Cincinnati Reds News
8-31-15: In Sunday’s rubber game, the Reds had eight hits, but only scratched across one run in their 4-1 loss at Miller Park. John Lamb threw six innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts, but fell to 0-3 on the season. Todd Frazier collected his 39th double of the season in the loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
8-28-15: The Cincinnati Reds ended last week by placing outfielder Marlon Byrd on revocable waivers and early on in this week the team learned that Byrd had cleared waivers. Clearing waivers means that the Reds could trade Byrd to any team for the rest of the season and they did that this week when they sent him to the San Francisco Giants. In exchange for Byrd the Giants gave up a Double-A starting pitcher named Stephen Johnson. The Reds were not done there shipping players out of the organization as the team also allowed the contract of right-hander Donn Roach go to the Toronto Blue Jays in a straight roster claim. Cincinnati had designated Roach for assignment last week in a relatively minor roster move and the Blue Jays pounced on the opportunity to add some more depth to their farm system and bullpen. Roach is headed to Triple-A for now and will head to the big league club when rosters expand on September 1st. In the final bit of roster shuffling for the team this week the team added Manny Parra to the 15 day disabled list as he battles a bout of biceps tendinitis in his left throwing shoulder. This marks the third time already this season that the Reds left-handed bullpen specialist was added to the 15 day disabled list.
8-24-15: The Reds, who sold at the trade deadline, continued to sell last week, as they traded Marlon Byrd to the San Francisco Giants for Double-A right-handed pitcher Stephen Johnson. Unfortunately, Cincinnati’s season continues to be a tough one. Although Raisel Iglesias threw seven innings, allowed just one earned run and had 13 strikeouts on Sunday, the Reds lost their ninth straight game.
8-21-15: The Cincinnati Reds management is under fire this week for asking for an unrealistic return in all trade talks involving left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman. Cincinnati now seems unlikely to place Chapman on waivers this month and seem even more unlikely to move him giving teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks all winter long to put together their trade proposals. Speaking of trade proposals the team reportedly had a deal in place with the Toronto Blue Jays that would have sent Mike Leake to Toronto rather than to San Francisco but the Blue Jays backed out of the deal at the last minute. Toronto instead turned their attention to the Detroit Tigers ace David Price and the deal fell through leading the Reds to send Leake to the Giants before the deadline. That may have discouraged GM Walt Jocketty as he has reportedly had zero trade talk with any of Marlon Byrd, Brayan Pena, Manny Parra or Skip Schumaker during the month of August. The team may look to hold onto any player they can right now after learning the news that outfielder and star Billy Hamilton needed to be placed on the 15 day disabled list after the speedy outfielder sprained a capsule in his right shoulder.
8-19-15: On Tuesday, the Reds dropped their fourth consecutive game to fall to 51-66 in 2015. With the loss, Cincinnati is 5-11 in August. Although the Reds have had a frustrating season, they have won double-digit games in each of the previous four months, but are on pace for just nine victories this month.
8-14-15: The Cincinnati Reds GM Walk Jocketty was one of the more popular and busy general managers before the July 31st trade deadline and looks to be the same before the August 31st revocable waivers trade deadline comes and goes as well. Jocketty was able to move Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake before the deadline and may use the waiver wire to move even more this month. Reportedly the Reds had a deal worked out with the New York Mets involving a starting pitching prospect being sent to Cincinnati for outfielder Jay Bruce. The Reds reportedly got cold feet about trading Bruce but those talks may be revisited with another team before the month is out. Obviously you would have to assume that between prospect Michael Conforto, Michael Cuddyer and Yoenis Cespedes the Mets would not be involved but there was no shortage of interest in Bruce’s services last month. Another player that garnered an absolute ton of interest before the July 31st trade deadline was left-handed closer Arolids Chapman. Chapman is under team control for the 2016 season as well as the 2015 season and would presumably fetch a ton in terms of prospects for the rebuilding project currently going on in Cincinnati. The Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees were two of the many teams said to be interested in Chapman before the calendar turned to August and both may get back in touch with Jocketty is Chapman is placed on waivers this month.
8-7-15: The Cincinnati Reds set out to move Johnny Cueto, Marlon Byrd, Mike Leake and Aroldis Chapman before the calendar turned its page to August but the team was only able to move two of them. While Cueto went to the Kansas City Royals for a trio of left-handed starting pitchers including Brandon Finnegan and Leake went to the San Francisco Giants for prospects Byrd and Chapman survived the July 31st trade deadline as Reds. Cincinnati backed out of a deal that would have sent outfielder Jay Bruce to the New York Mets for right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler and basically rejected every deal involving Chapman before the deadline despite the fact that the team looks unlikely to compete before the 2017 season. It remains to be seen whether the team will attempt to sneak Chapman, Byrd, Bruce or any of their other players through revocable waivers this month but one thing for certain is that the Reds still have more than a few tradable pieces left on the roster that could potentially help the team with its plan to build for the future.
8-7-15: Anthony DeSclafani threw six innings of two-run ball with nine strikeouts on Tuesday against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, as the Reds won the first game of their series, 3-2. However, the Reds dropped each of the next two games to fall to 10 games below .500 on the season. Cincinnati finished its homestand with a 3-4 record and travels to Arizona to start a 10-game road trip.
8-3-15: Last week, Cincinnati traded Mike Leake to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for minor leaguers Keury Mella and Adam Duvall. Then on Sunday, as the Reds attempted to win their four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the benches cleared at Great American Ball Park, and Joey Votto and Marlon Byrd were ejected. Although Cincinnati was shut out, Brandon Phillips, who had a tremendous game on Thursday, extended his hitting streak to four games in the final game of the series with Pirates.
