Cactus League preview: National League

CINCINNATI REDS Manager: Bryan Price (third season).2015: 64-98, fifth place.Training Town: Goodyear.Park: Goodyear Ballpark.First Workout: Feb. 18/23.He's Here: INF Jose Peraza, OF Scott Schebler.He's Outta Here: 3B Todd Frazier, closer Aroldis Chapman.Going campin': The Reds launched into a full-scale rebuilding last July, trading starters Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake for prospects...
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The Historically Lousy Clutch Hitting of the 2015 Reds

Most of the discussions surrounding the Cincinnati Reds during the past calendar year has centered around what to do with an aging core of players that are careening toward free agency on a club with little chance of competing. That’s the right type of conversation to have in the Reds’ situation – a situation in which Joey Votto had a historically great season on a last place...
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2016 Could be the Best Central Yet

Since becoming a division, the AL Central has largely been the laughingstock of the American League. From 1994 through 2011, only four AL Pennant winners came from the Central and only one won the World Series (the White Sox in 2005). Since then, things have been looking up as three of the last four AL Champions have come out of the Central and after just one Wild Card winner from...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 Chicago White Sox Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

Rick Hahn was promoted to the White Sox general manager position in October of 2012. Since then, Chicago has went three-consecutive seasons without a winning record and was ranked 28th, or worse, in runs scored for two of the past three years. Hahn is hoping to make more of an impact on the offense in 2016. He signed two players who set new career-highs in RBI last season: Brett...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Chicago White Sox Team Preview

2015 Quick Overview The Chicago White Sox have perpetually been in the middle of the pack since they won the World Series in 2005. Last year, they finished with a lackluster 76-86 record despite some aggressive moves made in the offseason. They remain a franchise that isn’t sure whether it’s coming or going but seems allergic to a rebuilding phase. Yet, they never seem to add...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox: 3 Bold Predictions for 2016 Season

With most free agents off the board and Chicago White Sox pitchers and catchers preparing to report to Arizona, a fresh slate in 2016 is nearly upon us. Except for rumors that the South Siders may make a run at unsigned outfielder Dexter Fowler or try to make a trade for Andre Ethier, the White Sox’s roster is mostly set. With that in mind, let’s take a look at three bold White...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox eye AL Central, not Cubs, as their competition

CHICAGO (AP) To Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, his team's main competition comes from all across the AL Central, not across town from the Cubs. Hahn and manager Robin Ventura kept touting the club's offseason moves, especially the acquisition of slugging third baseman Todd Frazier and second baseman Brett Lawrie, on Saturday at the White Sox fan convention. The...
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13 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...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Chicago White Sox ZiPS Projections

Dan Szymborski released his annual ZiPS Projections for the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday and with it he is predicting an 81-81 record for the south siders. While this would be a five win improvement from last year, a .500 record would have kept the White Sox in fourth in the AL Central division and five games away from a wildcard in the American League. Position Player Takeaways...
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14 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...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Chicago White Sox

Other clubs: Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Red Sox. The White Sox have seen their lowly regarded farm system weakened by the Todd Frazier deal, but they still have a few guys at the top who could be impact players. This system’s biggest strength is in its depth of depth pieces, including a lot of bullpen arms and bench players that still have some upside if things break...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox: has the offseason been blown already?

Competing on a yearly basis has always proven to be difficult even for the most lucrative teams with unlimited resources. For smaller market teams, its nearly impossible. Yet, that’s exactly what Chicago White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams and General Manager Rick Hahn have set out to do. Each year, their decisions are based on placing this team in the best possible...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Where’s CarGo? Five teams that could use Carlos Gonzalez

The Colorado Rockies made one of the more curious moves of the winter the other day, signing outfielder Gerardo Parra to a three-year deal that gives them a surplus of starting-caliber outfielders. Chances are they’re looking to move one of them, and the most likely candidate to be dealt is Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez has performed at an MVP-level when healthy, and even though Coors...
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January 13, 2016  |  Discuss

An Early Look At the Projected Standings

We’ve had the 2016 Steamer Projections up on the site for a while now, but until this morning, the only way to look at the aggregate team projections was to look at a team’s total projected WAR and eyeball how that might translate to wins and losses. WAR is a good enough proxy to get you in the right neighborhood, but because of differences between the leagues and the fact that...
Via Fangraphs
January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Todd Frazier’s one-year-old is already a home run hitter

The Chicago White Sox recently acquired star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds and are very excited to see what he brings to the team. Frazier is known for being a power hitter and won the Home Run Derby last season. Not only is Todd a home run hitter, his one-year-old son, Blake, is also making a name for himself as a home run hitter. Frazier’s son starred in...
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: White Sox want Gordon or Cespedes only on three-year deal or less

The Chicago White Sox may ironically be the ones taking themselves out of the market for a marquee outfield talent this offseason. According to a report on Friday by Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, the club is interested in signing free agent outfielders Alex Gordon or Yoenis Cespedes, but only on a deal for three years or less. With both players bringing All-Star-level bats...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Circling the Central: December 2015

The American League Central Division has been the home for some of the best off-the-field action this winter with perhaps the biggest splash in December within the division was the Chicago White Sox trading for third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds. So let’s start this Central Division roundup discussing the move that could propel the White Sox toward the top of the...
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January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Top 10 Moments of the 2015 MLB Season

10. Frazier wins the Derby at home The Home Run Derby didn’t start off well for hometown kid Todd Frazier. His opponent, Rangers first basemen Prince Fielder, walloped 13 home runs in his turn, leaving Todd Frazier needing a whopping 14 to advance. It proved no problem for the Reds third basemen who got what he needed to […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Orioles, White Sox reportedly the frontrunners for Yoenis Cespedes

    Not to be forgotten amidst all the excitement of the MLB hot stove this winter is that free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is still looking for a new home. According to a report by Jesse Sanchez of on Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox have emerged as the frontrunners to sign the Cuban. Sanchez also mentions the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 29, 2015  |  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: Why the Sox Should Sign Yoenis Cespedes

After acquiring Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds a few weeks back, it appears that the Chicago White Sox are looking to compete in 2016. That won’t happen unless they acquire another big bat. While Frazier is a very nice pickup and a definite upgrade at the hot corner, most experts see Frazier as a five or six-hole hitter rather than a three-hole or cleanup hitter. So the...
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

What were the Reds Thinking — Todd Frazier Edition

About a week ago now, arguably the biggest trade of the offseason broke baseball-Twitter. The Cincinnati Reds “gave away” All-Star third baseman and fan-favorite Todd Frazier. The Los Angeles Dodgers collected a trio of Chicago White Sox prospects, the Reds a trio of Dodger prospects, and the White Sox snagged Frazier. The trade looked like […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Todd Frazier cannot be the Last Addition for the White Sox

Todd Frazier is a great player, and he is now a member of the Chicago White Sox. Last year, the White Sox were the most pathetic offensive team in the American League. The South Siders finished dead last in the American League with 622 runs. The Pale Hose were also dead last in slugging and […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: The Complicated Matter of Trading Jonathan Lucroy

It’s easy to say now that the Reds should have traded some players sooner. It’s been clear for a long time they’re headed for a rebuild, yet they hung on to Aroldis Chapman and Todd Frazier, and both of them lost value. Chapman is currently unmovable, and Frazier just drew an underwhelming return. Of course, the Reds couldn’t have predicted precisely what would happen, but...
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December 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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