It’s still early, but the Reds have a little positive momentum toward 2019. Dick Williams and new manager David Bell have crafted a forward-looking common message. Other than a broadcaster or two, the Reds no longer seem like Shakespeare’s graying Lear howling at cliff’s edge at the shifting currents of baseball. Bell has made clear he […]

Stunning news. New broom sweeping clean. #Reds will non-tender OF Billy Hamilton — C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) November 30, 2018 This means the Reds have decided not to go to arbitration for Hamilton’s 2019 services. The speedy CF will become a free agent. Hamilton had been projected to make about $5.9 million in his last […]

The Reds and Raisel Iglesias announced a new salary agreement this afternoon in the amount of $24.125 million covering the pitcher’s final three seasons with the Reds. It buys out three years of Iglesias’ arbitration. The contract does NOT add an extra year to his time with the Reds.  Iglesias, who turns 29 before Opening Day, […]

Eugenio Suarez’s fractured thumb raises anew the issue of when the Reds should call up their top prospect, Nick Senzel. Borrowing from an old post, here’s a quick refresher of the labor framework and math of service time considerations and how they relate to Senzel. Years of Team Control As determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement […]

Eugenio Suarez had dutifully followed baseball’s reserve clause. He’d earned the minimum salary for parts of four major league seasons. 2018 would be his first chance to negotiate with a club and exercise his right to arbitration. Suarez and the Reds couldn’t reach agreement so they proceeded to a third-party hearing in February. The Reds […]

The Reds and Eugenio Suarez have reached a deal on a 7-year contract. The Reds already had control of Suarez (26) through the 2020 season. So this buys out three years of arbitration and four years of free agency. The club option in 2025 would be a fifth year. Details from C. Trent Rosecrans: $2M […]

On Saturday, a baseball arbitrator announced that setup reliever Dellin Betances lost his case with the Yankees. Betances had asked for $5 million and the Yankees’ offer was $3 million. After the case was decided, Yankee president Randy Levine created a stir by taking the unusual step of criticizing Betances’ filing as a “half-baked attempt” […]

I tried to avoid this, because my opinion about Marty Brennaman is well-known. His voice (along with that of Joe Nuxhall) is the background music to my childhood, so I don’t spend much of my life criticizing him. I don’t agree with him all the time, but there is no one on earth with whom […]

Tim Dierkes of the site MLB Trade Rumors confirmed last night that the Super Two cutoff for arbitration eligibility in 2017 is 2.131. Seems a bit out of place right now, but…Super Two is confirmed at 2.131. — timdierkes (@timdierkes) October 27, 2016 Translation: Players with at least two years and 131 days qualify for […]

On Wednesday, the Reds announced a much-anticipated agreement with FOX Sports Ohio that extends the network’s visual broadcast rights for another 15 years. FSO has televised Reds games since 1998. Before we analyze what we know about the deal, let’s consider the context. Important, but not all-important Local broadcast revenue is important, but not all-important for […]

Ben Franklin said there are two certainties in life, death and taxes. If he were alive today, Franklin would add something about the Reds bullpen and home runs. Here’s another sure thing: Jay Bruce is going to be traded. Right? It’s a lock. In fact, it’s hard to believe a deal hasn’t already happened. Reports last July […]

The arrival of the 2010 season generated plenty of excitement for fans of the local ball club. All-Star talent was deployed across the field, from youngsters Joey Votto and Jay Bruce to veterans Scott Rolen and Brandon Phillips. Four-fifths of Dusty Baker’s rotation had been settled. Aaron Harang, Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey would […]