The drip-drip-drip of transactional news continued today. Immediately after the end of the World Series — the Series finished earlier this morning; did you watch it? — teams can begin announcing transactions and eligible players declare for free agency. The Cincinnati Reds had two such players, pitchers Alfredo Simon and Ross Ohlendorf. As expected:

In a bit of housekeeping news, it appears that reliever JJ Hoover — who cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A in August — will be a free agent as well.

Redleg Nation wishes the best of luck to all of these guys.

Finally, John Lamb was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. Yes, we discussed this yesterday. But since teams are forbidden from making any announcements during the World Series, the official word on the trade finally came today:

If nothing else, these transactions put an official end to the less-than-successful 2016 season. The Reds were bad and the stupid Cubs won the World Series.

Winter is upon us. And:

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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. JJ Hoover a free agent? Aww, the sky is falling. Good guy, Bad fastball.

  2. With Hoover’s departure, I now better understand how Yankee fans felt when Mickey Mantle died.

    • I was there at GABP last June when JJ gave up his last grand slam to Baez. I can still hear the Cub fans cheering, not a good day…

    • But Hoover lives.

  3. Sad ending for Lamb’s tenure here. Thought he would be a contributor, but injuries derailed it.

  4. Recalling that Hoover, Ohlendorf and Simon were considered to be backbones of the pitching staff at the onset of the season should make us marvel that the team managed to win as many games as it did.

  5. Do free agents count for unemployment index?

  6. Thank god, John lamb and his bad hair is gone!

  7. Three big breaths of fresh air with those three gone

    It’s done; it’s finally over

  8. The injury to Lamb must be a long-term thing or they would have gotten more than $$?

    • Hmm, maybe his nearly 7 careear ERA. The royals refused to bring him up in 2015 even after tons of injuries. Maybe no one else thinks he is a real prospect.

      • I have to agree. At this point, given his performance, his injury history, and his lack of command (and velocity), there’s no real reason to think he’ll ever be a major league contributor. It’s certainly possible, but less than likely.

  9. Let us all make a sacrifice to the baseball gods in appreciation that we’ll never have to see Alfredo Simon throw another pitch in a Reds uniform.

  10. After all is said and done I honestly feel the fact that we got $$ for Lamb was probably the best thing for us. Sorry things didn’t work out for him. There was a point that I was really rooting for him to show that top 20 potential prospect results.

    Good Luck Lamb.

  11. Simon and JJ both did have a couple productive years with the Reds. Bullpen guys are like that though, one year you got good movement the next you are serving up fat pitches in dead red.

  12. Finally….. 3 great moves

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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