Reds Rumors & News

  • 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’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