Found January 14, 2013 on Redlegs Review:
PLAYERS: Scott Rolen
TEAMS: Cincinnati Reds
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, would the Reds really benefit from Rolen occupying one of the 25 roster spots? Count manager Dusty Baker as one who seems to be content with the current roster without Rolen. “It’s getting late. Life goes on and business goes on. Since we signed Jack Hannahan, it’s getting crowded. Plus, Todd Frazier deserves a chance to play," said the skipper. Frazier is expected to take over the everyday duties at the hot corner after bursting onto the scene as a rookie in 2012. Frazier finished third in National League Rookie of the Year balloting after hitting .273/.331/.498 with 19 homers, 6...

A few Reds news, notes, and nuggets

+ John Fay reports that there is still no word from Scott Rolen. Will he stay or will he go? This has been the burning question for Rolen this winter as he weighs retirement. + ESPN released its 2013 television schedule for Sunday Night Baseball on Tuesday. Amazingly, the Reds aren't on it. Neither are the Washington Nationals, who boasted the best regular season record in...

Jay Bruce sang a duet with Garth Brooks on Saturday

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! ...

Reds announce non-roster spring training invitees

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...

Then and Now: Josh Ravin

Josh Ravin has always been an intriguing prospect for me. He has a big time arm and has shown plus to plus-plus velocity for years now. Despite being drafted in 2006 out of high school, the Reds gave him his first taste of the bullpen in 2012. He initially struggled with the role after beginning the year on the disabled list before finally getting into the regular season in late...

Reds fans need not forget about the value of Bronson Arroyo

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...

Highlighting top Reds prospects in 2013: Yorman Rodriguez

by: Jon Davis Staff Writer @I_Bleed_RedsRed #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...

Highlighting top Reds prospects in 2013: Kyle Lotzkar

by: Jon Davis Staff Writer @I_Bleed_RedsRed #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...

Roman Quinn: A Better Billy Hamilton?

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...

Reds sign former All-Star Cesar Izturis, release non-roster invite list for spring training

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 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...

Baseball owners approve a few notable rule changes for 2013 season

Meetings at the mound could become slightly more crowded next season Baseball owners tentatively approved a few rule changes last week which will wind end up impacting the Reds. Although nothing is official until the players' union approves the changes, it is assumed that they will, and the rules will then be implemented in time for the 2013 season. Here are the three...

Proposing a new stat for relievers

by: Chase Fitzgerald Staff Writer I had an idea for a stat a while ago called SP (Scores Preserved). To get on “SP” you had to A) not be the starting pitcher and B) get 3 consecutive outs without giving up a home run. With there pretty much being no stats to judge relief pitchers besides saves and holds, I felt this stat was needed so I decided to calculate it. I found it...

Farm System Rankings Part Two

Back in late November part one of this series came out based on some unscientific point system I came up with based on the Baseball America League Top 20 Rankings. According to those rankings, the Reds came out 10th. In this series, based on the rankings of each team by John Sickels at His grades are not final, but these were the grades he had posted and updated...

Video: MLB Hot Stove crew discuss Billy Hamilton

Your browser does not support iframes.'s Hot Stove crew what Reds top prospect Billy Hamilton can expect during his first big league Spring Training. Hamilton is one of 15 non-roster invites to Spring Training. He set a new professional baseball record by stealing 155 bases last year between Single-A and Double-A. The 2013 campaign will mark his first as an outfielder.

The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 1/15/13 by Dan Mennella

Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Broxton, and J.J. Putz are examined by the Reaper this week.

Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, January 16 by Daniel Rathman

The Nationals` latest move might affect their demands for Mike Morse, Scott Hairston might sign soon, and the Dodgers are looking into Scott Rolen.
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