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Baseball season is over

It’s only appropriate that it’s snowing here right now. The long, hard winter begins today.

Baseball season is over.

69 thoughts on “Baseball season is over

  1. Long time lurker, finally registered. My 1st thought seeing the world series was over was yay, now baseball season starts ! Winter started after the 3rd playoff loss and we were eliminated. Now i can look forward to next season

  2. The long wait for pitchers and catchers to report for spring training begins. The mulling of off season moves begins in earnest today. Players with expired contracts are now officially free agents and can sign with a new club beginning November 3rd.

  3. I guess the first issue that must be addressed and resolved is Ludwick’s status. From my perspective, everything else seems to be contingent on that resolution. I think if the Reds can sign Ludwick for no more than $14MM over two years, they pull the trigger and put him in LF for the next two years, but I also think Ludwick can get more $$$ and possibly even a longer contract on the open market.

    • Hey…at least we lost to the winners…right?

      Makes you wonder what would have happened had the Reds been able to score one more run in Game 3. Sigh…

      • Makes you wonder what would have happened had the Reds been able to score one more run in Game 3.Sigh…

        Win the world series, duh.

    • Hey…at least we lost to the winners…right?

      rfay00: Yeh I was thinking about that. It feels better in terms of how the Reds played against the Giants. The story has changed from “Reds suffer historical choke” to “Giants beat 3 tough teams in remarkable fashion.” But it’s added to the feeling of “That could have been the Reds, we could have won it all this year.” And I can’t stop wondering what would have happened if Cueto had not gone down.

      Oh well. I feel great about 2013, but a couple of moves need to be made.

  4. I guess some things are just meant to be. Because, if Cueto doesn’t get injured, the Giants stay home after the NLDS. Even if a team is Dusty proofed, stuff still happens to screw up.

  5. I think the Reds can put a very nice package together for the Rays 3B Evan Longoria. A RH power bat to hit 4th in between Votto and Bruce. A long term solution for 3B, after Rolen, and keeps a great defensive INF going. Any trade the Reds make for a cleanup hitter or a leadoff hitter they are more than likely going to have to overpay some to get their man. Much like the Latos trade last year, but that worked out very well. The Reds and Rays match up extremely well needs-wise for a trade. Frazier can then play LF and bat 6th if he is not included in the trade package. I would hesitate to put Frazier in that package, but if the Rays insisted, I wouldn’t let that hold up the trade. If that were to happen then Ludwick can be re-signed for LF and bat 6th.

    • Frazier can then play LF and bat 6th if he is not included in the trade package. I would hesitate to put Frazier in that package, but if the Rays insisted, I wouldn’t let that hold up the trade.

      Dude!! You’re breaking my heart. No way!

  6. Problems experienced with Ludwick in past will repeat – slow start, small ball park power, periodic slumps, non consistently threatening, holes in swing. Cards saw all of this. His best prospects are in small park venues. That will limit his market value. I hope the Reds find a better option, but they are possibly tapped so must hope he finds diminishing prospects and signs low.

  7. @rfay00: The Indians are hurting and need help across the board. I have to think they will try to move both Perez & Shoo. Perez has too much team control left making him very expensive in return value, so he is probably beyond reach for the Reds. Shoo would be a one year rental, but a very nice one-year rental. I can see the Indians asking for Cingrani or maybe Hoover and Corcino.

    • @rfay00: The Indians are hurting and need help across the board.I have to think they will try to move both Perez & Shoo. Perez has too much team control left making him very expensive in return value, so he is probably beyond reach for the Reds.Shoo would be a one year rental, but a very nice one-year rental.I can see the Indians asking for Cingrani or maybe Hoover and Corcino.

      I think top candidates for trades include Gregorious, Henry Rodriguez, and Tony Cingrani. I would be very surprised is at least two are not traded this winter.

      • I think top candidates for trades include Gregorious, Henry Rodriguez, and Tony Cingrani.I would be very surprised is at least two are not traded this winter.

