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Jeff Francis, Reds Caravan Kicks Off

Several media outlets reported yesterday that the Reds reached a minor league deal with left-handed starting pitcher Jeff Francis, to add options to their rotation. The 30 year old is 61-66 with a 4.78 ERA in his career, and won 17 games in 2007 with the Rockies. He spent last season with the Royals, making 31 starts, going 6-16, with a 4.82 ERA. It's unlikely that...
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January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds Acquire Valdez, Avoid Arbitration With Masset

If the signing of utility man Willie Harris on Monday wasn't enough to secure depth in the Cincinnati infield, Wednesday's deal sure did. Late Wednesday afternoon, the Redlegs pulled the trigger on a trade that landed utility infielder Wilson Vadlez from the Phillies in exchange for left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst. Valdez appeared in 99 games for the NL East Champs...
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January 25, 2012  |  Discuss

News and Notes from Tuesday

Fielder appears to be taking his talents to The Motor City -The biggest news around Reds country - and Major League Baseball for that matter - was the Detroit Tigers move to sign free agent first baseman Prince Fielder on Tuesday. The agreement is reportedly worth $214MM over nine seasons, which equates to an average of $23.78MM per year -- the fourth-richest contract in baseball...
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January 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Cincy Adds Roster Depth, Signs Harris

Cincy addressed their last remaining need on their offseason wish list with the signing of free agent utility man Willie Harris on Monday. The two sides agreed on a minor league deal which includes a non-roster invite to the club's Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. Should Harris make the big league roster he will earn a base salary of $800,000 with the potential to earn...
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January 23, 2012  |  Discuss

This Day in Reds History: Team Inks Mastermind Behind Big Red Machine

January 22nd, 1967 - In a move that would later be considered monumental in the creation of the Big Red Machine, the franchise hires Bob Howsan to a three-year contract as vice-president and general manager. Here is an excerpt taken from Redleg Journal: "The first front-office job for the 48-year old Howsam, a native of Colorado, had been with the Denver Bears. He...
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January 22, 2012  |  Discuss

On This Day in Reds History: Marty takes the Mic

"And this one belongs to the Reds!" January 21st, 1974 - Filling a void left by play-by-play announcer Al Michaels - who left the team in the fall of 1973 to assume the same role with the Giants - Cincinnati hires 31-year old Marty Brennaman to take his place on the radio. Before joining the Redlegs in '74, the Portsmouth, Virginia native graduated from the...
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January 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Top 10 Sluggers in Reds History

In the game of baseball, there may not be a single play more exciting than witnessing a homerun. One crack of the bat can send a dull crowd into a raucious frenzy in a matter of seconds. And while modern day players aren't knocking 'em out of the yard at the pace of players from 15 years ago (thanks largely to extensive PED testing), it's still a treat to see the ole...
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January 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Catching up on MINOR Details: Billings

Last but not least (with apologies to the AZL Reds) we have the Rookie League Billings Mustangs. They finished 44-32 for the best record overall in the Pioneer League North, but missed out on the playoffs by just one game, because they did not have the best record in either half of the season. They did take it all the way to the last day though. The big news for Billings is that...
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January 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Happy 50th Birthday To...

Former Red and 3-time All-Star Chris "Spuds" Sabo! Known for his signature, see-through goggles, the Detroit native spent seven seasons in the Queen City (1988-93, '96) holding down the hot corner and helping lead the franchise to its last World Championship in 1990. He was also named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1988 and hit .270 (3,012 at-bats...
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January 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Catching Up on MINOR Details: Dayton

If one were to pick which minor league team of the Reds had the best 2011, it would have to be the Single-A affiliate Dayton Dragons. Under manager Delino DeShields (and I love that he's their manager and I don't know why), they finished 83-57, good enough to finish first and win their third division title, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs. They could...
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January 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Are the Reds' Offseason Moves Enough?

Is the additon of Ryan Madson, among others, enough to dub the Reds' division favorites? Dan Syzmborski wrote a very intriguing column recently implying that the Reds still need to make another big offseason move to be considered the "true division favorites" (it's an ESPN Insider piece, so if you want to view it in its entirety you must subscribe). Nonetheless...
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January 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Catching Up on MINOR Details: Bakersfield

Many of the Reds minor league teams are welcoming new names to their organizations at the managerial level, as evidenced with David Bell and Jim Riggleman taking over in Louisville and Pensacola, respectively. However, the Bakersfield Blaze may have the most anticipated player joining their roster in 2012, as 2011 Reds Minor League Player of the Year and speedster, Billy...
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January 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds Avoid Arbitration With Bailey, Janish

