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  1. Brandon Phillips is apparently in the Beatles circa 1964

    Jan 28, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    The Reds had their annual Caravan thingie over the weekend. Stops in Columbus and Dayton with appearances before thousands of fans.  I didn’t go this weekend, but I’ve been to it and other things like it before. They’re cool enough. But I’ve never witnessed quite this level of adoration: Fans lined up in the bitter…

  2. Dodgers confirm interest in free agent Scott Rolen

    Jan 27, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney reported two weeks ago that the Dodgers were viewing free agent Scott Rolen as a “possible target” in their quest for third base depth. And now the club has confirmed that interest. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register on Saturday that he has spoken directly to…

  3. Billy Hamilton to start the year in Triple-A, play center field

    Jan 24, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

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    This was suspected from the moment the season ended, but Reds GM Walt Jocketty has made it official: speedster Billy Hamilton will be moving to center field and will be playing at Triple-A Louisville in 2013. Hamilton made more headlines than your average Single-A and Double-A player usually does in 2012 thanks to his stealing…

  4. Notes and thoughts on the Justin Upton trade

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Martin Prado

    Braves acquire OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson from Diamondbacks for 3B Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, SS Nick Ahmed and 1B Brandon Drury. – As some probably guessed, I’m a big fan of this deal for the Braves. I wrote an entry trying to pair the Upton brothers in Atlanta…

  5. Johnny Cueto is in “great shape”

    Jan 24, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    This is not a BSOHL post. This is a mere update to an injured player post. The player: Reds ace Johnny Cueto, who last we saw, was leaving the playoffs thanks to a bum oblique muscle. His general manager says he’s doing much better now, however: “Cueto’s in great shape,” Walt Jocketty said. “We just…

  6. Jay Bruce is in the Same Shape of His Life He’s Always Been In

    Jan 23, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

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    C. Trent Rosecrans spoke to Reds outfielder Jay Bruce about the kind of shape he’s in. This is new: from @jayabruce: ‘I know everyone this time of year says they’re in the best shape of their life — i’m in the same shape.’ — ctrent (@ctrent) January 23, 2013   It makes me happy that…

  7. Reds sign right-hander Armando Galarraga to minor league contract

    Jan 22, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Reds have signed right-hander Armando Galarraga to a minor league contract. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com hears that the deal doesn’t include a spring training invite with the big club, though he could presumably make his way over if he impresses in camp. Galarraga, best known for his near…

  8. Rockies offer minor league deal to catcher Yorvit Torrealba

    Jan 21, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, the Rockies have offered a minor league contract to free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba. Of course, Torrealba previously played with the Rockies from 2006-2009 and was the starting catcher with the club during their World Series run in 2007. The 34-year-old backstop batted just .227/.293/.330 with four home runs,…

  9. Arbitration filings: Chase Headley’s $10.3 million request leads way

    Jan 18, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Chase Headley

    The Padres’ Chase Headley, the Reds’ Shin-Soo Choo and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are among those asking for big raises in arbitration.

  10. Reds and Logan Ondrusek strike two-year deal to avoid arbitration

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Reds and right-hander Logan Ondrusek have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract. Terms haven’t been disclosed. Ondrusek was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two player, so the agreement buys out his first two years of eligibility. He remains under team control…

  11. Team USA’s roster announced for the World Baseball Classic

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The roster for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic was just announced.  It breaks down like this: Catchers: Joe Mauer, J.P. Arencibia, Jonathan Lucroy 1B: Mark Teixeira 2B: Brandon Phillips SS: Jimmy Rollins 3B: David Wright Utility: Ben Zobrist, Willie Bloomquist Outfielders: Ryan Braun, Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton, Shane Victorino Lefties: Jeremy Affeldt, Tim Collins, Derek…

  12. Michael Wuertz agrees to minor league deal with Marlins

    Jan 16, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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    In addition to signing utility man Nick Green yesterday the Marlins also inked reliever Michael Wuertz to a minor-league deal. Wuertz missed most of 2011 and all of 2012 while injured, but before that the right-hander was one of the more underrated setup man around with a 3.45 ERA and 412 strikeouts in 381 innings…

