Reds Rumors & News

  • The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

    New York Daily News "From his office high above 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan, the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, can feel and hear it: Whiffff! It is the sound of his players striking out in record numbers, sucking the action out of his game to the point where it too often feels like a funeral for..." June 22

  • Report: MLB bans transactions with Mexican League over ‘corruption’

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has reportedly banned teams from signing any players who are affiliated with the Mexican League due to questions and concerns over how contracts have been negotiated. In a letter sent to teams on Tuesday that was obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, MLB..." June 22

  • Matt Harvey spinning his wheels with the Reds, too

    New York Post "Matt Harvey isn’t racking up the wins for the Reds either. Harvey was outdueled by Chad Kuhl who pitched six solid innings to win for the first time since May 6, a span of seven starts as the Pirates edged the Reds 3-2 Friday night. The Pirates pulled ahead 3-2 in the..." June 16

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Another problem with these baseballs? Evidently some are warped

    WEEI Boston "Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic..." June 13

  • Slumping Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton open to dropping switch hitting

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Striking out with two runners on base in the second inning of Friday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton nearly slammed his bat on the ground in frustration. It’s been about a month of frustration for Hamilton at the..." June 11

  • MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million

    Wall Street Journal "Rawlings, a more than century-old company that produces the official ball and helmet of Major League Baseball, will be changing hands in a $395 million deal that adds the professional league as a key investor. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, consumer-goods..." June 06

  • Reds release Kevin Shackelford, option Jackson Stephens to clear roster spots for Anthony DeSclafani

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds released right-hander Kevin Shackelford to clear a 40-man roster spot for RHP Anthony DeSclafani.  RHP Jackson Stephens was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to clear a 25-man spot for DeSclafani, who will start tonight’s game.  Shackelford is..." June 05

  • Joe Torre goes to Albany to help MLB get a cut of New York gambling revenue

    Hardball Talk "We’ve been following baseball’s efforts to get a cut of what is soon to be legalized sports gambling proceeds in most states around the country. Major League Baseball has been characterizing that cut as an “integrity fee,” which it says it needs in order to keep the..." June 04

  • Reds’ Anthony DeSclafani To Make Season Debut Tuesday

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani will make his long-awaited return to the Reds’ rotation with a start on Tuesday against the Rockies, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. It’ll be DeSclafani’s first major league appearance since Sept. 28, 2016. Given that..." June 03

  • Matt Harvey never gave the Reds a chance

    New York Post "The Matt Harvey the Mets decided to trade is back. Harvey allowed four runs in the second inning as the Reds fell 8-2 to the Padres on Saturday night. San Diego rookie left-hander Eric Lauer pitched five strong innings, drove in his first run and picked off Joey Votto to tie for the..." June 03

  • Royals Claim Rosell Herrera

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have claimed utilityman Rosell Herrera off waivers from the Reds, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports on Twitter. Herrera was designated for assignment yesterday in order to make room for catcher Curt Casali on the Reds’ roster. In a corresponding move, righty Nate..." June 02

  • Reds Designate Rosell Herrera, Select Curt Casali

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have designated utilityman Rosell Herrera for assignment, per a club announcement. That move opens a 40-man spot for just-acquired backstop Curt Casali, whose contract was selected. It became clear yesterday that Casali would be moving right onto the active..." June 01

  • How 'hybrid' pitchers prepare for dual roles in rotation and bullpen

    Sporting News "Mike Minor used to get up in the bullpen and start stretching as early as the third inning last year. His bullpen-mates would give him some lighthearted heckling for it, but Minor was in unfamiliar territory. Minor spent four years as a starter in Atlanta, from 2010 to 2014. Injuries..." June 01

  • Rays trade Curt Casali to Reds

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays traded Triple-A catcher Curt Casali to the Reds on Thursday for cash considerations. Casali rejoined the Rays at the end of spring training after signing with the Angels during the winter as a free agent and then the Rangers. He now appears headed back to the majors with the..." May 31

  • Gennett doesn't want to be traded by Reds

    The Score "With Major League Baseball's trade deadline two months away, the Cincinnati Reds possess a valuable asset in hot-hitting second baseman Scooter Gennett who doesn't want to be traded and would rather stick with his hometown Reds. The 28-year-old, who leads the National League..." May 30

  • Rob Manfred talks pace of play, expansion, gambling, realignment and a reduced schedule

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic sat down for an exclusive interview with Commissioner Rob Manfred. They talked on most of the hot-button issues of the day. As it’s an Athletic story it is behind a paywall, but as we’ve noted around here many times lately, there’s a lot of good..." May 30

