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Cincinnati Trade Rumors - Reds willing to move Sonny Gray?

Cincinnati Trade Rumors - Reds willing to move Sonny Gray?

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ The hot stove, it is warming... Q: What’s the one thing every single franchise in Major League Baseball desires? A: Really productive players that cost a fraction of what they would on the open market. As we enter the first full offseason of MLB front offices dealing with pandemic-induced cost-cutting, you can expect to hear many rumors and idea like what we’re about to get into below. Any team that’s fortunate enough to have a player signed to a deal that seems like a steal relative to what he’d cost if instantly...
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Looking back on the last good Cincinnati Reds run

Looking back on the last good Cincinnati Reds run

Photo by Kyle Rivas/MLB via The bridge from 2012 to now is getting long in the tooth. It’s both a blessing and an indictment that we so vividly recall the great teams in Cincinnati Reds history. The first reference point given to children of Reds fans when they first learn to count up to eight is the Great Eight, the core of the Big Red Machine that laid wasted to opponents en route to back to back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976. A generation later, the Wire to Wire Reds bonked away the goliath Oakland Athletics for an epic World Series sweep in 1990, and that...
Nov 20, 2020
Cincinnati Reds acquire RHP Brandon Bailey from Houston Astros, add four to roster before Rule 5 Draft

Cincinnati Reds acquire RHP Brandon Bailey from Houston Astros, add four to roster before Rule 5 Draft

Photo by Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire via Some promoting, some trading! Each winter, Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 Draft provides clubs the opportunity to pluck players from opposing franchises, provided they meet certain qualifications. Players who were signed at age 18 or younger must be put on a team’s 40-man roster within five years or risk being exposed to said draft, while players signed aged 19 and over must be added within four years to be ‘protected.’ Effectively, this is a built-in mechanism to keep franchises from stockpiling players in their minor...
Nov 20, 2020
Pitchers who were worse than Skip Schumaker - A Friday List

Pitchers who were worse than Skip Schumaker - A Friday List

Happy Friday, or whatever day it is to you in this societal construct we call life. In the long, vast history of Major League Baseball, there are countless examples of quirky stats that isolate singular players in the annals of history. With so many combinations and permutations possible given the array of statistical measures available to track on a daily basis, it’s amazing to see just how few players in the game’s 150+ year history have accomplished such feats of glory. That brings us to Skip Schumaker, as all things should. The venerable Colonel of Grit scratched and...
Nov 20, 2020
Philadelphia Phillies hire Caleb Cotham as new pitching coach

Philadelphia Phillies hire Caleb Cotham as new pitching coach

Photo by Kirk Irwin/ The pitching guru had served on the Reds staff. Few who followed the Cincinnati Reds through their deep, dark rebuild will forget some of the larger missteps made along that path. As the team began tearing down the last vestiges of their 2010-2013 run, they were flipping established big leaguers for prospects almost monthly, with only a precious few of those deals actually panning out. Perhaps the most widely frustrating of those deals involved then-closer Aroldis Chapman, whose off the field issues had significantly dented his reputation and,...
Nov 19, 2020
Red Reposter - Roster moves ahead of the Rule 5 Draft

Red Reposter - Roster moves ahead of the Rule 5 Draft

Photo by Rob Tringali/ Thursday links! Tomorrow (Friday) marks the deadline for MLB clubs to set their rosters ahead of the annual Rule 5 Draft. Said draft, which usually takes place in the shuffle at the end of the busy Winter Meetings, will be virtual this year, as will be the entirety of those meetings that usually help define the entire offseason. The entire premise of the draft, of course, is based on one clear tenet - teams shouldn’t be able to stockpile so much talent in their own systems that it keeps players who would otherwise be on the cusp of a big league...
Nov 18, 2020
Let’s remember some Cincinnati Reds

Let’s remember some Cincinnati Reds

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports It’s Taco Tues In honor of Taco Wednesday, let’s remember some Cincinnati Reds of yore, shall we? Remember Brandon Finnegan? The talented former 1st round pick of the Kansas City Royals, he of the World Series appearance in the same year in which he pitched in the college event of the same name. He became the centerpiece of the deal that shipped out ace Johnny Cueto back in 2015, and in 2016 showed the kind of promise that made him such a valued chip by tossing 172.0 IP of 107 ERA+ ball. Unfortunately, his left shoulder got borked, and...
Nov 17, 2020
Theo Epstein steps down as Chicago Cubs head of baseball operations

Theo Epstein steps down as Chicago Cubs head of baseball operations

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports The times are a-changin’ on the north side of Chicago. The picture at the top of this story is screwing up our all-pitchers-throwing-at-one-another front page at Red Reporter, and for that I apologize. Heck, this isn’t even a story about the Cincinnati Reds... Or, is it? News broke quickly on Tuesday that Theo Epstein, head of baseball operations of the Chicago Cubs and the architect of the team that brought a World Series trophy back to the north side of Chicago after millenia, was stepping down from his role. Initially, it seemed as if he were just...
Nov 16, 2020
Trevor Bauer and the Reds lingering Qualifying Offer dilemma

