The Cincinnati Reds (51-63) will look to rebound from a 5-3 loss last night, as the Reds once again face the Los Angels Dodgers (65-51) tonight at 9:10 PM. John Lamb showed promise in his MLB debut last night, as he struck out seven batters in six innings. However, one mistake to Adrian Gonzalez was […]

If they stick around long enough, baseball general managers tend to get reputations. Jim “Ralph” Bowden would chase a five tool prospect for years. Wayne Krivsky never met a two-year contract extension he didn’t like. Billy Beane’s approach was detailed in Moneyball, while Brian Sabean is perceived to put more emphasis on scouting and intangibles.  The reality is never this simple, […]

When the Reds declined Ryan Ludwick’s 2015 option, they assured the club would be in the market for a new starting left-fielder. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed this weekend that Nori Aoki and Michael Morse are priority targets, indicating the club preferred to acquire a LF through free agency rather than by trade (John Fay, […]

The Bench 2012 Slash Line*: .235/.286/.347 2013 Projection: .250/.310/.380 2012 WAR: -0.2 2012 WAR/600 PA: -0.1 2013 Best Guess WAR/600 PA: 1.0 Projected Difference: +1.1/600 PA *The 2012 bench for the purposes of the above calculations was: Chris Heisey, Scott Rolen, Xavier Paul, Miguel Cairo, Wilson Valdez, Mike Costanzo, Henry Rodriguez, Didi Gregorius, Willie Harris, […]

For better or worse, Scott Rolen and Miguel Cairo are no longer members of the Cincinnati Reds. While each had their ups and downs, no one can argue the fact that both men contributed mightily (at times) to this franchise’s return to prominence. I choose to remember both their careers with the Reds fondly. Over […]

Miguel Cairo is back with the Reds…and this is actually a good thing! Miguel Cairo will join the Reds’ baseball operations staff as a special assistant to the general manager. Cairo will be in camp tomorrow. He’ll work as instructor with major leagues and minor leagues. Cairo, 38, played the final three years of his […]

From Cincinnati.com: The entire article is a good read, but about last year’s “big two” on the bench (Valdez/Cairo): Actually, to describe the performances of Valdez and Cairo as ‘‘holes’’ is kind. Valdez may have had had the worst offensive season in Reds history — and Cairo wasn’t far behind. For players with a minimum […]

No word yet from Scott Rolen on whether he will retire, or whether he will return for another season. John Fay thinks he will retire, but that’s just speculation, since no one has actually heard from Rolen. I wouldn’t mind having Rolen around as a bench guy — he’s better than the Miguel Cairos of […]

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 […]

So the National League Division Series is scheduled to begin this weekend. Did you notice that the Reds qualified for the NLDS? Obviously, we don’t know who they’ll be playing; those dominoes will fall this week. Time for another one of my rambling posts. I don’t know about you, but the excitement over this playoff […]

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle… FINAL Cincinnati Reds 4 Pittsburgh Pirates 3 WP:  Marshall (5-5, 2.55 ERA) LP:  Hanrahan (5-2, 2.72 ERA) S: Chapman (37) Boxscore POSITIVES • With the win, and a loss by the Washington Harpers, the Reds (96-63) would be tied with Washington for the best record in baseball and top seed […]