11:16 AM EST, Fri November 15, 2019
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Podcast: Cincinnati Reds have money and are talking to everyone

Podcast: Cincinnati Reds have money and are talking to everyone

Photo by Gale M. Adler/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via via Breaking down the Reds Hot Stove and tossing it right into your earholes. We’re only a few weeks removed from the end of the 2019 season, and the Cincinnati Reds have already had their names mentioned with some of the best of the best free agents on the market this winter. Yes, folks, the Reds appear to finally have money and be talking to everyone. BK and Charlie Scrabbles joined me to wax poetic about these interesting developments, breaking down the idea of the Reds potentially adding the likes of Yasmani Grandal, Didi...
21 hours ago
You’re Underestimating Kevin Gausman

You’re Underestimating Kevin Gausman

Photo by Joe Robbins/ The Reds’ midseason pick-up improved in exciting ways after moving to the bullpen. As far as pitchers that Cincinnati acquired over the last year go, Kevin Gausman sort of flew under the radar. He was brought in right after the team made a blockbuster deal for Trevor Bauer, at a time when the Reds were still toiling several games under .500 in the first week of August. His recent performance also communicated little reason for excitement — in 16 starts with Atlanta, he’d been knocked around for a 6.19 ERA in 80 innings, leading the team to put him on waivers....
Nov 14, 2019
Throwback Madness: Round 2 / Game 4

Throwback Madness: Round 2 / Game 4

Photo by Joe Robbins/ 1956 vs. 1976 Team: 1956 Seed: 7 Record: 91-63, finished 3rd in 8-team National League. Did this team matter?: The Redlegs finished third in a 3 team race, finishing just two games back of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Two weeks prior to the end of the season, Cincinnati dropped both games of a 2-game series in Brooklyn, losing each contest by one run. The team ripped off eight wins in its final nine games, but ultimately couldn’t recover from the head-to-head matchups with the Dodgers. This team mattered in one of the most painful ways possible. ...
Nov 13, 2019
Reds class A, AA minor league affiliates announce coaching staffs

Reds class A, AA minor league affiliates announce coaching staffs

And yes, there is a Gookie sighting. Though the offseason is only a few weeks old, there has already been a series of landscape-changing alterations made to the baseball world. Joe Girardi was named skipper of the Philadelphia Phillies, Joe Maddon moved from the Cubs to the Angels, Gape Kapler is taking over for Bruce Bochy in San Francisco, and David Ross will make his managerial debut come spring as Maddon’s replacement in Chicago. So, while those big league staffs have been heavily churned, it’s officially job season for coaches, as franchises look to build their new staffs both at...
Nov 12, 2019
Cincinnati Reds rumored to have interest in OF Marcell Ozuna

Cincinnati Reds rumored to have interest in OF Marcell Ozuna

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/ Of course! Anthony Rendon is an in-prime MVP-caliber offensive dynamo who just reached free agency on the back of a dream year. He’s going to sign a contract in the $250 million range a la Nolan Arenado, and that’s the kind of money that pretty well has the Cincinnati Reds priced out of signing him, unfortunately. However, if you’re an offensively proficient position player free agent not named Rendon, it would appear you’re going to at least get one call from a Reds rep. They’ve already been reportedly in touch with the likes of Yasmani Grandal and...
Nov 11, 2019
Red Reposter - Didi Gregorius on Reds radar in free agency

Red Reposter - Didi Gregorius on Reds radar in free agency

Monday links! There was a time when the idea of the Cincinnati Reds being unsettled at the shortstop position was complete nonsense. By ‘a time,’ I really mean ‘a half a century.’ Roy McMillan won a pair of Gold Gloves and made a pair of All Star games for the Reds and Redlegs in the 1950s. Leo Cardenas made five All Star teams as the club’s shortstop of the 1960s. Davey Concepcion took the reins in 1970, and he effectively held them until Barry Larkin took over in the mid 1980s, himself manning the position for nearly twenty years before heading off to Cooperstown. Since then,...
Nov 11, 2019
Throwback Madness: Round 2 / Game 3

Throwback Madness: Round 2 / Game 3

Photo by Focus on Sport/ 1990 vs. 1995 Team: 1990 Seed: 3 Record: 91-71, finished 1st in 6-team National League West. Beat Pirates in 6-game NLCS. Swept 4-game World Series over the A’s. Did this team matter?: At the risk of overemphasizing two personal details, I think the answer to this has to be Yes. Risk #1: this remains the only championship by the Reds in my sentient lifetime. Risk #2, I had not yet entered high school when this season concluded, meaning baseball was still occupying as large a place in my brain as it ever would. So, I think it was a big deal that...
Nov 10, 2019
Reds reportedly interested in free agent Howie Kendrick

