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  1. Ryan Ludwick leaves Reds’ season opener with dislocated right shoulder

    Apr 1, 2013, 6:18 PM EST

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    The Reds’ starting left fielder could be looking at an extended absence. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Ryan Ludwick was diagnosed with a dislocated right shoulder after he injured it on a head-first slide into third base in the third inning of today’s season opener against the Angels. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI…

  2. The worst Opening Day starts of the 2000’s

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:05 PM EST

    Bases emblazoned with Opening Day sit ready to be installed on the field on opening night of the MLB season in Houston

    Opening Day is set to kick off in just a few minutes when the Houston Astros take on the Texas Rangers. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison opposes the Astros’ Bud Norris. Though Norris isn’t terrible, he isn’t exactly the type of starter you envision kicking off your team’s season on Opening Day. With that said, let’s…

  3. Jose Arredondo outrighted to Triple-A Louisville

    Mar 31, 2013, 4:15 PM EST

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    Reds righty Jose Arredondo posted a 2.95 ERA in 61 innings of relief last season. But he won’t have a spot in Cincinnati’s Opening Day bullpen this year. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds sent Arredondo outright to Triple-A Louisville, where he will pitch in middle relief until he’s needed again at…

  4. Curt Schilling and Alex Cora pick Ryan Howard for NL MVP

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:05 PM EST

    Ryan Howard

    I’m not lying. Thankfully, the rest made reasonable picks in Joey Votto (17 votes), Buster Posey and Bryce Harper (six), Ryan Braun and Justin Upton (three), Andrew McCutchen (two), and Matt Kemp, Jason Heyward and Giancarlo Stanton (one). Ryan Howard is 33 years old and is still visibly limping from an Achilles injury that caused…

  5. Extensions are the new on-base percentage

    Mar 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EST

    Dave Dombrowski, Justin Verlander

    Years after Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball and teams started taking a smarter approach to building baseball teams, writers would often proclaim something as “the new on-base percentage”. Billy Beane’s Oakland Athletics rose to prominence in one small part due to their ability to find cheap players with good on-base skills. A quick Google search of the…

  6. Buster Posey, Giants in “serious” extension talks

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

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    Justin Verlander and Paul Goldschmidt got extensions on the even of the 2013 season. Any room for Buster Posey?   The big question here is whether it would be a “lifetime” deal like the kind Joey Votto and Troy Tulowitzki got or, rather, whether this is a buyout of the arb years and a bit…

  7. Marlins agree to deal with Reds castoff Miguel Olivo

    Mar 28, 2013, 6:01 PM EST

    Miguel Olivo

    UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins have reached an agreement with Olivo, pending a physical. 10:15 AM: Cincinnati offered Miguel Olivo a $100,000 retention bonus to stick around at Triple-A after losing the backup catcher job to Devin Mesoraco, but he asked to be released and may have better opportunities. Joe Frisaro…

  8. Reds pick Devin Mesoraco over Miguel Olivo as backup catcher

    Mar 27, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v Cincinnati Reds

    Ryan Hanigan will be Cincinnati’s primary catcher again this season and the Reds have settled on Devin Mesoraco as his backup, which means veteran Miguel Olivo won’t make the team. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds would like Olivo to accept an assignment to Triple-A so they can keep him around for depth,…

  9. 2013 Preview: Cincinnati Reds

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:43 PM EST

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Cincinnati Reds. The Big Question: Is this the Reds’ year? It certainly has that feel. The Reds tallied 97…

  10. Mat Latos takes liner to right shin

    Mar 23, 2013, 7:45 PM EST

    Mat Latos

    It makes you cringe just reading about it. Mark Sheldon tweeted about the Reds right-hander’s ouster from today’s Cactus League game against the Texas Rangers: Latos just took a Soto liner off of the right shin it appeared. He’s limping around, and now exiting the game. in the 6th #reds — Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) March…

  11. The Reds make it official: Aroldis Chapman will be the closer

    Mar 22, 2013, 5:40 PM EST

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    This was reported yesterday, but today the Reds officially announced it: Aroldis Chapman will be the closer. Walt Jocketty made the announcement at Reds camp today. He added that Jonathan Broxton will be the setup man and Mike Leake is in the rotation.  He added that he had not, contrary to popular opinion, been pushing…

  12. Shin-Soo Choo misses fifth straight game with back spasms

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:48 PM EST

    Reds' Shin-Soo Choo prepares to hit against the Diamondbacks during their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Scottsdale