  13. Scott Rolen could be a target for the Dodgers

    Jan 15, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers have poured money into various parts of their roster over the past several months, but they’re set to open the 2013 season with Luis Cruz as their starting third baseman and do not have much depth behind him. So more moves are being considered. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Los Angeles front…

  14. Scott Rolen still hasn’t decided if he’s going to retire or not

    Jan 15, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Scott Rolen continues to take his sweet time deciding whether to retire or play in 2013, per John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: As of yesterday afternoon, the Reds still had not heard from Scott Rolen. Rolen is deciding whether to play or retire. I reached out to Rolen yesterday. I have not heard back.…

  15. Joey Votto’s status in limbo for World Baseball Classic

    Jan 12, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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    Joey Votto is hoping to play for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he underwent knee surgery last summer and must pass a physical for insurance purposes before he’s given the go-ahead. This according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. “We have every reason to believe there will be no issue whatsoever,” Team…

  16. Giancarlo Stanton will play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic, Mike Trout will not

    Jan 12, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

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    A bit of World Baseball Classic roster news. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has informed Team USA officials that he plans to participate in the 2013 WBC. Angels outfielder Mike Trout has bowed out of the competition, meanwhile, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Stanton, 23, batted…

  17. Scott Rolen is still unsure if he wants to play again or retire

    Jan 3, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    Every few weeks we do an update on Scott Rolen that basically says he’s still trying to decide if he wants to play in 2013 or retire, and apparently the 38-year-old remains undecided. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Rolen “has been in periodic contact” with the Reds, who despite being committed to Todd Frazier…

  18. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  19. Nick Swisher expected to visit Indians this week

    Dec 16, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    The Indians got center fielder Drew Stubbs from the Reds (and Trevor Bauer from the Diamondbacks) in last week’s three-team, nine-player trade. Now they’re looking to acquire a new right fielder. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that free agent Nick Swisher is scheduled to visit Indians officials at Progressive Field on Tuesday or Wednesday of…

  20. Scott Rolen has approached the Reds about coming back

    Dec 12, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    Last week Scott Rolen’s agent said his client needed more time to decide if he wants to come back. He’s apparently decided. From Danny Knobler: Rolen has now suggested to the Reds that he might want to go to spring training and give it another try, according to sources, and the Reds would be more…

  21. Reds sign Jack Hannahan to one-year, $2 million deal

    Dec 12, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Jack Hannahan

    Jack Hannahan has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Reds, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Hannahan drew a surprising amount of interest considering he’s a 32-year-old career .234 hitter who’s stretched as a traditional utility infielder because he’s barely played any shortstop, but teams apparently loved his defense at third base…

  22. Jay Bruce or Shin-Soo Choo in center for the Reds?

    Dec 12, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Jay Bruce

    I like the big Reds-Indians-Diamondbacks trade from the Reds’ perspective. That lineup is gonna be stacked now and they have to be everyone’s favorite in the NL Central. One of the points of concern, however, is what the Reds would do with their outfield defense. The team doesn’t have a natural center fielder now and…

  23. How the Diamondbacks went from Trevor Bauer to Didi Gregorius

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer

    The Diamondbacks and GM Kevin Towers knew all about Trevor Bauer‘s odd delivery and unusual throwing program when they made him the third overall pick in the 2011 draft. If they had questions about him then, they overlooked them in order to get one of the top talents on the board. Now, a year and…

  24. Shin-Soo Choo heads to Reds, Trevor Bauer lands with Indians in three-team mega-trade

    Dec 11, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT

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    That three-team mega-trade between the Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks has been made official. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has the breakdown: Reds get: OF Shin-Soo Choo INF Jason Donald Indians get: SP Trevor Bauer OF Drew Stubbs RP Bryan Shaw RP Matt Albers Diamondbacks get: SS Didi Gregorius RP Tony Sipp OF Lars Anderson Declaring…

  25. Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks talking three-team trade

    Dec 11, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

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    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported earlier that the Reds were trying to acquire outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from the Indians, with Drew Stubbs and infield prospect Didi Gregorius heading to Cleveland in return. But that deal has since grown a bit larger. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, on the table now is a three-team…

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