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  • Cincinnati Reds sign left-hander Jesse Biddle to minor league contract with invite to camp

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Cincinnati Reds signed left-handed reliever Jesse Biddle to a minor league contract on Friday, which includes an invitation to spring training. Biddle, 28, made a combined 30 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. He..." January 17

  • Reds Interested In Brock Holt

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds are among the teams with interest in free-agent utilityman Brock Holt, per Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The report comes just one day after Cincinnati president of baseball operations Dick Williams indicated that his club may not yet be done adding..." January 17

  • Trevor Bauer trolls Astros with bandage T-shirt

    Larry Brown Sports "Trevor Bauer has long been one of the most outspoken critics of the Houston Astros. Back in the 2018 season, he accused their pitchers of using substances to increase their spin rate and therefore improve their performance. He has long suggested the Astros were up to no good, and the..." January 16

  • How an episode of 'Hey Arnold!' is a perfect love letter to baseball and its beauty, power and simplicity

    Sporting News "Nostalgia can be a gift and a curse. Oftentimes, nostalgia operates as nothing more than beer goggles — distorting the view of something from afar while we slam Natty Light after Natty Light. Then, the sensation passes, and we're reminded of our jobs, our stresses,..." January 16

  • Dave Martinez Is Now the Only MLB Manager to Win a World Series with His Current Team

    The Big Lead "Dave Martinez stands alone. With the firings of Alex Cora and A.J. Hinch this week, the Washington Nationals manager has become unique in his sport. He's the only manager in Major League Baseball to have won a World Series for his current franchise. And it just happened in..." January 16

  • Yes, more teams than the Astros and Red Sox stole signs, but that doesn’t excuse them.

    Hardball Talk "There’s an element to all of this Astros and Red Sox news that keeps coming up that I want to dig in to. Indeed, it’s a thing that comes up every single time a team or a player gets in trouble for something. It’s the “hey, they weren’t the only ones doing it! They..." January 15

  • Reds Sign Nate Jones

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Cincinnati Reds signed local product Nate Jones to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, a source confirmed to The Enquirer. Jones, who went to Pendleton County High School and Northern Kentucky University, pitched from 2012-2019 with the Chicago White..." January 15

  • Managers, Top Front Office Execs On Expiring Contracts

    MLB Trade Rumors "Monday was one of the most stunning days baseball has seen in recent memory. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch, who oversaw several contending teams in Houston and led the club to a World Series championship, lost their jobs as a result of a sign-stealing scandal. Before..." January 14

  • Trevor Bauer, Lance McCullers exchange Twitter barbs amid Astros' sign-stealing scandal

    The Score "Cincinnati Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer is savoring the moment. Bauer, ever the internet troll, wished Houston Astros hurler Lance McCullers Jr. a happy new year on Twitter. While that seems innocuous enough, the timing comes on the same day Major League Baseball announced..." January 14

  • With 3B market thinning, is Josh Donaldson next? "The Rangers are in agreement with veteran slugger Todd Frazier on a one-year, $5 million deal with a club option for 2021, pending a physical, according to's Mark Feinsand. The 34-year-old could fill a big hole at the hot corner for Texas, which missed out on..." January 13

  • Predicting Landing Spots for Top 10 Remaining MLB Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "Pitchers and catchers report in less than a month. Most of the top free agents have come off the board. Yet multiple impact players remain unsigned, ranging from genuine stars (Josh Donaldson, Marcell Ozuna) to high-upside gambles (Taijuan Walker, Yasiel Puig). As we await..." January 13

  • MLB, Rob Manfred face league-altering test amid probes and rule changes

    Sportsnet "This could be Rob Manfred’s decade. No, check that: it very much needs to be Rob Manfred’s decade. The recent passing of NBA commissioner David Stern gave all of us pause to reflect on the evolution of North American professional sports; to reflect on how the NFL has..." January 13

  • Dodgers Sign Alex Wood

    True Blue L.A. "Why hello there, old friend. After a quiet offseason, the Dodgers made another minor move with a lot of upside, as they brought back Alex Wood, signing him to a one-year contract.    

    January 13

  • Reds avoid arbitration with starter Trevor Bauer

    Dayton Daily News "The Cincinnati Reds on Friday avoided arbitration with starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, according to’s Mark Feinsand.   " January 10

  • Red Sox, Jackie Bradley Jr. avoid arbitration with $11 million salary

    Mass Live "The Red Sox have avoided arbitration with outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., according to Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe. Bradley Jr. will receive $11 million in 2020. Bradley Jr., who turns 30 in April, was arbitration-eligible for the third and final time this winter. After..." January 10

  • Who Will Be the Next MLB Players to Sign $300M Contracts After Gerrit Cole?

