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Cincinnati Reds: 2016 Offseason Report Card

Cincinnati is not just coming off a seasonally bad year in 2015. The city’s beloved Redlegs had a historically bad year last season. Sporting a dismal 64-98 record, the Reds finished with the second-worst record in all of baseball (one game behind the Philadelphia Phillies), all while assembling a roster they thought was playoff-worthy. At least Philadelphia knew is was trashing...
Via Baseball Essential
27 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds reunite with Piniella, Hoover turns nasty

From a distance, watching on a cold December day in 2002, Cincinnati Reds fans saw their home crumble to the ground. In a few seconds, Riverfront Stadium, host to the Big Red Machine and the once-in-a-lifetime championship teams of the 1970’s, including their wire-to-wire 1990 World Series Champions, transformed into a cloud of smoke on the horizon of the Ohio River. As the smoke...
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Reds' Hoover gets raise in arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) -- Reliever J.J. Hoover has won his salary arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds, improving players to 2-0 against teams this year. Hoover was given a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million Friday by arbitrators James Oldham, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek, who heard the case a day earlier. The team had argued for $1,225,000. Cincinnati had not gone to salary arbitration...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds outfield prospect Duran suspended for positive test

NEW YORK (AP) Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Juan Duran has been suspended for the first 80 games of the season under Major League Baseball's drug program following a positive test for three performance-enhancing substances. Duran tested positive for Drostanolone, Stanozolol and Nandrolone, the commissioner's office said Friday. He became the first player penalized under the...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Players improve to 2-0 in arbitration as J.J. Hoover beats Reds

PHOENIX -- Reliever J.J. Hoover has won his salary arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds, improving players to 2-0 against teams this year.Hoover was given a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million Friday by arbitrators James Oldham, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek, who heard the case a day earlier. The team had argued for $1,225,000.A 28-year-old right-hander, Hoover was 8-2 with...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

KATOH Projects: Cincinnati Reds Prospects

Previous editions: Baltimore / Boston / Chicago AL / Chicago NL. Last week, lead prospect analyst Dan Farnsworth published his excellently in-depth prospect list for the Cincinnati Reds. In this companion piece, I look at that same Cincinnati farm system through the lens of my recently refined KATOH projection system. There’s way more to prospect evaluation than just the stats...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryan Price: You can expect Brandon Phillips to stick with the Reds

Despite their best efforts to trade him, Brandon Phillips will be in a Cincinnati Reds uniform in 2016.According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the second baseman has used his no-trade clause to veto power to deny trades to the Nationals and Diamondbacks.The Reds have also acquired their second baseman of the future in Jose Peraza, but according to manager Bryan Price, Phillips will...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cincinnati Reds are rebuilding, but optimism persists

It was the shot heard ’round Cincinnati. On Dec. 16, 2015, the Reds sent beloved third baseman and face of the franchise Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox as part of a three team deal with Chicago and the Los Angeles Dodgers that netted the Reds prospects infielders Jose Peraza and Brandon Dixon, as well as outfielder Scott Schebler. Frazier was the face of the city for many...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds

Other clubs: Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Red Sox, White Sox. I share the view of many fans in wondering if the return from the Todd Frazier deal was justified, even though I do think Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler are valuable prospects. Even if all three (Brandon Dixon being the third) were busts, the Reds have amassed quite an assortment of high-upside and -floor prospects...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Breakthrough Candidate: Raisel Iglesias

In 2015, there were fewer pitchers (74) qualifying for the AL and NL ERA titles than in any season going back to 1995 (70). In any given season, the number of first-time ERA qualifiers is about a quarter of that population. This last year was no exception, as 18 pitchers qualified for the ERA title for the first time. What was unique about 2015 was the high quality of those first...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds catcher Mesoraco says he's healthy, hip is 'no problem'

Expectations for Cincinnati Reds catcher Devon Mesoraco had some high expectations entering the 2015 season.In 2014, the now 27-year-old was an All-Star, hitting .273 with 25 home runs and 80 RBI. His 2015 season was cut short, however, after a hip impingement caused him to have surgery after just 23 games.That hip injury is now looking like a thing of the past -- he told the Cincinnati...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds seek Jocketty, Joey, and Jay for leadership

Looking onto the freshly-watered grass of Goodyear Ballpark, sparkling on a cold Arizona morning with the smell of new beginnings and the call of summer beckoning in the distance, one will gaze upon the image of an empty field. This park, the official spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Club, though currently vacant, will soon welcome a sea of Reds players, personnel...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Reds Should Not Be Done Rebuilding (Part 2)