        I’d hate to see Cingrani go. Him and Hamilton should be untouchable. I only say that because those two could easily make a 2014 debut together.

  8. Fay reports that 6 Reds are in the final 3 for GG consideration. I like it that they’re announcing the top 3, in past years if you only knew the winner and had no idea of who else had support.

    I think BP is the only Reds GG winner this year but it’s good to know that the other 5 got so much support. I don’t think Joey will win, because of the time he missed and his defense was hampered when he came back. I don’t think Bronson will win because Mark Buehrle is now in the NL.

    Even if he deserves it Stubbs won’t win because of his .219 BA – the voters aren’t supposed to take offense into account, but they always do. And Bruce and Cozart weren’t quite good enough.

    • Fay reports that 6 Reds are in the final 3 for GG consideration. I like it that they’re announcing the top 3, in past years if you only knew the winner and had no idea of who else had support.

      I think BP is the only Reds GG winner this year but it’s good to know that the other 5 got so much support. I don’t think Joey will win, because of the time he missed and his defense was hampered when he came back. I don’t think Bronson will win because Mark Buehrle is now in the NL.

      Even if he deserves it Stubbs won’t win because of his .219 BA – the voters aren’t supposed to take offense into account, but they always do. And Bruce and Cozart weren’t quite good enough.

      i think Phillips and Votto both win GG again. its good to see the others are in the “show” category but I admit at being surprised Hanigan was not in top 3.

  9. Glad the WS is over for the same reason as others. On with the 2013 off season, WJ has some work to do.

  10. One comment about the WS – the huge impact that Lincecum had as a long middle reliever. Imagine next year if the Reds rotation is Cueto, Latos, Bailey, Bronson and Chapman. The number 5 guy, whoever it is, would be very good and could play the role that Lincecum did this year.

    • Imagine next year if the Reds rotation is Cueto, Latos, Bailey, Bronson and Chapman.

      Thought that was worth repeating.

  11. @Mark Tokar: I have a much higher opinion of Ludwick than you. He had a 2 year funk that he had to fight his way out of. He wasn’t even the regular LFer at the beginning of the season. Once he got going, he was not at all inconsistent – even when not hitting HRs, he was hitting for average and driving in runs.

    “Small ballpark power” ? He developed some real bad habits when playing in SD, but that doesn’t mean he can’t hit them in big parks. He hits upper deck monster blasts that are a HR everywhere – he had no problem with homering in SF.

    His hitting in the Division Series was awesome – not just the 3 HRs. After watching some of the best RHed hitters (maybe the very best, Miguel Cabrera) flail away helplessly against Romo, I have more respect than ever for his Game 5 9th inning RBI single that set up Bruce as the potential winning run.

    In short, it would be great if the Reds could sign him for 2 more years, but his price tag has gone way up, perhaps too high. If the Reds don’t sign Ludwick, they have a big hole again at cleanup, and they would badly need to fill it.

  12. @WVRedlegs: That would be bold to go and get Longoria. It would take Frazier, Cingrani/Hamilton, maybe Mesoraco, and another.

    The Rays aren’t going to give him up cheap. With his injuries this year, I would be hesitant. Seeing that the Rays are very limited on salary, maybe the Reds could be in the running to trade Leake and a few others for James Shields.

    That would be a nice rotation. Cueto, Latos, Shields, Bailey, Arroyo. It would also give Dusty the ability to have Chapman close.

    • WVRedlegs: That would be bold to go and get Longoria. It would take Frazier, Cingrani/Hamilton, maybe Mesoraco, and another.
      The Rays aren’t going to give him up cheap. With his injuries this year, I would be hesitant. Seeing that the Rays are very limited on salary, maybe the Reds could be in the running to trade Leake and a few others for James Shields.
      That would be a nice rotation. Cueto, Latos, Shields, Bailey, Arroyo. It would also give Dusty the ability to have Chapman close

      Assuming that Hamilton, Cingrani, and Stephenson are untouchable, which all 3 should be, I believe the Reds could still put forth a really nice package of MLB ready players and prospects to obtain Longoria. The Reds have some extra depth at SS, C, 2B, RH relievers, Leake or Redmond or Corcino, Stubbs or Heisey, Lutz and Soto. There is plenty to work with in putting together a very attractive offer for ONE player. And the Rays have multiple needs.

