Reds Rumors & News

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Looking For A Match In A Billy Hamilton Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "After a second consecutive 68-94 season, the Cincinnati Reds’ rebuilding process still has no clear end in sight. Complicating things further for the organization are the facts that they already owe $68.7MM in guaranteed contracts to five players for the 2018 season, and $56.6MM to four players in..." October 16

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Reds GM Dick Williams in Japan to see Shohei Ohtani

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds general manager Dick Williams was in Sapporo, Japan, on Wednesday for what may have been Shohei Ohtani’s final start in Nippon Professional Baseball.The Reds have a legitimate interest in pursuing Ohtani, according to front-office sources. The biggest star in Japan and most intriguing..." October 05

  • Cincinnati Reds to add minor-league team in Appalachian League

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Cincinnati Reds will add a minor-league team in the rookie-level Appalachian League that will play its games in Greeneville, Tennessee, according to multiple team sources. The move was first reported by Baseball America but has yet to be announced by the Reds. The team, which is currently..." October 05

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Why there are reasons to believe the Reds could be much better in 2018

    CBS Sports "As the 2017 season winds down, we're giving each team once eliminated from postseason contention its own spotlight. You might not specifically notice it as such, but we've done it several times already. On this fine Sunday, I've tasked myself with grabbing the Reds and the avenue I'd like to take..." September 24

  • Reds Sign Tucker Barnhart To Four-Year Extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced on Friday morning that they’ve signed catcher Tucker Barnhart to a four-year contract extension that will keep him around through at least the 2021 season. Barnhart’s new contract also contains a club option for the 2022 season. Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer..." September 22

  • Reds will extend safety netting for 2018 following latest ballpark injury

    WCPO Cincinnati "The Reds have announced plans to extend safety netting to the end of the dugouts for the 2018 season following the gruesome injury to a child at Yankee Stadium this week. Thursday's announcement came after a 4-year-old girl was hit in the face by a foul line-drive hit by former Red Todd..." September 21

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Drew Storen to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Reds’ right-handed reliever Drew Storen will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans. Storen was placed on the 10-day disabled list last Wednesday with a right elbow sprain, but has not appeared in a game since September 1. The Reds tried..." September 17

  • The Reds shut down rookie Tyler Mahle for the rest of 2017

    Hardball Talk "The Reds shut down rookie right-hander Tyler Mahle for the rest of the 2017 season, per a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans. There’s nothing sinister here, just a rookie who hit his innings limit for the season. Mahle finished a brief run in the big leagues with a 2.70 ERA,..." September 16

  • Hunter Greene to focus on pitching over hitting

    Fanrag Sports "Cincinnati Reds top prospect Hunter Greene, billed as a two-way player when the club originally drafted him, feels more comfortable on the mound than he does in the field or at the plate, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Reds notably selected Greene with the..." September 15

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Reds manager Bryan Price pauses tirade against umpires for 'God Bless America'

    CBS Sports "Sunday afternoon, two non-contenders wrapped up their series as the Reds pounded the Mets (CIN 10, NYM 5) at Citi Field. Both teams are well out of the race and running out the clock on their seasons at this point. In the seventh inning of Sunday's game, with the score tied 5-5, Reds utility..." September 11

  • Reds expect to place Billy Hamilton on DL

    Fanrag Sports "Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton exited Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a fractured left thumb and is expected to go on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced. Hamilton only took one at-bat on the afternoon and flied out in the bottom of the first. The..." September 06

  • Bryan Price to return as Reds manager in 2018

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Bryan Price will return as the Reds manager in 2018, multiple sources have told The Enquirer. Price was on a one-year deal with an option for 2018. Although his contract had a clause that required the Reds to tell him about the option by Sept. 2, he was informed in July that he would be the..." September 03

  • Pete Rose Won't Return to Fox Sports After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    The Hollywood Reporter "The all-time hits leader was poised to cover Major League Baseball's postseason games for the network. Pete Rose's days at Fox Sports have come to an end. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader will not continue at the cable network, where he was..." August 31

  • Reds' Cozart pulled back from waivers after claim by unknown team

    Fanrag Sports "Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was claimed and blocked on waivers, FanRag Sports has learned. Cozart’s status as a claimed player who was pulled back by the Reds means he will not be traded by the deadline Thursday night. The Reds made several attempts to trade Cozart over the past..." August 31

  • Reds call up Tyler Mahle for big league debut

    Hardball Talk "Reds’ right-hander and top pitching prospect Tyler Mahle is getting the call for Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates, the club announced Friday. He’ll take the place of fellow right-hander Homer Bailey, who’s still working back from a minor shoulder issue and has been pushed back to..." August 26

  • Reds' Adam Duvall excels on field as he keeps diabetes in check

    Sporting News "As a 22-year-old on the Giants A-ball club, Adam Duvall was hoping to achieve his dream of advancing to the majors without any setbacks. But then a lingering health concern changed the plan. Duvall had lost 20 pounds over the course of the season as the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes took hold...." August 24

  • Scott Feldman has knee surgery, done for year

    Cincinnati Enquirer "On Tuesday, veteran Cincinnati Reds right-hander Scott Feldman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, officially ending the 34-year-old’s season. Feldman twice previously spent time on the disabled list with the knee issue this year. “It was something that was going to have to happen..." August 23

  • 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 MLB.com’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

    MLB.com "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

    MLB.com "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