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• Starting pitcher John Lamb had disc surgery in December that will put him behind schedule, possibly mid-April. I was just informed Lamb had disc surgery on his back in December. https://t.co/P6p9TaUwhL — Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) February 9, 2016 Lamb was part of the Johnny Cueto trade with Kansas City. In 10 starts for the …

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Cincinnati.com Feb 5, 2016
J.J. Hoover to make $1.4M next season

J.J. Hoover to make $1.4M next season

The Reds lost their arbitration case with J.J. Hoover and will pay the right-handed reliever $1.4 million next season.         
Red Reporter Feb 5, 2016

J.J. Hoover wins arbitration hearing against Cincinnati Reds

One down, one to go. According to fomer CBSSports.com baseball writer and current MLB Network talking head Jon Heyman, J.J. Hoover has won his arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds. Hoover wins arb case vs reds, gets $1.4M — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 5, 2016 The two sides had been a comically small $175,000 apart in their initially submitted figures, which had me initially speculating that the reason why no settlement had been reached for 2016 was because the two sides were discussing a multi-year deal (akin to the one Sam LeCure signed prior to the 2014 season, for...
Red Reporter Feb 5, 2016

2016 RR Community Prospect Rankings: Seth Mejias-Brean is #26!

Seth Matthews Band is the next name on the list, narrowly knocking off Tanner Rainey for #26. Still lots of surprisingly decent names left, so go vote now. Tanner Rainey, 23, RHP Highest 2015 Level: Rookie (Billings)Eye-Poppingest Fact: Mid 90's fastball. 15 games started in 2015, 8.7 K/9Most Worrisome Fact: Lack of experience, age, durabilityAlias(es): Rainey Skies, Tanner Mom, Danny Tanner Rainey, Tanner I Hardly Knew Her BB-Ref Page Tanner Rainey was the Reds 2nd round pick out of West Alabama University with a big arm.  He was a two way player for the Division II West Alabama, leading...
Cincinnati.com Feb 4, 2016
Super Bowl notes: Griffeys hit radio row together

Super Bowl notes: Griffeys hit radio row together

The onslaught of famous athletes descending upon radio row included Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr.         
Cincinnati.com Feb 4, 2016

Cincinnati sculptor Tsuchiya's work to hang on Cooperstown Hall's walls

Tom Tsuchiya will sculpt the likeness of Ken Griffey Jr. and others enshrined at baseball's Hall of Fame.         
Red Reporter Feb 4, 2016

Cincinnati Reds links - Robert Stephenson poised for big leagues in 2016

Thursday links! It feels like we've been waiting for Robert Stephenson's big league debut for eons, but the reality is that the Cincinnati Reds 1st round pick from 2011 won't turn 23 years old until later this month.  Still, there are heavy expectations on his shoulders, since that's what happens when you're the top prospect in a team's system for the better part of two dismal big league seasons.  Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com caught up with the highest ranked arm in on the Reds farm to talk about 2016, a year that in all likelihood will include the first big league start of Bob Steve's career....
Red Reporter Feb 4, 2016

2016 RR Community Prospect Rankings: Jake Cave is #25!

Jake Cave we hardly know ye, but we picked ye. The former Yankee come Reds prospect has nailed down the #25 spot in what ended up being a close race.  Really, they're all getting pretty close because none of us know what we're doing at this point and we're getting bored.  However, we gotta get to #30!  We must prevail! Whoooopieeeee!!!  He's your choices for #26. Tanner Rainey, 23, RHP Highest 2015 Level: Rookie (Billings)Eye-Poppingest Fact: Mid 90's fastball. 15 games started in 2015, 8.7 K/9Most Worrisome Fact: Lack of experience, age, durabilityAlias(es): Rainey Skies, Tanner Mom,...
Red Reporter Feb 3, 2016

Cincinnati Reds links - Another Top 100 prospect list is packed full of Reds

Wednesday links! Scout.com isn't exactly the first place I go to check up on baseball prospects.  Nevertheless, they released their own proprietary Top 100 prospects list yesterday, and the Cincinnati Reds are quite well represented, albeit in a fashion a bit different than most every other list we've seen released this spring.  Each of the usual suspects cracked the list, with Robert Stephenson ranked highest (25) followed by Cody Reed (48), Jose Peraza (52), Jesse Winker (83), Alex Blandino (85), and Amir Garrett (91).  It's the first one of these that Blandino has actually made, and...
Red Reporter Feb 3, 2016

2016 RR CPR: Blake Trahan is #24!

He wins the non Tara-related division. The 3rd round pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette comes in as our 24th best prospect. The former Ragin' Cajun had a solid start to his professional career in Billings, before struggling with his cup of coffee in Daytona. The 22 year-old infielder will hope to use his solid speed, defense, and plate approach to take some steps forward in 2016. Tanner Rainey, 23, RHP Highest 2015 Level: Rookie (Billings)Eye-Poppingest Fact: Mid 90's fastball. 15 games started in 2015, 8.7 K/9Most Worrisome Fact: Lack of experience, age, durabilityAlias(es): Rainey Skies,...
Red Reporter Feb 2, 2016

Cincinnati Reds links for February 2, 2016

Is tanking a problem? It may be coming to an end. As you might have heard, the team that we follow around these parts wasn't very good last year. They aren't, in all likelihood, going to be very good this year. The contending window that was built in the late aughts and pushed open with savvy trades was obliterated by injuries, curious free agency decisions, and most of all, Father Time. But, baseball is cyclical. Things like this happen, from time to time, and bad teams then have the opportunity to get better again by having high selections in the draft. But, there's a feeling in the...
Watch: Devin Mesoraco on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil

Watch: Devin Mesoraco on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil

Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco did a phone interview last week with MLB Network's Matt Vasgersian.         
Red Reporter Feb 2, 2016

The future of Devin Mesoraco and the Cincinnati Reds

It's Groundhog Day...what'd you expect? The go-go glory days that saw the Cincinnati Reds win NL Central titles in both 2010 and 2012 came with added baggage, a carry-on of sorts that ushered in something the franchise had not seen in quite some time:  stability.  A set rotation, a set infield, and the combination of youth and big-budget contract extensions meant the Reds had a predictable core of players one could expect to watch play baseball for years and years to come.  It cost money to keep the band together, and arbitration raises and extensions pushed the payroll well into team...
Cincinnati.com Feb 2, 2016
140 years ago: Reds join new National League

140 years ago: Reds join new National League

The year 1876 wasn't a year to remember for the Cincinnati Reds with the exception of one development: They joined the brand new National League.         
Red Reporter Feb 2, 2016

2016 RR Community Prospect Rankings: Seth Varner Is #23!

And he's left handed! Seth Varner heard your call, and hopefully he doesn't hear it for thousands of days in a row.  Though, he'd probably turn into one hell of a piano player.  If you didn't know, Seth Varner is a left handed pitcher, a mistake I feel necessary to correct many many times, that is gonna rock your world in 2016.  Day after day after day.  Here is to #24. Blake Trahan, 22, SS Highest 2015 Level: A (Dayton)Eye-Poppingest Fact: 25 BB/24 K in Billings.  Very good defense and speed.  Most Worrisome Fact: Power.  Looked bad in 35 at bats in Dayton.Alias(es): Blake...

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