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  1. Hunter Pence is going to be back with the Giants in 2013

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence Reuters

    Pop quiz, hot shot! You traded for an outfielder in the middle of the year who often looked helpless at the plate. He was a nice guy and had character, though, serving as a great cheerleader. And hey, you won the friggin’ World Series, so it’s not like his presence in the lineup every day…

  2. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  3. Finalists announced for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP…

    Nov 7, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

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    This year, the Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing finalists for its eight major awards before actually rolling out the trophies next week. Those finalists will be announced in an hour-long special on MLB Network beginning at 6 p.m. ET. We’ll list the names as they come in… Rookie of the Year American League:…

  4. Miguel Cabrera named Player of the Year by his peers

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

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    We have to wait until next week for the awards voted on by the writers, but the Players Choice Awards were announced earlier tonight on MLB Network. Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera was voted as the Player of the Year by his peers, beating out finalists Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen. So, um, cue the…

  5. The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor. As you’ll recall, there were awards for the…

  6. Reds still haven’t given up on Aroldis Chapman as a starter

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman worked as a starter in spring training before Ryan Madson got hurt and the Reds decided to leave him in the bullpen, where he saved 38 games with a 1.51 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 72 innings during his first season as a closer. Three years and 137 appearances into his big-league career…

  7. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  8. Ryan Madson declines $11M mutual option for 2013

    Oct 31, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

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    The Reds wouldn’t have picked it up anyway, so right-hander Ryan Madson beat the team to the punch on Wednesday night and declined his half of an $11 million mutual option for the 2013 season. This according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Madson gets a hefty $2.5 million buyout and will officially become a…

  9. “Pursuing A-Rod makes sense for the Phillies”

    Oct 31, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

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    It’s the offseason and free agents can’t even sign yet, so what better time to start some good old fashioned shootin’-the-poop over almost certainly not going to happen roster moves? Today: Corey Seidman and the CSNPhilly.com gang talking about A-Rod to the Phillies! Pursuing A-Rod makes sense for the Phillies, who have a glaring hole…

  10. Ryan Ludwick declines mutual option, becomes free agent

    Oct 31, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    Ryan Ludwick and the Reds had a $5 million mutual option for 2013, but the outfielder turned down his half today to become a free agent. It was an easy call for Ludwick, who turned his career around after back-to-back poor seasons by hitting .275 with 26 homers and an .877 OPS in 125 games.…

  11. Rafael Soriano is going to opt out of his contract today

    Oct 31, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano has until tonight to opt out of his contract. We’ve known for a while that he’s likely to do so, but Jon Heyman says that, yes, it will happen today. It’s a no-brainer for him, even if he didn’t want to test the free agent market. He’s slated to make $14 million in…

  12. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    I stopped caring about the Gold Glove awards sometime between designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a “first baseman” and Derek Jeter winning five as a “shortstop” but MLB has announced three (or four) finalists per league at each position and here they are: (Note: Coaches and managers vote for the Gold Glove award…

  13. 2012 projections review: second base

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This is the third entry in a position-by-position review of my 2012 projections. Along with looking at my top preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each spot, I’m highlighting some other interesting players. Any requests for players not covered can be made in the comments. 1. Robinson Cano – Yankees Projection: .309/.362/.520, 30 HR,…

  14. 2012 projections review: first base

    Oct 25, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    This is the second of a position-by-position review of my 2012 projections. Along with looking at my top preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each spot, I’m highlighting some other interesting players. Any requests for players not covered can be made in the comments. 1. Albert Pujols – Angels Projection: .306/.414/.586, 43 HR, 114…

  15. 2012 projections review: catcher

    Oct 24, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    I’ll be doing some projection reviews over the next couple of weeks, starting with catcher here. Along with running down my preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each position, I’ll also present a few more that are of interest. Requests of players not listed can be made in the comments. 1. Carlos Santana –…

  16. This just isn’t the time for Yankees to trade Alex Rodriguez

    Oct 19, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    As far as I can tell, Alex Rodriguez committed two crimes this month. He played pretty horribly in the playoffs, which hardly put him among the minority of Yankees hitters, and he embarrassed his team by reportedly trying to get a woman’s digits from the dugout. In the case of the latter, absolutely no one…

  17. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

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    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

  18. Ryan Ludwick turns down his mutual option with the Reds

    Oct 17, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    Jon Heyman says that Ryan Ludwick will turn down his part of the $5 million mutual option he was with the Reds for 2013.  The Reds, however, will still try to keep him. A no-brainer for Ludwick, who put together a nice season — .275/.346/.531 with 26 home runs, 80 RBI — and is entering…

  19. Jeremy Affeldt’s status in question after another weird injury

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Jeremy Affeldt

    UPDATE: X-rays came back negative, so Affeldt is hoping to be available for Game 1 of the NLCS. ========== For the third time in the past 18 months Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt has suffered a weird injury. Back in late 2011 he sliced his right hand while separating hamburger patties for a barbeque and needed…

  20. Deep Thoughts: ex-Phillies edition

    Oct 12, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Forgot to mention this earlier, but I was really wondering last night how it felt for Phillies fans to see Raul Ibanez play hero on Wednesday night and then, less than 20 hours later, seeing Jayson Werth play the hero for the Nats. If Scott Rolen had gone yard instead of striking out to end…

  21. Reds expected to offer Dusty Baker a “short term” contract

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Reds' manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout as his team plays the Giants in Game 5 of their MLB NLDS playoff baseball series in Cincinnati

    There was chatter during yesterday’s Giants-Reds game that, seeing as though he’s only under contract through 2012 at the moment, it could be Dusty Baker’s last game at the helm in Cincinnati. Which, theoretically, could be his last game as manager. Seems that isn’t the case, though: Walt Jocketty will meet this morning w Dusty…

  22. Report: Scott Rolen is leaning towards retirement

    Oct 11, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    Eight-time Gold Glove winner Scott Rolen had a nice little two-month resurgence for the Reds this summer, but he couldn’t keep it going in September and October. Now, with his contract up and free agency looming, he’s leaning towards retirement at age 37, USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale reports. Rolen has been plagued by shoulder problems for years, and…

  23. What do Scott Rolen, Alex Rodriguez, and Omar Vizquel have in common?

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    This doesn’t mean anything, really, but I found it interesting. From the “stats and info” department at ESPN: Scott Rolen joins A-Rod and Omar Vizquel as only players to K to end a postseason series twice in a career. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 11, 2012 And as Calcaterra points out, Dusty Baker…

  24. The Reds are dead and Dusty Baker’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon

    Oct 11, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

    Reds' manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout as his team plays the Giants in Game 5 of their MLB NLDS playoff baseball series in Cincinnati

    Scott Rolen just struck out to end Game 5 of the NLDS. The Giants win 6-4 and now they’ll go on to face the winner of the Nats-Cardinals series. This wasn’t all on Dusty Baker.  It wasn’t Dusty Baker who was beat around like nobody’s business in the fifth inning. That was Mat Latos, who…

  25. Dusty Baker just managed the Reds out of a possible rally

    Oct 11, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Bottom of the sixth inning, the Reds coming back. A Ryan Ludwick homer brings them to within three runs.  Then, Jay Bruce walks, Scott Rolen singles, putting Bruce on second. Ryan Hanigan comes up to the plate — still no one out — and works the count full.  Matt Cain is on the ropes! Then…

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