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball's $300 million contract club is rapidly expanding. Giancarlo Stanton became the first player to sign a $300 million deal when the Miami Marlins extended him for $325 million over 13 years in 2014. He was all alone until 2019, when Manny Machado,..." January 10

  • Corey Seager drawing trade interest from Reds

    Larry Brown Sports "Signing Mike Moustakas may not be the only upgrade that the Cincinnati Reds make to their infield this winter. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Thursday that the Reds have shown interest in Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager all offseason. " January 09

  • Five Potential Trade Destinations For Rockies All-Star Third Baseman Nolan Arenado

    The Big Lead "Nolan Arenada, the Colorado Rockies' 28-year old All-Star, is probably going to get traded, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Arenada signed an eight-year, $260 million contract in 2019, but the third baseman has an opt-out after the 2021 season so the Rockies could lose..." January 09

  • Ranking the Worst Moves of the MLB Offseason

    12 Up "The MLB offseason is the time for prospective contenders to either strike it rich with some big-name free agents like Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon or make some quality under-the-radar moves like the additions of Nomar Mazara and Edwin Encarnacion, just to name a few, in Chicago...." January 09

  • Why Reds may be out on Nick Castellanos now "It's been reported throughout the offseason that the Reds have expressed interest in free agent Nicholas Castellanos, but could that be changing? It's not necessarily that Cincinnati no longer is interested in Castellanos. Rather, it's a matter of whether the..." January 09

  • Shogo Akiyama elated being Reds' 1st Japanese player "Shogo Akiyama, the first Japanese player in the history of the Reds, was officially introduced in a news conference at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday. Cincinnati signed the outfielder to a three-year, $21 million contract on Monday. "Now that Shogo's got the..." January 08

  • Reds Designate Nick Martini

    The Union Journal "The Reds have designated outfielder Nick Martini for task,’s Mark Sheldon was amongst these to report on Twitter. His roster spot will go to just-signed outfielder Shogo Akiyama. " January 08

  • Reds Announce Shogo Akiyama Signing

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced today that they have signed a three-year deal with Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama. It’s a $21MM pact, the club added. Akiyama will earn successive salaries of $6MM, $7MM, and $8MM, according to Mark Sheldon of (via Twitter). This deal..." January 06

  • MLB discussing use of technology to prevent sign-stealing

    The Score "Major League Baseball is discussing the idea of using on-field technology to encode communication between pitchers and catchers and help prevent sign-stealing, reports Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports. The commissioner's office is developing several prototype devices, sources..." January 06

  • Five MLB teams that could disappoint in 2020

    Sportsnaut "Many MLB teams have been busy this winter, turning over their rosters and making the moves necessary to take significant strides in the 2020 season. While some have stepped up this winter, others have fallen short. Whether due to front offices missing out on top free agents or..." January 06

  • 3 potential trade proposals for Nolan Arenado

    The Score "The likelihood of a Nolan Arenado trade is reportedly down to a coin flip, as the Colorado Rockies are fielding offers for the superstar third baseman and looking for a package that includes a controllable first baseman or center fielder. While 29 teams..." January 06

  • Nationals Sign Veteran Reliever David Hernandez

    12 Up "The Washington Nationals didn't make any marquee acquisitions on Friday, but they were still plenty active in free agency. After inking Starlin Castro to man the infield, the team further supplemented its bullpen by signing veteran relief pitcher David..." January 04

  • Reds Sign Matt Davidson To Minors Contract

    Red Reporter "The 2019 Louisville Bats got over 130 extra-base hits from the likes of Christian Colon, Rob Refsnyder, and Nick Longhi. That’s a slab of XBH, all coming from players who are no longer in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Add-in that former 1st round pick Mitch..." January 03

  • Robinson Chirinos Reportedly Nearing Decision

    The Union Journal "Veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos is “shut to creating a call” on his subsequent group, in keeping with’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). He has drawn vast curiosity thus far of the winter. It’s nonetheless completely unclear the place Chirinos..." January 02

  • Will Harris Weighing Offers

    Yardbarker "Righty Will Harris has drawn somewhat less pressing interest than might have been supposed entering the offseason. But the veteran is mulling offers from multiple teams and could soon sign, per’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Harris is said to have drawn..." January 02

  • Marcell Ozuna's market 'gaining some clarity'

    TSN "Marcell Ozuna is one of the premier free agent bats left on the board, but that might not be the case for long. According to The MLB Network's Mark Feinsand, Ozuna's market is "gaining some clarity." He adds the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas..." January 02

  • Taking Stock Of The Center Field Market

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve glanced in at a few areas of the player market to see what’s left after a busy first few months of the offseason. With a New Year’s freeze in effect on the news cycle, let’s do the same for the center field market. The lack of supply sufficient to meet..." January 02

  • Countdown to Spring Training: A 30-team guide "The arrival of a new calendar year brings increased anticipation for Spring Training, and with camp now about six weeks away for Major League clubs, each has several questions that need to be answered before Opening Day. Here's a look at those questions, as well as a link to other important..." January 01

  • MLBTR Poll: How Good Are The Reds?