7-31-15: The Cincinnati Reds came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time sellers in the market. The Reds set the tone and the entire trade market last week when the team sent Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals for Brandon Finnegan and two left-handed pitchers but things were slow to progress here this week. The team looked to trade Jay Bruce, Marlon Byrd, Mike Leake and Aroldis Chapman as soon as possible in the week but none of them were wearing new uniforms when the clock turned to July 31st. Bruce was almost traded to the New York Mets in exchange for injured pitcher Zack Wheeler although that deal fell through keeping Bruce in Cincinnati. Byrd will also be sticking around in the Great American Ball Park although Leake will be pitching in a new stadium for the remainder of the 2015 season. Leake was traded to the San Francisco Giants for right-handed pitcher Keury Mella and corner infielder Adam Duvall. Leake will immediately enter the Giants starting rotation while veteran arm Tim Hudson heads to the bullpen.
7-28-15: On Sunday, Cincinnati traded Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals in exchange left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. Then, the next day, the Reds fell for the fourth time in their last five games, as they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1. Cincinnati went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the loss.
7-24-15: The Cincinnati Reds are ready and prepared to deal some of their pricey veteran pieces but if you’re expecting a blockbuster type trade the Reds may have something to say about that. While the team would be willing to trade starting pitchers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake in the same deal, although they prefer not to, the team has announced that they would not package both Cueto and his closer Aroldis Chapman in the same deal this July. Chapman still has one more season of team control left on his deal making him more expensive to acquire then true rentals in Leake and Cueto which likely explains the Cincinnati line of thinking regarding trading away these three players. The team may instead look to attach the contract of second baseman Brandon Phillips in a potential deal with Cueto or Chapman to start restocking for the future with prospects from the draft. Speaking of the draft the Cincinnati Reds were one of the lucky teams to receive a Competitive Balance draft pick in the 2016 MLB First Year Players Draft. Every season six teams pick in the Compensation Round A immediately after the first round of the draft while six other teams pick after the second round in the Compensation Round B and the Reds were one of those lucky teams. Cincinnati earned the 1st pick in the Compensation Round A of the draft giving the Reds an extra draft pick due to their limited payroll, small market and lack of on the field success in recent years.
7-22-15: On Sunday, Aroldis Chapman became the quickest pitcher to 500 career strikeouts in terms of innings pitched. Then, on Monday, Home Run Derby champion Todd Frazier homered for the 26th time this season en route to the Reds’ 5-4 victory over the visiting Chicago Cubs. However, it was the Cubs who won, 5-4, on Tuesday.
7-17-16: The Cincinnati Reds may or may not sell at this year’s July 31st trading deadline and much like the team’s overall outlook the future of Jay Bruce on the team is also 50/50. Bruce would presumably bring the team a ton back in any trade since he is an established bat with three left of team control for any team who acquires him. Now that the All-Star Game is behind them and the team no longer has to save face the team could start unloading players before the July 31st trading deadline. The Reds could potentially sell off RHP’s Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Aroldis Chapman while also trading players like Bruce, Marlon Byrd and second baseman Brandon Phillips. If Marlon Byrd reaches 600 plate appearances in 2015 or if he reaches 1100 plate appearances combined from the 2014 and the 2015 seasons an $8 million option will trigger for the 2016. This could potentially make Byrd more or less attractive to teams who could be interested as some teams could be looking for a pure rental while other teams may be looking for a longer commitment. Byrd reached 550 plate appearances in 2014 so the right fielder would need another 550 plate appearances in 2015 to reach the plateau. Byrd is currently sitting at 262 plate appearances heading into the All-Star break so he would have to play absolutely every day to have a chance to reach the option.
7-13-15: Billy Hamilton rested on Sunday, and Cincinnati’s offense struggled against the Miami Marlins. The Reds scored just one run on five hits, as they lost to the Marlins, 8-1. Todd Frazier was the only Red with multiple hits on Sunday, as he went 2-for-4 with his 57th run batted in of the season. With the loss, Cincinnati dropped the series.
7-8-15: The Reds bounced back from being swept by the visiting Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend with a couple road victories against the National League East-leading Washington Nationals. After Monday’s 3-2 Reds win, Johnny Cueto stifled the Nationals with a two-hit shutout that included 11 strikeouts and just one walk on Tuesday.
6-30-15: On Monday, Billy Hamilton stole four bases, which is his second-highest number of steals in a game this season. He also became the first player to reach 40 stolen bases in Major League Baseball this season. He scored three times in Monday’s 11-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Cincinnati went 8-for-19 with runners in scoring position in the win.
6-17-15: Although the Reds have struggled on the road this season, they defeated the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Tuesday. Todd Frazier hit his 19th and 20th home runs of the season in the 5-2 victory. In the fifth inning, Jay Bruce added his 10th home run right after Frazier’s first of the game.
6-9-15: On Monday, the Reds moved to 25-31 with their second consecutive victory. Mike
Leake, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning last Wednesday, threw six innings and allowed two earned runs in Monday’s 6-4 win. Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Zack Cosart homered in the victory. Although Aroldis Chapman allowed a run in the ninth inning, he got his 11th save of the season.
