Reds Rumors & News

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • The Reds ink a new TV deal with Fox Sports Ohio

    Hardball Talk "Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Cincinnati Reds have signed a new long term TV deal. It’s with the old network, however, Fox Sports Ohio, and it is not one of those transformative multi-billion deals that we’ve seen a lot of big market clubs sign in recent years...." October 20

  • Pete Rose cracks subtle joke about being banned from Hall of Fame

    Larry Brown Sports "In case there was any doubt over whether Pete Rose is bitter about not being eligible for the Hall of Fame, the Hit King made his feelings pretty clear during the FOX broadcast after Game 3 of the NLCS Tuesday night. When asked by colleague Frank Thomas if he used to guess which pitches were..." October 19

  • Could Votto to the Blue Jays be rekindled?

    Today's Knuckleball "There were definitely real trade talks last July between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds about Joey Votto, and while there haven’t been talks lately, it still might be something to keep an eye on. While some saw the Votto talks as the brainchild of ex-Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos, who has..." October 15

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Reds Claim Arismendy Alcantara, Designate Patrick Kivlehan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have claimed infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara off waivers from the Athletics, Cincinnati announced. Fellow utility option Patrick Kivlehan — who was claimed just eight days ago from the Padres — was designated for assignment to clear roster space. Alcantara, 24, was once one of..." October 06

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Szczur, Montero cap Cubs' tremendous regular season

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- The preliminaries are over for the Chicago Cubs. After a victory on Sunday afternoon that resembled so many others during their 103-win campaign, the Cubs now embark on the long-awaited quest for their first World Series title since 1908. "We're ready," first baseman..." October 02

  • Suarez, Reds deny Cubs' Lester 20th win

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester missed out on his 20th victory of the season Saturday, but eclipsed the 200-inning mark. Following the game, he didn't want to dwell on an individual accomplishment. After Sunday's regular-season finale, the real season begins, he said...." October 01

  • Bryan Price will return as Reds manager in 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "Despite enduring a woeful 2016 campaign that has seen them go 67-92 and counting, the Cincinnati Reds will not be making any major coaching staff changes for next season. The team announced on Friday that Bryan Price will be retained as manager for 2017. His entire staff has been offered..." October 01

  • Reds' Joey Votto: Forced out early Thursday

    CBS Sports "Votto was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Cardinals in the eighth inning after getting hit in the face by a throw from left field, Mark Sheldon of reports." September 30

  • Zobrist hitting his stride with 2 homers in Cubs' 7-3 win

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Last season, Ben Zobrist got hot at the right time to help lead the Kansas City Royals to a World Series title. He's hoping to do the same for the Chicago Cubs. On Friday night, Zobrist homered twice and Anthony Rizzo singled home two runs, lifting the Cubs to a 7-3 victory..." September 30

  • Cards waste opportunities vs. Reds

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Raisel Iglesias' Wallenda-style walk on the tightrope might have knocked the St. Louis Cardinals off theirs. The Cincinnati Reds' reliever maneuvered through major jams in the eighth and ninth innings Wednesday night, preserving his team's 2-1 win that could have put a major..." September 29

  • Molina's controversial RBI double lifts Cardinals past Reds

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- The record books will forever say the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Thursday night on a two-out double by Yadier Molina in the bottom of the ninth inning. But replays, and perhaps a mix-up in a rules interpretation by the umpires plus a slow response by..." September 29

  • Emotional Diaz helps Cardinals slam Reds

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Aledmys Diaz lived three houses down from Jose Fernandez growing up in Cuba, so the Sunday morning news that the Miami Marlins pitcher died in a boating accident hit really hard. "It's tough," Diaz said Tuesday night with perhaps two dozen media members around his locker. "I'm..." September 28

  • Reds clobber Cardinals with 22 hits in blowout

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Cincinnati Reds right fielder Steve Selsky didn't know if he experienced a five-hit game prior to Monday night. "That's a great question," he said, grinning. Selsky and his teammates sure didn't have a hard time figuring out St. Louis Cardinals pitching. Banging out..." September 27