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re on the verge of concluding a decade that will go down as, at best, a mixed bag for the Reds. They broke a 14-season playoff drought in the first year of it, 2010, and then made the playoffs in two of the next three campaigns. But the Reds have revisited the dregs of the majors since..." January 01

  • Cincinnati Reds sign RHP Tyler Thornburg to minor league contract

    Red Reporter "Tyler Thornburg was the definition of a reasonably OK pitcher during the 2014-2015 seasons. His ERA+ in that span was almost exactly league average at 99, his 4.51 FIP over 64.0 IP in that time neither good nor debilitating enough to sink a bullpen on his own. Prior to the 2016 season,..." December 31

  • These are the most memorable recent 3-team deals "When it comes to pulling off a trade, three is sometimes not a crowd, but a necessity. While almost all deals involve two teams working out an exchange, sometimes the addition of a third brings some previously absent element into the mix that allows everyone to get what they want. It..." December 31

  • Five way-too-early bold predictions for the 2020 MLB season

    Sporting News "Happy (almost) New Year! Of course, for the baseball fans, the new year doesn't actually start until March 26, 2020. As we inch closer to Opening Day, we'll have more certainties and a better idea of what teams and players will be in the new league year. But until..." December 31

  • Shogo Akiyama Gives The Reds Options

    The Union Journal "What’s subsequent for the Reds after reportedly agreeing to phrases with outfielder Shogo Akiyama? That’s open to interpretation … and maybe not a part of a totally outlined plan for the Cincinnati entrance workplace. There’s no query that Akiyama can be..." December 30

  • Taking Stock Of The Starting Pitching Market

    MLB Trade Rumors "Entering the offseason, the market for rotation upgrades was robust — arguably one of the strongest groups of free-agent starters we’d seen. Two bona fide aces — Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg — headlined a group that also featured the NL Cy Young..." December 30

  • Every team's top home run of the decade "As the 2010s come to a close, it's time to look back at the best home runs of the decade. There were 51,931 homers hit from 2010-19, but there are a choice few that will always stand out as the most memorable, whether they came in the clutch during the postseason, were milestone shots for..." December 30

  • Six Years After JAY-Z's Taunt, Scott Boras Gets the Last Laugh

    Complex "On an album that will largely serve as an afterthought in the catalog of (arguably) the greatest rapper of all time, there was a taunt that caused plenty of sports fans to perk up when they heard it.   In the first verse of the eighth track of his 2013 offering Magna..." December 30

  • Top plays from 2019 MLB season

    The Score "10. Pete Alonso walks off Home Run Derby The New York Mets first baseman was a tour de force during his first campaign in the majors. Before breaking MLB's single-season rookie homer record, Alonso won an epic long-ball derby with three walk-off dingers, including that blast to..." December 30

  • Reds Reach Agreement With Shogo Akiyama

    MLB Trade Rumors "1:39pm: The Reds and Akiyama are in agreement on a three-year contract, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets. 1:03pm: The Reds are “working hard” to finalize an agreement with free-agent center fielder Shogo Akiyama, tweets MLB..." December 30

  • 10 biggest MLB stories from 2019

    The Score "With the calendar ready to turn to 2020, here's a look at the top 10 stories in Major League Baseball from 2019:  10. Free-agency freeze - and sudden thaw The stars of last year's free-agent class had to wait until spring training to find homes; only then did..." December 29

  • Reds, Padres Reportedly Leading Shogo Akiyama Bidding

    MLB Trade Rumors "DECEMBER 27, 7:42pm: Aside from the Reds and Padres, it’s “thought” that the Diamondbacks, Cubs and maybe even the Blue Jays still have interest in Akiyama, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. 6:55pm: The bidding is largely down to the Reds and..." December 28

  • An insider's view of the contentious MLB-MiLB dispute, from ex-pitcher, lawyer Garrett Broshuis

    Sporting News "The current contentious dispute between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball became public in October, when Baseball America reported that MLB had offered a plan to eliminate as many as 42 minor-league teams after the 2020 minor-league season, when the Professional Baseball..." December 28

  • Five MLB Teams That Could Surprise In 2020

    Sportsnaut "At a time when the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs are using the offseason to shed payroll, many other MLB teams are taking advantage of the talent available this winter. Teams are recognizing the opportunity that is coming for the 2020 season. Playoff spots, including division..." December 28

  • 3 Perfect Destinations for Bounce Back Candidate King Felix Hernandez

    12 Up "Reports indicate that Felix Hernandez has no intentions of retiring, even though he's statistically been of the MLB's worst pitchers across the last two campaigns. King Felix's career with the Seattle Mariners has surely concluded, and in perfect fashion at..." December 27

  • Ryosuke Kikuchi returning to Carp after failing to secure MLB contract

    Japan Times "Hiroshima Carp infielder Ryosuke Kikuchi said Friday he is giving up a bid to move to the majors this offseason via the posting system and will remain with the NPB club. Kikuchi, a seven-time Golden Glove winner, had until 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 2, 2020, to secure a deal with any of the 30..." December 27

  • Top-5 Overall Hitters of the 2010’s

    Hardball Talk "We’ve covered the five best defenders, the five best base runners, and the five best power hitters of the 2010s. Now let’s jump into the five best overall hitters of the 2010’s. 5. Christian Yelich, Marlins/Brewers Yelich ended the..." December 26