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  1. Nick Masset signs two-year deal with Reds, avoids arbitration

    Jan 25, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    Masset_Nick

    Cincinnati has bought out Nick Masset‘s remaining arbitration eligibility, signing the right-hander to a two-year contract that MLB Trade Rumors reports is worth $5.5 million. Masset made $1.725 million last season and submitted a $2.9 million figure for arbitration after throwing 70 innings with a 3.71 ERA and 62/31 K/BB ratio. Cincinnati countered at $2.1…

  2. Let the bidding begin: Yoenis Cespedes is finally a free agent

    Jan 25, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    cespedes getty

    After months of reports about Yoenis Cespedes being on the verge of free agency MLB has finally announced that the 26-year-old outfielder who defected from Cuba last summer is cleared to negotiate with teams. Cespedes established residency in the Dominican Republic and then surprised many people by participating in the Dominican winter league, but stopped…

  3. Reds acquire utility man Wilson Valdez from Phillies

    Jan 25, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Valdez_Wilson

    Not so long ago Wilson Valdez got all kinds of undeserved credit for the Phillies’ success, but now they’ve traded the light-hitting utility man to the Reds for left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst. Valdez has topped 300 plate appearances in each of the past two seasons despite hitting just .254 with a .300 on-base percentage and…

  4. Koji Uehara rejected a trade to the Blue Jays

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Texas has been shopping Koji Uehara and apparently found a palatable deal for him, but Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the 36-year-old reliever rejected a trade to Toronto. Uehara’s contract–which was signed with the Orioles–includes a limited no-trade clause consisting of six teams and unfortunately for the Rangers the Blue Jays are on…

  5. Yoenis Cespedes establishes residency in Dominican Republic, already a free agent?

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    UPDATE: That was fast. Dionisio Soldevila of the Associated Press was told by Cespedes’ representative, Edgar Mercedes, that not only has the Cuban outfielder established residency in the Dominican Republic, he has also officially been granted free agency by MLB. In fact, Cespedes stopped playing in the Dominican Winter League playoffs at the urging of MLB teams. We haven’t…

  6. Ike Davis is the NL’s second-best first baseman?

    Jan 24, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Ike Davis, Miguel Montero

    With Albert Pujols and now Prince Fielder following Adrian Gonzalez to the American League, the NL has bled some remarkable talent at first base the last two winters. That’s one sure Hall of Famer and two more legitimate possibilities switching leagues while still in their primes. Left is Joey Votto and, well… Reds: Joey Votto…

  7. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  8. Blue Jays sign Francisco Cordero to serve as setup man

    Jan 24, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Not only couldn’t Francisco Cordero secure a multi-year contract coming off a season in which the longtime closer saved 37 games with a 2.45 ERA, it turns out he couldn’t even find a closing gig. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Cordero has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Blue Jays, who…

  9. Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion works out for Rangers

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Gerardo Concepcion

    Gerardo Concepcion, the 18-year-old pitcher who established residency in the Dominican Republic to become a free agent after defecting from Cuba, worked out for the Rangers yesterday. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that team president Nolan Ryan was part of the Rangers group on hand to watch Concepcion in the Dominican Republic, adding that “the…

  10. UPDATE: Angels, Orioles, Phillies and Blue Jays pursuing Francisco Cordero

    Jan 23, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    UPDATE: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels, Orioles, Phillies and Blue Jays are pursuing Cordero. Those are likely our four finalists. 6:40 PM ET: MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that free agent Francisco Cordero is down to four teams and expects to make a decision by the end of the week.…

  11. Reds payroll likely to be down slightly from last season

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    After signing Ryan Ludwick last week the Reds more or less have their roster set, with John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer speculating that the one last move they might make is adding a veteran utility man like Ryan Theriot. Fay crunched the numbers to find that Cincinnati’s current payroll will be around $76 million…

  12. Fred Lewis agrees to minor-league deal with Indians

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    fred-lewis-blue-jays

    Fred Lewis, who spent last season with the Reds, has inked a minor-league deal with the Indians that includes an invitation to spring training. Lewis struggled last season, hitting just .230 with a .638 OPS in 81 games while spending time on the disabled list with an oblique injury, but he’s generally been a pretty…

  13. The Angels have shown interest in Francisco Cordero

    Jan 19, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    After the Reds signed Ryan Madson last week, Francisco Cordero was forced to turn his attention to a free agent market without many obvious places to close ballgames. The Orioles were mentioned as a possibility on Monday, but it’s hard to see why adding a late-game reliever should be a priority for them, especially when…