  13. I’m all about the Longoria trade. That would be fantastic. Wanna know an easy way to get it done? Hamilton, Rodriguez…and Hanigan. The Rays LOVE Ryan Hanigan.

    And something I find very interesting consistently on these threads is that Devin Mesoraco appears to have just…disappeared from everyone’s memory. This is a dude who is one year removed from being a surefire All-Star for years. And now he’s…nothing. People are ready to sell him away for Ryan Hanigan, who is a fantastic catcher, but really is becoming the most over-rated Red in a long, long time. Ryan Hanigan is excellent with contact, unparalleled with a pitching staff and a great clubhouse guy. I don’t want him to be traded, because I like him a lot.

    In terms of talent, however, he doesn’t come close to Devin Mesoraco. Mesoraco is 23 years old and has a bright, bright, bright future ahead of him, and I’d hate to see it wasted because of one spectacular year by Hanigan. Mesoraco should be the everyday catcher next year, while getting spelled a couple times a week by Hanigan. I know this won’t be popular, but Dusty, in all of his Dusty-ness, even said Meso would spend this year learning the staff and for us not to expect “Buster Posey.” And Dusty did him no favors in how he used him.

    With that said, that’s the difference he. Mesoraco could be the next Posey. Hanigan isn’t. Hanigan is a great 8-hole hitter, but even he didn’t do well enough to move up in the lineup later in the year. All he is…is an 8-hole guy. Mesoraco could be a 4-hole hitter for years and years. And many people on this site don’t even mention him.

    On with the trades, Hanigan is primed for the best return possible. Stubbs value is down because of his year. Hanigan’s? Hanigan’s will never be higher, and for a 30+ year old catcher, he’s extremely valuable. Because Longoria’s contract is so team friendly, and the fact he is THE face of the Tampa organization, he’d require more than Hamilton, Hanigan, Cingrani and Frazier. But David Price? He’s a primed moving candidate. And Hanigan, Leake, Gregorious and Soto probably gets him. And with the increased revenue the Reds will have, they could afford to give him a decent deal.

    I’d love to see the Reds go after Price. Price, Latos, and Cueto? With the new Homer and…Arroyo. That’s awesome. And you still have players to deal after that, like Cingrani and Rodriguez and Lutz to go get a left fielder or a third basemen.

    But Hanigan? Time to move him. Never have a better shot. Because Hanigan will never be Mesoraco, and it’s time to give Meso his pitching staff.

    • Ryan Hanigan … is becoming the most over-rated Red in a long, long time. Ryan Hanigan is excellent with contact, unparalleled with a pitching staff and a great clubhouse guy.

      Huh? Think I have whiplash.

  14. @hermanbates:
    I like the idea of thinking big but both Price and Longoria would cost a lot, and for good reason as they both are talented and Longoria has a great club-friendly contract thru 2016, Price 3 more years of Arbitration. I have to believe Tampa would want players back who are MLB ready or close, young and have chance to be stars. Chapman, Frazier, Mesoraco would be guys to start the list along with Hamilton, Stephenson, Cingrani in some combo. Let alone the PR hit Tampa would take trading away best player or best pitcher. Nice to think of but I would be shocked it happening.

    Go 2013 Reds! The year to seal the deal with Reds World Series!

  15. One deal that seems likely given our history might be signing the often injured Grady Sizemore to a one year deal on the cheap and hope to catch lightning in a bottle. Sizemore, Cozart, Votto, Phillips, Bruce, Frazier LRLRLR. A cheap one year deal until Hamilton is ready and if it fails we still have Heisey/Stubbs to fall back on. Dont get me wrong I would love to see Longoria but Frazier can play 3B and his price is in our range. Also Youklis could be a cheap (Rolen type contract) 3B option unless the White Sox want to give him $13 mil next year…

  16. @hermanbates: On Meso….

