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.