6-5-15: The Cincinnati Reds were five games below the .500 mark and 10.5 games out of the National League Central division race when the week started which means the likelihood of starting pitcher Johnny Cueto being traded goes up every single day. Cueto is a free agent after this season and with him likely commanding a $100 million - $150 million contract after this season the Reds find themselves unlikely to re-sign him after this season. While it remains to be determined whether the team will be without Cueto this season or not there is much more certainty surrounding Donald Lutz and his Cincinnati career. Lutz came into the season ranked as the team’s 28th best prospect entering the season down from his #16 ranking that he achieved in recent seasons with Cincinnati. The Reds announced this week that they have released first baseman Lutz from the big league club opening a 40 man roster spot for prospect Ivan DeJesus Jr. DeJesus was called up to fill in for the injured Marlon Byrd who suffered a fractured wrist after being hit by a pitch in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
6-1-15: Brandon Phillips and National League Player of the Week Todd Frazier each homered on Sunday, as a part of an eight-run effort by the Reds. Cincinnati’s pitching staff allowed just two runs and two hits in the win, as the Reds swept the Washington Nationals. Cincinnati is just five games below .500, as the team starts a quick three-game road trip in Philadelphia.
5-30-15: The Cincinnati Reds received a bit of bad news this week that could be season changing and it was in regards to the health of their ace starting pitcher Johnny Cueto. Cueto was forced to miss a start this week and after the missed start was sent for an MRI on his injured joint. Thankfully for the Reds, who seem likely to shop Cueto at the trading deadline, and for Cueto the MRI revealed no damage to the UCL or tears in the elbow along with zero structural damage. The Reds received some good news on the Cueto front and some even better news on the Sean Marshall front after the team was told they would lose the reliever for the remainder of the season. Initially Marshall was diagnosed with a torn shoulder anterior capsule but on a second opinion the Reds learned that the surgery was not necessary after all. Instead the team of doctors removed scar tissue from the shoulder of Marshall and may have saved his season and ultimately his career with the finding. One player the team will not be able to save from a DL stint is catcher Devin Mesoraco who was placed on the 15 day DL with a left hip injury. The hip injury has limited Mesoraco to just 51 plate appearances this season and just six games behind the plate with the injury. With all the injuries the team may look to be sellers this July and may trade the liked of Jay Bruce despite his struggles at the plate in 2015. Bruce is batting just .211/.311/.408 this season but could be a huge lightning in a bottle candidate for the remainder of the season and the remainder of his hefty contract.
5-26-15: With Billy Hamilton, Zack Cozart and Johnny Cueto not playing on Sunday, the Reds
struggled, as they fell, 5-2, and were swept by the Cleveland Indians. Cueto, who is
dealing with elbow stiffness, is expected to miss just one start. Although the Reds lost
their ninth straight game on Monday, Marlon Byrd hit a home run for the second consecutive day.
5-18-15: In a hectic Sunday contest at Great American Ball Park, the Reds were unable to score enough runs to split their series with the San Francisco Giants. Jay Bruce homered for the
second consecutive day and Brandon Phillips also added a solo home run, but four of the five Cincinnati pitchers gave up a run in Sunday’s 9-8 loss.
5-12-15: Zack Cosart, who has been hitting very well recently, was scratched from Monday’s
lineup with a sore left wrist. Cincinnati’s offense struggled without him, as the team
mustered just one run and four hits in its 2-1 loss. In the top of the ninth inning, Aroldis
Chapman struggled and allowed the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
5-5-15: Since a quick start to the season, the Reds have wavered around a .500 record. For most of the last week, they alternated wins and losses. After taking two of three games from the Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati embarked on a 10-game road trip, which began with a four-game series split with the Atlanta Braves. Unfortunately, it was announced last Friday that Homer Bailey will undergo Tommy John surgery soon.
4-29-15: In the first inning of Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, Joey Votto hit his seventh home run of the season. In addition, Brandon Phillips and Marlon Byrd each homered in the team’s three-run fourth inning. Johnny Cueto continued his home success against the Brewers, as he threw eight innings of two-run ball.
4-21-15: Young right-hander Anthony DeSclafani continued his strong 2015, as the Reds moved to 3-0 in his starts this season. He gave up just two hits in eight shutout innings, snapping the team’s four-game losing streak. Zack Cosart and Joey Votto each hit home runs in the 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
4-14-15: The Reds began 2015 with four consecutive victories, but they then dropped their next three contests. Cincinnati swept the Pittsburgh Pirates, and no team scored more than five runs in any of the three games. On Sunday and Monday, the Reds went to extra innings, but were unable to beat the St. Louis Cardinals or Chicago Cubs on those days.
4-7-15: On Monday afternoon, the Reds began their 2015 regular season with a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Johnny Cueto, who did not agree on a contract extension with the team before the season started, threw seven shutout innings and had 10 strikeouts. Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each went yard in the win.
4-2-15: Last Thursday, the Reds traded minor league infielder Devin Lohman to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later or cash. On Monday, the Reds released 32-year-old
Paul Maholm, who could not make the team’s rotation. Although Aroldis Chapman left
Tuesday’s appearance due to a minor right hamstring injury, it is expected that he will be fine.
3-25-15: Mike Leake continued his very strong spring training on Sunday: he gave up just one run
over five innings against the Oakland Athletics. Joey Votto, who played just 62 games in 2014, looks to be doing well on his way back from his strained quadriceps. He has a very strong on-base percentage this spring and hit first home run of 2015 spring training on Friday.
3-3-15: On Saturday, the Reds signed hard-throwing starting pitcher and former Baltimore Oriole Daniel Cabrera to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Then on Wednesday, Reds manager Bryan Price said that Homer Bailey’s return from flexor tendon surgery is not going too well, as the starter may not be ready for Opening Day.
2-17-15: Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said that the team is hoping to sign starter Johnny
Cueto, who is entering free agency after the 2015 season, to a long-term contract extension. Last Friday, the Reds and Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration, as the team agreed to a one-year, $8.05 million contract with the hard-throwing closer.
10-1-14: The Reds' season took a turn for the worse in the second half. The team finished the year 76-86, which is the Reds' worst record since 2008. Injuries to key players like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Mat Latos factored into the team's slide. Don’t be shocked if Cincinnati has a complete overhaul in the offseason.