  • Reds Discuss Moving Homer Bailey To Bullpen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have had discussions with right-hander Homer Bailey about a potential shift from the rotation to the bullpen, per John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer (Twitter links). While nothing has been finalized, Fay characterizes the move as a fairly likely one. Righty Luis Castillo would be able..." May 29

  • MLB criticized for lack of transparency regarding military-themed uniforms

    New York Daily News "The backlash last May was quick and harsh. Players, fans, veterans and Gold Star families saw the advertising for baseball's special Memorial Day military-themed uniforms and called the league out for looking like it was trying to cash in on a day set aside to honor those who had died for..." May 28

  • Reds’ Brandon Finnegan ‘pissed off’ about demotion to minor leagues

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Sitting in the dugout following batting practice at Louisville Slugger Field, Brandon Finnegan doesn’t hide his emotions: He’s upset he’s pitching in Triple-A. He lost his spot in the rotation when the Reds traded for Matt Harvey. He thought “at..." May 27

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ​Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ​Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Reds Place Raisel Iglesias On Disabled List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced this afternoon that they’ve placed closer Raisel Iglesias on the 10-day disabled list due to soreness in his left (non-throwing) biceps. Fellow righty Austin Brice is also headed to the DL thanks to an upper back injury. In their place, the Reds activated righties..." May 23

  • Reds Release Cliff Pennington

    MLB Trade Rumors "" May 18

  • Keith Hernandez: I tried to help Matt Harvey during Mets mess

    New York Daily News "Keith Hernandez tried to be a superhero and save the Dark Knight, but to no avail. The legendary Mets first baseman and SNY color commentator told WFAN's "Boomer and Gio" show on Wednesday that he reached out to Matt Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, to express concern..." May 17

  • Fixing Matt Harvey: Reds and erstwhile Dark Knight still believe it can happen

    USA Today "Matt Harvey’s first two outings with the Reds have provided occasional glimpses of the pitcher who earned a starting nod in the 2013 All-Star Game, such as his stretch of striking out five of the last six batters he faced Wednesday against the Giants. In his previous start, he held the..." May 17

  • Reds' Nick Senzel: Set to resume baseball activities

    CBS Sports "Senzel (vertigo) will head to the Reds' spring training facility in Arizona to resume baseball activity, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Senzel was initially placed on the 7-day DL at Triple-A Louisville due to vertigo near the beginning of last week and..." May 16

  • Mets players installed hot dog roller at Matt Harvey’s old locker?

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Mets may be putting Matt Harvey’s old locker to good use. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported on Wednesday that a hot dog roller was installed at a vacant Mets locker between those of pitcher Jacob deGrom and outfielder Jay Bruce and that it was actively being used..." May 16

  • ‘I AM SADDENED’: Joey Votto apologizes for remarks ripping Canadian baseball

    Ottawa Citizen "Has Joey Votto turned his back on his country? Or, at least, his baseball-playing countrymen? The Cincinnati Reds all-star has penned an apology after saying in a podcast on Tuesday that he doesn’t care about Canada, Canadian baseball or his hometown of..." May 16

  • Joey Votto disappointed with Reds: 'This is the worst start I've ever seen'

    The Score "The Cincinnati Reds' franchise player is not happy about the team's performance. First baseman Joey Votto discussed how he felt about playing in Cincinnati and the Reds' poor start to the year during an interview with the "Yahoo Sports MLB..." May 15

  • NBC Sports Bay Area camera shakes as earthquake hits San Francisco during Giants-Reds game

    Awful Announcing "A magnitude-3.5 earthquake hit the Bay Area at 7:18 PM PT on Monday night, just minutes after the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds started up at AT&T Park. With two outs in the top of the first and Reds star first baseman Joey Votto at the plate, the NBC Sports..." May 15

  • No, today’s decision on gambling has no bearing on Pete Rose

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t think I’d even have to go into this, but enough people have brought it up that I feel like I should address it, so here goes: No, today’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing sports gambling has no bearing whatsoever on Pete Rose, his eligibility or his..." May 14

  • Mickey Callaway sent encouraging text to Matt Harvey after Reds debut

    Larry Brown Sports "Matt Harvey may have left the New York Mets, but his old manager is still rooting for him. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Saturday that he texted Harvey after his solid four-inning debut with the Cincinnati Reds and sent him an encouraging message. Harvey’s relationship with the Mets..." May 12

  • Harvey on Reds debut: 'It's a good first start'

    ESPN "Matt Harvey fired a second-inning fastball that felt noticeably good coming out of his hand; better than any pitch had felt in a long time. He peeked at the right-field scoreboard to check whether the radar gun validated his inclination. It read 96 mph. "I hadn't seen that in a while,"..." May 12

