For the record, there seems to be plenty of interest in Cincinnati’s prime free agents. Specifically, I’m talking about Bronson Arroyo and Shin-Soo Choo.
The Twins, Giants, and Phillies are reported to be kicking the tires on Arroyo (not literally; Arroyo doesn’t actually have tires). I’m still firmly of the conviction that the Reds [...]
5 p.m. today was the deadline for clubs to make decisions on whether they would extend “qualifying offers” to players departing for free agency. This year, the qualifying offers were $14.1 million for one year. If the player declines and signs with another club, the offering team receives a compensation pick in the June [...]
Ask pretty much anyone, and they will tell you that projecting hitters is easier than projecting pitchers. Hitters are more predictable. They get hurt less. Yet, somehow, I did much better with pitchers than hitters this year. Let’s look.
Player 2013 Proj. WAR Actual (bWAR/fWAR) 2013 Proj. ERA Actual Johnny Cueto 4.5 1.4/0.6 2.90 [...]
It was another disappointing season end for the Cincinnati Reds, and it didn’t come without consequences. After losing in the wild card game to the Pirates, Dusty Baker was fired, and that could be just the first move. The front office was extremely disappointed in this team. It’s never too early to look toward [...]
It’s not official yet, but Bronson Arroyo thinks his days as a Red may be over:
“I haven’t had one conversation with them,” Arroyo said. “They could be taking care of other things or other issues. The sense I get is by not having any conversation with me, is they’re going in a different [...]
Shortly after Dusty Baker was fired as Reds manager, I was asked what I thought of Bryan Price. I responded that he’s an excellent pitching coach, and there is definite interest in him around the league as a future manager.
The next question was an obvious follow-up: as a manager, would he be an [...]
So, until yesterday, I was prepared for a pretty dull offseason. The Reds, I figured, would make a few acquisitions, but mostly, the 2014 team would look a lot like this year’s team. Now I’m not so sure.
For a moment, I have decided to let my imagination run wild, and I thought it [...]