9-30-14: The Cincinnati Reds have all but announced that they will have to trade a starting pitcher or two this winter to help the team win now. Homer Bailey and Tony Cingrani are two names that Cincinnati seems unlikely and willing to trade although Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and/or Alfredo Simon could be on the move this winter. The Reds must agree with the thought process of trading one of their starting pitchers as the team gave GM Walt Jocketty a multi-year extension before the season ended. Jocketty has made some questionable extensions and signings over the years including the extension for Joey Votto and Homer Bailey and the contract of Brand Phillips but the team has enjoyed three separate 90 win teams and two division titles since Jocketty took over control of the club. The team made the announcement official on the final weekend of the season and announced that the extension was for two more seasons and would run through the end of the 2016 season. Cincinnati finished the 2014 season with a 76-86 record and will not be in the 2014 postseason.
9-25-14: The Reds free fall continues as they are 7-13 in September and 14-27 in their last 41 games, as the second half has been a struggle. Johnny Cueto was hit-around last time out, allowing six runs in 5.2 innings, but he still looks to be in good shape to finish second to Clayton Kershaw in NL Cy Young voting. The Reds will look to avoid finishing last in the NL Central.
9-23-14: The Cincinnati Reds will see almost their entire starting rotation hit the free agent market after the 2015 season when Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, and Mat Latos all become free agents. Aroldis Chapman is set to hit free agency for the first time the following season in 2016 so the Reds window to win is closing very quickly. The Reds also have to contend with the rising salary of Joey Votto and the bulky salary of Brandon Phillips in the near future and may find themselves strapped for cash soon. Many around the league expect Cueto and Phillips to be made available this offseason as Cueto specifically has a very team friendly one year deal worth $10 million for 2015. Phillips is owed roughly $36 million on his deal making him harder to deal so he may ultimately be packaged with a pitcher to get a deal done this winter. Speaking of members of the Reds starting rotation the team remained undecided this week whether it would allow recent signee Raisel Iglesias to pitch in Puerto Rico this winter or not. Iglesias has been working on his strength and conditioning since signing his seven year deal worth $27 million and has recently started a long toss program.
9-18-14: The Reds hopes of contention ended with a seven-game losing streak in the middle of August, but they are still in a great position to stir things up in the NL Central. They did that last week by taking three out of four from the Cardinals. Johnny Cueto has gone 18-9 with a 2.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 228 strikeouts in 227.2 innings pitched. That should be good enough for second in the CY Young voting and first in NL Comeback Player of the Year honors.
9-16-14: The Cincinnati Reds may be better off shutting down first baseman Joey Votto for the remainder of the 2014 season rather than trying to get him back on the field with nothing to play for in the final weeks of the season. It doesn’t seem worth it for a non-contending team to rush Votto back and risk re-injuring the injury rather than play it safe and play for the 2015 season at this point. The Reds currently have a 71-79 record and trail the first place St. Louis Cardinals by 12 games in the division. Cincinnati finished the week off when they completed their deal with the Milwaukee Brewers for relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton this week as the Reds received right handers Kevin Shackelford and Barrett Astin. Before the season Shackelford and Astin were the 21st and 22nd best prospects in the Brewers system although neither made the midseason prospects list.
9-12-14: Boy did the wheels fall off the wagon for the Reds this season. They were 51-44 and just 1.5 games back in the NL Central at the All-Star break, but they have gone a disastrous 17-33 here in the second half. Fans can now turn their attention to the individual awards races. Johnny Cueto is the front-runner for NL Comeback Player of the Year and Billy Hamilton is among the leading candidates for NL Rookie of the Year.
9-9-14: The Cincinnati Reds have battled major injuries to star players all season long and the team has another one to contend with after it was announced that Homer Bailey would need season ending forearm surgery. Bailey had been dealing with a strained flexor mass tendon and will go under the knife to repair the forearm. Bailey should be ready for the beginning of spring training in 2015 as he enters only the second season of a six year and $105 million extension. The Reds have nothing to play for this season as they are 12 games behind the first place St. Louis Cardinals with a 67-76 record. The Reds have taken advantage of their down season by getting an extended look at their farm system as the team announced the purchase of the contracts of outfielder Jason Bourgeois and left handed pitcher Ryan Dennick.
9-4-14: A 12-17 record in August put an end to the Reds' playoff hopes in 2014. They looked to have
waved the white flag with their decision to trade setup man Jonathan Broxton to the Brewers
prior to the waiver trade deadline. Their pitching staff remains one of the best in baseball, as the
Reds rank third in starter's ERA at 3.30 and ninth in team ERA at 3.50. It's their offense that has been the issue.
8-27-14: It was another rough week for the Reds, who are now 12-25 since the All-Star break, slipping to 10 games back in the NL Central and 6.5 back for a wild-card spot in the process. They have had a dismal offensive attack and that is entirely to blame, as their .604 team OPS is worst in the majors in the second half. They have averaged just 3.28 runs per game during that span. They look to make up some ground this week with series against the Cubs and Pirates.
8-26-14: The Cincinnati Reds held their own private workout this week with Cuban defecting outfielder Rusney Castillo before deciding whether or not to offer the 27 year old a contract. Ultimately Castillo ended up signing with the Boston Red Sox and the Reds will have to look elsewhere to help beef up the offense. The Reds also traded once top prospects Bryan Anderson to the Oakland Athletics this week for some international pool money. Anderson is 27 years old and has hit .315/.395/.530 in 269 plate appearances splitting time between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville this season. The Reds currently sit at 63-68 and are 9.5 games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central division. Cincinnati was right in the thick of things in the division race and the wild card race before this week. The team lost four games worth of ground going 3-7 this week while the wild card leading St. Louis Cardinals went 7-3 in the same span.
