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Reds Trade Rumors: Johnny Cueto Very Much In Play

With one of the most dominant starts in all of baseball this season, Cincinnati Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto eased concerns from major league clubs interested in acquiring his services as the trade deadline nears. On Tuesday, the 29-year-old Dominican Republic native silenced the Washington Nationals by tossing a complete game, two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and one walk. He threw 122 pitches in Cincinnati’s 5-0 win and retired 17 of the final 18 batters he faced. The stellar performance could have been Cueto’s last with the Reds,... 
 

Joey Votto is Healthy and off to a Blazing Start

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto struggled with injuries in a 2014 campaign that lasted just 62 games. After playing in all 162 games in 2013 and slugging 24 home runs with a .435 on-base percentage, Votto hit just six longballs with a batting line of .255/.390/.409 before injuries ended his season. Consequently, the Reds suffered, finishing 28th in the major leagues in runs scored and posting a batting line of .238/.296/.365. Household names Brayan Pena, Neftali Soto, Donald Lutz and Jack Hannahan all manned first base. The Canadian has... 
 

Tigers Acquire Alfredo Simon from Reds

The Detroit Tigers have acquired pitcher Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for shortstop Eugenio Suarez and pitching prospect Jonathan Crawford, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. It’s the second trade the Tigers have made today. Earlier they sent Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Simon, a veteran right-hander, made a career-high 32 starts for the Reds last season. Prior to that he pitched in their bullpen. In 2010, he served as the closer for the Baltimore Orioles, notching... 
 

Marlins Acquire Mat Latos from Reds

The Miami Marlins have acquired starting pitcher Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. In exchange the Reds will receive pitcher Anthony DeSclafani and catcher Chad Wallach. It’s been a busy couple of days for the Marlins who acquired second baseman Dee Gordon from the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night. Latos, who turned 27 earlier this week, is coming off an injury-plagued year. He made just 16 starts as an elbow injury limited him significantly. Prior to that he had posted four straight solid seasons... 
 

Reds Joey Votto Gets a Day Off, Maybe More

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was not in the lineup today leading to speculation that he may be headed back to the disabled list with the same injury that put him there there the first time earlier this season, a left quad problem. He’s 1-for-his-last-11 and 6-for-37 over his last 11 games. In 23 games since his return from the DL, Votto is batting .250 with 11 RBIs. He hasn’t homered since May 10. “For Joey, it’s just a day off,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. According to Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports sources... 
 

Reds Jay Bruce Lands on 15 Day DL – Needs Knee Surgery

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Jay Bruce was placed on the 15 day disabled list and will require knee surgery that will sideline the 27 year old for 3-4 weeks. Bruce has hit .218/.355/.366 (99 OPS+) with only three home runs in 29 games this season. Bruce was not in the Reds starting lineup on Sunday due to soreness in the knee but apparently there was no indication surgery would be required. Bruce did pinch-hit Sunday and struck out. “I was ready to keep him out,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He came up to me and said: ‘I... 
 

Gray, Cingrani, Paxton: Young Pitchers Impressing in 2014

Young players stole the show in 2013, and just four days into the 2014 season, several young pitchers are already making their mark. Youthful hurlers Michael Wacha, Jose Fernandez, and Chris Archer have turned in strong outings after making good showings in 2014. In addition, Sonny Gray, Tony Cingrani, and James Paxton had excellent first outings. Here’s a more in-depth look at what these three pitchers did in their first go-round in 2014. The 24 year-old Gray, a Vanderbilt product, made his mark in 2013, striking out 25.7 percent of hitters... 
 

Cincinnati Reds, Homer Bailey Agree on Extension

The Cincinnati Reds and Homer Bailey have come to terms on an extension covering six years and $105 million with a $25 million mutual option that contains a $5 million buyout, reports Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. Earlier this offseason, the two sides exchanged arbitration figures, with Bailey filing for $11.6 million, and the Reds countering at $8.7 million. The extension buys out five years of free agency for a total guarantee of $95 million. It’s comparable to the five year, $90 million free agent pact the Detroit Tigers agreed upon with... 
 

MLB News: Seven Extension Candidates Before Season Starts

With Spring Training mercifully around the corner, it’s that time of the year when teams start negotiating contract extensions. Clayton Kershaw started off the extension season with a deal that guarantees him $215 million, and the Atlanta Braves recently agreed on a lucrative deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that will keep him under team control through his age-31 season while guaranteeing him approximately $100 million of new money. Here are some players that are good candidates for contract extensions before the season begins.  Max... 
 

Where is the Market for Nelson Cruz?

Like Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, Nelson Cruz‘ value has been hurt by the Qualifying Offer. At this point, it appears that all three of the above players should have accepted the one-year, $14 million deal extended to them by their teams, as their markets don’t look too strong. Each of the above players have their flaws, and most teams appear unwilling to surrender a draft pick in order to sign one of them. Early on, Cruz appeared to have a strong market, and he reportedly turned down a five year, $75 million deal from the Seattle... 
 

For Cincinnati Reds, its a New Year, New Season

For the second consecutive season, the Cincinnati Reds carried high hopes into the postseason last October. For the second consecutive season, they were dismissed from the playoffs earlier than expected. Editor’s Note: This “New Year, New Season” post on the Cincinnati Reds is part of a series where Baseball News Source columnist Jeff Louderback chronicles each Major League team as spring training draws nearer. After falling in the wild card game to Pittsburgh, the Reds fired manager Dusty Baker and replaced him with Bryan Price, the club’s... 
 

Cincinnati Reds Sign Chien-Ming Wang To Minor League Deal

The Cincinnati Reds signed righthanded pitcher Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training according to a news release by Wang’s agency, Octagon. Wang would earn $1.25 million upon making the major league roster and up to $3 million if he reaches all the incentives in the deal. From 2006-07, Wang had a 38-13 record, the most wins in the major leagues. While he only struck out 10.5 percent of hitters, a low walk rate and a groundball rate over 60 percent resulted in a 3.67 ERA and a 3.85 FIP. He compiled... 
 

Is Shin-Soo Choo Worth a $140 Million Deal ?

With the signing of Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo is the best hitter available in the free agent class. The 31 year-old outfielder is looking for a big deal, something in the range of seven years at $20 million per year. There are a bevy of teams that are reported to be interested in Choo, including the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers.  How much is Choo worth? Should he command a deal in the Ellsbury range? Choo is an on-base machine. He owns a career .389 OBP... 
 

Shin-Soo Choo Targeted by Yankees, Tigers and Reds

Now that Jacoby Ellsbury has signed with the New York Yankees, fellow Scott Boras client Shin-Soo Choo is the most highly regarded outfielder remaining on the free agent market. Media reports indicate that the Yankees still could pursue the 31-year-old left-handed hitter who is comfortable in right field but can also play center; however, the club is also trying to bring back R0binson Cano. Choo, who is from South Korea, had the fourth-best on-base percentage in the majors last season at .423. Add his .285 average, .885 OPS,  21 home runs, 20 stolen... 
 

Brandon Phillips May Stay With Cincinnati Reds After All

Time just has a way of mending fences and that may be what is happening with the Cincinnati Reds and second baseman Brandon Phillips.  For most of the off-season many expected the Reds to deal Phillips. For their part the Reds have had discussions with a number of teams including the New York Yankees earlier this off-season. However, none of those talks produced the deal and now the Reds may have second thoughts on moving the All-Star second baseman. Trade rumors started almost immediately after Phillips reportedly angered Reds officials by complaining... 
 
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