With or without the new contract that multiple sources are now reporting, Homer Bailey was likely to pitch in a Cincinnati uniform this year. So his five-year extension shouldn’t affect your expectations much for the Reds’ 2014 season. But Bailey’s deal should clearly make the Reds a stronger team beyond 2014, because as Jeff [...]
It was pretty much inevitable in the crazy economics of baseball that Bronson Arroyo wasn’t going to retire as a Cincinnati Red. When he recently signed a two-year contract with Arizona, that became a certainty. That’s too bad. But it rarely happens in any sport.
Michael Jordan played last for the Washington Wizards. Johnny [...]
Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani did an interview with Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio today. Cingrani is in Detroit, where his trainer lives. The 24-year-old discussed his health, his off-season program, his relationship with Byran Price and Devin Mesoraco, his pitching arsenal and his walk-up music. He struck me as smart, [...]
When your fans’ rallying cry has become “the Pirates haven’t done anything either!” and your team’s moves have been surpassed by the announcement of a mascot, you know the Cold Stove has been unkind to your favorite franchise. Snow is piling up this morning in Cincinnati. Another polar vortex looms. Arizona and spring training seem [...]
The full ZiPS projections for the Reds were released today. You can find them here, but I though I would build off of yesterday’s discussion and point out some highlights.
Let’s start with Votto. If his 4.8 WAR projection seems low to you, you’re not alone, but a quick look at the numbers tells [...]
By now, you’ve probably read or heard about Walt Jocketty’s comments yesterday regarding Aroldis Chapman’s role for the Reds in 2014. In case you haven’t, here’s what he said:
“We feel we have the depth in our rotation now that we can continue to keep him in the bullpen. That’s probably the plan going [...]
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 [...]