8-20-14: Last week’s awful performance maybe the nail in the coffin for the Reds, as they are now 10 games back in the NL Central and 5.5 games back trailing five teams in the wild-card standings.
The absence of starter pitcher Homer Bailey, who landed on the DL with the a flexor mass tendon strain, will be too much for the Reds to overcome.
8-19-14: The Cincinnati Reds won the Raisel Iglesias sweepstakes way back in June and finally got his visa issues behind him and are ready to activate him. Iglesias signed a seven year deal worth $27 million and have designated Ryan LaMarr for assignment to get Iglesias’ professional career started. Cincinnati also promoted Dylan Axelrod to the major leagues moving Homer Bailey to the 15 day DL and transferring Joey Votto to the 60 day DL. Bailey is battling a stiff neck and Votto is battling a quadriceps injury. Axelrod was traded to the Reds from the Chicago White Sox in July and will be making his first appearance in the majors for the Reds this season.
8-13-14: The Reds continue to hang on the fringe of contention. They are clearly the fourth-best team in the NL Central at this point but are still just 2.5 games out of the second wild-card spot and 5.5 games back in the division. They dropped Tuesday night’s game to Boston 3-2, which hurts their wildcard chances. Cincinnati is still without injured stars Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, and coupled with an offensive drop-off from Todd Frazier and Billy Hamilton since the All-Star break, the Reds are hard-pressed to consistently score runs.
8-12-14: The Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty is in the final season of his current contract with Cincinnati and may face the possibility of leaving after 2014. Jocketty has not shown a willingness to leave the Reds and the ownership in Cincinnati seems more than content with their GM so a deal is likely to be struck between the two sides this winter. Speculation began this week that Jocketty may decide to be reunited with Tony LaRussa this offseason in Arizona. Jocketty is likely to stay with a perennial contender in Cincinnati rather than jump into a rebuilding project in Arizona but weirder things have happened. Even with all the injuries this season the Reds are still 60-58 and only five games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central division.
8-6-14: The Reds defeated the Indians 9-2 Tuesday night in which Cleveland runner David Murphy was fooled by a second ball on the field and tagged out. Johnny Cueto’s fourth complete game of the season was overshadowed in the seventh when the Indians had a rally halted after an errant warmup pitch from Cincinnati's bullpen came on the field, resulting in David Murphy being caught off third base. Murphy mistakenly thought the ball was live and edged off third. The Reds sit five games back of Milwaukee in the NL Central and four games out in the NL wildcard.
8-5-14: The Cincinnati Reds are falling out of contention in the NL Central after a dismal start to the second half and the team entertained trades for Mat Latos at this year’s trading deadline. While nothing ever came out of talks for the 26 year old it shows the league that the Reds feel like they may be out of playoff contention this season. The Reds discussed adding the Texas Rangers outfielder Alex Rios before the end of the trading deadline and ultimately decided to stay pat and home the team could turn it around. That is going to be tough considering the team is without their best positional player in Joey Votto and without a good second baseman defensively in Brandon Phillips.
7-30-14: The Cincinnati Reds are among a laundry list of teams that will be scouting the latest product to defect from Cuba in Rusney Castillo. Castillo has drawn comparisons to either a fourth outfielder type or Brett Gardner due to his slap hitting and speed in the outfield. Castillo is 27 years old and is considered to have plus-plus speed with a line drive hitting bat with a little pop. The Reds have not come out of the gate in the second half playing well as they have a 2-8 record in their last ten games and find themselves slipping in the NL Central division. With all the losses it is now unclear what Cincinnati will do at this year’s trading deadline but if they were to be buyers they will likely be in the market for a bat to help replace Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.
7-28-14: With their 4-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Friday, the Reds fell back to .500 at 51-51. It was their seventh consecutive loss, and they will now have a very difficult time making the postseason. Alfredo Simon seemed to overachieve during the first half of the season, so with his performance regressing to the mean, he might be on thin ice in the Cincinnati rotation.
7-24-14: The Reds bullpen does not want to see Brewers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy come to the plate in the ninth inning. Lucroy hit his second career walk-off homer Tuesday lifting the Brewers past the Reds 4-3. Both of his walk-offs were against Cincinnati. His first was last season off closer Aroldis Chapman and this one was off Sam LeCure. The Reds managed only five hits in the game. Cincinnati is 4 ½ games back of Milwaukee in the ultra-tight NL Central.
7-21-14: The Cincinnati Reds were hit hard by the injury big before the All Star break when they lost both first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips. The Reds signed the recently released Donnie Murphy to a minor league deal to try and help replace Phillips who is done for the season with a torn ligament in his thumb. The Reds toyed with the idea of adding the recently released Dan Uggla to replace Phillips on a minor league deal but Uggla ultimately went to San Francisco. The Reds may instead turn their attention to the Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist if the Rays decide to make him available.
7-19-14: The Reds’ five All-Stars were unable to get the National League home-field advantage in the World Series, but Todd Frazier made it to the finals of his first Home Run Derby. Unfortunately, Frazier went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Friday in Cincinnati’s 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
7-17-14: The Reds are as hot as anyone heading into the break, going 26-15 since the start of June. They are just 1 ½ games back in the AL Central. They have had to deal with a number of injuries to key guys like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman and Mat Latos. Couple that with slow starts from Votto and Homer Bailey, things could have gone much worse for Cincinnati. The Reds generally shy away from big moves at the deadline, but they could look for complementary pieces on the bench and in the bullpen.
