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, […]

The #2 hitter in a baseball lineup receives the second-most at bats of anyone on the team. For example, over the course of a season, the #2 hitter will have about 60 more plate appearances than the #6 hitter. Studies have determined that the first two positions in the lineup create the most runs. The […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Cincinnati 1 Pittsburgh 2 W: J. Hanrahan (5-1) L: J. Broxton (3-2) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Mike Leake pitched six shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out three. He also doubled at the plate. The kid can hit. –Ryan Ludwick finally returned, collecting a pinch-hit […]

To wrap up our little series, it’s time to take a look at who will be the last man on the bench. Right now, the Reds have three bench spots locked up. They’ll go to Todd Frazier, Chris Heisey, and the second catcher (probably Dioner Navarro). After that, it gets a little murky. There are […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL — 11 innings Cincinnati 6 Chicago (NL) 5 W: L. Ondrusek (5-2) L: A. Cabrera (0-1) S: J. Broxton (4) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Joey Votto reached base four times: 2-4, 2 walks, a double, 3 RBI. –Drew Stubbs also reached four times (no, really, he did). Stubbs went 3-5 […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Cincinnati 4 Miami 6 W: M. Buehrle (13-12) L: J. Cueto (17-9) S: S. Cishek (14) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Wilson Valdez was the only Red with multiple hits. Tony Cingrani is good. NEGATIVES –Johnny Cueto stunk again. Reds lose again. NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS –Not gonna waste much time analyzing this […]