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Homer Bailey's return this season 'improbable'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds manager Bryan Price isn’t ready to say that Homer Bailey won’t pitch again this season, but with just seven games remaining after Sunday’s series finale in Milwaukee, he said it’s “not impossible but improbable that he’ll pitch this year from my perspective.” Sunday marked four weeks since..." September 25

  • Brewers rally to beat Reds

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Zach Davies did not have his best stuff against the Cincinnati Reds Friday night at Miller Park, but it was more than enough to give his team a chance to win. Davies worked five innings while allowing three runs seven hits and striking out three as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied..." September 24

  • Straily, Votto help deliver Reds' 6-1 win

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- On any given day, Dan Straily is arguably the Cincinnati Reds' best starting pitcher. Give him an early lead and the right-hander is even better. The Milwaukee Brewers found that out the hard way Saturday, as Joey Votto hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Straily..." September 24

  • Cubs club Reds, sweep series

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- John Lackey has made another big stride in his rebound from an August stay on the disabled list. The Cubs right-hander picked up his first victory since Aug. 9 and joined four fellow starters with double-digit win totals as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 on..." September 22

  • Lester wins 18th as Cubs top Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The outing was a grind, but the result nonetheless vaulted Jon Lester ahead of his peers for the National League lead in wins. Lester (18-4) allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings in the Chicago Cubs' 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. "For..." September 21

  • Votto, Barnhart lead Reds over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- When the announcement was made in the press box that Joey Votto had collected four hits in Sunday's game, the reaction was a collective shrug. Votto did for the 21st time what many major league hitters wish to do once. "Who does this with this type consistency?" Cincinnati..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Mercer's single in 10th lifts Pirates over Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- It's all hands on deck for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are trying to keep their postseason hopes alive. "I like what I'm seeing out there," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "They continue to play. They are looking to finish games. They want to finish strong." On Friday..." September 17

  • Brandon Finnegan may stay in Reds' rotation

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Finnegan is scheduled to make his 30th start Saturday night in the second game of the doubleheader against the Pirates, but it may not be his final start. Reds manager Bryan Price had said the Reds were thinking about ending his season with his 30th start, but that isn’t definite, he..." September 17

  • Pirates pull off doubleheader sweep of Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- After playing seven hours of baseball on Saturday, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was asked what pleased him the most about sweeping a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds. His answer was all encompassing. "Nothing pleased me the most, a bunch of things pleased me,"..." September 17

  • The Reds have the worst bullpen in MLB history at keeping the ball in the park

    CBS Sports "The Reds in 2016 are mostly notable for playing baseball at a .425 clip. Part of those implied failures has been a bullpen that's struggled mightily. To date, the Cincy pen has pitched to a remarkably bad 4.99 ERA and 1.80 K/BB ratio. As of Friday night's game against the Pirates, there's also..." September 17

  • Billy Hamilton hopes to play again this season

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton wants to be on the field on Oct. 2 when the Reds finish their season against the Cubs at Great American Ball Park, even though he knows the decision is out of his hands. Hamilton, who hasn’t played since Sept. 4 because of a strained left oblique, said he’s..." September 16

  • Heyman: Top 30 free agents and early contract guesses

    Today's Knuckleball "Edwin Encarnacion rolled the dice, declining to counter the Toronto Blue Jays’ mild overtures in spring, and he’s hit a grand slam. Encarnacion moves way up the free-agent list (he’s No. 2 on our list, and actually No. 1 among players who are unfettered free agents: technically, Yoenis Cespedes..." September 15

  • Homers back Guerra as Brewers blank Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Competition has been a positive thing for the Milwaukee Brewers. As it stands, six pitchers are vying for five spots in the rotation next season. "We've got six guys who we feel are major league starters," manager Craig Counsell said. "It puts us in a good spot moving forward,..." September 14

  • MLB releases 2017 schedule "After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the..." September 14