7-15-14: The Cincinnati Reds have been sticking around without big names like Mat Latos, Jay Bruce, and Joey Votto and are only 1.5 games out of first place in the NL Central division at the All Star break. The Reds 51-44 record also has the team right in the thick of things for one of the two Wild Card births in the National League as well. One member of the Reds that will not be around for the push for October is Chein-Ming Wang as he has opted out of his minor league deal with the club. Wang posted a 3.70 ERA in 119.1 innings in Triple-A and will look for a chance with a big league team. Wang made a couple starts with the Toronto Blue Jays in his first appearances in the major leagues in quite a few seasons.
7-14-14: The Reds, who are now without Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto and Bronson Arroyo, have been looking very good recently as they won their fifth consecutive game this past Wednesday. Billy Hamilton’s triple was a big part of Cincinnati’s fifth-inning rally en route to the Reds’ 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Although the Reds could not complete the sweep on Thursday, they bounced back to win on Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
7-10-14: Jay Bruce returned to right field and hit a two-run shot Tuesday afternoon, helping Johnny Cueto extend his winning streak against the Cubs and leading the Reds to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago in the opener of a doubleheader. However, the win was costly. The Reds put first baseman Joey Votto back on the disabled list before the game with a strained muscle above his left knee. Billy Hamilton's ninth inning single gave the Reds a 6-5 victory in Game 2 and a sweep of the lowly Cubs. With three wins in two days over Chicago, the Reds moved within 3 ½ games of first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
7-7-14: Billy Hamilton, who was the June National League Rookie of the Month, has shown power against the Milwaukee Brewers this season. On Friday, he hit a third-inning home run, which was his fifth of the season and third of the year against the Brewers. Alfredo Simon went 7.1 innings and gave up just two runs as Cincinnati bounced back with a victory after being swept by the San Diego Padres.
7-3-14: Reds starter Mike Leake, who was vying for his career-best fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night, allowed three runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work as the Reds fell to the Padres 8-2. In each of his previous two starts, Leake gave up just one run and four hits in eight innings. Despite getting 11 hits, the Reds could only muster two lonely runs. The Reds are seven games back of Milwaukee for the NL Central lead.
7-2-14: The Cincinnati Reds added a couple of starting pitchers to the fold this week, the first a minor league deal with Ryan Rowland-Smith and the second a seven year deal with Cuban defector Raisel Iglesias. Iglesias will receive a guaranteed $27 million in the deal once he obtains a visa. Interestingly enough the deal includes the 2014 season, although Iglesias will not receive enough service time for it to matter much. The Reds weren’t done there and plucked Scott Maine out of the Independent League hoping that the former Marlins, Indians, and Cubs pitcher could regain some of what made the southpaw so successful from 2010-2012. The Reds biggest weakness may be their bullpen and management is doing everything they can to add depth to the position in hopes of catching lightning in a bottle.
6-30-14: The Reds are getting into the groove as they finish June. They are on their way to their fifth consecutive series victory as they took the first two games of their four-game series with the San Francisco Giants. On Wednesday, Jay Bruce had multiple RBI doubles, and Mat Latos notched his first win of 2014. Then, Mike Leake and Johnny Cueto helped the Reds get the victories on Thursday and Friday.
6-26-14: Devin Mesoraco hit a homer for the fifth consecutive game for Cincinnati, matching a franchise record. Mesoraco's 14th home run came with one out in the ninth against Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez. Unfortunately, it was too little too late for the Reds who dropped Tuesday night’s game 7-3. Reds starter Homer Bailey allowed just four hits, struck out six and walked two in his first loss at Wrigley since he pitched his first career games at the friendly confines back on Sept. 13, 2009. Billy Hamilton extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games.
6-24-14: The Cincinnati Reds have signed their first round pick from the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft Alex Blandino to a full slot bonus worth $1.788 million as the 29th overall selection. The Reds also designated Roger Bernandina for assignment after the 30 year old outfielder struggled all season. Cincinnati also has been a part of some conflicting reports on whether or not they added Cuban defecting pitcher Raisel Iglesias. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports originally reported the team was close to adding the right hander but a team source quickly announced that a deal was not close, stay tuned.
6-18-14: Todd Frazier's leadoff home run in the ninth inning lifted Cincinnati to a 6-5 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates this past Tuesday night after the Reds' bullpen blew a three-run lead. Frazier's leads the Reds with 16 homers on the season. Frazier also leads all NL third basemen in homers, extra-base hits (31) and slugging percentage (.524). Cincinnati has now won five out of their last six games played. The Reds sits 7 1/2 games back of NL Central leading Milwaukee.
6-17-14: The Cincinnati Reds have signed a few of their draft picks from last week’s MLB First Year Players Draft but none more eye opening than their seventh round pick Shane Mardirosian. Mardirosian is a high school infielder out of California and signed for $350K even though his slot recommendation was just $173K. The Reds are also having problems with their recently signed relief pitcher Carlos Marmol and have placed him on the restricted list. Marmol left the team without permission recently after coming over to the club on a minor league deal after the Miami Marlins released him. Marmol is reportedly having problems and was taking the time to figure out why a pitcher in his prime with so much potential and skill is struggling so much. The Reds reportedly do not want to release Marmol but it may come to that with this latest incident. The Reds find themselves in fourth place in the division and are seven games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the division lead.
6-10-14: The Cincinnati Reds selected Nick Howard from Virginia with their first pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday. The Reds used their compensation pick for losing Shin-Soo Choo and drafted third basemen Alex Blandino out of Standford with the 29th overall pick. The Reds also drafted Tejay Antone in the fifth round out of a Texas Community College and signed him to a slot deal worth $308K. The Reds went with College players in the early rounds of this draft looking to replenish a suddenly barren farm system. The Reds find themselves in third place in the National League Central division even though they are under .500 and 7.5 games out of first place.
