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  1. The Rangers could shop Ian Kinsler or Elvis Andrus

    Nov 6, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are considering trading either second baseman Ian Kinsler or shortstop Elvis Andrus to make room for Jurickson Profar. Kinsler is guaranteed $57 million over the next four seasons, Andrus is owed $126 million over the next nine. A such, neither would be easy to move. But neither would be…

  2. The Yankees have expressed interest in Brandon Phillips

    Nov 5, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

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    Or “checked in” as we say this early in the offseason. You know, so as not to be so obvious about it and so we won’t come off as desperate. Heyman: The Yankees, looking to set themselves up in case star second baseman Robinson Cano signs elsewhere, have checked in with the Reds regarding Brandon Phillips and also asked about free-agent second…

  3. Gold Glove Award winners, as they’re announced …

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    gold glove award 2013

    The 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients are being rolled out during an hour-long special tonight (8 p.m. ET) on ESPN2. So get your outrage engines started and follow along as the winners are announced position-by-position … National League C Yadier Molina 1B Paul Goldschmidt 2B Brandon Phillips 3B Nolan Arenado SS Andrelton Simmons LF…

  4. Joey Votto is still answering questions about his production in 2013

    Oct 26, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Joey Votto‘s lack of RBI was a talking point throughout the season, especially among those in the Cincinnati media. They lamented his lack of RBI, suggesting that rather than going up to the plate looking to drive in runs, Votto was being passive by instead aiming to draw walks. Despite hitting third in the Reds’…

  5. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

  6. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    gold glove

    Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria,…

  7. Reds GM downplays Brandon Phillips rumors … sort of

    Oct 23, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Wild Card Game - Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Amid reports that the Reds are planning to trade Brandon Phillips this offseason general manager Walt Jocketty was asked about the situation yesterday and insisted: “I’m not talking to any clubs about him.” Jocketty told reporters assembled for the Bryan Price introductory press conference that he recently texted Phillips to assure him “I have not…

  8. Reds expected to name Bryan Price as manager on Tuesday

    Oct 21, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    Getty Bryan Price

    The Reds will go in-house to replace Dusty Baker, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that pitching coach Bryan Price is expected to be named as manager tomorrow. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer are hearing the same. While there were rumblings about Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, former…

  9. Brandon Phillips is probably on the way out of Cincinnati

    Oct 20, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

    brandon phillips getty

    The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Fay — a very professional beat reporter who doesn’t dabble in nonsense — reported last week that the Reds will likely shop second baseman Brandon Phillips this winter. Which makes sense in a lot of ways. Phillips is owed $50 million over the next four seasons and posted a weak .706…

  10. The Braves would have interest in Brandon Phillips if the Reds take Dan Uggla back

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

    Wild Card Game - Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    We heard yesterday that the Reds could look to trade second baseman Brandon Phillips this offseason. And it sounds like we can count the Braves among the teams who could be in the mix to acquire him, though there is a catch involved. Hearing #Braves would have interest in #Reds 2B Phillips if Cincy takes…

  11. The Reds could trade Brandon Phillips this winter

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips

    John Fay — who doesn’t engage in wild speculation — reports that the Reds could shop second baseman Brandon Phillips this winter. He cites the Reds’ interest in Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero as one suggestion that they’re willing to move past Phillips. The second reason is more personal: Phillips ticked off a lot of people in…

  12. La Russa is not a Reds managerial candidate. Jim Riggleman is for some reason.

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    riggleman head reuters

    As soon as the news hit that Dusty Baker was out as Reds manager people started talking about Tony La Russa. In addition to being a surefire Hall of Fame manager, he is close with Reds GM Walt Jocketty and worked with him for years in St. Louis. Seems that’s just wishcasting: Tony LaRussa has…

  13. Brandon Phillips: “we choked”

    Oct 2, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    Wild Card Game - Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The guy tells it like it is. Sometimes when he shouldn’t. But you can pretty much expect him to go beyond the cliches before most guys do, and he did so last night after the Reds’ loss to the Pirates: “We choked. I don’t care how my teammates feel about what I am saying now,…

  14. Reds get on the board but Pirates open even bigger lead in National League Wild Card Game

    Oct 1, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Reds slugger Jay Bruce was 0-for-11 against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano entering this National League Wild Card Game and struck out on three straight sliders in his first meeting Tuesday night against the left-hander, but Bruce got Cincinnati its first run of the night with an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning…

