Reds Rumors & News

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Kris Bryant: Joey Votto is 'the best player ever'

    USA Today "In the midst of arguably his best career season, Reds first baseman Joey Votto received the highest of praises from reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant. “He’s the best player ever,” Bryant said Wednesday, per CSN Chicago. “He’s my favorite player. I love watching him. I love talking to..." August 18

  • Joey Votto's unorthodox awesomeness is something we should embrace

    Sporting News "Joey Votto is a complicated character. He also happens to be one of the National League’s best players this season, but he’s nothing like the typical MLB superstar. Over the years, Votto has developed an interesting anti-hero quality about him. Something that’s made him just as easy to cheer..." August 18

  • The evolution of Kris Bryant and why Joey Votto became his favorite player

    CSN Chicago "Kris Bryant already has a bromance with Anthony Rizzo, their Bryzzo Souvenir Co. brand and a joint appearance at a downtown Chicago hotel this weekend where Cubs fans can pay $699 for their autographs. Bryant also has a friendly rivalry with Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals superstar who..." August 17

  • Votto falls short of on-base record

    CBS Sports "Joey Votto did something Wednesday night he hadn't done since July 25: he failed to reach base multiple times. Votto went 1 for 4 with a single in Wednesday's walk-off loss to the Cubs. Had the game gone to extra innings, he would've led off the 10th. Votto's streak of reaching base multiple..." August 17

  • Joey Votto reaches base twice in 20th consecutive game, one game shy of Ted Williams’ record

    Hardball Talk "Reds first baseman Joey Votto drew a walk in the first inning and walked again in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Cubs. That marked the 20th consecutive game in which he has reached base twice, leaving him one shy of the modern era record Ted Williams set in 1948. The last hitter to..." August 16

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Shortstop Cozart returns from DL for Reds "After being eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, shortstop Zack Cozart was activated on Sunday. "We kind of set our sights on Sunday being the day," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He's gone through everything. He's feeling good. We're going to get him in there. He'll be back in..." August 06

  • No. 2 pick Hunter Greene to make pro debut as hitter, not pitcher

    Larry Brown Sports "Hunter Greene is getting set to make his professional baseball debut this coming week, but it will be as a hitter, not a pitcher. Greene was the No. 2 overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds in this year’s MLB Draft. He took his signing down to the deadline before agreeing to a deal with the Reds,..." August 06

  • Reds trade LHP Tony Cingrani to Dodgers

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds traded left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani to the Dodgers at Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, the Enquirer has learned. The Reds received outfielder Scott Van Slyke and another minor leaguer in return. Van Slyke, 31, was with the Dodgers' Triple-A team in Oklahoma City. The team..." July 31

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • Cozart's quad injury comes at an inopportune time for Reds

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Zack Cozart limped in from the training room following Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Yankees to the clubhouse. Most of his teammates had long vacated Yankee Stadium, back to the hotel before turning around for another game on Wednesday afternoon. Cozart’s injured left quad cut short his already..." July 26

  • Dilson Herrera has season-ending surgery

    Hardball Talk "Reds infielder Dilson Herrera will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder. His season is over. Herrera, you may recall, was acquired from the Mets in the Jay Bruce trade last year. He played in 49 games for the Mets, but spent all of last year and this year in the minors...." July 26

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • The Reds are on pace to break their own record for home runs allowed

    Hardball Talk "The Reds got shelled by the Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon, dropping the game 12-2. The pitching staff gave up four home runs, including two to Jake Lamb. Gregor Blanco and Ketel Marte also went yard. That brings the Reds’ total on the season up to 166 through 95 games. That prorates to 283..." July 21

  • Zack Cozart 'highly unlikely' to sign extension with Reds

    12 Up "Zack Cozart may very well have to pack up his donkey and head out on the open road at the end of 2017, if not sooner. Cozart, who was nearly traded to Seattle last summer, is enjoying a huge breakout season slashing .321/.400/.566. His stat line for the last seven days alone shows a .389..." July 20

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Cincinnati Reds: Hunter Greene’s debut apparently is not imminent after all

    Dayton Daily News "And no, it’s not because anything bad has happened. It’s just that Greene and the Reds are exercising patience before their firing up their first-round draft choice. After signing with the Reds July 7, the former California high school superstar pitcher and shortstop reported briefly to the..." July 18

  • Reds shortstop Zack Cozart got the All-Star donkey Joey Votto promised him… sort of

