2013 Reds / Reds - General

Some Reds updates heading into ST

Mark Sheldon gives up some contract info on guys signed within the last month:

OF Chris Heisey: one-year, $1.325 million contract. Can earn $30,000 bonus for 400 plate appearances.

SS Cesar Izturis: Minor League contract; gets $800,000 if in Majors. If not on the big league roster on June 1, he can be released if requested or added to roster within 72 hours.

RHP Mike Leake: one-year, $3.06 million contract. Can earn $25,000 bonus for 180 innings pitched.

RHP Logan Ondrusek: two-year, $2.3 million contract. Earns $950,000 in 2013 and $1.35 million in 2014. Base in 2014 increases by each of the following in 2013: $25,000 for 50 games; $25,000 for 55 games; $25,000 for 60 games; $25,000 for 65 games; $25,000 for 70 games; $25,000 for 50 innings pitched; $25,000 for 55 innings; $25,000 for 60 innings; $25,000 for 65 innings. Plus in 2014: $25,000 for 50 games; $25,000 for 55 games; $25,000 for 60 games; $25,000 for 65 games; $25,000 for 70 games; $25,000 for 50 innings pitched; $25,000 for 55 innings; $25,000 for 60 innings; $25,000 for 65 innings.
Plus IN 2013-2014 if traded: $25,000 for 20 games finished; $50,000 for 25gf; $50,000 for 30gf; $100,000 for 40gf.
Plus: $25,000 for All Star; $50,000 for LCS/MVP; $100,000 for WS/MVP; $100,000 for Rolaids ($75,000-2nd; $50,000-3rd). Player will donate $5,000/yr to club charity.

LHP Manny Parra: one-year, $1 million. Can earn additional $50,000 for 45 appearances; $50,000 for 50 relief app; $100,000 for 55 relief app; $100,000 for 60 relief app; $100,000 for 65 relief app.

RHP Alfredo Simon: one-year, $890,000. No bonus or incentive provisions.

Based on the last three seasons, looks like Ondrusek will get a $75K bump…

Wouldn’t be surprised if Parra makes incentives also.

Shin-Soo Choo on leading off playing CF:

“I’m not comfortable there yet,” he said. “At the major league level, I played 99 percent of my games in right field. I’ll try. I’ll work on it this spring training. We’ll see how they’re thinking. If they’re not (happy), somebody else will be playing in center field.

“I’ll try the best I can.”

Choo knows there are doubters.

“A lot of people think I can’t play there,” he said.

I know the conventional wisdom is that this guy won’t be a good CFer…we’ll see, but I think he’ll be fine. Heck, if the Reds could live with Pete Rose at 3B (heck, one season he even played 56 games in CF), we can live with Choo.

Masset has a long way to go:

Nick Masset, who is coming off Sept. 7 shoulder surgery, is a long way from resuming a normal spring training throwing schedule.

Masset has been throwing from 90 feet three days a week.

“It’s going pretty good,” he said.

But there have been some bumps along the way.

“In the beginning, it doesn’t always go as smooth as silk,” he said. “I’ve had some small setbacks.”

The next step for Masset is to get on a program where he throws every day. As far as throwing off the mound? “That’s a long ways away,” he said. “I’m trying to build arm strength, so I can recover correctly and get to throwing every day.”

Anyone want to predict when he might be ready? May sometime maybe?

And a Reds Spring Training Quiz.

19 thoughts on “Some Reds updates heading into ST

  1. At least Nick Masset seems to be making the spring training roster crunch a little easier to figure out.

  2. So, what’s up with the arbitration cases? . . . Is there still a chance to lock down Bailey and/or Latos or is there a chance that all of the remaining cases will go to arbitration? . . .

  3. @Drew Mac: I don’t think they’ve publicly announced the dates yet for the arbitration hearings but I think it’s too late to expect them to work out a long term deal with Bailey or Latos – I expect they’ll settle for a one year compromise for both before focusing on big long term deals next winter. Taking Bailey or Latos to arbitration might make them more reluctant to eventually agree to a long term deal. I wouldn’t be very surprised to see Choo, who will be gone after 2013 either way, go to arbitration.