    A player doesn’t get a much better chance than starting 40% of the games for close to 2/3 of the season despite the fact that his performance did not merit continuing to give him that shot past the AllStar break. This is especially true when the team is a pennant contender expected to make a serious playoff run.

    Aside from whatever went down between Meso and the organization (whether that be Jocketty, Baker or somebody else or some combination them and other folks) that led to him being exiled then ignored in September, Meso is not likely to get another chance with the Reds like he was handed at the start of 2012. That is just a fact of life.

    If he is still with the Reds come spring training, his best hope is to have a good spring then go down to AAA and continue then hopefully catch some sort of break that gets him a shot at the MLB level during the season.

    All this said, I agree with you basic scenario if there was any reason at all to believe that Meso was ready to step up and perform at the MLB level. I just think that after going bust last year, he is going to have to work his way back into the picture.

  17. It is nice to dream, but I think outside of getting a deal done with. Ludwick there will bevery little else Walt do. I think that with Frazier at third opening day 2013 will be a carbon copy of 2012, both in position players and pitching.

  18. @OhioJim: Meso got about as raw a deal as humanly possible. He didn’t flat out suck last year either. He had a lot of good AB’s. And if you’re telling me that Meso wont get a chance when we’re talking about the team that sent Stubbs out there over and over again for 2 years, that trotted Volquez out there again and again, the same team that kept putting Valdez on the field despite his lack of anything resembling a baseball ability(outside of a quick turn when covering second on a double play), then I’ll switch allegiances, because it isn’t my Reds team that gives one KID who has DOMINATED the minors 40% of the first 6 MONTHS of his MLB career and then sent him out. Sorry, but I don’t buy that. He has nothing left to prove in the minors. His first year in the minors he had a slow start. Then he picked it up. Dusty said…in SPRING TRAINING that Meso wouldn’t hit the way we wanted/expected him too. And there was no time for him to get any rhythm at the plate, and he had to feel all the pressure in the world. I’m not making an argument for him to have more playing time next year. The job is his. It has to be.

    You giving up on him is the type of fandom that gives baseball fans a bad name, man. Yea he had a rough start, and you’re ready to sell him off. I look forward to the day you watch him mash and say “man, I sure love that we have this guy. He’s great.” And while I’m a Reds fan, like you, I hope you remember this.

    Don’t give up on the kid. He’s that-a kid. And he’s got a damn bright future. I just don’t know why people are already to give up on him. I don’t know why YOU are ready to give up on him OhioJim. He should make you excited. Glass half full, bud. Glass half full.

    • @OhioJim:

      @OhioJim: Meso got about as raw a deal as humanly possible. He didn’t flat out suck last year either. He had a lot of good AB’s. And if you’re telling me that Meso wont get a chance when we’re talking about the team that sent Stubbs out there over and over again for 2 years, that trotted Volquez out there again and again, the same team that kept putting Valdez on the field despite his lack of anything resembling a baseball ability(outside of a quick turn when covering second on a double play), then I’ll switch allegiances, because it isn’t my Reds team that gives one KID who has DOMINATED the minors 40% of the first 6 MONTHS of his MLB career and then sent him out. Sorry, but I don’t buy that. He has nothing left to prove in the minors. His first year in the minors he had a slow start. Then he picked it up. Dusty said…in SPRING TRAINING that Meso wouldn’t hit the way we wanted/expected him too. And there was no time for him to get any rhythm at the plate, and he had to feel all the pressure in the world. I’m not making an argument for him to have more playing time next year. The job is his. It has to be.

      You giving up on him is the type of fandom that gives baseball fans a bad name, man. Yea he had a rough start, and you’re ready to sell him off. I look forward to the day you watch him mash and say “man, I sure love that we have this guy. He’s great.” And while I’m a Reds fan, like you, I hope you remember this.

