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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

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

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:14 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    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…

  9. 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…

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

    Feb 8, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

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    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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,”…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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

    Jan 24, 2013, 3:44 PM EST

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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…

  21. Notes and thoughts on the Justin Upton trade

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EST

    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…

  22. Johnny Cueto is in “great shape”

    Jan 24, 2013, 1:50 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jan 23, 2013, 4:14 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jan 22, 2013, 12:31 PM EST

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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…

  25. Rockies offer minor league deal to catcher Yorvit Torrealba

    Jan 21, 2013, 7:05 PM EST

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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,…

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