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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Brayan Pena: The Anti-Carpenter

There was a lot of talk about Matt Carpenter becoming a power hitter this year. There was a lot of praise handed in his direction for dropping some discipline to instead blast 28 home runs to lead a power hungry team. Carpenter’s transition, at least one year in, was a good thing. His K rate did skyrocket, which did lead to some frustration; however his power ended up providing...
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Marc Anthony becomes agent, signs Aroldis Chapman

Move over Jay Z, there’s a new entertainer-turned agent in town. Marc Anthony — the singer, actor and former husband of Jennifer Lopez — is teaming with a baseball agency (Praver Shapiro Sports Management) to bring sports representation into his Magnus Media company. Anthony’s first prominent client will be Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, as reported by Ken Rosenthal...
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Cardinals sign Brayan Pena; Is Tony Cruz out?

Jordan Zimmerman’s signing with the Tigers yesterday, might have been the match to light the Hot Stove for this offseason. The St. Louis Cardinals have signed catcher Brayan Pena to a two year deal. The contract is worth a total of $5 million. From what it looks like, Tony Cruz is officially out as the Cardinals back up catcher. However, Mike Matheny has had three catchers on...
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Cardinals sign Brayan Pena to a two-year deal

The St. Louis Cardinals announced the signing of switch-hitting catcher Brayan Pena to a two-year deal. He was previously with the Cincinnati Reds for two seasons as well as the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Atlanta Braves. St. Louis Cardinals sign switch-hitting catcher Brayan Peña to a two-year contract. — St. Louis Cardinals […]
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Cardinals sign catcher Brayan Pena to two-year, $5M deal

Brayan Pena's resume includes 11 years of big-league experience.  Kelvin Kuo USA TODAY SportsST. LOUIS -- Free agent catcher Brayan Pena has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he will be the backup for All-Star Yadier Molina.The 33-year-old switch-hitter receives $2.5 million in each of the next two seasons.Pena led Reds catchers with...
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Pena agrees to $5M, 2-year deal as Molina's backup on Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) Free agent catcher Brayan Pena has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he will be the backup for All-Star Yadier Molina. The 33-year-old switch-hitter receives $2.5 million in each of the next two seasons. Pena led Reds catchers with 86 games last season while batting .273 with a career-best .344 on-base percentage. His...
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Singer Marc Anthony making pitch as sports agent

MIAMI (AP) Another entertainer is joining Jay-Z in the sports agent business - singer Marc Anthony. Anthony founded Magnus Media this year. The company said Monday it is forming a joint venture that will represent Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. Praver Shapiro Sports Management is part of the joint venture. It is headed by agents Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro. Chapman...
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Entertainer Marc Anthony enters MLB player rep biz

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman -- a free agent after next season -- is Magnus Sports' first client. Andy Lyons Getty ImagesAnother entertainment mogul is getting into the baseball business -- and with a splash.Magnus Media, a company founded by Marc Anthony, announced on Monday the inception of Magnus Sports, a division dedicated to representing major athletes.The company said in a...
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Ask MMO: Trading Duda and Wheeler for Todd Frazier

Derek G. asks… I saw this trade proposed on MetsBlog and wanted to get one of your opinions on it. Would you trade Lucas Duda and Zack Wheeler to the Reds for Todd Frazier? Frazier could replace Duda at first base and immediately give the Mets a more consistent hitter that can bat third or fourth in the lineup. Both Duda and Frazier are the same age and still have two years...
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5 Potential Landing Spots for Johnny Cueto

Johnny Cueto has been considered to be in the upper echelon of pitchers for a few years. After ripping off four consecutive years with an ERA south of 3.00, Cueto fell back to earth a bit this year, posting an ERA of 3.44 while splitting the year between the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City […]
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Today in Halo History: Five Player Trade With Reds

Angel pitcher Jim McGlothlin puts his arms around Jim Fregosi (left) and Bobby Knoop (right), arguably the best double play combination the Angels have ever had. On November 25, 1969, Angel general manager Dick Walsh pulled off a five-player trade with the Cincinnati Reds in order to avoid revisiting the 91-loss season it had just endured.  The Angels gave up three pitchers ...
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Job Postings: Cincinnati Reds Manager of Baseball Analytics, Baseball Operations Analyst

Just to be clear, there are two job postings here. Position: Cincinnati Reds Manager of Baseball Analytics Location: Cincinnati Description: The Cincinnati Reds are seeking a Manager for the team’s Baseball Analytics department. The Manager of Baseball Analytics will work closely with the Senior Director of Baseball Analytics and Manager of Baseball Systems to implement the department’s...
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Trading for Aroldis Chapman

