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  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Puig: Dodgers trade 'didn't get anyone who could help them the way I could'

    SI "The outfit is wrong. Standing in the kitchen of his house in Encino, Calif., on a late January morning, Yasiel Puig looks down at his wardrobe and sees a problem. His t-shirt is blue; so are his athletic shorts. (No word on his underwear.) This won’t do, he decides. He retreats to his..." March 14

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Brian Cashman is done talking about Sonny Gray

    New York Post "Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is done dealing with Sonny Gray questions. Gray blamed the Yankees for making him throw too many sliders last year when he was dropped from the Yankees’ rotation and kept off the postseason roster. He was traded to the Reds in..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Sonny Gray moves closer to pitching in Cincinnati Reds games with live batting practice session

    Cincinnati Enquirer "With his teammates away from the Reds’ complex on their off-day Tuesday, Sonny Gray moved a step closer to pitching in spring training games.   Gray threw 26 pitches in a live batting practice session to four minor league hitters, which was the next step in his progression..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Sonny Gray: Yankees insisted on ‘s–tty’ pitch that ruined me

    New York Post "Sonny Gray is starting a new chapter of his career in Cincinnati, searching for the All-Star form he held in Oakland. And if it wasn’t for a season-and-a-half pit stop in New York, Gray isn’t so sure he’d be at a crossroads in his career. Gray, who was..." March 05

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Yasiel Puig isn't the only intriguing Reds outfielder in 2019

    Sporting News "The Reds made some bold offseason moves heading into the 2019 season, and none made a bigger splash then bringing Yasiel Puig into the mix.   Puig is in a contract year with the Reds, and his comments to ESPN about his time with the Dodgers made their..." February 28

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • Sonny Gray scratched from the Cincinnati Reds' spring training opener with stiff elbow

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Sonny Gray was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday in the Reds spring opener with right elbow stiffness. Tanner Roark will start instead.  Gray, the 29-year-old right-hander, came to the Reds in a Jan. 21 trade with the New York Yankees. The..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • Reds Discussing Minor League Deal With Jose Iglesias

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds and shortstop Jose Iglesias have been discussing a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal and C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic report (via Twitter). If the deal comes to fruition, he’d join Derek Dietrich in MLB camp as a quality veteran with a strong chance..." February 22

  • Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen moving closer to playing center field in games

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Michael Lorenzen did some drills in the outfield Tuesday and took batting practice in the cages Thursday. It’s all a part of the team’s plan to prepare Lorenzen for spring training games. The priority is on pitching, but manager David Bell said Lorenzen will play some..." February 22

  • Yasiel Puig says he did not work hard last few years with Dodgers

    Larry Brown Sports "Yasiel Puig may be ready to take his game to a new level in 2019. Puig was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds in a multi-player trade in December and is now settling in with his new team. Puig will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and is..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Scooter Gennett isn't happy Cincinnati Reds haven't gotten back to him about an extension

    Cincinnati Enquirer "There was a time last season when it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Scooter Gennett would come to camp with a contract extension.  Gennett thought so, but he says he hasn’t heard from the Cincinnati Reds about a deal this offseason...." February 19

  • Nick Senzel Hires Wasserman Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "Top Reds prospect Nick Senzel has changed agents, per’s Mark Sheldon. He’s now represented by the Wasserman Group and agent Joel Wolfe. For the time being, the 23-year-old Senzel has plenty of non-contractual matters on his plate. He is working to..." February 19

  • Puig ready to take Cincy by storm: 'I love red' "New Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig has been in camp for about a week, often hitting on his own on the backfields. With the first full-squad workout taking place on Monday, Puig was able to warm up, throw and hit with his teammates. Puig, acquired in December's seven-player trade with..." February 18

  • Reds sign Derek Dietrich to minor league deal

    Redleg Nation "Dietrich (29) is a left-handed batter. He can play anywhere in the infield except for shortstop. He played quite a bit of LF for the Marlins. So he has a lot of utility. The Reds have salary space to take on Dietrich’s $2 million major league contract if he makes the..." February 18

  • Joey Votto says he's 'proud' of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado for standing ground with contracts

    Cincinnati Enquirer "With Bryce Harper and Manny Machado available on the free agent market as players report to spring training complexes this weekend, Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto said he was proud of them for standing their ground. Votto, a six-time All-Star, signed a $225 million, 10-year contract..." February 18

  • Joey Votto has hilarious quote on what he’ll do if players strike

    Larry Brown Sports "The state of MLB free agency is such that there has been increasing talk of a potential strike when the CBA comes up for negotiation, but one player seems relaxed about the whole thing. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto already knows what he’ll do if the players go on..." February 17

  • What if the Cincinnati Reds finally get a healthy Anthony DeSclafani?

    Red Reporter "Sonny Gray is 29 years old, is fresh off a new contract extension, and while he has topped 3 fWAR in MLB seasons before, he’s never once topped 4. Alex Wood has a similar story, a 28 year old who just won his final arbitration hearing who has managed to successfully top 3..." February 15

  • Yasiel Puig is free from Dodgers’ platoon, ready to thrive in Cincinnati

    Los Angeles Times "The prospects gathered in the outfield grass around the veteran. For more than an hour Wednesday, as the rest of the Cincinnati Reds filtered into their clubhouse, a few young players received a tutorial on the path to big league success. The lesson came from an instructor dubbed, in the words..." February 15

  • Trevor Bauer, Gerrit Cole, Alex Wood win arbitration cases

    Hardball Talk "Three arbitration awards were handed down today. All three involved starting pitchers. All three starting pitchers got the W: Trevor Bauer of the Indians, Gerrit Cole of the Astros, and Alex Wood of the Reds all prevailed and will get the salaries they sought for..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Reds Designate Jose Lopez For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced Monday that they’ve designated minor league right-hander Jose Lopez for assignment. His roster spot will go to lefty Zach Duke, whose previously reported one-year contract to return to Cincinnati is now official. Lopez, 25, isn’t..." February 11

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, baseball pioneer and first black manager, dies at 83

    USA Today "Frank Robinson was royalty, a legend in the world of baseball. Despite his tremendous accomplishments on and off the field, it was as if his monumental role in baseball history had been forgotten. Maybe now, people will pay attention and realize that Frank Robinson was one..." February 07

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • Reds, Marlins deep in talks about Realmuto "The Marlins and Reds remain engaged in trade talks for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, and one package being discussed includes catcher Tucker Barnhart and infield prospect Jonathan India.'s Jonathan Mayo on Saturday reported that Barnhart, India and one or more..." February 02

  • Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig explains why he licks and talks to his bat

    USA Today "Standing in front of more than 40 boys and girls at the Reds’ urban youth academy Wednesday, Yasiel Puig took questions from the kids about what sports he played growing up, whether he tried Skyline chili and what did he want to do in Cincinnati. During Puig’s 15-minute..." February 02

  • Reds Sign Tim Adleman To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds and righty Tim Adleman have reportedly agreed on a minor league deal. Adleman, 31, spent last season with the KBO’s Samsung Lions, pitching to a 5.05 ERA with 137 K (54 BB) in 171 IP. Before heading to Korea, Adleman appeared in 43 games (33 starts) with Cincinnati from..." February 02