  14. Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion declared a free agent

    Jan 18, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    cuba flag

    UPDATE: Rojas reports that Concepcion has now officially been declared a free agent, with the Yankees, Rangers, Phillies, Cubs, and White Sox showing the most interest. ========== Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion has established residency in Mexico and the 18-year-old left-hander is close to being declared a free agent by MLB, according to agent Jaime Torres.…

  15. Report: Reds and Ryan Ludwick agree to one-year, $2.5 million deal

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick AP

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds and outfielder Ryan Ludwick have agreed to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2013. He’ll be reunited with Walt Jocketty, who was the general manager during his time in St. Louis. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Ludwick will make a $2.5 million base salary…

  16. The Orioles are interested in Francisco Cordero

    Jan 16, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    When the Reds signed Ryan Madson to a one-year, $8.5 million deal with a club option last week, it left Francisco Cordero without a logical landing spot to close ballgames in 2012. However, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is hearing that the Orioles have expressed interest in the veteran right-hander. Cordero, who turns 37…

  17. Reds add Dioner Navarro for catching depth

    Jan 16, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    navarro warm-up

    Dioner Navarro was an All-Star for the Rays in 2008, but since then he’s hit .218, .194, and .193 in three seasons and today he agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds. Cincinnati lost last year’s starting catcher, Ramon Hernandez, to the Rockies in free agency, but backup Ryan Hanigan has long been ready…

  18. Michael Pineda addition a big win for Yankees

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Maybe there were no household names involved, but Michael Pineda-for-Jesus Montero is a huge trade, one that, at first inspection, appears to have been won by the Yankees. The Mariners picked up Montero after originally passing on him in a Cliff Lee deal in the summer of 2010. They chose the Rangers’ package headed by…

  19. UPDATE: Reds ink Ryan Madson to one-year, $8.5 million deal

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    madson getty

    UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the deal is worth $8.5 million guaranteed while Bob Nightengale of USA Today adds that it includes some performance-based incentives. The Phillies will receive two draft picks as compensation for Madson, though the new CBA stipulates that the Reds will not surrender their first-round pick.  Instead, the Phils are…

  20. So much for Prince Fielder: Cubs acquire Anthony Rizzo from Padres for Andrew Cashner

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Anthony Rizzo‘s future in San Diego was in doubt as soon as the Padres acquired Yonder Alonso from the Reds in the Mat Latos trade last month and today they traded Rizzo and Zach Cates to the Cubs for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na. Rizzo was awful in 49 games for the Padres as a…

  21. Agent says Francisco Cordero has multi-year contract offers

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    General manager Walt Jocketty revealed last week that the Reds have kept their one-year offer to Francisco Cordero on the table and the two sides continue to talk, but today agent Bean Stringfellow indicated that the veteran closer has multi-year offers from other teams. “We’re making progress on a lot of fronts,” Stringfellow told Mark…

  22. Reds tabled extension talks with Brandon Phillips

    Jan 1, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    phillips getty wide

    From the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Fay comes this update on the Reds’ negotiations toward a contract extension with Brandon Phillips: The Reds haven’t talked to Phillips’ agents since the winter meetings. “We decided to table it till January,” [GM Walt] Jocketty said. Phillips told reporters late last season that he would not be offering the Reds a…

  23. Francisco Cordero has a one-year offer on the table to return to the Reds

    Dec 31, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    It seems like everybody has already decided that Ryan Madson is the big loser in the game of musical chairs among free agent closers, but don’t forget that Francisco Cordero is also out there looking for a job. The Reds acquired left-hander Sean Marshall from the Cubs last week, giving them a potential cost-effective alternative…

  24. Reds GM Walt Jocketty says Sean Marshall “a possibility” to close

    Dec 23, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Sean Marshall Getty2

    The Reds held a conference call earlier this afternoon to introduce Sean Marshall, who was acquired from the Cubs for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes. Marshall has primarily pitched in a set-up role over the past two seasons, but Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty didn’t…

  25. Cubs trade Sean Marshall to Reds for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt, and Ronald Torreyes

    Dec 23, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. ========== It’s been a couple days since the Cubs and Reds reportedly agreed to a deal that would send Sean Marshall from Chicago to Cincinnati for Travis Wood and two unnamed prospects, and now Keith Law of ESPN.com says the trade will be announced at some point today. Law also…

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