The trade deadline is always an exciting time for baseball fans, as contending teams look to add the final pieces for a pennant push and non-contending clubs attempt to shape their rosters for the future. For the better part of the last decade and a half, the Reds have fallen into the latter category, and […]

Well, we’ve finally shuffled off this mortal coil called Spring Training. George Harrison, who just happens to be one of manager Bryan Price’s favorite musicians, once said, “…it seems as if winter in England goes on forever. By the time spring comes, you really deserve it. ” The late Beatle’s winter lament prompted him to ensconce […]

With Sean Marshall and Johnny Cueto back on the mound, the Reds will confront difficult (in a wonderful way) decisions concerning their postseason roster. The Reds will likely carry eleven pitchers and fourteen position players on their postseason roster. It’s what most teams do and what the Reds did last year and in 2010. [Those eleven […]

FOX reporter Jon Paul Morosi reports the Reds are drawing considerable interest at the winter GM meetings in CA, since many teams are looking for a shortstop. Jocketty confirmed with Morosi that the Reds would be willing to part with either Zack Cozart or Didi Gregorius, the two shortstops on the Reds 40-man roster, if […]

Now that the decision on player options is complete (with Ryan Madson and Ryan Ludwick both declining their mutual options), the next order of business is whether to offer arbitration to eligible players currently under team control or non-tender for the 2013 season. Tim Dierkes of MLBtraderumors summarized the Reds arbitration eligible players in a […]

Something constructive to take your mind off the NLCS and the Baker extension: The 2013 contract status for the players on the 2012 Reds major league roster and the initial payroll situation. 2013 CONTRACT STATUS Signed – team control, agreed salary amount (2012 > 2013) Joey Votto ($9.5 m > $17 m) Brandon Phillips ($12 m […]

The Reds are taking 28 players to San Francisco: So the Reds will take 28 players in all. Devin Mesoraco, Mike Leake, Logan Ondrusek, Miguel Cairo and Alfredo Simon are probably on the bubble. Knowing that they’re playing the Giants doesn’t affect things greatly for the Reds. “We haven’t had a chance to talk about […]

Games Played on 09/03/12

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield 3B, Travis Mattair went 3-3 with a homer, driving in a run and scoring 2. The 23 year old RH Mattair finished the regular season with a slash line of .274/.344/.465 with 19 homers and 82 RBI at High A. In the second half of the season, his OPS was .893.

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Indianapolis 3 – Louisville 0

The Bats season ended as it has pretty much of the season, with a loss. The Bats only collected 3 hits on the day, with no one having more than one.

Rehabbing Joey Votto had a bad day, going 0-3 (striking out twice) and having a throwing error.

Nick Christiani threw 3 shutout innings of relief, allowing only 1 hit. Bill Bray pitched to 3 batters in the 8th and didn’t retire anyone. Bray is likely done for the year.

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Tennessee 8 – Pensacola 1

Brodie Greene went 3-4 with a double, Billy Hamilton went 2-4 with a double, as did Josh Fellhauer.

Chris Manno threw a scoreless inning for Pensacola, but gave up a hit and a walk. Mark Serrano got lit up in 3 innings of relief, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.

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I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

It’s an early August Sunday afternoon and the Cincinnati Reds are attempting to sweep their new rivals to the throne, the surprising Pirates. The Elias Sports Bureau says that Cincinnati’s 22 wins in 25 games is a hot streak of historic proportions, one that even Johnny, Tony, Joe & Pete never crafted, a run not […]

Games Played on 8/30/2012

Minor League Players of the Day: Three Bakersfield Blaze pitchers combined for a 5-hit shutout. Jamie Walczak pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up the five hits. He walked two and struck out five. Brooks Pinckard didn’t allow a hit over 2 innings, nor did Carlos Contreras in the 9th inning.

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Columbus 2 – Louisville 0

The Bats collected just 7 hits and two different players were caught stealing. Didi Gregorius (2-for-4 with a double) was the only Louisville player with more than one hit but was caught stealing once.

Chad Reineke (7.2ip, 2r, 9h, 2bb, 3k) was one batter shy of a complete game. Bill Bray pitched to the final batter and struck him out.

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Tennessee 4 – Pensacola 2

Brodie Greene was 2-for-4 with two doubles. Donald Lutz was 2-for-4 with one double.

Wirfin Obispo (6ip, 3r, 3h, 5bb, 5k) allowed 3 runs in a start for the first time since July 17th. In his previous seven starts, Obispo had allowed just 7 runs over 39 innings, a 1.62 ERA.

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According to Reds beat writer John Fay, the Reds will disclose their September callup roster decisions on Friday. The Reds will announce the September call-ups Friday. Three of them will join the club Saturday in Houston; three will join the club Tuesday. Devin Mesoraco will be back on Sunday – the first day he’s eligible […]

Games Played on 08/28/12

Minor League Player of the Day:: Billings LF Jesse Winker went 3-4 and hit 2 homers. His slash line is .335/.448/.482/.930 with 4 homers. He has 38 walks and 44 strikeouts. Winker has been pretty darn consistent, with OPS over .900 each month of the Billings’ season.

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Columbus 2 – Louisville 0

Not a good sign when you have as many errors as you have hits (3).

Nice start by Todd Redmond (5 IP 0 R 5 H 2 BB 2 K). Scoreless inning by Bill Bray.

Logan Ondrusek took the loss, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits in 1.1 innings. He also gave up a homer.

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Isaac rained the Blue Wahoos out at Mississippi.

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