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  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB Expansion, Lists Six Potential Cities

    Deadspin "Commissioner Rob Manfred’s all-star break wasn’t only spent sandbagging his sport’s best player. He also took some time to throw his support behind expanding MLB to two more cities. “I hope I’m around long enough to see us expand,” Manfred told..." July 19

  • Making a case for Red Sox' pursuit of Matt Harvey

    WEEI Boston "A week ago, the idea that the Red Sox would need to make a run at a starting pitcher seemed outrageous. They had enough. Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz were coming back, and the rotation was already four-deep with Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez. Well,..." July 19

  • Johnny Bench says Ken Griffey Jr. was a legendary clubhouse thief as a kid

    USA Today "Cincinnati Reds legend Johnny Bench told a hilarious story about a young Ken Griffey Jr. on The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday, and recalled why he always had to make sure his locker was cleared out when Griffey was around. Ken Griffey Sr. played for the Reds from 1973 to 1981, and Griffey..." July 18

  • Joey Votto trying to make things right with Canadian baseball fans

    Sportsnet "In the two months since Joey Votto’s controversial comments about Canadian baseball and the apology tour that followed, the Toronto native representing the Cincinnati Reds at this summer’s all-star game has tried his best to leave the mess behind. As for how his apology..." July 17

  • Sizing up the sluggers and betting odds for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby "Major League Baseball's annual slugfest goes Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. If you're one of those people that simply can't take a night off from betting sports - and the WNBA doesn't appeal to you (wait...there are no WNBA games Monday either?!?! Jeez.) -..." July 15

  • Report: Astros linked to Reds closer Raisel Iglesias

    Sportsnaut "After sending former closer Ken Giles down to Triple-A Fresno this week, the Houston Astros’ need for help at the back of their bullpen grew even stronger. While the organization has explored multiple relievers on the trade market, the front office is especially high..." July 14

  • Gennett: Reds 'want me here for the long term' "Earlier this season, Scooter Gennett was poised to be one of the Reds' top trade chips this summer. The second baseman was prepared to be plugged in for rumors ahead of the July 31 non-waivers Trade Deadline. Gennett's situation now appears to be less tenuous, especially as..." July 14

  • D-backs, Reds, Yankees Have Varying Levels Of Interest In Zack Wheeler

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees’ interest in Wheeler, at this point, is considered to be “mild,” Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports in a deeper look at the right-hander’s market. Scouts from at least eight teams watched Wheeler’s most recent start, and of that..." July 13

  • MLB, KBO Reportedly Agree To New Posting System

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization have agreed to a revised version of the posting system that allows players who are not yet free-agent eligible to move from the KBO to MLB, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The new agreement runs..." July 13

  • Cincinnati Reds planning to increase Major League payroll for 2019 season

    Cincinnati Enquirer "As the baseball season ticks closer toward the trade deadline, the biggest question surrounding the Reds is how much longer their rebuild will continue. Highlighted by a lineup that features three All-Stars and ranks second in the Majors with a .338 on-base percentage, Dick Williams..." July 10

  • Has Matt Harvey made himself into a quality trade target?

    ESPN "The last few nights of Matt Harvey's time in New York were dark and full of errors. In Cincinnati, things have brightened for the former Dark Knight. So the question now: What's next? Harvey made his 11th start for the Reds on Saturday in Cincinnati's 8-7 loss to the..." July 08

  • Dodgers Acquire Dylan Floro, Zach Neal From Reds; Designate Daniel Corcino

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have acquired right-handers Dylan Floro and Zach Neal from the Reds, as per a team press release.  Los Angeles will also receive some international bonus pool space from Cincinnati in the trade, and right-hander Daniel Corcino has been designated..." July 04

  • Under penalty, Cincinnati Reds unable to make big splash for international signing period

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Major League Baseball’s international signing period began Monday, but the Reds won’t have an opportunity to make a big splash in the second year of a two-year penalty phase. Penalized for exceeding their bonus pool money from 2016-17, the Reds are unable to sign a..." July 04

  • Reds Still Paying Ken Griffey Jr. A Ton of Money in Deferred Payments

    12 Up "The Kid is still getting paid! Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the most likable players in MLB history. Besides being one of the most dominant center fielders of the 90's Griffey was one of the most lovable personalities in the game.  His joyful exuberance for the..." July 03

  • Nationals Reportedly Interested In Matt Harvey, Raisel Iglesias

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have been in touch with the Reds recently and are eyeing right-handers Matt Harvey and Raisel Iglesias, in particular, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred (Twitter link). Perhaps most interestingly, Heyman notes that several clubs are intrigued by the idea of using..." July 03

  • Report: Matt Harvey has ‘enhanced trade value’ heading into deadline

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cincinnati Reds made a low-risk, high-reward move when they acquired Matt Harvey from the New York Mets back in May, and it sounds as if it could pay off at the trade deadline. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, Harvey has “enhanced” his trade value since the Reds..." July 03

  • Reds Acquire Lorenzo Cedrola From Red Sox For International Bonus Pool Space

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox have traded minor league outfielder Lorenzo Cedrola to the Reds in exchange for international bonus pool space, both teams announced. Neither announcement revealed the size of the pool allotment changing hands, though international bonus allotments must be traded in increments of..." July 02

  • Reds To Sign Jonathan India

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds will sign first-round pick Jonathan India, per Jon Heyman of Fancred. India’s bonus isn’t known, but his selection – No. 5 – comes with a $5.9MM slot value. " July 01

  • Red Sox and Astros have sights set on Iglesias

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox and Astros are among the teams with interest in Reds closer Raisel Iglesias, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Houston, in particular, is “looking hard at Iglesias,” Cafardo writes. The Astros had been eyeing fellow late-game option Kelvin Herrera, per..." July 01

  • Report: MLB working on relaxing shoe restrictions

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB is working on a more relaxed shoe policy after encountering criticism the past few years. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that MLB and the MLBPA are working on changing the league’s footwear policy to allow players the ability to wear cleats with more..." June 28

  • Reds have played .500 ball under Jim Riggleman

    Hardball Talk "On April 19, the Reds fired manager Bryan Price after the club got off to an ugly 3-15 start. They named Jim Riggleman as the interim manager. After Wednesday afternoon’s 6-5 victory over the first-place Braves, the Reds are now 31-31 under Riggleman’s leadership. The..." June 27

  • Reds' Duvall drawing 'surprising amount' of trade interest

    The Score "With MLB's trade deadline around a month away, the Cincinnati Reds are apparently learning teams around the league value home runs more then they might have thought. Slugging outfielder Adam Duvall is drawing a "surprising amount" of trade interest, according to a report..." June 26

  • Reds pull off first four-game sweep of Cubs in 35 years

    Sportsnaut "While the Cincinnati Reds have given fans plenty of low moments in recent years, the team has now achieved something immensely positive for the first time in over three decades. On Sunday, Cincinnati trailed the Chicago Cubs 5-0 in the fifth inning. A pinch-hit home run by relief..." June 24

  • Reds Prospect Nick Senzel To Have Season-Ending Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have announced that their top prospect, third baseman Nick Senzel, will undergo season-ending surgery in order to repair a torn tendon in his right index finger. Senzel suffered the injury during last night’s game at Triple-A Louisville. " June 23

  • 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