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Red Reporter Nov 20, 2017
Reds add six players to 40-man roster ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline

Reds add six players to 40-man roster ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline

Protecting prospects is a precarious proposition. The deadline for MLB teams to add players to their 40-man rosters ahead of December’s Rule 5 Draft was today, and the Cincinnati Reds responded by adding six of their top minor league talents. Three position players and three relievers constituted the new wave of additions, and there were few real surprises. The #Reds have added to the 40-man roster: IF Alex Blandino IF Shed Long RHP José López RHP Jesús Reyes RHP Zack Weiss OF José Siri pic.twitter.com/Qt3B93bldZ— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) November 21, 2017 The infielders...
Red Reporter Nov 17, 2017
Joey Votto is the most valuable player of my heart anyway

Joey Votto is the most valuable player of my heart anyway

In which this humble bloghole scribe is unexpectedly not furious Yesterday, in the run-up to the announcement of the Most Valuable Player awards, my friend and I hope yours Wick Terrell rolled his eyes and discretely gave the whole thing a middle finger. I think we all kinda expected that our man Joey Votto wasn’t going to win the thing, which he didn’t, and so Wick was all whatever about it. I was much more sanguine than him. And to be clear, I’m normally just as nonplussed about these things as he was yesterday. But after seeing perfectly decent human being and pretty good...
Red Reporter Nov 16, 2017
Joey Votto falls short in National League MVP voting by just 2 votes

Joey Votto falls short in National League MVP voting by just 2 votes

The first baseman fell to Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins in the 4th-closest NL MVP vote of all time. Joey Votto was close. He was oh, so close. In arguably his best season as a Cincinnati Red, the first baseman was just 2 votes shy of notching his second Most Valuable Player award, barely losing out to Marlins’ outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. This is the third time that Votto has finished in the top 3 in MVP voting in his career, winning the award in 2010 and getting third in 2015. While both players had outstanding seasons, and Stanton was certainly deserving of the award, it is hard...
Red Reporter Nov 16, 2017
The MVP will be given the Joey Votto Award tonight

The MVP will be given the Joey Votto Award tonight

Yay popularity contests yayyyyyy. Jose Altuve or Aaron Judge will win the American League MVP tonight, which is fine. The seasons produced by each had ample highlights, mind-bending statistical excellence, and each even got play for a ‘winner’ under the playoff lights. Over in the National League, though, the outcome of the senior circuit MVP is a little murkier. One of Giancarlo Stanton, Paul Goldschmidt, or Joey Votto will get a plaque, two fanbases (or more) yelling at them, and some nifty black-type on their Baseball Reference page, yet none of the three appears to have run away...
Red Reporter Nov 14, 2017
We might be seriously overlooking Scott Schebler

We might be seriously overlooking Scott Schebler

Was that the quietest 30 dinger season in Reds history? When you think about the current iteration of the Cincinnati Reds, you think of Joey Votto. You think of Billy Hamilton’s speed and defense, Zack Cozart’s breakout, donkey, and free agency, and Scooter Gennett’s 4-dinger game. Adam Duvall’s name comes to mind, what with the unexpected All Star appearance and mammoth first halves of seasons. Eugenio Suarez, similarly, picked up a larger fan following thanks to a breakout 2017, and Tucker Barnhart just signed a contract extension and took home a Gold Glove for excellent defense...
Red Reporter Nov 13, 2017
Billy Hamilton Trade Rumors: San Francisco Giants interested in Cincinnati’s CF

Billy Hamilton Trade Rumors: San Francisco Giants interested in Cincinnati’s CF

The Giants need OF defense in the worst of ways. The San Francisco Giants are fresh off one of the more disappointing seasons in recent memory, and I’m saying that as a daily, recalcitrant fan of the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants have claimed a trio of World Series titles within the last eight seasons and have a payroll pushing a jillion bucks, yet finished with a record that tied the Detroit Tigers for the worst in all of baseball in 2017. One of the single most glaring problems they faced in 2017? Outfield defense, specifically with Denard Span being tasked with manning CF with their...
Red Reporter Nov 13, 2017
The Minnesota Twins are interested in Raisel Iglesias

The Minnesota Twins are interested in Raisel Iglesias

As they should be. The Minnesota Twins snuck into the postseason in 2017 despite a bullpen that largely ranked among the bottom third in all of baseball in many important statistics. That unit’s collective 7.66 K/9 sat just 0.02 above the Baltimore Orioles for the worst mark in the game, and their ERA (4.40) also ranked in the game’s bottom tier. And somehow, their 1.32 HR/9 rate was actually worse than than the 1.31 mark posted by the Cincinnati Reds and was good for the fourth worst in the game. Perhaps a rather public admission of how not-good that unit was: the Twins actually traded...
Red Reporter Nov 10, 2017
Baseball America’s Top 10 Cincinnati Reds prospects for 2018