    As if moving to center field at age 30 after never playing the position regularly before wasn’t challenging enough for Shin-Soo Choo now he’s dealing with a back injury. Choo is out of the Reds’ lineup today for the fifth straight game with back spasms and manager Dusty Baker seemed unsure about his return timetable…

  13. 2013 Preview: Houston Astros

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    New look Astros

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Houston Astros. The Big Question: Will the Astros be historically bad? Maybe this isn’t the biggest question facing the…

  14. Indians send top prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:48 PM EST

    Trevor Bauer

    No big surprise, but the Indians have sent top prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A after he was in the mix for the final rotation spot. Cleveland previously reassigned Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor-league camp, taking him out of the rotation mix, but fellow reclamation projection Scott Kazmir remains in the running along with Carlos Carrasco. Bauer…

  15. Reds moving Aroldis Chapman back to the bullpen

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:52 AM EST

    chapman getty

    Aroldis Chapman has been preparing all spring as if he’ll be in the starting rotation, but Paul Daughtery of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds have decided to shift him back to the closer role. Chapman always wanted to remain in the bullpen and manager Dusty Baker wanted to leave him at closer too,…

  16. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL Central

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:50 AM EST

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    Kay Adams and I take a quick tour of the NL Central and ask whether Aroldis Chapman can handle the rotation, whether the Cardinals can compensate for their losses, whether the Pirates can finally break .500, whether the Brewers are going to bounce back and whether the Cubs are gonna finally unload Alfonso Soriano. Who…

  17. The Giants and Buster Posey continue extension talks

    Mar 20, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Posey Getty

    Last week we heard that the Giants and Buster Posey had “exchanged preliminary ideas” about a multi-year deal to buy out his remaining arbitration years. Today Jon Heyman reports that those talks continue, though there is a “decent-sized gap” between the parties. Part of that gap is contract length, with Posey apparently wanting a Joey Votto/Troy Tulowitzki-style decade deal, with…

  18. Reds send top prospect Billy Hamilton to minors

    Mar 19, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

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    Billy Hamilton was never really in the mix for Opening Day job because he’s 22 years old and has just 50 career games above Single-A, but today the Reds made it official by reassigning the fastest man in baseball to minor league camp. Hamilton has made the transition from shortstop to center field, but has…

  19. An international draft could be here sooner than you think. And it’s still a terrible idea.

    Mar 18, 2013, 1:01 PM EST

    Globe

    Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are negotiating to institute a worldwide draft as soon as June 1.  This in response to a provision in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that would impose additional restrictions on how much teams can spend on international signings. And, as we have long…

  20. Aroldis Chapman wants to close

    Mar 16, 2013, 9:40 PM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    Perhaps the biggest debate of the off-season, at least after the AL MVP award was handed out, was the benefit or detriment of the Reds’ desire to move Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation. Chapman, behind a high-90’s fastball, finished the 2012 season with a 1.51 ERA and 38 saves. However, the Reds signed Jonathan…

  21. Scout on Aroldis Chapman starting: “Joba Chamberlain all over again”

    Mar 15, 2013, 8:32 PM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    Ken Rosenthal talked to a rival scout about the chance of Cincinnati Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman joining the starting rotation, and the scout wasn’t exactly a fan of the transition: “I hope they do start him, but they’re crazy if they do,” said the scout, who works for another National League club. “It’s Joba Chamberlain…

  22. UPDATE: Brandon Phillips’ comments about the Dominican Republic’s celebration not quite as critical as first reported

    Mar 15, 2013, 5:02 PM EST

    Brandon Phillips, Craig Kimbrel

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal says that the comments of Phillips and others, such as they were, were not digs on the D.R. players as such. Go read his whole column here for a far more thorough handling of the comments Kernan tweeted about earlier. 5: 02 PM: I suppose it now, as they say, on: Brandon…

  23. Derrek Lee turns down Yankees, will stay retired

    Mar 14, 2013, 8:35 PM EST

    Derrek Lee

    In the wake of Mark Teixeira‘s right wrist injury, the Yankees contacted Derrek Lee to see if he would be interested in coming out of retirement to fill in at first base. However, they are going to have to go back to the drawing board. Derrek Lee has decided to stay retired, according to source.…

  24. R.A. Dickey back on the mound for Team USA vs. the Dominican Republic

    Mar 14, 2013, 6:31 PM EST

    Dickey Arencibia Getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Thursday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Dominican Republic at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Jose Reyes, SS 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Miguel Tejada, 3B…

  25. 2013 Preview: Cleveland Indians

    Mar 14, 2013, 3:15 PM EST

    Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Can the Indians be a quick fix? After following up an 80-82 season in 2011…

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