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  1. Nationals sign Will Ohman

    Feb 11, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Will Ohman

    In their never-ending quest to compile the most depth in baseball the Nationals have signed left-hander Will Ohman to a minor-league deal, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com. Ohman spent last season with the White Sox, posting a 6.41 ERA in 27 innings at age 34, but he was a solid middle reliever in 2010…

  2. Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks agree to $35 million extension

    Feb 8, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Aaron Hill AP

    Three weeks after Aaron Hill and the Diamondbacks were said to be having preliminary extension talks the two sides have agreed to a deal, with Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reporting that Hill will get $35 million for three seasons. Hill signed a two-year, $11 million deal last offseason and would have become a free agent…

  3. Insurance issue to keep Troy Tulowitzki from playing in World Baseball Classic

    Feb 8, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Troy Tulowitzki made it clear that he wanted to play for the United States in the World Baseball Classic despite missing most of last season following groin surgery, but the decision has been taken out of his hands by an insurance company. Tulowitzki has $140 million remaining on his long-term contract and the Rockies have…

  4. If Scott Rolen plays again it probably won’t be for Dodgers

    Feb 6, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

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    Scott Rolen is still trying to decide whether to retire or play an 18th season and the Dodgers’ reported interest complicated what was assumed to be a return to the Reds. But now the Dodgers have apparently moved on, as general manager Ned Colletti said on MLB Network today that Rolen will “probably end up…

  5. Mike Leake avoids arbitration with Reds

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Cincinnati Reds

    Cincinnati and Mike Leake have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.06 million contract. Leake was arbitration eligible for the first time after throwing 179 innings with a 4.58 ERA and 116/41 K/BB ratio last season and requested $3.5 million while the Reds countered at $2.65 million. Leake was the eighth overall pick in…

  6. Reds GM Walt Jocketty hopes for resolution on Scott Rolen as soon as this weekend

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen Getty

    We heard yesterday that veteran third baseman Scott Rolen was leaning toward returning for another season, but it’s not clear whether he’ll do so as a member of the Reds. We might not have to wait much longer to find out. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said today that…

  7. Reds sign Miguel Olivo to minor league contract

    Feb 1, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Cincinnati was seemingly set at catcher with Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Reds are close to signing Miguel Olivo. Olivo has long been overrated by people who focus on his strong arm and 20-homer power rather than his historically awful on-base percentages and passed ball totals, so…

  8. UPDATE: Scott Rolen leaning toward playing another season

    Jan 31, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he hasn’t spoken with Rolen’s agents in the last couple of days, but he didn’t rule out the possibility that the veteran third baseman could return to Cincinnati for another season. “I think there’s a chance we get something worked out,”…

  9. Reds avoid arbitration with Chris Heisey, Alfredo Simon

    Jan 31, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cincinnati Reds - Game Two

    Cincinnati avoided arbitration with two players, signing outfielder Chris Heisey and reliever Alfredo Simon to one-year contracts. Heisey gets $1.325 million, which is right around the midpoint of his $1.65 million request and the team’s $1.05 million counter. He hit .265 with .715 OPS in 375 plate appearances last season and figures to have another…

  10. 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…

  11. Dodgers confirm interest in free agent Scott Rolen

    Jan 27, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    rolen getty

    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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

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

    Jan 22, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga Getty

    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…

  17. Rockies offer minor league deal to catcher Yorvit Torrealba

    Jan 21, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Yorvit Torrealba Getty

    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,…

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

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

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    American Flag

    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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

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

    Jan 15, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    scott rolen getty

    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.…

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

    Jan 12, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

    votto getty

    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…

  25. 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…

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