    The Comeback "Some time during the months-long period of MLB All-Star voting, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto announced that if shortstop Zack Cozart was named to his first All-Star team, Votto would buy him a horse. Well sure enough, Cozart—who is having a breakout year, hitting .311/.389/.538 was..." July 16

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • Joey Votto ties All-Star Game record after another hitless night

    Fanrag Sports "Joey Votto’s been an All-Star Game regular for the National League for much of the 2010s, appearing in the Midsummer Classic five times. However, those July tilts haven’t gone so well for the Cincinnati Reds first baseman. Tuesday night marked another Votto All-Star cameo without a hit, and..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Donkey delivery nearing completion Reds' Joey Votto, Zack Cozart say

    ESPN "Joey Votto is staying true to his pledge to buy Zack Cozart a donkey as a reward for making the National League All-Star team. And now the transaction is close enough that they can smell the finish line. The Cincinnati Reds teammates said they expect the donkey purchase to be complete in a week..." July 11

  • Brandon Finnegan has surgery after tearing labrum in away-from-field fall

    Yardbarker "The Cincinnati Reds are stumbling their way through a 37-48 campaign that has them currently dead last in the NL Central, and now they have an unfortunate non-baseball injury to add to their list of woes.’s Mark Sheldon says Friday that Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan had surgery to repair..." July 08

  • Reds Strike Last-Minute Deal With Hunter Greene

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have agreed to sign second overall pick Hunter Greene, according to’s Jim Callis (Twitter links), with a record-setting $7.23MM bonus landing the multi-talented youngster. Things came right down to the wire for the California prep star, though most believed all along that he’d end..." July 07

  • Hunter Greene reportedly gets record bonus from Reds

    Larry Brown Sports "Hunter Greene and the Cincinnati Reds reportedly beat Friday’s deadline by agreeing to a deal which will help the No. 2 overall pick begin his professional baseball career. Friday was the deadline for teams to sign their draft picks, and the Reds and Greene had not come to a deal because the..." July 07

  • Reds nearing deadline to sign No. 2 pick Hunter Greene

    Cincinnati Enquirer "As Cincinnati Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams prepared to head with the team to Phoenix for the final series before the All-Star Break, it became more and more likely that the team's negotiations with No. 2 overall pick Hunter Greene could go down to the wire. The Reds have..." July 07

  • Nationals showing interest in Reds' Iglesias

    Number Fire " The Washington Nationals have shown interest in Cincinnati Reds closer Raisel Iglesias, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. What It Means: It's well-known that the Nationals are in the market for a late-inning reliever. Their bullpen ranks 28th in the league in FIP to this point. " July 06

  • Hunter Greene Is Not the LeBron of Baseball. He Wants to Be Something More.

    Bleacher Report "Hunter Greene opens the door in his underwear—and only his underwear. It is 5:45 a.m., but he happily offers me a glass of water and welcomes me into his family's two-story home in Stevenson Ranch, California, with a 360-degree view of the Santa Susanas and, just south of the mountaintops, the..." July 06

  • Dan Shulman leaving ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast, staying at network

    USA Today "Dan Shulman will step away as voice of ESPN’s "Sunday Night Baseball" at season’s end, the network confirmed late Monday night. Shulman, who has served as the play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s weekly featured MLB broadcast since 2011, broke news of his departure to Sports Illustrated in an..." July 04

  • Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB over discrimination, treatment by Joe Torre

    ESPN "MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is suing the league and the commissioner's office, alleging that a long-simmering personal vendetta between him and Joe Torre, as well as racial discrimination, has hindered his career advancement. In the suit filed Monday in Ohio, Hernandez claims that Torre, MLB's..." July 04

  • Joey Votto explains decision to skip Home Run Derby

    Yardbarker "Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto will not take part in the Home Run Derby, and unsurprisingly, one of baseball’s most cerebral players has an elaborate explanation as to why. Votto admitted Sunday that he’d been offered the chance to participate, but said no for several reasons — namely..." July 03

  • All-Star Zack Cozart expects Reds teammate Joey Votto to deliver on donkey pledge

    ESPN "Zack Cozart is a first-time All-Star and expects to be a new donkey owner as well. Cincinnati Reds teammate Joey Votto promised Cozart in spring training that he would get Cozart a donkey if he made the National League All-Star team. Cozart made good on his end Sunday, when he was voted the..." July 03

  • Reds, Zack Cozart have mutual interest in extension

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Cincinnati Reds activated shortstop Zack Cozart from the disabled list Friday, inserting him and his now healthy quad back into the lineup. The move also would seem to insert Cozart back into trade chatter, with a couple contenders losing young shortstops to long-term injuries in the last..." July 01

