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Reds add two special assistants to GM

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty Tuesday announcing the hirings of longtime baseball executive Kevin Towers as Special Assistant/Player Personnel and veteran scout Jeff Schugel as Special Assistant/Pro Scout. Towers, 53, spent the last 4 years as Executive Vice President and General Manager at Arizona and led the Diamondbacks...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Felix Perez continues hitting well in Venezuela

30-year-old outfielder Felix Perez, who spent the 2014 season in Triple-A Louisville where he hit .280, is playing winter ball in Venezuela. The Cincinnati Reds prospect is hitting an impressive .331/.359/.548 on the season while playing for Leones del Caracas. The left hander has been hitting well for the entire season in Venezuela over his 32 games played where he has 11 doubles...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sebastian Elizalde, Donald Lutz and Marquez Smith crushing the ball in Mexico

Earlier today we looked all of the way around the world to Australia to talk about Jake Turnbull. This afternoon we are still looking to the south, but not nearly as much by checking in on Sebastian Elizalde, Donald Lutz and Marquez Smith who are playing winter ball in Mexico. Sebastian Elizalde is playing with Naranjeros de Hermosillo. He’s hitting .323/.371/.511 in 133 at-bats...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds sign five minor league free agents

The Cincinnati Reds may not have done much in the way of big league moves, but on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday they made their first minor league moves as they signed five free agents to minor league contracts. Things were kicked off on Wednesday as the team signed catcher Kyle Skipworth and right handed pitcher Jose Cisnero. They followed that up by re-signing infielder Marquez...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds Rumors: Reds could deal Jay Bruce

The Cincinnati Reds are currently in a stage with their team that they do not know what direction to go. They are coming off a down season going 76-86. The roster isn't getting any younger and they have been contemplating what to do. One guy that may get sent packing is Jay Bruce, who had a disastrous 2014 season at the plate.#455209564 / gettyimages.comFrom last night: #Reds’...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres among teams interested in Jay Bruce

Getty Images The Reds are looking to trim their payroll and while many have assumed that the team would trade away one of their starting pitchers another option to be moved is Jay Bruce. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Reds have had offers for Bruce but cautions that the team simply is listening to offers rather than soliciting them. The Reds had a payroll of $114...
Via Tireball.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds engaged in trade talks involving Jay Bruce

The Cincinnati Reds started the offseason by apparently offering four of their starters, those being Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon who will be free agents next season. However, they are now “engaging in preliminary discussions” on a deal involving right fielder Jay Bruce, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Bruce is owed $12 million in 2015 and...
Via On-Base Talk
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds' Lois Hudson Named Sheldon 'Chief' Bender Award Winner

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -€” Minor League Baseball announced today that it has selected Cincinnati Reds Director of Minor League Administration Lois Hudson as the recipient of the seventh annual Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award, presented to an individual with distinguished service who has been instrumental in player development. The award has been presented annually since 2008...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mat Latos 2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

On December 8, Day 2 of the Winter Meetings, we’ll officially begin our Top 200 Countdown. (We would start on Day 1, but that’s a Sunday and, well, I’ll be watching football.) As the Countdown progresses we’ll receive comments on many of the posts. The comments typically take one of a few different forms: “Great analysis!” (Note: Thanks in advance!) “I mostly agree...
Via Baseball Professor
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Reds Prospects by Projected WAR

This morning, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Cincinnati Reds. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Cincinnati’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Reds system who are most ready to produce wins […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds Injury Update: Joey Votto "doing great" in offseason rehab

The Cincinnati Reds struggled to a 76-86 record this past season in large part to an offense that was 28th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. Looking ahead, the Reds may look to free agency or trades to improve the offense in 2015, but a big factor could be the health of first baseman Joey Votto. The good news is that he appears to be doing great in his rehab this off season from...
Via Sports Injury Alert
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Walt Jocketty on Votto's rehab, 'doing great'

Joey Votto missed the majority of the season last year with a distal strain of the quadriceps near his left knee, and during an off-season where the Reds may look elsewhere for more offense, getting Votto back healthy for next season wouldn't hurt. According to Mark Sheldon at mlb.com, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Votto is 'doing great' in his rehab. "Joey is doing great...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
10 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Cincinnati Reds willing to trade Latos, Leake

The 2014 Major League Baseball offseason has begun in earnest and there are already some crazy rumors flying around. On Monday night reports began to surface that the Cincinnati Reds are willing to make some big-time moves that would reshape their team completely. Jeff Passan is reporting that the Reds are willing to discuss trades for both Mat Latos and Mike Leake. The Reds...
Via Rumors and Rants
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rumor: Reds willing to discuss trades for Mat Latos and Mike Leake

Free agency is certainly starting to heat up, just recently Jeff Passan of Yahoo sports reported that the Cincinnati Reds are willing to discuss trades for Mat Latos, and Mike Leake.Lotta talk about Reds SP, and other execs say it's legit: They're willing to discuss Mike Leake and Mat Latos. Johnny Cueto unlikely to go.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 11, 2014Cincinnati...
Via On-Base Talk
14 days ago  |  Discuss

My Five Favorite 2014 Aroldis Chapman Facts

I noted in my FanGraphs Player of the Year voting explanation that I very badly wanted to find a place for Aroldis Chapman. Ultimately I couldn’t do it, not with Chapman being a reliever and with other guys not being relievers, but I wanted to give Chapman some support for a season that was almost […]
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer bought Rolex for former catcher Brayan Pena

Brayan Pena, who spent the 2014 season with the Cincinnati Reds, was one of the Detroit Tigers’ catchers last year during Max Scherzer’s 21-3 Cy Young Award-winning season. One year later, Pena has been rewarded for the role he played. On Monday, Pena received an engraved Rolex watch in the mail. He told The Detroit...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Jay Bruce Be A Viable Trade Target?

The Cincinnati Reds were a very interesting team this year. Finishing with their worst record since 2008, the team failed to make the playoffs after reaching the dance in three of the last four seasons. Looking to rebound from a down year, you have to wonder if the Reds would consider shaking things up. It could start with Jay Bruce. Heading into 2015, there really isn’t much that...
Via Mets Merized Online
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Hamilton had predictable season

Billy Hamilton began the season with a lot of pressure to fill some pretty big shoes worn by his Reds' center field predecessor. Hamilton gave the Reds everything they could have asked for with his glove and his legs in the field. He ranked first among all center fielders in defense according to Fangraphs.com. Unfortunately, his offense did not live up to the fielding. The sad...
Via The Flagrant Fan
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

What does the future hold for Reds after forgettable season?

Well, we can finally close the book on the 2014 regular season for the Cincinnati Reds. It goes without saying, but this campaign has to go down as one of the most disappointing in recent memory.Hopes were high entering spring training as the club returned many of the same roster pieces that led to playoff berths in the two seasons prior. The main change consisted of a shakeup in...
Via Redlegs Review
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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