6-3-14: The Cincinnati Reds are trying to bulk up their Triple-A bullpen and add some much needed depth by signing free agent closer Carlos Marmol to a minor league deal. Marmol was released by the Miami Marlins on May 19 and will now try and latch on in a thin Reds bullpen. The Reds were among the teams to attend Raicel Iglesias’ showcase in Haiti last week and could look to sign him to go with Marmol in the Reds pitching staff. The Reds have the third worst bullpen ERA in all of baseball through a third of the season and are looking for any and every marginal upgrade they can get for the pen. Iglesias is projected to be major league ready now and more suitable for the pen than the rotation so the Reds interest could be substantial in the coming weeks.
5-28-14: The Cincinnati Reds have released their former top catching prospect Max Ramirez from their Triple-A team and have made him a free agent. The once promising backstop was hitting just a mere .192 with a 10-52 streak, all ten of the hits being singles. If Ramirez has a redeeming factor it is the fact he takes his walks, apparent by his 16 walks in 68 plate appearances. The Reds also added former Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens on a minor league deal. Jurrjens is still just 28 years old but has had his career slowed to a stop due to a knee injury. If Jurrjens can complete his journey back to the majors he would make a mere $800K for the Reds this season.
5-21-14: The Cincinnati Reds have had a disappointing season and much of that can be chalked up to the rash of injuries the club has endured. The latest casualty is Joey Votto who is battling a nagging knee injury, the same injury he had surgery on just last season. This latest injury on top of the Mat Latos, Jay Bruce, and Aroldis Chapman injuries the Reds cannot deal with another lost player. The Reds are sitting in third place in the National League Central division and are seven games out of first place after going 4-6 in their last 10 games.
5-15-14: The Cincinnati Reds had a very quiet offseason and the depth and the heart of the team is being tested right now with all the injuries. Mat Latos is on the disabled list and so is Jay Bruce but closer Aroldis Chapman is back after being hit in the face with a line drive. Chapman didn't miss a beat as he threw 15 fastballs over 100 MPH and even hit 102 MPH on the gun while striking out three batters and earning the save. With Chapman back in the fold former closer Jonathan Broxton has been moved back to the set up role making the entire Reds bullpen better. The Reds will need the most out of their bullpen as they are under .500 and in third place in the National League Central division. If it were not for the lovable losing Chicago Cubs and the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates the Reds may be in last place.
5-7-14: The Cincinnati Reds are under .500 after the first 30 games of the season and the news just keeps on getting worse at the Great American Ballpark. The Reds have been without ace starting pitcher Mat Latos and All Star closer Aroldis Chapman and may now have to watch as Jay Bruce has knee surgery that could keep him out as many as eight weeks or more. The Reds designated Roger Bernadina for assignment only to bring him back the next day to replace the injured Bruce on the roster and in the outfield. Bernadina was designated when Skip Schumacher was added to the roster off the disabled list after battling a shoulder injury. Some years teams just have everything working against them, specifically the injury bug, and that looks like the story of the Reds season in 2014.
4-28-14: The Cincinnati Reds and their fans have had a lot to talk about this season from the injury to Aroldis Chapman to the call up of outfielder Billy Hamilton. Hamilton is a well known name for any Reds fans or fan who keeps up with prospects because the guy can cause absolute havoc on the base paths with his legs. Hamilton may be the fastest runner in the league and has been a mainstay in the Reds outfield after Shin-Soo Choo left via free agency. Chapman is still recovering after being hit in the face with a line drive and having reconstructive surgery. The Reds have been a .500 club in the National League Central division without ace pitcher Mat Latos and Chapman and seem content to hang around and wait on their own reinforcements to come back. Voting has opened up for the 2014 MLB All Star Game for this July so remember to vote your favorite Cincinnati Reds into the game.
4-14-14: A 4-8 start isn’t exactly what new Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price took over in the offseason. Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart and Billy Hamilton are all hitting under .200 so far, though Cincy did come away with a resounding 12-4 win over Tampa on Sunday, despite scoring just one run in the first two games of the series, combined. The Reds will hope the bats can keep it up with the Pittsburgh Pirates coming to town for a three-game set starting Monday.
4-7-14: Runs have been hard to come by for the Redlegs early on, as Cincy has mustered just 15 runs in the first six games of the season. Joey Votto was wrongly maligned last season for his lack of run production, and he’s not doing anything so far in 2014 to quiet the same critics, with just one RBI thus far. Things won’t be getting any easier for Cincinnati, either, as each of their next three series are against teams that made the playoffs in 2013, starting with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday afternoon.
4-1-14: It was a tough afternoon for most of the Cincinnati Reds’ hitters in their 1-0 loss to St. Louis, but none tougher than that of big-time prospect Billy Hamilton, who finished 0-for-4 on the day with four strikeouts. Not exactly what you’re looking for out of your leadoff hitter. Jonny Cueto pitched well, but took the loss after giving up a solo home run to Yadier Molina in the 7th.
3-27-14: The Cincinnati Reds bullpen is hurting for depth right now as Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshal are still recovering from injuries and Aroldis Chapman took a line drive off his face, which will keep him out anywhere from two to three months. The Reds seem willing to go with what they have in that department unless a deal can be reached on a trade for JJ Putz, who has been rumored to be on the trading block over in Arizona and who had closing experience. The Reds also added Ramon Santiago their 40 and 25 man roster and will have him break spring training camp to be the teams Opening Day utility infielder at age 34. The Reds still remain interested in acquiring Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Did Gregorious for the right package of young players but have yet to reach a deal for the young infielder. The Reds seem willing to go with what they have in 2014 as Opening Day is just a few days away and it will be time for the Reds to make another run at a National League Central division title and a playoff berth.
