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  1. Mat Latos throws two innings against minor leaguers in first live game since knee surgery

    Mar 19, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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    Positive development Wednesday in Reds camp. According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, starter Mat Latos tossed two scoreless innings against minor league hitters in his first live appearance since undergoing surgery on February 14 to repair a tear of the meniscus in his left knee. Latos threw 31 pitches — 19 strikes…

  2. Umpire gets knocked out of a game by a line drive

    Mar 17, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Umpire Brad Myers

    Scary scene in Goodyear at today’s Reds-Indians game. Umpire Brad Myers left the game after being hit “in groin region” by a Brandon Phillips line drive. He was down on the field for several minutes but then was up under his own power and taken from the field on a golf cart. The game was…

  3. Mat Latos to throw batting practice Friday for the first time this spring

    Mar 13, 2014, 10:32 PM EDT

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    Reds right-hander Mat Latos will take a significant step tomorrow in his recovery from February surgery on his left knee, as AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports that he’s scheduled to throw batting practice for the first time this spring. Latos, who is also coming back from a cleanup procedure on his elbow in October, was…

  4. Smart money on Hanley Ramirez, Jay Bruce in prop bets

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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    Bovada released its player prop bets for the 2014 season on Wednesday, providing odds on the AL and NL MVP and Cy Young races, as well as MLB’s home run leader. Here’s a look at what I consider to be the best bets in each category. Please do note, though, all information here is for…

  5. Cincinnati writer calls Brandon Phillips out on his B.S.

    Mar 10, 2014, 9:47 AM EDT

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    Brandon Phillips‘ interview with MLB.com was noted mostly for his “how the [expletive] am I declining” comment, but John Fay of Cincinnati.com notes that Phillips is either lying or deluded about something else too: the source of his beef with local reporters. Phillips is not talking to the four daily beat guys who cover the…

  6. Billy Hamilton is honing his bunting weapon

    Mar 7, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Billy Hamilton hit .368 in 22 plate appearances in September last season, but some in the know say that Hamilton will struggle to hit in the Majors. In his first season against Triple-A competition last season, Hamilton hit .256 with a .308 on-base percentage and a .343 slugging percentage. Hamilton’s signature has always been his…

  7. Brandon Phillips: “How the [expletive] am I declining?”

    Mar 7, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips

    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips isn’t talking to the Cincinnati media, but he’s willing to talk to the national media and willing to talk to the national media about why he’s not talking to the Cincinnati media. Case in point, this Phillips quote to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com: I don’t have nothing to say to…

  8. Mat Latos throws first bullpen session of spring

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Reds right-hander Mat Latos needed surgery in early February for a torn meniscus in his left knee and has yet to appear in a Cactus League game. But he took a significant step forward on Wednesday in camp: Mat Latos threw off of the mound for the first time since his left knee surgery on…

  9. UPDATE: Justin Masterson wants $40-60 million over three or four years

    Mar 4, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Masterson and his agent have made a three-to-four-year proposal to the Indians which is believed to be in the $40-60 million range. They are currently waiting to hear back from the team, but the request sounds pretty reasonable. 8:51 p.m. ET: Justin Masterson can become…

  10. Reds optimistic Mat Latos will throw off mound this week

    Mar 3, 2014, 7:36 PM EDT

    Mat Latos AP

    Mat Latos is just a little over two weeks removed from left knee surgery, but Reds manager Bryan Price told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com today that he’s “optimistic” that he’ll be able to throw off a mound by the end of this week. Latos tore meniscus cartilage in his knee shortly before spring training when…

  11. Mike Leake dealing with abdominal injury

    Mar 2, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

    Mike Leake

    Mike Leake was scheduled to make a start for the Reds this afternoon but he has been scratched due to an abdominal injury suffered during a workout roughly a month before the start of spring training, according to manager Bryan Price. Brett Marshall will start in Leake’s place. Thankfully, it isn’t a serious injury. More,…

  12. Red Sox and Jon Lester’s agents have talked twice about an extension

    Mar 1, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

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    Earlier today, D.J. Short told you about the reported interest between the Red Sox and starter Jon Lester in signing a multi-year contract extension. “Just how interested?” you ask. Two conversations interested, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. That’s a great deal of interest. As D.J. wrote, the extension could be in the…

