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  1. Blue Jays claim Lars Anderson off waivers from White Sox

    Feb 25, 2013, 2:14 PM EST

    Lars Anderson

    Lars Anderson is now with his fourth organization in the past six months, as the Blue Jays claimed the former top prospect off waivers from the White Sox. Previously he was traded from the Red Sox to the Indians in July, got sent to the Diamondbacks in the three-team Shin-Soo Choo/Trevor Bauer deal, and then…

  2. 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters are here

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:58 PM EST

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    The final rosters for next month’s 2013 World Baseball Classic were just revealed on MLB.com. The only real big surprise is that first baseman Joey Votto is listed under the heading for Team Canada. He hasn’t fully committed yet to playing and probably won’t make that decision until the event draws a bit closer. The…

  3. Reds won’t let Johnny Cueto pitch in the 2013 WBC

    Feb 20, 2013, 6:39 PM EST

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    Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto was hoping to represent his native Dominican Republic in next month’s 2013 World Baseball Classic. But it’s not going to happen: Reds exercised right to disallow Cueto’s participation in WBC as he finished on DL. Despite his desire to play, he respects their decision. — Bryce H. Dixon (@brycehdixon) February 20,…

  4. Dusty Baker thinks Clay Hensley pitched in the World Series

    Feb 18, 2013, 2:14 PM EST

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    I’ve always been confused by the notion that mediocre players somehow deserve extra credit for being on championship teams, which is a fairly prevalent cliche in all sports. You’ll see a random role player referred to as “a winner” all the time thanks to his having great teammates–count the ringzzz and all that–but this note…

  5. Reds won’t disclose how they’ll handle Aroldis Chapman’s workload as a starter

    Feb 16, 2013, 7:45 PM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    The Reds are stretching out left-hander Aroldis Chapman this spring in preparation for moving him to the starting rotation. However, while the club plans to handle his workload responsibly, they aren’t willing to say much more. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said today that the team doesn’t plan to…

  6. The Reds and Homer Bailey avoid arbitration

    Feb 16, 2013, 11:55 AM EST

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    According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds and Homer Bailey have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that the deal is worth $5.35 million. Bailey requested $5.8 million and was offered $4.75 million by the Reds when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, but the…

  7. The Marlins sign Casey Kotchman

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:31 PM EST

    Casey Kotchman

    The Miami Marlins just announced that they signed Casey Kotchman.  Not gonna say Casey Kotchman doesn’t streak across my radar very often, but I had no idea that he wasn’t on a team. This time next year I imagine he’ll replace Miguel Cairo as that guy I am shocked to learn is still in baseball…

  8. Miguel Cairo retires, joins Reds front office

    Feb 14, 2013, 2:44 PM EST

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    Miguel Cairo is retiring after a 17-year career, but he’s staying with the Reds and moving into the front office as a special assistant to general manager Walt Jocketty. That makes sense, because Cairo was seemingly beloved by every manager and general manager he ever played for, which is how you play 17 seasons in…

  9. Scott Rolen sounds like a guy getting ready to retire

    Feb 12, 2013, 5:03 PM EST

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    The Cincinnati Reds just announced that Scott Rolen will not join team for spring training.  In the wake of that Rolen issued his own statement through the team. He did not announce his retirement, but he certainly sounds like a guy strongly considering it: “Right now I’m simply not ready to make a commitment. I would…

  10. Mat Latos, Reds avoid arbitration with two-year contract

    Feb 12, 2013, 12:46 PM EST

    Mat Latos

    Cincinnati has avoided arbitration with Mat Latos by signing the right-hander to a two-year, $11.5 million contract. Latos was arbitration eligible for the first time at age 25 and requested $4.7 million while the Reds countered at $4.15 million. This deal gives him some financial security in case an injury happens and gives the team…

  11. Reds avoid arbitration with Shin-Soo Choo

    Feb 11, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Shin-Soo Choo and the Reds have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. This is Choo’s third and final season of arbitration eligibility and he requested $8 million while the Reds countered at $6.75 million. He made $4.9 million in Cleveland last season. And as I…

  12. Nick Masset is not close to returning from shoulder surgery

    Feb 11, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

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    Nick Masset missed all of last season with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery in September and the Reds reliever is behind schedule in his comeback, telling John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’s “had some small setbacks.” Initially the Reds indicated that Masset would likely be ready for spring training, but so…

  13. Homer Bailey is in The Best Shape of His Life (again)

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:49 PM EST

    Homer Bailey

    Add another name to the list, via John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: Homer Bailey came in last year with about 10 pounds of added muscle. It worked pretty well, so added another 10 pounds or so this year. Bailey weighed in at 230. Bailey only carried 205 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame when he…

  14. Shin-Soo Choo isn’t sure he can play center field either

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:14 PM EST

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    When the Reds acquired Shin-Soo Choo and announced that he’d be playing center field this season there was a lot of skepticism about his ability to handle the position defensively at age 30 after starting just one game there since 2007. And it turns out Choo is skeptical too, telling John Fay of the Cincinnati…

  15. Nationals sign Will Ohman

    Feb 11, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 8, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 8, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 6, 2013, 1:46 PM EST

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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…

  19. Mike Leake avoids arbitration with Reds

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:39 PM EST

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    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…

  21. Reds sign Miguel Olivo to minor league contract

    Feb 1, 2013, 1:50 PM EST

    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…

  22. UPDATE: Scott Rolen leaning toward playing another season

    Jan 31, 2013, 8:10 PM EST

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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,”…

  23. Reds avoid arbitration with Chris Heisey, Alfredo Simon

    Jan 31, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

    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…

  24. Brandon Phillips is apparently in the Beatles circa 1964

    Jan 28, 2013, 8:22 AM EST

    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…

  25. Dodgers confirm interest in free agent Scott Rolen

    Jan 27, 2013, 8:58 AM EST

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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…

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