65 homers/steals over a full 162 game season.
Stubbs was in the majors to stay, and by 2010 he had proved his short rookie stint was no fluke...
Keith Law wrote a nice article at ESPN Insider about the value of the top young players in baseball. Since it is the season of giving and a simple Google search turns up a lot more out of the article, I’ll let you read what he says about Jay Bruce at the number 22 ranking.
22.) Jay Bruce-RF-24-Analysis: Bruce has substantial power, shows patience, and plays an above-average right...
Dusty Baker participated in an interview at the 2011 Winter Meetings.
Reds infielder Chris Valaika's hopes to compete for a roster spot next spring improved when he was cleared to start running and throwing by the medical staff.
from the Dayton Dragons:
Dayton Dragons 2011 shortstop Billy Hamilton has been selected as the recipient of the Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award as the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Player of the Year. The award was one of several announced by the Reds at RedsFest over the weekend.
Three of the four minor league awards given by the Reds went to 2011 Dragons players. Dragons starting...
From the Cincinnati.com:
<blockquote Leftovers from Redsfest:–I got the impression that the Reds hold little hope of re-signing Francisco Cordero. The way the closer market has settled, the Reds might be able to get Cordero back at one-year deal in the $7 million range.
But I wouldn’t even do that. I’d stay in house. Try Bill Bray first. If he doesn’t work out, turn to...
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In what's become an annual Redsfest tradition, general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker were on the main stage peppered with questions during a Hot Stove question and answer session with fans.
As the Reds seek to improve their starting pitching, much speculation has involved whether the club will part with prospect and top trade chip Yonder Alonso.