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 […]

The Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies had a little snowball fight today: Snowball fight anyone? — Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) January 5, 2017 Looks like we have plenty of ammo. Count us in. — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) January 5, 2017 .@Reds Same. You guys really want to? Let's do it! ❄️ Pick a 5-man […]

The Cincinnati Reds (6-7) take the field tonight for their second game of a four game series against the Milwaukee Brewers (2-11). The Brewers lost catcher Jonathan Lucroy to the DL last night with a fractured toe. Milwaukee is now without their starters at center field, second base, and catcher. UNTIMELY COLLAPSE Mike Petriello of […]

5 p.m. today was the deadline for clubs to make decisions on whether they would extend “qualifying offers” to players departing for free agency. This year, the qualifying offers were $14.1 million for one year. If the player declines and signs with another club, the offering team receives a compensation pick in the June first-year […]

For the Reds to play a best-of series in the 2013 playoffs, they’ll have to win the 2nd Annual National League Coin Toss game, otherwise known as the Wild Card game. There’s the obvious disadvantage to the non-division winners in this format. However, there is one wrinkle to this playoff game that makes its roster decisions unlike those made in other playoff series.


The playoff rules allow teams to set their 25-man roster for each round of the playoffs from their playoff roster pool. The Wild Card game is considered its own round. In the other rounds, teams will typically carry 4 starting pitchers. In the Wild Card game, you would not need to carry a full starting rotation. You may not carry as many relievers as you would in other rounds. This change would seem to make it an almost certainty that Billy Hamilton makes the Wild Card postseason roster. writer Joe Sheehan pointed out last year that it means that teams, which would normally have a few dead roster spots in a postseason series that go to starting pitchers just used or ones scheduled to be used, or perhaps slots for emergency backups in case of injury, could instead craft a bench on which every player has a specific role in winning one do-or-die game.

As I wrote last year, an organization’s postseason player pool is comprised of players who were on the 25-man roster or on the disabled, bereaved, suspended or miltary lists on August 31. For any player in this group who cannot play the post-season because of injury, the club can replace him with any player who was in the organization on August 31. Even players not on the 40-man roster can be added through this process, so long as they are added to the 40-man for the playoffs.


Those rules provide us with the following 31 players in the Reds playoff player pool:

— Starting Pitchers (7): Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake, Greg Reynolds, Johnny Cueto (DL), Tony Cingrani (DL)
— Relief Pitchers (10): Aroldis Chapman, Sam LeCure, J.J. Hoover, Manny Parra, Alfredo Simon, Logan Ondrusek, Zach Duke, Sean Marshall (DL), Jonathan Broxton (DL), and Nick Masset (DL)
— Starting Position Players (9): Ryan Hanigan, Devin Mesoraco, Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick, Sin-Shoo Choo, and Jay Bruce
— Bench Position Players (5): Cesar Izturis, Jack Hannahan, Chris Heisey, Xavier Paul, and Corky Miller (DL)

Of those 31 players, we know that Jonathan Broxton and Nick Masset are still on the disabled list and are not available to play in the playoffs. The Reds could substitute any player, including Billy Hamilton. The substituted player does not have to be a pitcher.

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In this, the final week of the season, the angst level rises (if that’s possible) as the Reds build on the weekend series win at Pittsburgh and hope the Cardinals stumble against the Nationals, Cubs or better yet—both. While we lament the Reds’ Jekyll & Hyde offense, dubious game management and ever-present health issues, be […]

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 […]

It appears that catcher Ryan Hanigan has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (strained left oblique). Corky Miller has been spotted at Great American Ballpark this morning. Mark Sheldon reports that Nick Masset (remember him?) will be placed on the 60-day DL to make room for Corky on the 40-man roster. Also, interestingly, Devin […]

I know there are varying opinions around the Nation as to how good Nick Masset is/was, but the recent retirement of Brandon Webb got me thinking about shoulder injuries, and thinking about shoulder injuries seemed like a great reason to write a quick post instead of grading essays. Shoulder injuries have become the new elbow […]

The state of the Nation is strong.  For now.  Will it stay that way? No, I’m not talking about the team. The Redlegs are in tall clover right now. Out of town tryouts in Arizona are underway for the team that won 97 last year. Leading roles have been cast. Understudies will be determined during […]

Mark Sheldon gives up some contract info on guys signed within the last month: OF Chris Heisey: one-year, $1.325 million contract. Can earn $30,000 bonus for 400 plate appearances. SS Cesar Izturis: Minor League contract; gets $800,000 if in Majors. If not on the big league roster on June 1, he can be released if […]

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 […]