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  1. 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…

  2. UPDATED: Everything about today’s qualifying offer deadline

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Here’s the wrap on how Monday’s qualifying offer deadline went down. First, here’s a quick guide to the qualifying offers game: Teams are allowed to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents they’ve employed for at least a year and thus secure a draft pick if they depart. That pick will come immediately following the…

  3. Tigers will be hard-pressed to make big signing this winter

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    The Tigers have made a habit of big splashes in the offseasons. Three years ago, it was Victor Martinez. Then Prince Fielder. Last winter, the Tigers signed both Anibal Sanchez and Torii Hunter. Those deals have helped them reach the postseason each year, but the ultimate prize has remained out of reach. As the Tigers…

  4. Bronson Arroyo “would definitely consider” signing with the Mets

    Nov 2, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    After spending the last eight seasons with the Reds, Bronson Arroyo will almost certainly be pitching elsewhere next season. And while the Hot Stove is just getting warmed up, Dan Martin of the New York Post brings the following tidbit about a potential landing spot for the free agent right-hander: The Mets’ hopes for the…

  5. Where will the Red Sox spend this winter?

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    With Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all filing for free agency, the world champion Red Sox would seem to have a whole lot of flexibility this winter. Even without signing any replacements, they have a perfectly legitimate 25-man roster ready to go: SS: Xander Bogaerts: $500,000 RF: Shane Victorino: $13 million…

  6. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  7. Red Sox redefine what it means to be dynasty

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    These Boston Red Sox are a new kind of dynasty. I suppose there’s a question if they really ARE a dynasty, if that word “Dynasty” even means anything in today’s game, with 30 teams and the game’s structure pushing toward parity. But Boston did win its third World Series in a 10-year-span. Only eight teams…

  8. 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…

  9. 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’…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. Playing favorites finally comes back to bite Red Sox manager John Farrell

    Oct 24, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

    We’ve been over this before, but… Jonny Gomes against RHP in 2013: .258/.341/.404 in 151 AB Jonny Gomes against RHP career: .225/.310/.423 in 1,863 AB Daniel Nava against RHP in 2013: .322/.411/.484 in 339 AB Daniel Nava against RHP career: .292/.390/.443 in 657 AB John Farrell knows these numbers. He played Nava over Gomes against…

  13. 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…

  14. Bryan Price becoming Reds manager could mean Aroldis Chapman moving into the rotation

    Oct 22, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    bryan price aroldis chapman reds

    Cincinnati officially announced that Bryan Price will replace Dusty Baker as manager, which is interesting because he served as pitching coach under Baker for the past four seasons. One issue where Baker and Price disagreed was how to utilize Aroldis Chapman. Price repeatedly indicated that he wanted to give Chapman an opportunity to start, preferring…

  15. 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…

  16. Tigers could address their leadoff woes with Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo

    Oct 20, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    Free agent-to-be Jacoby Ellsbury was part of the Red Sox arsenal that helped knock the Tigers out of the playoffs. “If you can’t beat ‘em, sign ‘em,” the Tigers must be thinking. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe suggests that, given the Tigers’ lack of success with Austin Jackson atop the lineup, they could pursue…

  17. 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…

  18. Koji Uehara is your ALCS MVP

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:28 AM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    Closer Koji Uehara has been Mr. Dependable for the Red Sox all year long and he’s finally been rewarded for it. Not only does he get to pitch in the World Series, he will go home tonight with some hardware, earning MVP of the ALCS for a sterling effort, notching three saves in as many…

  19. Heyman: The Astros could make a play for Shin-Soo Choo

    Oct 19, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    We’re not ready to fire up the hot stove quite yet, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman passes along this interesting nugget on a potential surprise suitor for impending free agent Shin-Soo Choo: The Houston Astros, whose lowest-in-baseball payroll of $25 million or thereabouts was a mere fraction of most teams, may consider making a run…

  20. 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…

  21. Cardinals await conclusion of ALCS as World Series will be a rematch of 2004 or 2006

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    With a thorough 9-0 drubbing of the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS, the Cardinals clinched a World Series appearance for the first time since, uh, last week. At least it feels that way, anyway. They won the World Series in 2011 against the Texas Rangers in seven games. The Cardinals are anxiously waiting…

  22. The Uehara Phenomenon

    Oct 18, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    So, you probably know that this year Boston’s Koji Uehara proved to be harder to reach base against than any pitcher in the history of baseball. That’s a pretty good thing. Here’s the list of the Top 10 WHIPs in baseball history, pitching at least 50 innings: 1. Koji Uehara, 2013, 0.565 2. Dennis Eckersley,…

  23. 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…

  24. Mat Latos had surgery to remove bone chips from elbow

    Oct 16, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    Reds right-hander Mat Latos, who was passed over for the Wild Card game start in part because he was dealing with bone chips in his elbow, had surgery last week to remove them. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that he’s expected to be fully recovered before spring training and generally speaking removing bone chips (and/or…

  25. Four years later, 2009 free-agent pair comes up big in LCSs

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    Headlined by three players, the post-2009 season MLB free agent class was undoubtedly the weakest seen in at least a decade. The prizes: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (acquired from the A’s earlier that summer), Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay and Angels right-hander John Lackey. The field was so bad that the fourth biggest contract went…

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