3-20-14: The Cincinnati Reds are under .500 this season in the Cactus League but have really improved lately with a 5-5 record in their last 10, although they have won five games in a row. Reds ace Mat Latos finally made his spring training debut pitching in a minor league game and had a scare, he rolled his ankle on the 26th pitch of his day. Latos had to be worried after having elbow surgery in October and knee surgery in February and working himself all the way back just to roll an ankle. Latos stayed in to throw five more pitches and felt little to no discomfort in the ankle so good news for him and the Reds. Jonathan Broxton also made his spring debut after battling a right forearm surgery that he had in August. Broxton pitched a perfect inning against the Cleveland Indians and hopes to be back to help solidify the back end of the bullpen with Aroldis Chapman. The Reds have had a tough spring but they are finally getting healthy and getting some big names back and look to be right there again in the National League Central when all is said and done.
3-14-14: The Reds can't stop clowning around during Spring Training. While the team isn't necessarily goofing off, they do have the grandson of Bozo The Clown in the locker room. Pitcher Trevor Bell is a direct descendent of the iconic clown and even has his likeness tattooed on his arm. Bell has admitted to Bozo being his idol.
3-13-14: The Cincinnati Reds were reeling from the loss of Shin-Soo Choo but have quickly replaced him with a young and exciting homegrown talent that has everyone talking in Billy Hamilton. Cincinnati is dead last in the Cactus League but still has plenty to be excited about with Mat Latos on the way back and Aroldis Chapman still throwing triple digits in the bullpen. Homer Bailey was signed to a big time extension prior to the season and helps a strong rotation that also includes Johnny Cueto and Tony Cingrani lead the Reds back to the postseason. Joey Votto is still on the team also last I checked and he along is worth the price of admission.
3-5-14: The Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos, who is been injured with a hurt me through his first bullpen session this week during spring training. In injury news for the Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton has been throwing side both concessions but is still not ready to appear in a game.
1-24-14: Cincinnati had a successful but rough year as they earned one of the two Wild Card spots but lost the play-in game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds have some stud players such as Joey Votto, Matt Latos and Aroldis Chapman who will need to pick up the slack for them after they lost Shin Soo Choo to free agency.
1-7-14: The Cincinnati Reds have been in the middle of a lot of trade rumors but nothing is happened yet. They have said that they have not ruled out trading all-star second baseman Brandon Phillips either. Free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo has also not been made an offer and is talking to several teams in the free-agent market.
12-9-13: During this off-season the Cincinnati Reds have experienced many of their players being targeted by other teams including Bronson Arroyo and Brandon Phillips. The Reds recently came out and said that the Yankees used Phillips as a bargaining tool in their negotiations regarding Robinson Cano. Bronson Arroyo is currently in talks with the Minnesota Twins. Last season the Cincinnati Reds 190 games and one of three teams from the National League Central division to make the playoffs. The Reds fell to the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League division series. The National League Central should once again be one of the strongest divisions in baseball and the red should be right in the mix of competing for the division crown.
9-30-13: The National League Central division will send three teams to the playoffs this season and the Cincinnati are one of them. However the Reds have cooled off of late losing three straight games at the hands of the New York Mets. Outfielder Jay Bruce had a good year as far as power numbers are concerned with 30 home runs in 107 RBIs. Over the weekend the Reds will face the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Internet he Redbranch 11th overall in baseball 693 runs scored. With a 49–29 home record the Cincinnati Reds of outscore their opponents by 116 runs throughout the season.
8-22-13: Setup man Jonathan Broxton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor mass strain in his right forearm. The injury that will require surgery. Reliever Nick Christiani has been called up from Triple-A Louisville to replace Broxton on the roster. Johnny Cueto was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Christiani on the 40-man roster.
8-21-13 - In what is arguably the tightest division race in baseball the Cincinnati Reds find themselves in third place In their division what time for the wild-card lead along with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds have done a lot of damage at home with a record of 38 – 21. They are also seven – three in their last 10 games. In last nights loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Joey Votto was 0-4 With two strikeouts. The Reds 3.5 games out of first place in the Central division and will face division rival St. Louis next week in St. Louis. Jay Bruce leads the team and homeruns with 24 on the year.
8-6-13 - The Cincinnati Reds have fallen into third place in the National League Central division. The trail the 1st Pl., Pirates by 6.5 games. This week they will play host to the Oakland athletics.
7-19-13 - The Cincinnati Reds find themselves in third place at the all-star break, mainly due to the strong division that they play in; the NL Central. At 53-42 they are 5 games out of first place and 4 games back in the NL wild card race. After the all-star break they will host the Pirates in a three game set. Offensively the Reds are led by a group of good players each leading in spate categories. Joey Votto leads the team in batting average, hitting .318 while second baseman Brandon Phillips leads the team in RBI’s with 74. As far as homers, the Reds are led by right fielder, Jay Bruce who has 19 of them.
7-7-13 - Three Cincinnati Reds were selected as National League All-Stars. First baseman Joey Votto will make his 4th ASG appearance, second baseman Brandon Phillips will make his 3rd appearance, and LHP Aroldis Chapman will make his 2nd appearance.
6-12-13 - At 39 – 26 Cincinnati Reds lead the wildcard race in the National League. As last year's division winner Cincinnati Reds will look to make a playoff push Behind All-Star first baseman Joey Votto. Currently Votto is batting .328 with 11 homeruns. As one of the best second baseman in baseball Brandon Phillips Has put up strong numbers once again. Is batting .292 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs. This week the Cardinals will take on the Chicago Cubs Followed by seven-game homestand.