  • Reds dump Brewers for 5th win in row

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Despite Great American Ball Park's reputation of being a home run haven, Dan Straily will allow opposing hitters to take aim at the inviting outfield walls. "When I was younger, I tried to miss bats," the Cincinnati Reds right-hander said. "Now, I just want contact. I want the..." September 13

  • MLB's most disappointing players of 2016

    Fox Sports "Between hefty free-agent contracts and big trades made this past offseason, a number of players went into the 2016 season with huge expectations. And of course, not everyone lived up to those expecations. In fact, some players fell flat on their faces in the first year with their new teams...." September 13

  • Reds blank Brewers for second shutout in a row

    The Sports Xchange "By Jeff Wallner, The Sports Xchange CINCINNATI -- Keyvius Sampson says he's not necessarily auditioning for a spot in the starting rotation next season. "I just want to be here next year," he says. Although he fell one out shy of a victory, Sampson delivered 4 2/3 scoreless..." September 12

  • Scott Schebler feeling more comfortable since call-up

    Cincinnati Enquirer "After making the Opening Day roster, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Scott Schebler felt the pressure. He was in a nominal platoon with Adam Duvall in left, but Duvall soon claimed the everyday job for himself. As playing time became more infrequent, Schebler hit .188 with a .540 OPS through his first..." September 11

  • Reds blast slumping Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Shutouts don't come easily, and the one the Cincinnati Reds managed Sunday came with a few tense moments for starter Brandon Finnegan. "It was a Houdini act," manager Bryan Price said after Finnegan combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter and Tyler Holt drove in three..." September 11

  • Reds defeat reeling Pirates, snap five-game slide

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates would take any help right about now. Unfortunately for the Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds weren't in a giving mood Friday. Jose Peraza delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift the Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Pirates at PNC..." September 09

  • Nova beats Reds, remains perfect with Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Ivan Nova's fifth victory with Pittsburgh might have been one of the easiest of manager Clint Hurdle's 500 wins with the Pirates. Nova threw a six-hitter to remain unbeaten with the Pirates, who put together a three-run first inning en route to a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati..." September 08

  • Mets bash four homers in win over Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Yoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets are partying like it's 2015. "I said it back in New York, the way the team is playing lately reminds me of last year," said Cespedes, who starred both at the plate and in the field on Tuesday night. Cespedes hit a go-ahead two-run..." September 07

  • Reyes helps Mets record 14th straight win over Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Jose Reyes has hit six home runs in 40 games with the New York Mets, including a homer in each of the past two contests. Manager Terry Collins is a little surprised by the 33-year old Reyes' recent power display. "A little bit," Collins said after Reyes homered in New..." September 07

  • Reds Sign Cuban Right-Hander Vladimir Gutierrez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The signing is now official, per C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer (via Twitter). AUGUST 30: The Reds have agreed to sign highly regarded right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez for a bonus of $4.75MM, reports Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald (via Twitter). The 20-year-old Cuban righty will..." September 07

  • Reynolds, Johnson homer to lift Mets past Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- When the New York Mets arrived at their hotel at approximately 4 a.m. on Monday morning, shortstop Matt Reynolds still was on an airplane. After a cross-country jaunt which took him from Salt Lake City to Boston to Cincinnati, Reynolds managed to get barely an hour of sleep...." September 05

  • Cody Reed sees benefit in bullpen role

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Even a day after manager Bryan Price said it, Cincinnati Reds left-hander Cody Reed hadn’t heard the news that he’d be coming out of the bullpen for the rest of the season. Even so, he sees the benefit. “That’s fine,” Reed said. “I definitely came here and didn’t really establish myself at all...." September 04

  • As small ball fades from favor, Billy Hamilton shows he's more than a base stealer

    Los Angeles Times "Throwback jerseys are great, but that is a promotion for a day. Billy Hamilton plays throwback baseball, every day. Take Friday, for example. He led off the game with a bunt single, took second when the other team tried to pick him off and made an error, and stole third. In the third inning, he..." September 04

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