  • Jose Peraza to remain 2B starter once Zack Cozart returns

    Cincinnati Enquirer "When Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart returns from the disabled list – which could come as early as Friday – a middle infielder will have to head to the bench. The Reds have already decided that will be Scooter Gennett, with Jose Peraza remaining the starter at second base. Gennett has..." June 30

  • Votto believes he could win HR Derby: 'Think of me as the Canadian Ichiro'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "If asked, Joey Votto would consider participating in the Home Run Derby at next month’s All-Star Game, but he hasn’t been asked. Votto, who entered Thursday tied for second in the National League in home runs with 20, has never participated in the derby. He nearly did it in 2010, he said, but..." June 22

  • Cozart, Arroyo to DL; Reds recall Winker "The Reds announced on Monday that they have placed on the 10-day disabled list veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo and shortstop Zack Cozart, summoning prospects Jesse Winker and Ariel Hernandez to Cincinnati in their stead. Arroyo's trip to the DL is due to shoulder troubles, while Cozart will rest..." June 19

  • Reds legend Pete Rose unveils fitting statue of himself at Great American Ball Park

    CBS Sports "On Saturday, the Reds unveiled a statue of franchise Hall of Famer, all-time MLB hits leader, and Cincy native Pete Rose. Rose himself was on hand to make the big reveal. And here's a closer look at bronzed Pete Rose forever diving hellbent into the bag (third base,..." June 18

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • Cincinnati Reds lose game and Amir Garrett, but avoid worse fate

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Just about everyone involved feared the worst when Austin Barnes ripped a line drive up the middle that hit left-hander Amir Garrett in his left hand. Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price couldn’t see where Garrett had been hit, and saw only the 6-foot-6 rookie falling to the ground and flopping..." June 10

  • Reds sign Jose Israel Garcia

    Hardball Talk "The Reds officially signed Cuban shortstop Jose Israel Garcia on Saturday, per a team announcement. The deal was reported by Baseball America’s Ben Badler on Tuesday and confirmed by the club after Garcia passed his physical on Thursday, but had yet to receive clearance from MLB. Garcia received a..." June 10

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Reds To Sign Cuban Shortstop Jose Israel Garcia

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have agreed to a contract with 19-year-old shortstop Jose Israel Garcia, reports Baseball America’s Ben Badler. The Cuban native, who is subject to international bonus pools due to both his age and lack of professional experience, will receive a bonus of roughly $5MM on his minor league..." June 07

  • Reds’ Scooter Gennett becomes 17th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in single game

    Washington Post "Scooter Gennett entered Tuesday night with just 38 home runs in 1,637 major league at-bats spread over five seasons. The 5-10, 185-pound utility man, who was picked up by the Cincinnati Reds off waivers just before the season began, was also riding a 1-for-20 streak at the plate. So naturally..." June 07

  • Reds reinstate Amir Garrett from DL and option Jackson Stephens

    Fanrag Sports "The Cincinnati Reds have reinstated left-handed starting pitcher Amir Garrett from the 10-day disabled list and have optioned right-hander Jackson Stephens to Triple-A Louisville, according to MLB Roster Moves. Garrett will start for the Reds against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. The..." June 04

  • Scooter Gennett: I didn’t ask for No. 4

    Cincinnati Enquirer "For nearly all of spring training, the Cincinnati Reds left Brandon Phillips’ No. 4 unclaimed. Even as the Reds prepped to head north from Arizona, they had not issued No. 4 to a player projected to make the team and move up from a non-roster number north of 60. Even Jay Bruce’s No. 32 was..." June 03

  • Ex-Reds 2B Brandon Phillips shocked 'somebody is wearing my No. 4'

    ESPN "Brandon Phillips, now with the Atlanta Braves after spending 11 seasons in Cincinnati, said Friday that he feels slighted the Reds issued his former No. 4 jersey to another player. "I still can't believe somebody is wearing my No. 4," Phillips told Cincinnati reporters. "That's kind of a slap..." June 03

  • Don’t rush to judgment on trades, just look at the Reds

    Fox Sports "As the trade season nears, it’s worth noting that deals only can be judged over time. Case in point: The Cincinnati Reds. Few in the industry applauded Walt Jocketty for a series of trades he made toward the end of his tenure as general manager. A number of those moves, however, now look..." June 01

  • Reds acquire Darnell Sweeney from the Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "The Reds acquired utilityman Darnell Sweeney from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. This is the second time that the Dodgers have traded Sweeney. The club sent him to the Phillies along with John Richy in August 2015..." May 28