Embed from Getty Images Last week, I made a case that the Cincinnati Reds should not be finished rebuilding  by highlighting two players–Zach Cozart and Homer Bailey–that the Reds could look to trade by July. This week, I will highlight two more players that the Reds should consider trading, although both seem unlikely or controversial. EUGENIO SUAREZ What? Trade a young...
Via TopSportsReport
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds to induct Pete Rose into team’s Hall of Fame

For those clamoring to get MLB all-time hit leader Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame, you sort of got your wish today. Rose hasn’t been introduced into Cooperstown (he’s still banned) but the Cincinnati Reds announced he will be joining the Reds Hall of Fame, and will be introduced during the 2016 Reds HOF Induction Weekend. Pete Rose to be inducted into the Reds Hall of...
Via The Comeback
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds Top 20 Prospects

Three years ago the Reds were winning the National League Central with 97 wins and prospects appeared to be merely trade-bait for the next crucial piece to put them over the postseason hump. Instead, Cincinnati slowly declined before plummeting to the second-worst record in baseball last season, finally, as some fans would say, prompting a […]
Via Baseball Essential
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Reds sign Cuban shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez

According to a report from, the Cincinnati Reds have signed 21-year-old Cuban shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez.As notes, Rodriguez is 5-foot-10, 195 pounds and posses good speed -- he clocked in at 6.6 seconds on his 60-yard-dash.Since this signing will count against the Reds' international signing pool, they will incur a penalty for going over their allotted pool. It...
Via Fox Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds land Cuban shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez

Weeks after trading Aroldis Chapman to the New York Yankees, the Cincinnati Reds are reportedly poised to land another Cuban star, shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez. Jesse Sanchez of has reported that the Reds and Rodriguez have agreed to terms. Rodriguez is a light-hitting shortstop, as he produced only a .265/.301/.284 slash line in Cuba. But at 21, he has time to develop. Ben...
Via Sportsnaut
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds rebuild not going quite according to plan

It has been a recurring theme since last July that not only do the Reds need to be rebuilding now if they would like to post a winning record at some point within the next decade, but that they are doing it all wrong. At the trade deadline, only Mike Leake and Johnny Cueto were dealt, while Marlon Byrd was sent to San Francisco later on in August. This took care of the immediate...
Via The Outside Corner
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox acquire Todd Frazier in three-team mega deal

The Cincinnati Reds have traded Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal which saw them acquire infielder Jose Peraza, outfielder Scott Schebler, and infielder Brandon Dixon. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the third party in the deal, and they landed pitcher Frankie Montas, infielder Micah Johnson, and outfielder Trayce Thompson. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was...
Via The Comeback
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Todd Frazier trade talks heat up as other options disappear

Now that the big name pitchers and Jason Heyward are off the market, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has emerged as the most coveted target of baseball’s offseason swap meet. The Reds are motivated sellers and now know they have one of the top pieces on the market ready to move. Numerous teams have inquired about Frazier, with the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland...
Via Rumors and Rants
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Reds shopping Todd Frazier heavily

    Many of the Cincinnati Reds’ players are on sale, and nearly everything in the store has to go. That includes arguably the team’s best player not named Joey Votto. According to Reds reporter C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are heavily shopping third baseman Todd Frazier. Word I’m hearing is #Reds are shopping Frazier heavily. Makes most...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Free Joey Votto: One Of MLB's Best Hitters Is Stuck On One Of Its Worst Teams

I have a confession to make: I've never watched Joey Votto play baseball. Not in person, not on TV, never.Let me explain. My baseball fandom is different from most people's. I grew up without an obvious hometown team, so I tend to follow my favorite players as opposed to just one team. My friends think I'm weird because I have zero rooting interest in any game ever, but I think that...
Via The Sports Quotient
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman, girlfriend Cristina still together

Aroldis Chapman and his girlfriend Cristina are still together and seem to be doing much better since their reported police incident in October. A report published on Monday by Yahoo Sports said that Chapman’s trade to the Dodgers was being held up by a police incident in which the closer allegedly choked his girlfriend and fired several gun shots. The report said Chapman’s...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Reds willing to trade everyone, including Frazier

    Coming off their worst season in more than 30 years, the Cincinnati Reds are apparently open to completely blowing up their roster. Jon Heyman of reports that the Reds have made everyone on their team available via trade, and that includes third baseman Todd Frazier. Aroldis Chapman is the name that seems to be getting the most attention, with the Los Angeles...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Singer Marc Anthony creates agency, signs Aroldis Chapman

Following in the footsteps of fellow entertainment mogul, Jay Z, singer Marc Anthony announced the creation of Magnus Sports Agency on Monday. And he already has his first major client: Aroldis Chapman.Teaming up with Praver Shapiro Sports Management, Anthony's new agency is already representing MLB players Adeiny Hechavarria, Jorge Soler, Raisel Iglesias and Juan Uribe, in addition...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

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