      Don’t give up on the kid. He’s that-a kid. And he’s got a damn bright future. I just don’t know why people are already to give up on him. I don’t know why YOU are ready to give up on him OhioJim. He should make you excited. Glass half full, bud. Glass half full.

      This came off infinitely more condescending than I wanted it too. Obviously you’d like for the kid to be successful. We all do. I just really hated the way everything went down with him and my irrational love for the guy is out of control. I just don’t think keeping Hani over Meso is a good idea. Meso is the future, and i feel like his time is now. If you give him the reins, the confidence alone may spark it. Everything I’ve heard, he’s about as big of a baseball rat as Hanigan, if not more. They say he works as hard and is as dedicated as Votto. I’m still irrational…but this kid is going to be something. I’d bet the ranch on it.

  19. Has anyone even seen anything that says the Rays are shopping Longoria, or is everybody playing fantasy GM against video game AI? Tampa trading Longoria would be like the Reds trading Votto; meaning if I’m the Rays, the only guy I’d even think about taking for him would be Joey.

  20. @hermanbates: I did not say I had given up on Meso. I just said he was handed a very large opportunity on s silver platter and failed to make the most of it. Had he played well enough (and he had issues on both sides of the ball), that two in five starts would have been expanded. Now he is going to have to roll his sleeves up and earn his way back.

    Actually I thought he was starting to show some signs of progress when the whole concussion/ suspension/ blow up happened. On the other hand once Navarro got settled in he gave them more in current production than Meso had. On a playoff team versus a developing team that is what things usually come down to instead of the guy’s ceiling.

    I read somewhere after the end of season where Dusty was quoted as saying (in hindsight) they probably should have had Meso back down at AAA playing everyday by no later than the All Star break. I was saying at the time that the best interests of the team and the player was to get him back down there playing every day. So we would agree but for different reasons, that Meso got something of a bad deal.

  21. @Sam Jackson: The Latos deal came out of nowhere and that is usually how Walt’s deals work, you never hear anything about it until it is about to happen. With that being said I still don’t see the Rays trading Evan anyways.

  22. Talk of trading Cingrani/Hamilton/Frazier terrifies me. I think that’s the future of this team right there. I don’t think you can afford to trade those guys away with the amount of potential they have…. as for the mention of Hanigan, I really don’t think the Reds can afford to trade him away. He catches Arroyo exclusively, and tended to always come into the game for Chapman too.

    Not to mention I can’t help but think his rise to being a great catcher/pitch caller is VERY related to the Red’s pitchers having such a great year. I think he handled Latos excellently and brought him into his own. Just simply don’t think they can afford to trade Hanigan in 2013, because there’d be a huge void left by his absence.

    I can see Corcino/Lutz/Redmond/Leake/Stubbs/Gregorious/Soto and even (now hear me out) Bailey being viable trade pieces… I am not sure if Bailey turned a corner or something, but I honestly, truly believe that some team’s GM will look at Bailey and see this:

    ***
    Homer Bailey, 2012 (Home) – 4 wins, 5.16 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 21 HR allowed in 99 1/3 IP
    Homer Bailey, 2012 (Away) – 9 wins, 2.32 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 5 HR allowed in 108 2/3 IP
    ***

    I think they’ll see those numbers and it’ll be clear that to a team with a pitcher friendly park, he could be worth SO much more than he is at GABP. So I wouldn’t be surprised if some team with a big park comes calling asking about Homer.

  23. We have officially entered the season when I’m happy to say to 90% of you, “Glad you aren’t the Reds GM.” :lol:

  24. I have read on Bleacher Report, and yes I know that is about the least credible source on the world wide web that the Reds should shop for CoCo Crisp from the A’s.

    I don’t like that one bit. I would rather overpay Angel Pagan for a one year deal that let him become another guy loved by Dusty.

