Not literally, but the 2013 version. Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty revealed in an interview at Redsfest this weekend that the Reds were on the verge of trading for Ben Revere, a player who is hard to distinguish from Taveras. Revere is a pure slap-hitter. In over 1000 plate appearances, he has only 33 extra-base hits, with no […]

Buster Olney from ESPN tweeted last night that the Reds have shown interest in Phillies OF Juan Pierre. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports reported last week that the Reds had kicked the tires on Phillies CF Shane Victorino. Presumably, the Reds primary interest in either player would be as a rental lead-off hitter. Neither player is signed […]

So Joe Sheehan — who I really like as a baseball writer — has written an article for Sports Illustrated extolling the virtues of Dusty Baker. Or not: In his last seven seasons as a manager, Baker’s questionable personnel choices, including an abiding love for veterans, and his refusal to prioritize on-base percentage over other […]

It isn’t a difficult concept to understand: your leadoff hitter needs to get on base at a good clip so that the big bats behind him can drive him home. Well, take a look at this disaster: Dusty Baker’s primary leadoff hitters: [table id=23 /] No, it isn’t difficult to understand, but Dusty Baker is […]

Until recently, most studies had shown that a hitter’s peak seasons occurred between ages 25-29. However, in the past few years, some studies have indicated that peak may now occur between ages 26-30, which can have some free agent and player performance implications.

Teams have “control” over most players for only a certain period of the players’ careers. If a player hasn’t reached the majors within six years, the player can file for free agency. Once a player is added to a team’s 40-man roster, the team has three “option” years where a player can bounce to the minors and back to the major leagues. After three seasons, the player can’t be optioned to the minors without “clearing waivers” which means every other team in the majors has passed on the player (for various reasons–does not necessarily mean the player doesn’t have ability). Essentially, after four years on the 40-man roster, the player can file for arbitration (there are certain exceptions to this rule) and after six years on a major league roster, the player can file for free agency.

Well, there’s a method to this contractual madness. It’s possible for a team to control a player (to some extent) for twelve years, especially if they sign straight out of college. The six years in the minors allows a player to mature and reach the majors. If a player plays four years of college ball, the expectation is that the player will reach the majors more quickly than a player straight out of high school (college ball replacing the “lower minor leagues” in this case).

If you look back into history, the vast majority of star players reach the majors at a very early age. See below…

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The Wee Willy Taveras era in Cincinnati is, mercifully, over. One of our loyal readers, however, pointed me to this post at FanGraphs that kinda sums up what we went through last year: Willy Taveras is jobless. Not for too long, since the A’s will either lose him on waivers — not sure lose is […]

No, not exactly Willie, Mickey, and the Duke, is it? John Fay brings up one of our favorite topics in response to a reader email: Question from Steve: My question is about the Reds’ current view of Willy Taveras. Do you think they will let him come to spring training and try to win the […]

A loyal citizen of Redleg Nation send this our way: UPDATE: As noted in the comments, Chris Sabo’s Goggles had substantially the same idea, long ago. Chad DotsonBlame 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: […]

(EDITOR: Yes, I know we have two posts about this. I wrote this post last night and set it to publish today, as I noted in the game thread. If Bill would just check to see what is in the posting queue before he writes something, we’d have no problem. 🙂 ) (Lowly peion: Sorry […]

Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Cincinnati 2 St. Louis 5 WP: Carpenter (12-3) LP: Bailey (2-4) S: Franklin (28) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Chris Dickerson had three hits and scored a run from the leadoff spot. His OBP is .368. There is no reason whatsoever why Dickerson shouldn’t at least be platooning […]

So says the headline on this article by Teh Fay. Well, good for him. “People can do and say what they want,” Baker said. “I know what the deal is. People are looking to blame somebody. That’s just human nature. Hey, I’m in charge on the field. Whatever happens is ultimately my responsibility. I have […]

Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Cincinnati 2 San Francisco 4 WP: Zito (8-10) LP: Arroyo (8-11) S: Wilson (28) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Wladimir Balentien was 2-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI. I know he’s a 5-tool Leatherpants Special, but his AAA numbers make me wonder whether he might […]