The future is arriving. Just came across the interwebs:

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  1. Moses

    I don’t say this often, but this seems to have been handled well by the Reds. Timing seems rational. The related move that will speak to a smarter organization will be a DFA of Simon. We’ll see…

    • Reaganspad

      It is time and as much as I dislike our GM I am looking forward to 3 LH starters in the rotation

      I have not seen today’s game but we have gotten a whole lot more out of straley than Simon

      • Reaganspad

        I did have a sweep of the Braves in my master plan to 19 in a row and a 500 record


        Time to catch the Braves that “other way”

        Also time to implement all phases of “the Old Cossack’s if you know what is good for us” posted today

        This team does seem to be on the anything but what Mancuso says for many moons now

        I will miss Jay

      • greenmtred

        They split a series on the road and have one of the best records in the league for June, and it’s time to tank? I know that they aren’t sniffing the playoffs this year, but count me among those who believe that it’s bad for a team to give up or, worse, lose intentionally.

      • reaganspad

        Hey Greenmtred, I was not talking about the team, I was talking about me. I saw a hot streak, Votto coming around, pitchers coming back and a time in the schedule where we could really make up ground and thought we could go on a 8-10 game tear.

        We are not doing that, yes June has been nice but it does not look like we get back to 500 if we can’t take 3 of 4 or 4 of 4 from the Braves. they are worse than we are.

        Time to begin platoon of Phillips, try Suarez at 2nd and continue the auditions for the bullpen. Make some nice incremental deals at the ASB

    • Redsfan48

      That would seem to be the obvious move, as we will need a 40-man spot for Reed. If Simon doesn’t get DFA’ed here, it will likely come when Lorenzen needs activated from the 60-day DL.

      • Redsfan48

        My guess: Daniel Wright will be DFA’ed to clear a spot for Reed and a bench bat (one of Peraza, Selsky, Waldrop) or reliever will be optioned, then Simon DFA’ed to clear a spot for Lorenzen early next week.

      • ohiojimw

        I don’t think Wright is on the bubble. They rushed him to fill a need but there is eventual value in him as a back of the rotation guy or middle reliever because he knows how to pitch.

  2. WVRedlegs

    This is what we’ve been waiting on. Me, impatiently waiting. The future is arriving. The MLB debut of the bespectacled one, LHP Cody Reed. Cincinnati spells calvary, R-E-E-D.
    Welcome to the Big Leagues, Big Guy!!

  3. Redgoggles

    Simon to the DL with a bruised ego. No one will trade for him and it is a sunk cost anyway. Send him on a rehab assignment as a reliever just in case we have mass injuries again.

  4. WVRedlegs

    The game on Saturday vs. Houston has a 4:10PM EDT starting time for this game. It is not an evening game, so make plans accordingly.

    • lwblogger2

      Surprised they didn’t milk it so that it could be a home debut and they can get a few extra butts in seats. Makes me happy they are doing it in Houston.

      • lwblogger2

        I mean it makes me feel good in that it feels like a baseball decision and not a business decision.

      • WVRedlegs

        Me too. But a good thing for Reed is, I’ve heard Brantley say he is from Mississippi, so his family won’t have far to travel to see him pitch. Going against Houston’s lineup will be a good challenge for him. Very excited. Changed my plans for the weekend now. The mountains will have to wait.

    • Patrick Jeter

      YES!!! I was about to get mad because I have a Father’s Day dinner on Saturday evening.

      2:10 MDT sounds juuuust about right!

  5. james garrett

    Tickled to death that Reed is on the way and that Lorenzen and Iggy are close.This certainly will improve our pitching and we can all have dreams about who are starters will be and then who is in the pen.Up next and more important is what happens to the offense.While I like the fact we won two 2-1 games against the A’s and a 3-1 game while only getting 3 hits against the Braves we don’t want that to be how we have to win going forward and it will be unless we fix this offense.Our offense is all one sided with hackers and that isn’t going to work if we truly want to compete for the playoffs.Its an exciting time to be a Reds fan as we build for the future.

  6. Wizeman

    Best news in a while. Was at turner last night and today. 2 days of my life I will never get back

  7. WVRedlegs

    Lamb is pitching Friday night vs. Houston. Reed going Saturday. That would be awesome if Sunday is Finnegan’s turn in the rotation. All 3 LHers from the Cueto deal pitching back-to-back-to-back 3 games in a row. Can’t wait.

