Last Gasps
Reds - General

Last Gasps

If they stick around long enough, baseball general managers tend to get reputations. Jim “Ralph” Bowden would chase a five tool prospect for years. Wayne Krivsky never met a two-year contract extension he didn’t like. Billy Beane’s approach was detailed in Moneyball, while Brian Sabean is perceived to put more emphasis on scouting and intangibles.  The reality is never this simple, … Continue reading

We got Skip for that
2015 Reds

We got Skip for that

“The importance of the shoulder in hitting is underestimated,” says Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Center, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject. ”Trying to re-establish ones mechanics after (shoulder) surgery is a complex process. It’s extremely delicate. It involves rebuilding strength, and all that goes into the swing from the … Continue reading

Ready, set, something
Cold Stove

Ready, set, something

Major League Baseball’s winter meetings begin this morning and last until Thursday. San Diego hosts for the first time since 1985. Baseball executives have been doing this for 113 years. What started as an industry practice for inter-team dialogue is now largely a tradition. The annual convention creates a convenient opportunity for team and player … Continue reading

Reds pick up Cueto option and no longer have Jack for that [Update: Ludwick]
2015 Reds

Reds pick up Cueto option and no longer have Jack for that [Update: Ludwick]

Reports (Chris Cotillo) indicate the Reds made two roster moves today that surprised no one. First, the club picked up the option on Johnny Cueto’s 2015 contract, paying the starting pitcher $10 million this season. Absent a further negotiated extension, Cueto will become a free agent. Second, they declined Jack Hannahan’s $4 million option and instead … Continue reading