  15. National League Wild Card Game: Reds-Pirates lineups

    Oct 1, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle, Marlon Byrd, Dusty Baker, Mark Carlson, Gerry Davis

    Here are the lineups for tonight’s National League Wild Card Game between the Reds and Pirates, in Pittsburgh: Reds: CF Shin-Soo Choo LF Ryan Ludwick 1B Joey Votto 2B Brandon Phillips RF Jay Bruce 3B Todd Frazier SS Zack Cozart C Ryan Hanigan SP Johnny Cueto Ryan Ludwick only drew three starts as the No.…

  16. Brandon Phillips expects to play tonight despite “nasty swelling” on shin

    Oct 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    brandon phillips

    Brandon Phillips took a foul ball off his leg Saturday and then sat out Sunday’s game with what Mark Sheldon of MLB.com describes as “some nasty swelling above his left shin.” However, the Reds second baseman felt much better Monday and is expected to be in the lineup for tonight’s Wild Card playoff game against…

  17. Brandon Phillips names his All-Swag Team

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    brandon phillips

    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports spoke with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, mostly about swag. Phillips says that baseball needs more of it, saying, “That’s exactly why African-Americans don’t play baseball. [There’s] no passion in the game. You’ve got to be like a robot. Look at basketball. Look at football. When you make an exciting…

  18. Quote of the Day: Brandon Phillips on Wild Card celebrations

    Sep 23, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    brandon phillips

    I totally agree with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips on this topic: Phillips on #Reds would celebrate clinching a wild card: Hell no! You celebrate clinching a one-game playoff and then lose, you look stupid. — John Fay (@johnfayman) September 23, 2013 Of course, we’ll see if the rest of the Reds feel the same…

  19. Reds trounce Pirates to bring NL Wild Card back into a deadlock

    Sep 22, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Reds brought the lumber today against Pirates starter Jeff Locke. Locke, an All-Star, entered today’s start with a 5.43 ERA since the break. It didn’t improve. The Reds tagged Locke for five runs in the top of the first. After the Reds loaded the bases with one out, Jay Bruce laced a bases-clearing double…

  20. Mark Trumbo is not bothered if you point out his low OBP

    Sep 6, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Tweet about Brandon Phillips‘ low on-base percentage and he flips out and calls you names.  Talk to Mark Trumbo for a little while and he brings up his low OBP and says that it’s a weakness in his game he’s working to improve: “I understand it,” Trumbo said of getting a bad rap for his…

  21. Reds make it three out of four, defeat Cardinals 6-2

    Sep 5, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Todd Frazier

    If they hadn’t gotten so bunt happy on Wednesday, the Reds might have made it a clean sweep. As is, they should be pretty pleased to have taken three out of four from the visiting Cardinals with their 6-2 win on Thursday. Todd Frazier hit two of the Reds’ four homers in support of Tony…

  22. The Reds got bunt-happy last night and it cost them dearly

    Sep 5, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    If the Reds fall a game short of the Cardinals and/or Pirates — or, heaven forbid, the Diamondbacks or Nationals — they might want to look at last night’s game against the Cardinals as the reason why. It was a night the Red squandered multiple opportunities thanks to ill-advised bunts. The first weird attempt did…

  23. Joey Votto wants to lead the league in OPS and WAR

    Aug 30, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Joey Votto Getty

    At FanGraphs, David Laurila polled a handful (12, to be specific) of Major Leaguers about with which offensive statistic they would like to lead the league. It’s quite fascinating, particularly that the most popular answer was not batting average, runs, or RBI, but OPS. Had you randomly polled 12 players five years ago, I would…

  24. Quote of the Day: Ron Darling on Brandon Phillips

    Aug 29, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Brandon Phillips lashing out at a reporter yesterday has led to a lot of interesting discussions about the player/reporter relationship. My favorite is by Will Leitch of Sports On Earth, who wrote an interesting article about the power struggle that players always dominate. While announcing this afternoon’s Mets game Ron Darling also had a good…

  25. Brandon Phillips goes off on Cincinnati Enquirer baseball writer C. Trent Rosecrans

    Aug 28, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips apparently took issue with something written recently by the stat-minded C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer and went off on Rosecrans in the visitor manager’s office Wednesday evening at Busch Stadium with manager Dusty Baker looking on. ESPN 101, a St. Louis-based radio station, just posted audio of the…

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