Sometime soon, Aroldis Chapman is going to get traded. But don’t just take my word for it: #Reds Walt Jocketty said there’s ‘nothing close’ with Aroldis Chapman. Hopes to get something done by the Winter Meetings — C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) November 19, 2015 I mean, yeah, on the one hand, nothing close. But on the other hand, how often do front offices establish public...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Mailbag: Trading For Todd Frazier, Moving Wright To First Base

Tom K. asks… I am not a big Lucas Duda fan mostly because his cold streaks drive me nuts. He has like four hot weeks spread out over a six month season. If David Wright is eventually going to be moved to 1B for health and durability issues, why not do it now and trade Duda for a third baseman, maybe Todd Frazier? Isn’t he on the block? Connor replies… First of all, the...
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Five Possible Trade Destinations for Todd Frazier

The Cincinnati Reds are going nowhere in 2016. There, I said it. The Reds are clearly in need of quite a rebuild and they have plenty of parts to sell. From Aroldis Chapman to Jay Bruce to Brandon Phillips, the Reds are flush with players who will likely need new homes. One of the most, […]
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Reds eager to trade Aroldis Chapman; which team is best fit?

Approximately a week after putting up their “Open for Business” sign, the Cincinnati Reds are still waiting to begin what appears to be an offseason fire sale. Perhaps the reason the sell-off hasn’t gotten started is because the player that was expected to get the transactions rolling hasn’t yet been dealt. And from what it sounds like, the Reds want to trade closer Aroldis...
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Reds GM hopes to deal Chapman before Winter Meetings

The Reds will apparently look to trade Aroldis Chapman within the next two weeks. Andy Lyons Getty ImagesThere has been plenty of trade rumors surrounding the Cincinnati Reds and their rebuilding, especially with their All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman.After the San Diego Padres dealt Craig Kimbrel to the Boston Red Sox, the market is somewhat set for a move. The Sox sent four prospects...
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Dick Williams on Transitioning the Cincinnati Model

The Cincinnati Reds front office underwent a makeover a few weeks ago. Dick Williams, a 44-year-old former investment banker, was appointed the club’s general manager. Walt Jocketty, who is heading into the final year of his contract, moved from GM to President of Baseball Operations. Williams, who had been the assistant GM, will continue to work under Jocketty until the latter...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Six Possible Trade Destinations for Aroldis Chapman

With Craig Kimbrel now off the market, Aroldis Chapman is the next logical closer to be traded this offseason. Prior to the trade of Kimbrel, it actually was more likely that Chapman would be traded first. With that being said, even with the Boston Red Sox cashing in on the Craig Kimbrel market, the market […]
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Todd Frazier on the trading block for the Reds?

According a report, Todd Frazier could be moved for the right price. AP Photo John MinchilloWhen looking at the Cincinnati Reds' most-tradable assets, names like Aroldis Chapman and Jay Bruce come to mind as both players are free agents after the 2016 season. Brandon Phillips has 10-and-5 trade protection and Devin Mesoraco's four-year, $28 million deal he signed prior to 2015 is...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds GM thinks teams will want to trade for Chapman

The Cincinnati Reds are looking to trade Aroldis Chapman, and team GM Dick Williams believes there will be plenty of interest in the closer. Williams told Saturday that he wasn’t worried about the Boston Red Sox acquiring Craig Kimbrel in a trade with the San Diego Padres, taking the AL East team out of...Read More
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Trade For Aroldis Chapman Could Come This Weekend

27-Year Old Aroldis ChapmanBy the time Tom Brady and the Patriots have finished smiting the "G-Men" from Gotham City, the Red Sox may have a closer of the future in the fold. This past Wednesday, FenwayNation posted a story that Aroldis Chapman (and possibly OF Jay Bruce) would come to Boston in a trade for one of the team's three young outfielders. Now, multiple sources (including...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Joey Votto Is the Best at Another Thing

Think of some facts about Joey Votto. Chances are that your brain just made a number of connections. The first things that came to mind were an image of Votto, the fact he plays first base for the Reds, and perhaps his number and his contract. He’s also Canadian, which you may have known. Once your brain had covered some basic personal data regarding Votto, you probably moved to...
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Aroldis Chapman Trade Rumors: Red Sox Reportedly Have Interest In Reliever

The Boston Red Sox could be looking at a big name with a big arm to bolster their bullpen. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said earlier this week that there was an uncharacteristic amount of activity at the GM meetings, and apparently the Red Sox were among the busiest teams. The Red Sox appear to have interest in acquiring flame-throwing left-handed reliever...
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