All totalled, Cincy was able to avoid arbitration with three of their five eligible players on Tuesday, agreeing to one-year deals with shortstop Paul Janish, starting pitcher Homer Bailey and reliever Bill Bray (previously reported). The Associated Press is reporting that Bailey's contract is worth $2.425 million -- which is substantially more than the right-hander earned...
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January 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds, Bray Avoid Arbitration

The Reds and Bill Bray avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one year deal, according to Bray (@B_Line45) on Twitter: "Contract is done...thanks to the @reds and my agents @OctagonBaseball. My family and I are extremely pleased." He also divulged the length of the contract on Twitter in a reply saying, "one year, but I will still have another year before...
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January 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Recap: The All-Region Reds Team

Today we take one final look at the fictional 25-man roster we've been assembling the past five days. And if you're reading this right now and have no clue what I'm referring to, let the following enlighten you: The roster is comprised entirerly of current MLBers who hail from hometowns located in (or near) Reds country. The main goal in the creation of this squad...
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January 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Latest Reds Top Prospects List

The latest Reds' Top Prospects list comes from the baseball-y mind of Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus. He lists his top 11 prospects, broken down among five-star, four-star (of which the Reds had none), three-star and two-star prospects. He then goes on to give nine more who missed the cut, to round out a top 20 list when all is said and done. The article is for...
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January 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Catching Up on MINOR Details: Pensacola

The Reds Double-A affiliate may have had the biggest news of any of the Reds minor league organizations as they dropped the moniker of the Carolina Mudcats, moved to a brand new park in Florida, hired a big name manager and became the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, who will celebrate and play their inaugural season in 2012. Tuesday is the day of the Blue Wahoos... -The Pensacola...
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January 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds Add Another Piece to Puzzle

Cincinnati may have just completed their off-season to-do list with the signing of free agent OF Ryan Ludwick late Monday night. The contract is rumored to be a one-year deal, which includes a mutual option for 2013, tweets FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Ludwick will reportedly receive $2.5 MM guaranteed with up to an additional $500k in incentives. The 33-year old outfielder...
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January 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds Ink Catcher Dioner Navarro

Straight from MLBtraderumors.com: "The Reds signed catcher Dioner Navarro to a minor league deal, according to the team's Twitter feed. He'll earn $800K plus $200K in incentives in the bigs, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Navarro, 28 in February, will provide veteran depth after catching tandem Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan. He's represented by MDR Sports...
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January 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Day Five: The All-Region Reds Team

Today marks the fifth and final post of our five-day series highlighting current MLBers who hail from hometowns located in (or near) Reds country. As we continue our quest to assemble the best 25-man roster possible, we now turn out attention toward the only position located behind the dish -- catcher. In case you've missed the first four days worth of posts, here is...
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January 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Catching Up on MINOR Details: Louisville

It's been a long, but exciting offseason so far in Reds country. It's almost over though. Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Goodyear on February 19th, while the rest are expected by February 24th. Along with the return of the Reds is also the highly anticipated return of MINOR Details here on Redlegs Review to keep you up to date on all the goings-on of the Reds...
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January 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Catching Up on MINOR Details: Louisville

It's been a long, but exciting offseason so far in Reds country. It's almost over though. Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Goodyear on February 19th, while the rest are expected by February 24th. Along with the return of the Reds is also the highly anticipated return of MINOR Details here on Redlegs Review to keep you up to date on all the goings-on of the Reds...
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January 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Catching Up on MINOR Details: Louisville

It's been a long, but exciting offseason so far in Reds country. It's almost over though. Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Goodyear on February 19th, while the rest are expected by February 24th. Along with the return of the Reds is also the highly anticipated return of MINOR Details here on Redlegs Review to keep you up to date on all the goings-on of the Reds...
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January 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Catching Up on MINOR Details: Louisville

It's been a long, but exciting offseason so far in Reds country. It's almost over though. Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Goodyear on February 19th, while the rest are expected by February 24th. Along with the return of the Reds is also the highly anticipated return of MINOR Details here on Redlegs Review to keep you up to date on all the goings-on of the Reds...
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January 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Catching Up on MINOR Details: Louisville

It's been a long, but exciting offseason so far in Reds country. It's almost over though. Pitchers and catchers are set to report to Goodyear on February 19th, while the rest are expected by February 24th. Along with the return of the Reds is also the highly anticipated return of MINOR Details here on Redlegs Review to keep you up to date on all the goings-on of the Reds...
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January 16, 2012  |  Discuss
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