  • Matt Harvey's fresh start as a Red begins Friday night versus Dodgers

    ESPN "The start of Matt Harvey's time with the Cincinnati Reds, and the beginning of what he hopes is a revival to his once-promising career, will come in a road start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. Harvey met his new teammates on Thursday, two days after the Reds acquired him from..." May 11

  • Report: MLBPA rejected league's proposal to change All-Star Game voting

    The Score "A proposal from Major League Baseball that would have changed the voting process for this year's All-Star Game was rejected by the MLB Players Association last month, sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Currently, fans vote for the starting position players in both the American and..." May 11

  • Reds Promote Nick Krall To General Manager

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced this afternoon that assistant general manager Nick Krall has been named the club’s new general manager. President of baseball operations Dick Williams will continue to oversee the club’s entire baseball operations department, per the announcement. The Reds, then, will be..." May 10

  • Mets bat out of order in first inning against Reds

    ESPN "A potential first-inning rally ended prematurely for the New York Mets, who batted out of order Wednesday after a discrepancy in lineup cards. After Wilmer Flores struck out for the second out of the inning, Asdrubal Cabrera reached on a ground-rule double that bounced into the stands in left..." May 09

  • Matt Harvey’s Decline Has Been Tough To Watch

    CBS Washington "Whether or not you’re a fan of the New York Mets, you have to feel for Matt Harvey. Harvey looked like a star in the making during his rookie season. He started 10 games during his rookie campaign in 2012, pitching to a 2.73 ERA and holding opponents to a .200 batting average. The 6-foot-4..." May 09

  • Mets trade Harvey to Reds for catcher Mesoraco

    New York Daily News "The Mets really turned the page on the Matt Harvey era Tuesday, sending their one-time ace to the Reds in a deal for catcher Devin Mesoraco. The 29-year-old Mesoraco was on the 2014 All-Star team and is the second catcher in Reds history to hit 25 home runs in a season and drive in 80 runs,..." May 08

  • Yankees - Red Sox to play two games at Olympic Stadium in London in June 2019

    New York Daily News "Ahead of the much-hyped start to the Yankees - Red Sox series, Major League Baseball made it official Tuesday morning by announcing both teams will face each other in two games in London next year. Boston will be the home team for both of the league's first games in Europe on June 29 and 30,..." May 08

  • Reds Release Patrick Kivlehan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have released infielder/outfielder Patrick Kivlehan from their Triple-A affiliate, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports in his latest transactions roundup. The 28-year-old had been with the organization since 2016. Kivlehan spent the entire 2017 season in the Majors with the Reds,..." May 07

  • Those ‘purist’ arguments against the DH are dead

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom hyper-extended his elbow swinging a bat, but I promise I am not overreacting to the Mets ace landing on the DL to stump for the introduction of the DH to the National League. This is not about a singular event, as troubling as it may be for the Mets. This is about how the game..." May 07

  • Here are the teams that make the most sense for Matt Harvey after he was let go by the Mets

    CBS Sports "The Mets on Friday designated for assignment embattled right-hander Matt Harvey after he refused assignment to the minors. While Harvey was fully within his rights to refuse said assignment, it did in essence mean the end of his Mets career. The 29-year-old will not go through waivers and..." May 05

  • The rise of the C-Flap

    Hardball Talk "One of the most notable things of the 2018 season has been the C-flaps on the batting helmets. Those little extensions from the ear flap that cover a hitter’s jaw. Players have worn them for some time, but it seems like this year ten times more guys have them. It’s getting to the point where I..." May 04

  • Cincinnati Reds rebuild still rests on developing starting pitching

    Cincinnati Enquirer "It’s still about the pitching, specifically the starting pitching. For the Reds' rebuild to work, they’re going to have to figure out a way to build a starting rotation. The results so far this year have been more than a tad short of encouraging. The rotation has been a lot like last year.,..." May 04

  • Braves Claim Phil Gosselin From Reds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced this afternoon that they’ve claimed infielder Phil Gosselin off waivers from the Reds and assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. Atlanta had open space on its 40-man roster, so there’s no corresponding move necessary with Gosselin’s claim. This will mark Gosselin’s second stint..." May 03

  • Joey Votto had a lot to say about Albert Pujols

    Hardball Talk "Before I get to that, can I note that the Baltimore Orioles are 14 games out of first place but have only played in 30 games? That’s some next-level stuff right there. Sorry to just blurt that out, but it’s not enough of a factoid to support its own post and I needed people to know..." May 03

  • Votto has no interest in shortening season: Add 'another 60 games'

    The Score "The one thing Joey Votto doesn't want to do is play less games. While Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said last week that the regular season is too long and the league would benefit by trimming the schedule, Votto offered a hilarious response to potentially shortening the season and..." April 28