8:49 AM EST, Sat November 17, 2018
18 hours ago
Reds trade targets - Yankees RHP Sonny Gray

Reds trade targets - Yankees RHP Sonny Gray

Is a bounce-back year for Gray in the cards? All of four days ago we explored how the Cincinnati Reds stacked up against the rest of their MLB peers in terms of pitch selection. In it, we looked specifically at how prolific the Reds have been in leaning on their fastball and avoiding throwing curves, in 2018 being the single least-curvey team in all of baseball. The conclusion, though, was predictably murky in a chicken/egg way. Was leaning on fastballs 3/5ths of the time an organizational theory? Or, rather, was it just indicative of having woefully inexperienced pitchers on the mound in...
Nov 15, 2018
Reds trade targets - Cleveland RHP Corey Kluber

Reds trade targets - Cleveland RHP Corey Kluber

Cleveland’s resident ace is on the trade block. Do the Reds have the chops to land him? Five consecutive 200+ inning seasons. A whopping 31.0 total fWAR across those seasons. 4.8 projected fWAR for the 2019 season. A contract that has - and could continue to be - a complete steal. It’s safe to say that Corey Kluber has established himself not only as one of the absolute elite pitchers in all of baseball, but also as one of the most marketable trade chips out there, too. A great player on a great contract is always something that’s attractive to other teams - see: Eugenio Suarez and...
Nov 14, 2018
Three moves the same old Cincinnati Reds would make this offseason

Three moves the same old Cincinnati Reds would make this offseason

This is a book you’ve read before. In just about one month, it will have been a full six years since the Cincinnati Reds and Ryan Ludwick agreed to a 2 year, $15 million contract that included a $2 million option buyout for a third year. Ludwick, you’ll remember, was fresh off a solid 25 dinger campaign in that brilliant 2012 season, and the Reds wanted to keep the 34 year old former St. Louis Cardinals slugger around to help anchor their offense. Of course, Ludwick immediately proceeded to shred his shoulder, called out Reds fans for not being as good as Cardinals fans, posted a...
Nov 13, 2018
Red Reposter - Jesse Winker ‘feeling great’ in shoulder rehab

Red Reposter - Jesse Winker ‘feeling great’ in shoulder rehab

Tuesday links! It sounds absurd to say it, but 2019 will already be the 8th calendar year in which Jesse Winker has been a part of the Cincinnati Reds organization. Since being drafted 49th overall in the 2012 MLB Draft out of high school, he’s long been touted as a plus hitter with excellent strike zone recognition, and we finally, finally got to see his sweet left-handed swing on display during the best stretch of Reds baseball in years early last summer. In a 46 game stretch from May 23rd until he injured his shoulder running the bases on July 23rd, Winker wasn’t just a rookie...
Nov 12, 2018
Cincinnati Reds might need to change what pitches they throw, too

Cincinnati Reds might need to change what pitches they throw, too

Getting better pitchers is a start, but a different mix of pitches might help, too. It’s pretty much open public discourse that the pitching the Cincinnati Reds have rolled out for several consecutive years now has been abysmal. You need look no further than the total fWAR accrued by MLB pitching staffs since the start of the 2016 season for a bit of certification of that fact, as the Reds rank dead last in that by a pretty massive margin relative to their own total. It’s this three-plus year run of awful pitching that has team owner Bob Castellini and the front office on an off-season...
Nov 8, 2018
Cincinnati Reds rumors - San Diego Padres interested in Eugenio Suarez

Cincinnati Reds rumors - San Diego Padres interested in Eugenio Suarez

It’s not too cold yet, but the stove is getting hot. We have spent the better part of a year trying to find the right kind of targets for the Cincinnati Reds, though they certainly don’t need to read Red Reporter dot com to identify targets. They’re smart folks. They know what they’re looking for. In Cincinnati’s case, it’s generally cheap, young, semi-established pitching, the kind that comes with years of team control worth shedding prospects to acquire but that also won’t break the bank on a limited budget. Also, they need to be on teams that don’t have immediate World...
Nov 7, 2018
Red Reposter - Is Luis Castillo the perfect pitching prototype?

Red Reposter - Is Luis Castillo the perfect pitching prototype?

Wednesday links! If you’re not signed up to read The Athletic, I’m not sure exactly what to tell you. Frankly, I’m not sure how you can fully feel like you’re in-tune with what’s happening in the game of baseball without reading the likes of Ken Rosenthal, Jayson Stark, and C. Trent Rosecrans on the regular. The same can be said for Eno Sarris, who doesn’t just continue to ask unique, thought provoking questions about the game, he tries to answer them with an excellent eye for statistical trends. That was on full display earlier today, when he explored the idea of building...
Nov 6, 2018
SB Nation Offseason Simulation - Fake Reds ‘get the pitching’

SB Nation Offseason Simulation - Fake Reds ‘get the pitching’