    • I have read on Bleacher Report, and yes I know that is about the least credible source on the world wide web that the Reds should shop for CoCo Crisp from the A’s.I don’t like that one bit. I would rather overpay Angel Pagan for a one year deal that let him become another guy loved by Dusty.

      If you look at their career numbers, Pagan and Victorino are very similar and are the same age, yet one guy is due for a big payday due to a great playoff run and the other is viewed as being washed up.

      The Reds don’t have much money this year. Give me Victorino, pair him with Hamilton. Trade Stubbs and Heisey. We instantly become better offensively.

    • I have read on Bleacher Report, and yes I know that is about the least credible source on the world wide web that the Reds should shop for CoCo Crisp from the A’s.

      I don’t like that one bit. I would rather overpay Angel Pagan for a one year deal that let him become another guy loved by Dusty.

      I think too often a player gets a reputation for one or two events in their career and are then labeled by them forever. Did you know that most people who are not Reds fans think Johnny Cueto is a bad guy with a bad attitude? Did you know that Scott Rolen was once labeled with the “Clubhouse Cancer” title?

      I’m not for or against Coco Crisp. All I know is that he is a switch hitting leadoff hitter, popular in the A’s clubhouse, known for mentoring young players, very active in the community, 32 years old, an offensive upgrade over Stubbs, is still a very able centerfielder, and would come pretty cheap (about $3 Million).

  25. Tony Cingrani is an ideal piece to be traded. I think you are crazy to consider him “untradeable”. His stock is high, but he will likely be nothing more than a relief pitcher. He’s got two pitches, only one being considered to be a plus pitch. Yes, he’s dominated the lower levels, but 2 pitches won’t cut it for long in the majors as a starter.

  26. I am HUGE Billy Hamilton fan, probably as big a fan as anyone, but we are still talking about potential, even if it is a LOT of potential. Billy Hamilton is not yet major league ready. I do believe he was held at Bakerfield too long and missed some development opportunity last year by not moving him to Pensacola sooner, but he is not major league ready. By the end of the 2013 season, I think his major league potential will be much better defined. Sometimes waiting is the hardest part of watching a player develop. After the AFL is finished this year, he needs to rest and work on building his strength and stamina for another long year of baseball. He probably starts in Pensacola in 2013 and if he performs like he did in Bakerfield during 2012, he will probably get a much quicker call up to Louisville in 2013 and a September call up to the show. Really, 2014 is the soonest I can see him sticking on the major league roster.

  27. @Shchi Cossack: For me, the question with Hamilton is when can he replace the production we’re currently getting from Stubbs and Heisey. IMO, he could do that right now because the bar is so low (.610 OPS). But I get what you’re saying from a development standpoint, and yes, I’d like to see Hamilton dominate/marinate in Louisville for at least a couple months until we get a better read on his arrival date. For that reason, a stopgap CF would be the most responsible thing to do for the team and for Hamilton. My targets are Sizemore and (if he can be had for cheap) Victorino. If healthy, both would represent an upgrade to what we currently have. I’m about as done as done can be with Stubbs. For his sake and the Reds, he needs a change of scenery.

  28. @TC: I’d take him over Stubbs too. I just would hate to see what we have to give up to get him. The A’s could sell him at a higher than expected price.

    • The Reds should look into dealing Joey Votto…

      .. a few hands of Euchre…

      … is how I’m sure that sentence was supposed to end.

  29. For some reason I was thinking Coco Crisp is a free agent. He has one more year on his contract for $7 Million. Pass. That is way too much.

  30. If he can be had for less than the kitchen sink, I think a one year rental of Choo would be a great idea. It’s looking less and less like Ludwick will be back, so if they got Choo, they could look into putting Bruce in LF? Or Bruce in CF where he played a lot in the minors, and then Heisey+Whomever else you get in LF.

    That one year rental gives you another very solid outfielder until (hopefully) Hamilton is ready for the majors. Not to mention Choo and his 20 SB last year/.381 career OBP could solve the Reds lead off problem too for 2013.

