From the Cincinnati Enquirer:
The Reds declined a $4.55 million option on right-hander Ramon Ortiz on Friday and turned down their $2 million mutual option with infielder Rich Aurilia.
Ortiz, who gets a $175,000 buyout and is eligible for salary arbitration, was 9-11 with a 5.36 ERA in 30 starts last season.
Aurilia, who gets a $150,000 buyout, batted .282 with 14 homers and 68 RBI last season. He becomes eligible for free agency.
On Thursday, outfielder Jacob Cruz, who hit .236 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 110 games last season, filed for free agency.
The Reds also added to their scouting staff, hiring Jim Pransky, who had been in the Oakland organization.
I could see no reason to bring Aurilla or Ortiz back and hiring another scout always seems to be a good thing.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.