    • Redsfan48

      Finnegan’s turn is indeed Sunday.

  8. Scott E. Disney

    Yes! Exciting news for the Reds. Does this appear to be the permanent stay for Cody Reed or just a spot start? Since it’s his ML debut I would think he has passed service time and super 2 problems.

    • Patrick Jeter

      He has passed Super 2, based on past Super 2. (Nice sentence structure, eh?)

  9. Indy RedMan

    Wright knows how to pitch? I know how to pitch but I just can’t do it. Neither can Daniel Wright! Simon/Ohlendorf constitute the has-beens and Wright, Moscot, Josh Smith, Cotham, Morris, etc make up the never weres. The Reds desperately need to be rid of all those guys! A guy like Sampson may not make it but atleast he has plus stuff and might have a chance? Here’s to Reed, Lorenzen, Inglesias getting back and actually looking like a staff with potential major league pitchers!!

    • Redsfan48

      Cotham was a fairly major part of the Chapman trade and likely just needs some time in the minors (perhaps the rehab assignment will help), so the Reds definitely won’t give up on him this fast. Moscot is still a solid prospect. I do however agree with you on the other names you mentioned (Morris, Smith, Wright, Simon specifically).

    • lwblogger2

      I’m not sure I would call Wright a “never were”. Wright was in no way ready for a promotion and was put in a very tough situation. He failed, which comes as zero shock. He doesn’t have particularly impressive stuff but he does generate some movement and he has always been a guy that commands the ball well. He hasn’t generally served up too many fat ones. With his stuff, you’re right, he needs to be extra fine with his command. He may never be a regular MLB pitcher because his stuff is so borderline. That said, at just over 25 years old, I can’t declare that he’ll never amount to anything. He belongs in AAA to see what he can do there.

  10. Robert

    Honestly I love it. I just can’t understand what took this long with the starting pitching issues. This guy is for real. And I suppose it boils down to protecting his potential but when a staff struggles so severely it becomes apparent that when u traded off studs to get prospects let them go. I believe he should have been up with the big club when they left Goodyear. Go Cody

    • Chuck Schick

      So the Reds should have spent a full year of Reed’s service time…along with making him eligible for super 2 arbitration status….so they might win a few extra games during a throw away year?

      • redsfan2016

        Chuck, could not have said it better myself. Sometimes people act on “win now” emotions, and do not actually think about the strategy that is involved in baseball economics.

      • Patrick Jeter

        It isn’t always about money. A guy who has more MLB experience in Year W-1 might be more ready to help a team win in Year W. It’s all about balancing risk (loss of money) and reward (having players with sufficient experience to help a winner).

        My recent research has shown players who reach Super 2 status and also stay with their teams for years 4, 5, and 6 make an average of $4.5 million more over those years than guys who didn’t reach Super 2 but also got years 4, 5, and 6 with their team.

    • Redsfan48

      You also have to remember that Reed was on the minor league DL for a few weeks near the beginning of the season. Not sure if the injury occured at the end of the Spring or in one of his early starts, but in either case, that injury definitely would have delayed his arrival even if we were planning on bringing him up sooner.

      • WVRedlegs

        That injury was just a blister on his index finger of his pitching hand. I think he only missed 1 start, maybe 2. It wasn’t a long DL stint.

  11. kmartin

    If Cody Reed’s first game is Saturday against Houston that means his second game is against San Diego on Friday, June 24 which then implies his third start is against the Cubs on June 29. I have a ticket for that game!!! Sweet.

    • Steve Mancuso

      I just made plans to go on the 24th. Hope that lines up like we think it will. Would love to see his first GABP start in person. Saw Lorenzen and Iglesias last year. Saw Bailey, Cueto, Leake – all their first games at GABP. Can’t remember if I saw Mat Latos’ first game, but a good chance.

      • DHud

        Something tells me you’re not losing a lot of sleep over the Latos uncertainty

      • lwblogger2

        Pretty good list. Out of those guys, I saw Bailey’s first MLB start. I have a very blurry picture of it. It’s bad enough that you can’t even tell it’s Bailey on the mound. I have the memories and the ticket stub still though.

  12. TR

    Cody Reed will be leading the cavalry and he should be right at home in Texas.