Reds reportedly interested in free agent Howie Kendrick

Photo by Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post via The versatile veteran is fresh off a career year. It’s not often that MLB players have career years in their mid-30’s, but that’s precisely what free agent Howie Kendrick pulled off at 36 during the 2019 season. At least, his rate stats were the single best of his career, as he hit a whopping .344/.395/.572 for the Washington Nationals on their path to being World Series champs. So, it’s not at all surprising that there is early interest across the league in picking up the versatile veteran, and apparently the Cincinnati Reds are...
Nov 7, 2019
Red Reposter - Keury Mella headlines minor league free agents

Red Reposter - Keury Mella headlines minor league free agents

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Thursday links! Late July of 2015 was a pretty dark time to be a Cincinnati Reds fan. The team was languishing some 20 games back in the NL Central while less than two years removed from a 90 win campaign, and the inevitable teardown and rebuild was beginning to become ominous. On the 26th of that month, Johnny Cueto was shipped to Kansas City for the trio of lefty pitchers whose names fewer and fewer Reds fans can even remember. Then, on the 30th, Mike Leake was sent to San Francisco, bringing back a package of Adam Duvall and the player who, at that point, was the...
Nov 7, 2019
Throwback Madness: Round 2/Game 2

Throwback Madness: Round 2/Game 2

1961 vs. 1939 Team: 1961 Seed: 5 Record: 93-61, finished 1st out of 8 team National League. Lost World Series to Yankees in 5 games. Did this team matter?: No? The ’61 Reds won about 10 more games than their runs scored vs. runs allowed ratio would have anticipated. And then were steamrolled by a historically great Yankees team, as though they were little more than a casual footnote. Or…yes? The franchise, by and large, had mostly been irrelevant since the early 1940s and taking advantage of good fortune can be a propellant towards a better future. This season not only...
Nov 6, 2019
SB Nation offseason GM simulation - Cincinnati Reds spend big!

SB Nation offseason GM simulation - Cincinnati Reds spend big!

Photo by Rich Pilling/ We got to run the Fake Reds, and run them we did. Every November for the last handful (or more) years, our good friends over at Royals Review host one of our favorite nerdy events of the non-baseball season: the annual SB Nation GM simulation, where someone somewhere takes control of all transactions for each of the 30 MLB franchises and, in full fake fashion, spends money like packs of banshees. There are some rules and guidelines - we’ll list those below - but the crux here is that this is a one year simulation. Next November, we’ll pick it up again where the...
Nov 5, 2019
MLB Trade Rumors predicts Reds reunion with Grandal, Gregorius this winter

MLB Trade Rumors predicts Reds reunion with Grandal, Gregorius this winter

Photo by Joe Robbins/ That would be some kind of offseason haul, no? Not only was this year’s World Series a hotly contested 7-game set between the powerhouse Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, it featured some of the game’s premier free agents to-be playing well on the biggest stage. The likes of Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and the recently opted-out Stephen Strasburg all had playoff runs for the record books, and now each figures to help headline what has the makings of a historic class of big money free agents. Trying to sort through where they, and the rest of the...
Nov 4, 2019
Cincinnati Reds outright Derek Dietrich, three others to AAA Louisville

Cincinnati Reds outright Derek Dietrich, three others to AAA Louisville

Photo by Andy Lyons/ Dietrich was among four Reds removed from the roster. As the baseball calendars flip to November, it becomes full-on transaction season. Rosters get shuffled immediately as some players reach free agency, but just as important is the kind of roster maintenance required to free up places for the younger minor league players who need roster spots of their own to stay within the system. Unfortunately, that often comes at the expense of more established veterans, and that’s exactly what happened with the Cincinnati Reds today. As the club announced today, four players...
Nov 4, 2019
Throwback Madness: Round 2/Game 1

Throwback Madness: Round 2/Game 1

1919 vs. 1969 Team: 1919 Seed: 1 Record: 96-44, finished 1st out of 8 team National League. Won World Series over White Sox in 8 games. Did this team matter?: Spawned a movie starring Charlie Sheen and John Cusack, so obviously yes. First championship winning team in franchise history. Also, this team forces you to grapple with the power of narrative. The 1919 White Sox were the heavy favorites, so explains the famous movie. And this was perhaps, even probably, true: Gamblers looking to make a crooked buck are going to target the underdogs as a way to maximize winnings. I don’t know how...
Nov 1, 2019
Can the Cincinnati Reds pry Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts from the Boston Red Sox?

Can the Cincinnati Reds pry Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts from the Boston Red Sox?

Photo by Adam Glanzman/ If they’re willing to absorb salary, the Reds could pry away a superstar from Boston, too. You won’t find a single Top 100 prospect list that features young Average Annual-Value. Despite its reputation and aura growing by the year, AAV doesn’t seem to get the same recognition as the likes of Jeter Downs, or Hunter Greene, or Cristian Pache when it comes to accurately assessing importance to a team’s planning. Dumb metaphors aside, AAV has become something that an increasing number of teams have to focus on this time of year, as the luxury tax in baseball...