  4. @redsfanman: I can TOTALLY see the future. Right after I said I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes to salary arbitration they announced that they agreed to terms and avoided salary arbitration with Choo. Maybe that’s the opposite of what I said, but still. BAM.

  5. Welcome now to Clay Hensley, the 33 year old righty reliever who was dominant with the Marlins in 2010 (2.16, 1.107 WHIP, 77 strikeouts in 75 innings) before his career fell off a cliff. Great pickup with a minor league contract. Maybe he can be good if the Reds can get him sorted out. On the other hand his numbers in 2012 are not much worse than Manny Parra’s, just Parra is left handed.

  6. Choo is signed. No details yet, but let’s hope Bailey and Latos can avoid a hearing too.

  7. Just nit-picking here (I guess I’m antsy for the games to begin) but the headline above about Choo isn’t accurate; the link is about him not quite being comfortable playing center field – not being uncomfortable about leading off.

  8. I envision AD, BHam & Choo getting to know each other really well during the next couple months in AZ…like joined at the hip well. Hey Nation! In a little over 12 hours, pitchers and catchers will be waking, showering and making their way to the spring training complex. Yeah Buddy!

  9. Sorry if I missed this elsewhere, but Angels beat reporters are tweeting that Madson is sore and hasn’t pitched in 10 days. Sounds familiar

  10. Just nit-picking here (I guess I’m antsy for the games to begin) but the headline above about Choo isn’t accurate; the link is about him not quite being comfortable playing center field – not being uncomfortable about leading off.

    Thanks…my mistake.

  11. uh, Choo was told BEFORE he came here that he was going to be playing CF, right? Doesn’t sound like he was in on the plan. Shadows of a certain Latino SS of the past telling ESPN that he was going to be a starter when everyone thought he was going to be a role player from the bench. Of course, he was so wrong…….

    • uh, Choo was told BEFORE he came here that he was going to be playing CF, right? Doesn’t sound like he was in on the plan. Shadows of a certain Latino SS of the past telling ESPN that he was going to be a starter when everyone thought he was going to be a role player from the bench. Of course, he was so wrong…….

      Choo didn’t have a say in the matter, the Reds worked out a trade and he learned that he’d been traded and named the new Reds’ CF. He was traded, he had no veto rights, it’s different than signing as a free agent with the opportunity to know what you’re getting yourself into.

      Ever hear Mat Latos’ story about when he was traded? He wasn’t answering his phone, his wife turned on ESPN or MLBTradeRumors.com or something and saw his trade to the Reds as the headline?

  12. The Indians signed Michael Bourn so they now have an extra outfielder – Brantley or Stubbs might be dealt. It’ll be interesting to see which one. Maybe the Reds can trade somebody useless – maybe Neftali Soto – and get Stubbs back for AAA depth! That’d make everyone excited, right?

  13. I think I’m going to institute a ban on mentioning Nick Masset at RN. I’m SO sick of hearing about him. Why are the beat writers so infatuated with Masset?

    If he comes back, great. If not, I can’t work up much energy to care.

    • I think I’m going to institute a ban on mentioning Nick Masset at RN. I’m SO sick of hearing about him. Why are the beat writers so infatuated with Masset?

      I’ll second the motion. All in favor say “Aye”.

  14. @Chad Dotson: That’s exactly what I said to my dad today when hearing of his setbacks. Considering he didn’t throw a pitch in an MLB game last year you would think he’s going to make a huge impact this year, I honestly don’t think he’ll do anything positive for the Reds this year. Would love to be wrong but I just have a bad feeling he’s going to make his 3.1 mil and do jack for the team.

  15. @SirRibShack: What Nick Masset WOULD do is compete for a bullpen spot on opening day. Now we can scratch another guy out of consideration. I don’t think anybody’s been making him out as a key member of the team.

    As long as Nick Masset is the only guy who’s dealing with injuries, fine with me. I’d rather hear reports on his rehab setbacks than hear similar stories about more important guys.

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