Reds Rumors & News

  • Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

    Hardball Talk "The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler. Williams,..." November 18

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Giants Interested In Billy Hamilton

    MLB Trade Rumors "As the Giants canvas the market for center field upgrade options, the team has “shown interest” in Billy Hamilton of the Reds, per MLB.com’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). The 27-year-old projects to earn an even $5MM in his second-to-last season of arbitration eligibility. It’s no secret that the..." November 14

  • Reds To Sign Kevin Quackenbush

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have struck a minor-league deal with righty Kevin Quackenbush, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation (via Twitter). He will receive an invitation to major-league Spring Training, per C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer (Twitter link). Quackenbush had been with the Padres..." November 08

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Zack Cozart not expected to receive qualifying offer

    Fanrag Sports "The Cincinnati Reds are not expected to tender a qualifying offer to All-Star shortstop Zack Cozart, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports. This offseason’s qualifying offer is worth $17.4 million, a price that the Reds do not appear to be willing to pay. Cozart is coming..." November 06

  • What will Reds' Zack Cozart get in free agency?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Five days after the World Series ends, Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart will become a free agent for the first time in his career. He’ll be coming off a breakout season in which he posted a .933 OPS and was worth 4.9 wins over a replacement player as measured by Baseball-Reference. When the..." November 01

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Reds add Buddy Bell to front office

    Fanrag Sports "The Cincinnati Reds have named Buddy Bell as the club’s new vice president and senior advisor to general manager Dick Williams, according to the team. “I am very excited for the opportunity to add Buddy to our front office,” said Williams. “He has longstanding ties to Cincinnati and experience..." October 30

  • Giants claim Micah Johnson off waivers from Reds

    Fanrag Sports "The San Francisco Giants have a new utility man. The Cincinnati Reds announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that Micah Johnson has been claimed off waivers by their National League rivals in the Bay Area. Johnson was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the ninth round of the 2012 MLB draft. He..." October 30

  • Reds claim Micah Johnson off waivers from the Braves

    Hardball Talk "The Reds announced on Thursday that the club claimed 2B/OF Micah Johnson off waivers from the Braves. Johnson, 26, spent most of his 2017 season with Triple-A Gwinnett. He hit .289/.377/.400 in 155 plate appearances. He wasn’t able to find that same success in his brief stint in the majors...." October 27

  • 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