  13. Justin Masterson is still discussing an extension with the Indians

    Feb 27, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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    Justin Masterson avoided arbitration with the Indians last week by agreeing to a one-year, $9.7625 million contract, but today he told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the two sides remain in touch about a possible contract extension. Masterson has the ability to become a free agent after this season, but he expressed…

  14. Reds manager Bryan Price wants his team to be aggressive on the bases

    Feb 22, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick notes that the Reds’ 67 stolen bases as a team last season was the franchise’s lowest total since 1971. Shin-Soo Choo, now a Ranger, led the team with 20 stolen bases but was inefficient, needing 31 attempts to do so. Billy Hamilton ranked second on the team with 13 stolen bases in…

  15. Jordan Zimmermann isn’t concerned about signing a long-term extension with the Nationals

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann signed a two-year, $24 million deal to avoid arbitration back in January. The right-hander, who has finished each of the past three seasons with an ERA of 3.25 or better, had been discussing a long-term deal with the organization, but the two sides were ultimately too far apart and agreed on…

  16. Joey Votto wants Reds fans to get to know him better

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweeted a link to an interesting video about Joey Votto earlier tonight. (If you can’t watch the video through Twitter, this link should work.) In the two minute-long video, Votto talks about how many Reds fans have the wrong idea about him. He attributes this to his workmanlike demeanor…

  17. Brandon Phillips refuses to speak to the media

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    Wild Card Game - Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Brandon Phillips made headlines back in August for calling a local beat reporter a “fat mother******” (among other things) and now he’s decided to simply stop talking to the media altogether. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Phillips “refused to speak to the media on the day position players reported to camp” and…

  18. UPDATE: Homer Bailey and the Reds reach a six-year, $105 million extension

    Feb 19, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

    Homer Bailey AP

    UPDATE: Mark Sheldon reports that the deal is done. Six years, $105 million with a mutual option for a seventh. 1:05 PM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Homer Bailey extension with the Reds is “all but done.”  The deal is for six years and between $100 million and $110 million according to Rosenthal and Jon Heyman. This…

  19. Mat Latos is already walking without crutches five days after knee surgery

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Mat Latos underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds right-hander is already “walking without crutches” or “a noticeable limp.” At the time of the surgery the Reds said they hoped Latos could resume throwing in around 10 days and so far…

  20. Report: Reds are “getting close” on a nine-figure extension with Homer Bailey

    Feb 16, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

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    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer with the report: Heard Reds getting close to 6-year deal in $100 million range with Homer Bailey. Bound to influence Indians talks with Justin Masterson. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) February 17, 2014 Previous reports had indicated that there was an “enormous gap” in negotiations between the Reds and…

  21. Mat Latos slips while throwing, undergoes knee surgery

    Feb 14, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    Early bad news from Reds camp, as Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Mat Latos “slipped while throwing” and tore the meniscus in his left knee. He underwent surgery today and the team says he’s expected to be sidelined for at least 10 days. If that’s an accurate return timetable Latos would have plenty of…

  22. Orioles’ interest in Ervin Santana “has increased”

    Feb 11, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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    The dominoes are now falling quickly on the starting pitching market, and the Orioles are looking to make an acquisition before the well runs completely dry. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun heard from a source Tuesday that the Orioles front office has increased its show of interest in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana since…

  23. The Orioles failing other players on their physicals helped cost them Bronson Arroyo

    Feb 11, 2014, 2:56 PM EDT

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    The Orioles are one of the teams that was linked with Bronson Arroyo for much of the offseason. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that one of the reasons they lost out on him was that the Orioles had already failed two players on physicals this offseason and Arroyo was concerned that they’d pull…

  24. Paul Daugherty is not happy with Aroldis Chapman

    Feb 11, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

    Yesterday we linked the story about Aroldis Champan’s offseason in the wilderness. He’s having adjustment problems. He sleeps late. He seems aimless in the offseason. It was kind of sad, actually, and you do wonder about where his head is at. Paul Daugherty certainly wonders. He’s quite upset at the story — he even questions…

  25. Aroldis Chapman smokes Marlboro Reds, wakes up at sunset, drives really fast

    Feb 10, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Eli Saslow of ESPN profiles Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. And oh my God, are we glad he did. Because we get a glimpse of a pretty odd life. One of boredom and restlessness when he’s not playing baseball. The scene: Champan’s extended family sits around his Florida mansion waiting for him to wake up,…

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