• Starting pitcher John Lamb had disc surgery in December that will put him behind schedule, possibly mid-April.
I was just informed Lamb had disc surgery on his back in December. https://t.co/P6p9TaUwhL
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) February 9, 2016
Lamb was part of the Johnny Cueto trade with Kansas City. In 10 starts for the Reds last year, he had an impressive 26.4 percent strikeout rate (would have been 11th best among all major league pitchers) and 3.56 SIERA.
• Baseball America published their Top-30 prospects for the Reds system. They ranked Robert Stephenson, Cody Reed and Amir Garrett as the top three. The ratings were made prior to the Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman trades. You can see their entire list here, at Doug Gray’s site, side-by-side with Doug’s rating.
• In another sign that Spring Training is closing in, the moving truck began loading up at Great American Ball Park. The truck leaves tomorrow on a three-day, 1800-mile trip to Goodyear, Arizona.
The usual game equipment — like bats, baseballs, extra uniforms and helmets — is headed to the Reds’ player development complex in Goodyear, Ariz. But also included are front-office items, kitchen and food supplies for the clubhouse, all the equipment of the medical and training staff, marketing and promotional materials and audio/visual equipment needed for the scoreboard crew shoots. There were some other items, too, including a guitar, a bicycle and a treadmill.
Many of the Reds are already in Goodyear working out.
• Former Reds player Skip Schumaker signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.
• Another former Reds player, Mat Latos, signed a 1-year, $3 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.
Matt Latos $3 million one year deal . No option or performance bonus clause .
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) February 9, 2016
That’s a huge fall for Latos, who as recently as 2013 had a big year starting for the Reds.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.