  31. I thought going into last season was going to be interesting. This season could be interesting, as well, if not next season. First, WJ has to clear up a lot of the contracts. A bunch of arbitrations to take care of. Who will be bring back, let go, etc. A lot of this could show what direction the FO will want to take the Reds.

    Then, the needs. I believe the needs are pretty solid, leadoff type hitter and/or 4 hole hitter. But, it’s not going to be through FA. It will be through trade. So, who do we let go? Regardless of who that is, the rule of thumb, in order to get something, you have to give up something. So, I do believe some favorite players of many fans may be going, if a trade is made.

    A lot of that may depend upon the first item I listed. For instance, if we bring back the entire pen, I believe we have a lot of pieces to use there for a trade. No one can deny that SS could be in there, also, with Didi and Cozart, and 2nd as well, with BP and Rodriguez. With Ludwick, Rolen, and Frazier, and two positions (3rd and LF), I don’t see both Rolen and Ludwick coming back. Rolen would simply costs too much with what he can bring. I do believe Frazier will be the starting 3rd baseman next season. If Ludwick doesn’t come back, we would have a little flexibility with Frazier and who we look for replacement.

    I do believe something has to be done about Devin. I am one who believes he was treated wrong. He went from being “the guy” at AAA to playing less than 50% of the time. That can be a shock to anyone, thus affecting their play. I like both Devin and Ryan; I don’t want to see either one go. But, if Devin is suppose to be “our future”, we need to trust him with that position sometime. Either he should be playing 3 of 5 games, or more, or let him go.

    Of course, I am one who does believe, nothing pretty much makes a difference as long as Baker is here. We will still probably have a winning team. But, a championship team? One time I can give a coach a pass on. But, time and time again? He has a losing record in the playoffs. He was part of this failure, never done before. He was part of the failure in 2010. He was part of the failure of the cubs in 2003. He never got the job done with the Giants. What specifically did he do each time? I don’t know and can’t tell. But, what is the common piece in all instances? He was managing those teams. Not that Baker can’t lead a winning team. He’s proved he can. But, it takes more to lead a championship team. He has no rep of developing anything nor anyone. His rep seems to be growing as “falling short”.

  32. Reds are reporting that while his home was damaged, Todd Frazier and family are okay. I have a friend who lives in that area and they got hit hard, glad Todd is okay….

  33. At the very least, did everyone get their free Doritos Locos Taco today? America can thank the Reds for letting Angel Pagan have the opportunity to win the nation free tacos today.

  34. Fay is reporting that Price has removed himself from consideration for the Rays manager position. That is VERY good news.

  35. I think the Gold Glove awards are great in theory, but usually get corrupted in practice in terms of name recognition and offensive contribution. Still, it’s nice to see 6 Reds nominated, the most of any team. Hannigan probably should have gotten a nod too.

  36. Anyone want Youk? . . . The ChiSox just declined his option. He can play 1B/3B, is RH, and has a high OBP. Not sure what it would take, but he may take a hometown discount. Frazier could spot at 3B and play LF.

  37. Walt’s got something up his sleeve. He sees a weakness, and he’ll fix it. He knows what we have and what we don’t. And he’s always been one for splashy moves. Reds got something and I am excited to see what it is.

  38. Realistically, here are players the Reds could deal this winter:
    P: Homer Bailey, Mike Leake, Tony Cingrani, Daniel Corcino
    IF: Henry Rodriguez, Didi Gregorious, Donald Lutz, Neftali Soto, Todd Frazier
    OF: Doanld Lutz, Drew Stubbs, Chris Heisey, Denis Phipps, Todd Frazier

    Of these guys, Frazier is the least likely to be dealt. If any big deals happen, I believe it’ll be around Homer Bailey or Tony Cingrani. Something else to be acutely aware of, as most of us are, is what they do with Aroldis. If they move him to the rotation, Cingrani seems to be more expendable. But of all the guys mentioned, Cingrani and Bailey have the highest value at present time.

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