Everyone knows it. Me, Chad, The Nation, everybody. The Reds need to obtain a veteran starting pitcher who can reliably show up on the mound every fifth day, give them (dare I say?) 180 innings of work and anchor the pitching staff. Given that the Reds are a small market team, getting one through free […]

Back in late June, Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo effectively announced his retirement at season’s end: Bronson Arroyo was placed on the 60-day DL today. Is this the end of the road for the beloved #Reds veteran? He joined @JimDayTV. pic.twitter.com/ZzJ3GpGC6n — FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 26, 2017 Over the weekend, of course, the Reds […]

[This post was written by John Ring, who is the Nation’s correspondent from Afghanistan, where he is serving the entire nation.] It was pretty much inevitable in the crazy economics of baseball that Bronson Arroyo wasn’t going to retire as a Cincinnati Red. When he recently signed a two-year contract with Arizona, that became a […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. National League Division Series, Game Two FINAL Cincinnati 9 San Francisco 0 W: B. Arroyo (1-0) L: M. Bumgarner (0-1) BOX SCORE Reds lead series, 2-0 POSITIVES –Bronson Arroyo was simply spectacular: seven shutout innings, allowing only two baserunners (one hit, one walk). Masterful. He was changing speeds and changing […]

I’ve always been of a mind that Juan Francisco was pretty heavily overrated by the Reds organization. I love his power, but Francisco has always seemed like Wily Mo Pena Lite. The Reds organization has seemed to have a pretty high opinion of the big guy and, let’s be honest, they know more than I […]

Wily Mo Pena turned 30 today. Happy birthday, big fella. I would have guessed he was older…just something that I found surprising. Talk about a guy whose agent didn’t do him any favors on his first contract…WOW! Bill LackI’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend […]

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle…. FINAL Chicago (NL) 12 Cincinnati 8 W: R. Lopez (5-6) L: D. Willis (0-6) BOX SCORE POSITIVES –Brandon Phillips hit two homers, walked once, scored three and drove in three runs. His first homer was a real blast into the upper deck…but… –Juan Francisco hit the second-longest homer in GAB […]

A few weeks ago, the good folks over at The Platoon Advantage had a fantastic idea: A mock expansion draft, based on the premise that MLB should expand to 32 teams in the near future. They asked the other ESPN Sweet Spot blogs to participate, and we each filled the role of the General Manager of the team we cover. “The Common Man” at TPA drafted for the new Portland club, and Bill drafted for the third New York franchise. Edit: switch those guys. Bill had Portland. Continue reading

Saw this article today about ex-Red Wily Mo Pena: he’s in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ system. He’s batted .356 with 21 homers and 62 RBIs for the team’s Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces, this year and the Boston Globe reports that the team is considering bringing him up to DH in interleague games. I took a […]

I saw this comment that Bill made earlier, linking this piece from Fayman’s blog. Let me know what you think: The long-term plan at third remains Juan Francisco. “He’s 23, lots of pop,” Baker said, “MVP in the Dominican the last two winters. He was the guy we had slated to pick up the 35, […]

Like him or hate him, but you’ll enjoy what this article says (other than where he calls Travis Wood, Tim): “The Reds may be the single biggest favorite in any division going into the season,” said one GM. Pause. “I think you’re right,” said another. “Boston and New York are too close, so are the […]

November 16, 2000: In cost cutting moves, the Reds deal away popular semi-regulars catcher Eddie Taubensee and IF-OF Chris Stynes. The 1999 and 2000 Reds were some of General Manager Jim Bowden’s busiest transaction years. Trying to balance the team’s budget around the salaries of stars such as Barry Larkin ($5.3 million), Dante Bichette ($7 […]