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Athletics Nation Jan 30, 2016

Doug Fister vs. Rich Hill: Which AL West team got the better bounce-back pitcher?

On Friday, the Houston Astros signed free agent pitcher Doug Fister to a one-year contract with a guaranteed salary of $7 million and an additional $5 million in performance bonuses. That may seem like a nice salary, but in a landscape in which Mike Leake got $80 million and Ian Kennedy got $70 million (both on five-year commitments), you can see how Fister is on the low end of today's pay grade for veteran starters. Furthermore, the structure of the deal says it all -- when there is an incentive for reaching 100 innings, the message is that this pitcher is a big risk. Meanwhile, back in...
Red Reporter Jan 26, 2016

Updating the Top 100: The Early Departures

In which the Reds allowed us to get a head start on writing career retrospectives. The simplest and most obvious thing we can say about Mike Leake is that he was a pretty darn good draft pick.  Picked 8th in the 2009 draft, and picked on the basis of pitchability and a "high floor", rather than typical prospect calling cards of stuff and potential, Leake contributed 12 bWAR to the Reds in his almost six seasons with the team.  This is strong enough to rank as the fourth most productive career thus far among other first round selections from that season, ranking behind Mike Trout, AJ...
Red Reporter Jan 15, 2016

2016 RR Community Prospect Rankings: Keury Mella is #10

He might be giant. The former top prospect (by some accounts) in the San Francisco Giants system, Keury Mella takes spot number 10 in the 2016 Red Reporter Community Prospect Rankings.  The biggest chip the Cincinnati Reds received in the Mike Leake trade, Mella looks set to start 2016 in AA Pensacola with his 97 mph fastball on full display. As for spot #11, vote away. Phil Ervin, OF, 23 Highest 2015 Level: AA (Pensacola)Eye-Poppingest Fact: .409 OBP in 66 PA in AA; 34 SB between A+ and AAMost Worrisome Fact: .379 SLG in 541 PA in 2015Alias(es): Mr. Magic, Phlerv BB-Ref Page Ervin was...
Redleg Nation Jan 13, 2016

The Reds shouldn’t trade Jay Bruce now

Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Aroldis Chapman and Todd Frazier have all been sent packing in service to the cause of rebuild-reboot-recycle. Depending on how you look at it, add Marlon Byrd, Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon to the discard pile. Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips remain as significant players that could offer the club a …

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