Game Thread

Giants at Reds (June 5, 2014)

The Cincinnati Reds look to start another winning streak this afternoon. Mike Leake takes the hill for Cincinnati. Leake is coming off 6 consecutive quality starts. Opposing starter Madison Bumgarner has also had a great season, coming off back-to-back 7-inning, 10 strikeout outings.

After the game, the MLB draft gets underway later tonight. In case you missed it, Doug Gray wrote a draft preview earlier this week. The Reds beat writers each wrote their ownpiece on the draft this week.

After yesterday’s storms, today’s forecast provides perfect weather to get a sunburn while watching the Reds wrap-up the 3-game series against the San Francisco Giants. If you cannot attend the game in person, listen or watch the game live and discuss here. Go Reds!

111 thoughts on “Giants at Reds (June 5, 2014)

  1. Let’s see what’s going on in MLB

    Things are a changing
    Something you may want to know about. I have mentioned in previous posts that I think the NFL is better at team building than MLB. After you read through this article it looks that some MLB owners are also thinking along the same lines. These signings smell an awful lot like what the NFL does with Draft picks after 3 or 4 years in the NCAA football minor leagues. MLB better set up some guidelines before the baseball owners blow this up like they did with free agency. This type of action could also cause the MLBPA and “Players agents” to raise some questions and urge limits on contract lengths. My questions are; Did these players have an agent? Do minor league players have agents? If the answer is No, then you can image that the agents will be going nuts over their potential loss of revenue. These things are always about real money.
    George Mirones

    By Mike Rosenbaum , MLB Prospects Lead Writer
    Jun 2, 2014
    In mid-May, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow suggested that first baseman Jonathan Singleton was “on deck” for a call-up. On Tuesday, the 22-year-old will finally step up to the plate, both figuratively and literally. The Houston Astros made baseball history Monday by signing Singleton to a five-year extension that includes $10 million in guaranteed money, as reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. The contract also includes three club options that could push his total earnings to $35 million.
    According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Singleton will earn $9.5 million in base salary over the five guaranteed years of the contract, and he stands to receive $500,000 should the Astros decline his first option. Additionally, per Crasnick, Singleton’s three option years carry a value of $20 million, while he is due an additional $5 million in bonuses and awards.
    The deal is the first for a player without a lick of major league experience, as Singleton will now be under contract through his age-29 season. The Astros approached rookie George Springer with a similar deal last month before his promotion to the major leagues, but the outfielder declined because he believed that it would limit his future earning potential.
    Along the same lines, the Pirates attempted to lock up top prospect Gregory Polanco with a team-friendly extension in the wake of the proposed Springer contract. However, the 22-year-old outfielder turned down the offer for the same reasons.
    Yet while Springer and Polanco have raced through the minor leagues and are generally regarded as potential All-Star-caliber talents, Singleton is a much different type of player as a first base-only prospect with all value tied to his bat. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that the Astros are off base in offering the 22-year-old a lucrative pre-MLB extension.
    Impact of the Extension
    With Singleton set to debut for the Astros on Tuesday, it’s seemingly only a matter of time until more teams approach their elite prospects with extensions prior to reaching the major leagues.
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish was quick to report an agent’s take on the Singleton extension:
    Though it may sound greedy, the agent with whom Cotillo spoke is dead-on regarding the fallout of Singleton’s deal; in theory, prospects facing similar situations could now have their future earnings limited by pre-MLB extensions, as it offers them a direct path to the major leagues while putting guaranteed cash in their pockets.
    The extension further highlights the emerging trend of clubs attempting to lock up what they perceive to be “franchise players” before reaching the major leagues. Prior to news of the proposed extensions last month to both Springer and Polanco, teams such as the Braves had made headlines during the offseason and spring by locking up Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons and Julio Teheran with potentially team friendly, long-term contracts.
    However, while the Braves seemed to be ahead of the curve with those specific deals, the Astros have now taken the idea of extending their young players to an entirely new level.
    The Astros’ investment in Singleton’s long-term potential as a middle-of-the-order run producer should keep them out of the market for a first baseman for at least the next half-decade—also improving their current lack of production at the position—and provide them with the financial flexibility to spend elsewhere when the time comes. And if Singleton comes remotely close to reaching his offensive ceiling, then the unprecedented extension should emerge as an absolute bargain within a few years.

  2. The Reds have played in worse games this year but that was an uninspiring a baseball game that you are likely to ever see. Just glad it’s over. Whew, I made it to the end.

  3. This was as exciting as “The English Patient”. The reds need to play the D Backs more often.

  4. Well, the Giants series sure did start out promising, and but for a 6th inning meltdown in last nights game the series could have ended well with the Reds taking 2 outta 3. Philly Cheese Steaks up next and a 3 game sweep for the Reds. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  5. Where’s this ryan ludwick story at, on him asking to be traded? Nothing from john fay or on mlbtraderumors. Not ever lance mcalliaster menctioned it.

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