Baseball America’s Top 10 Cincinnati Reds prospects for 2018

The top talent on the Cincinnati farm. Each new offseason brings a bevy of new Top 10 prospect lists, and Friday brought us the updated version from Baseball America detailing the highest-end talent on the Cincinnati Reds farm. In an endorsement that drafting second overall each of the last two years hasn’t been too overwhelming for Cincinnati’s scouting team, the Reds’ 2018 list is headlined by the two players used with those high selections - IF Nick Senzel and RHP Hunter Greene. The top 10 prospects in the Cincinnati Reds' farm system.https://t.co/ghfVHwWzfa— Baseball America...
Red Reporter Nov 10, 2017
Updating the Top 100: Joey Votto

Updating the Top 100: Joey Votto

Joey Votto’s place on the all-time list At the end of the 1974 season, Tony Perez had finished his age-32 season and had played in 1,452 games in his career to that point, splitting his defensive time at 3B and 1B. This career had spanned parts of eleven seasons and Perez had been on some very good teams, reaching the postseason three times (but with no championships). In addition, Perez had been included as part of five all-star teams and finished in the top 10 of NL MVP voting four different times. At the end of the 2017 season, Joey Votto has just finished his age-33...
Red Reporter Nov 9, 2017
Updating the Top 100: Bronson Arroyo

Updating the Top 100: Bronson Arroyo

Bronson Arroyo’s place on the all-time list Let’s start with a reminder of just how good Bronson Arroyo was once upon a time. Prior to the 2006 season, Arroyo had been traded to the Reds from Boston (for Wily Mo Pena) and some of us idiots thought it was a bad move for the Reds. All Arroyo did was throw 240 innings of 142 ERA+ ball, good for 6.8 bWAR, a figure that hasn’t been surpassed since by a Cincinnati pitcher. With that spectacular introduction out of the way, Arroyo proceeded to pitch in a way that we’ll probably never see again. From 2007-2013, Arroyo...
Red Reporter Nov 8, 2017
SB Nation Offseason Simulation - Steering the Fake Reds into 2018

SB Nation Offseason Simulation - Steering the Fake Reds into 2018

Deals were made, the things and the such. Each and every year upon the end of the MLB season, our friends from Royals Review host an SBN-wide offseason simulation to allow folks like us to play GM of the Cincinnati Reds against our cohorts from the other 29 teams. It’s fun, it’s bound to be a logistical nightmare for Max (who deftly plays commissioner), and it’s a solid exercise in seeing if how we value the Reds we watch on a daily basis anywhere near the same as folks across the globe - and vice versa. The extensive rules can be found here, but I’ll give you the gist of what we...
Red Reporter Nov 8, 2017
Updating the Top 100: Zack Cozart

Updating the Top 100: Zack Cozart

Zack Cozart’s place on the all-time list A partial list of warning signs, regarding Zack Cozart: · He has missed something like 170 games in the past three seasons · His fielding value, as measured by Defensive Runs Saved, has fallen from excellent in 2014 (19 runs saved) to average in 2017 (2 runs saved) · His 2017 hitting line was fueled by a significant spike in BABIP · His HR/FB rate also jumped substantially in 2017 · Although Cozart was good all year, how we think about his 2017 season is heavily colored by how he started the season. His...
Red Reporter Nov 7, 2017
Tucker Barnhart wins Gold Glove

Tucker Barnhart wins Gold Glove

The Reds’ backstop wins his first Gold Glove Award It’s officially awards season, and while the 2017 Reds weren’t much in the standings, they’ve taken home the first piece of hardware as Tucker Barnhart won his first Gold Glove tonight. It was the Reds’ only Gold Glove out of 4 nominated players. This marks the first time in the last 9 years that the award wasn’t won by Buster Posey or Yadier Molina, who also happened to be the other finalists this season. Tucker led the league in assists at catcher with 89 in only 121 games, at least 15 less than either Posey or Molina. While...
Red Reporter Nov 7, 2017
Updating the Top 100: Eugenio Suarez

Updating the Top 100: Eugenio Suarez

Eugenio Suarez’s place on the all-time list It was a breakout season that ran out of gas. At the end of August, Eugenio Suarez was hitting .275/.386/.499, numbers that lined up for somewhere around a 130 OPS+, while carrying a plus glove. Suarez is nowhere near as good a fielder as Nolan Arenado, but offensively and adjusted for context those would have been Arenado-esque numbers. Unfortunately for Suarez, September happened and his hitting line instead settled around a 115 OPS+. All the same, there is positivity abounding. The most obvious breakthrough came in the emergence of a...
Red Reporter Nov 6, 2017
Zack Cozart not expected to receive Qualifying Offer, per reports

Zack Cozart not expected to receive Qualifying Offer, per reports

The $17.4 million price is just a bit too steep. The week after the conclusion of the World Series is rife with important administrative decisions, and clearly the biggest one facing the Cincinnati Reds is what to do with All Star shortstop Zack Cozart. Cozart, 31, is fresh off the most statistically excellent season of his career, and that just so happened to coincide with his final season of team control by the Reds. With that the case, the Reds face the tough decision of whether or not to extend the now free agent a Qualifying Offer, essentially a 1 year, $17.4 million contract that...

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