Trevor Bauer and the Reds lingering Qualifying Offer dilemma

Photo by Justin Berl/ How exactly will the Reds play their cards this winter? There have been hints and glimmers revealed by the new-look Cincinnati Reds front office that suggest their intentions all along were to have Trevor Bauer around for the long haul. That would make their acquisition of him in the summer of 2019 while knowing he only had a season and a half of team control make a lot more sense given the significant package they gave up to acquire him from Cleveland. The Reds, for what it’s worth, went a combined 57-62 (playoffs included) in games played since picking up their...
Nov 13, 2020
A Tyler Mahle extension is unlikely, but may be a good idea

A Tyler Mahle extension is unlikely, but may be a good idea

Photo by Joe Robbins/ The 26-year-old righty turned in a career-best year in 2020. Let’s get this out of the way up top: The Cincinnati Reds have little incentive to pursue a contract extension with Tyler Mahle. The 26-year-old right-hander is three years away from free agency, and is unlikely to ever command a daunting price in arbitration. He also doesn’t have that strong of pedigree — though he was one of the top prospects in the system when he debuted, he had to work a long time to get there, given he was just a seventh-round pick when the Reds took him out of high school back...
Nov 11, 2020
Trevor Bauer wins NL Cy Young Award, a first in Cincinnati Reds history

Trevor Bauer wins NL Cy Young Award, a first in Cincinnati Reds history

Photo by Adam Hagy/MLB Photos via An award? For a Reds pitcher?! When the Cincinnati Reds traded away top prospect Taylor Trammell and outfielder Yasiel Puig in the summer of 2019, they did so in hopes that their return would pay off down the road, obviously. Said return was Cleveland ace Trevor Bauer, who came to the Reds in a three-team blockbuster that didn’t make a ton of immediate sense at the time for a Reds club buried in the standings. The Reds wanted Bauer for their 2020 push, though, and in his final year before reaching free agency, they got exactly what they’d hoped to...
Nov 11, 2020
The Cincinnati Reds pitcher who got away

The Cincinnati Reds pitcher who got away

Photo by Silas Walker/ A look back at one particular decision made by the front office nearly one year ago. If you can take three deep breaths and think back to life before 2020, you’ll recall that the Cincinnati Reds made something of a controversial decision in the midst of the 2019 Major League Baseball season. It seems like a lifetime ago, admittedly. The 2019 Reds, trying to play relevant baseball for the first time in years, were doing pretty much everything they could to help dig themselves out of an early-season slump, one that dumped them to the bottom of the NL Central...
Nov 11, 2020
Michael Lorenzen to enter 2021 camp as a starter

Michael Lorenzen to enter 2021 camp as a starter

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ From MLB Network’s Jon Morosi: News: @Reds RHP Michael Lorenzen (@Lorenzen55) told us on @MLBNetworkRadio today that he will report to spring training as a starting pitcher and intends to finish the 2021 season in that role. "I have a lot to prove, and I'm excited to be able to do that." @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 11, 2020 Since 40% of the Reds’ 2020 rotation has elected free agency, there could be a spot for Lorenzen to make this transition if he’s able to. After an excellent 2019 season where he made 73...
Nov 10, 2020
Is the timing right for a Luis Castillo contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds?

Is the timing right for a Luis Castillo contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds?

Photo by Kirk Irwin/ Their uber-talented righty is on the cusp of his age-28 season. Armed with a fastball that can flirt with triple-digit velocity and a perfectly tunneled changeup that shaves off nearly a full 10 mph, Luis Castillo has emerged as one of the more intimidating pitchers in Major League Baseball of late. His 2020 season was quite possibly his best, too, as he posted career-best marks in ERA+ (148), FIP (2.65), HR/9 (0.6), K/9 (11.4), and K/BB (3.71), in the process helping front a stellar rotation that led the Cincinnati Reds back to the playoffs for the first time in...
Nov 9, 2020
Red Reposter - Didi Gregorius, the minor leagues, & more

Red Reposter - Didi Gregorius, the minor leagues, & more

Photo by Joe Robbins/ Monday links! The 2017 season saw Zack Cozart go HAM. The veteran shortstop had long been a well above average defender at shortstop, but his offense picked up in a huge, huge way in what would end up being his walk year, as he hit a robust .297/.385/.548 for the Cincinnati Reds, setting career-best marks across the board with his bat. That 68 win ballclub held on to Cozart, you’ll recall, opting against trading him for whatever they could get. Cozart, as he was well wont to do, inked a huge contract with the Los Angeles Angels that winter, and the Reds have still...