A pitching overhaul - and even some lineup additions! Each and every November, our friends over at Royals Review host what has become one of my favorite nerd-out events of the year. They put on an MLB off-season simulation, where reps for each of baseball’s 30 teams spend a handful of days emailing, Slack chatting, and trying to work deals with one another in an attempt to mimic what the real, actual baseball offseason will look like. It’s ridiculous, really, despite its best-kept intentions. Since none of the moves will ever actually play out, it’s impossible to see how things truly...
Nov 6, 2018
Reds hire hitting coach Turner Ward away from Dodgers

Reds hire hitting coach Turner Ward away from Dodgers

That’s the second major piece of David Bell’s new staff. If the ability to poach good talent from their rivals is any indication of how aggressive the Cincinnati Reds will be in improving their club this winter, well, things certainly are off to quite a start. After previously hiring Derek Johnson away from the Milwaukee Brewers to be their new pitching coach, the Reds announced today that they’ve hired Turner Ward to be their new hitting coach. Ward, 54, had been the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2016. The #Reds today named Turner Ward hitting coach on new manager...
Nov 5, 2018
Reds announce season-long celebration of 150 years of professional baseball in Cincinnati

Reds announce season-long celebration of 150 years of professional baseball in Cincinnati

Throwbacks and promotions galore! The off-season is still young, but there has already been plenty of news surrounding the Cincinnati Reds. While most of the news we have been looking for has been revolved around the now-finished search for a new manager and their plans for “getting the pitching,” this news is different. The Reds announced their plans to celebrate 150 years of professional baseball in Cincinnati, and they did so with this bomb-ass video: The Reds proudly commemorate the 150th anniversary of professional baseball in Cincinnati during the 2019 season....
Nov 5, 2018
Patrick Corbin, JA Happ on Cincinnati Reds wish list

Patrick Corbin, JA Happ on Cincinnati Reds wish list

The Reds have money and are talking to someone! The man in that picture up there is Patrick Corbin. He’s one of the luckiest baseballers in recent memory, too, given that he’s a) finally reached free agency, b) just had the best, healthiest season of his career, and c) is on the cusp of never having to wear those awful, awful Arizona Diamondbacks uniforms ever again. The lefty - who is fresh off a 6.3 fWAR, 4.8 bWAR campaign - rejected the $17.9 million qualifying offer Arizona sent his way, and is now on the market for any team to chase. One such team appears to really, actually be the...
Nov 3, 2018
Car accident claims life of Cincinnati Reds prospect Jairo Capellan

Car accident claims life of Cincinnati Reds prospect Jairo Capellan

Two others remain hospitalized after the accident in the Dominican Republic. The Cincinnati Reds confirmed some terrible news on Saturday evening. Jairo Capellan, a 19 year old prospect from the Dominican Republic who the club signed in the summer of 2017, died in a car accident in his home country earlier today. Injured in the same accident were Reds prospects Raul Hernandez and Emilio Garcia - both also just 19 years old - and they both remain hospitalized, per the team announcement. Reds Statement pic.twitter.com/3LXwNkkx4U— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) November 3, 2018 Each of the...
Nov 2, 2018
Brandon Dixon, Austin Brice claimed off waivers; Cincinnati Reds claim Matthew Bowman from Cardinals

Brandon Dixon, Austin Brice claimed off waivers; Cincinnati Reds claim Matthew Bowman from Cardinals

A Friday flurry of roster moves. The offseason always features a bevy of transactions and roster moves, and the Cincinnati Reds jumped into that process head-first on Friday with a series of notable moves. They announced that both Brandon Dixon (Detroit Tigers) and Austin Brice (Los Angeles Angels) had been claimed on waivers, that they had claimed RHP Matthew Bowman (St. Louis Cardinals), and that each of Dilson Herrera and Mason Williams had cleared waivers and been outrighted off the 40-man roster to AAA Louisville. The #Reds have announced the following transactions. The 40-man roster...
Nov 2, 2018
It’s SB Nation MLB GM Simulation time again!

It’s SB Nation MLB GM Simulation time again!

Our annual foray into team building. Every year at this time, our good friends at Royals Review host a GM Simulation, cobbling together representatives from all 30 SB Nation MLB team blogs to act like they’re in charge of their respective franchise and its decision making. For three days, we condense the entire offseason into one big email chain of transactions, from non-tenders to trades to massive free agent spending. Honestly, it’s become one of my favorite offseason endeavors. Given an estimated budget, we get to not only try to make the moves we think would best suit the real Reds,...
Nov 1, 2018
The Cincinnati Reds offense has more problems than you’d think

The Cincinnati Reds offense has more problems than you’d think

Half the time, it works every time. It long ago became common knowledge that the Cincinnati Reds had a bit of a Great American Ball Park problem. The tight, cozy confines of their home stadium were designed to accommodate the sweet, yet aging swing of Ken Griffey, Jr. and his chase of Hank Aaron’s home run record, and a legacy of dinger-swatting is exactly what it produced in its wake. Cincinnati pitchers surrendered 135 dingers in GABP in 2018, the most home-homers allowed by any pitching staff in baseball. In 2017, their 127 home-homers allowed tied for the second most in the game. In...