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  1. Reds reliever Nick Masset to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    HardballTalk has turned into RedsBullpenTalk today, so here’s the latest: Nick Masset has been diagnosed with shoulder inflammation and will begin the season on the disabled list, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. In theory at least Masset was in the mix for the closer job, but that was always a long shot…

  2. Reds “audition” free agent reliever Mike Gonzalez

    Mar 28, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Dusty Baker is still trying to decide who will be asked to replace Ryan Madson as closer, but in the meantime free agent reliever Mike Gonzalez worked out for the Reds yesterday. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com described it as an “audition” and says Gonzalez “was spotted throwing in a bullpen session at the Reds’ complex.”…

  3. Sean Marshall, unlike Dusty Baker, is sure he can thrive as the Reds’ closer

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Dusty Baker may be unsure if Sean Marshall can step into the closer role for the injured Ryan Madson, but Marshall’s performance over the past two seasons suggests he’d be fantastic in the ninth inning and yesterday the left-hander made it clear that he’d “like the opportunity to pitch in that role.” Part of Baker’s…

  4. Mat Latos day-to-day with left calf strain

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

    Mat Latos Getty

    After losing their closer Ryan Madson due to season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Reds were given a scare with their other big offseason addition earlier today. Mat Latos was pulled from his start this afternoon against the Cubs after 4 2/3 innings due to a strained left calf. However, the Reds were more fortunate this…

  5. Reds undecided on closer replacement for Ryan Madson

    Mar 27, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    As soon as news broke of Ryan Madson needing season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery the assumption was that the Reds would move setup man Sean Marshall into the closer role, but manager Dusty Baker apparently hasn’t made up his mind yet. Baker told Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com that he’s “been getting that question from all…

  6. Ryan Madson to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Mar 24, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Ryan Madson returned to Cincinnati yesterday to have his ailing right elbow examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek. The results were the worst-case scenario. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Madson will undergo Tommy John surgery after the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow was found to be “torn off the bone.” It’s a…

  7. Ryan Madson flies to Cincinnati for elbow exam

    Mar 23, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    madson getty

    With the Reds still being all hush-hush on his condition, Ryan Madson will travel to Cincinnati to have his ailing elbow examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek on Thursday. Madson was expected to pitch in a minor league game today, but it was announced last night that he was being scratched. Neither Madson nor team officials…

  8. Reds “don’t know” whether Aroldis Chapman will start or relieve

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Aroldis Chapman has pitched well as a starter this spring, but manager Dusty Baker said yesterday that the Reds remain unsure whether he’ll be in the rotation or the bullpen to begin the season. And according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer sending Chapman to Triple-A so he can continue starting there is also…

  9. Ryan Madson still experiencing right elbow discomfort?

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

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    Reds closer Ryan Madson has yet to make an appearance in a Cactus League game this spring because of discomfort in his throwing elbow. And he’s unlikely to debut anytime soon. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Madson was scratched from a scheduled appearance Thursday in a minor league exhibition game with what…

  10. Yasmani Grandal wonders where he fits in Padres’ plans after Nick Hundley extension

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    yasmani grandal reds

    In writing about Nick Hundley‘s contract extension earlier this week I noted that the move blocks top catching prospect Yasmani Grandal’s path to the majors, as he looks likely to be MLB-ready by 2013 at the latest and now Hundley is signed through 2015. Dan Hayes of the North County Times took it one step…

  11. Jeff Francis won’t opt out of minor-league deal with Reds

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis Getty

    As part of his minor-league contract with the Reds left-hander Jeff Francis the ability to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not added to the 40-man roster by March 28, but that won’t be happening. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that his odds of securing a spot in the Reds’ rotation…

  12. Padres sign Nick Hundley long term, block prospect Yasmani Grandal’s path to the majors

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley

    Nick Hundley and the Padres have agreed to a multi-year contract that covers 2013 and 2014 while including a team option for 2015. Hundley was already signed for $2 million this season and under team control through 2014 via the arbitration process, so the Padres will pre-pay for two seasons of arbitration eligibility in exchange…

  13. Ryan Madson: “I can’t prove it, but I do believe” Phillies made $44 million offer

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and agent Scott Boras have much different stories about how Ryan Madson went from reportedly being on the verge of a four-year, $44 million deal to remain with the Phillies to settling for a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Reds. Boras insists the Phillies made a verbal offer to…

  14. Ryan Madson’s elbow “is pretty close to 100 percent”

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Sidelined early in camp by what manager Dusty Baker called “a little irritation in his arm,” Ryan Madson has been cleared for game action. Madson was officially diagnosed with elbow inflammation, but told Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “it’s pretty close to 100 percent right now.” Groeschen reports that Madson threw a 30-pitch…

  15. Aroldis Chapman had family problems last year

    Mar 15, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Aroldis Chapman took a step back last year, walking a ton more guys than he had previously. Yesterday Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that Chapman had some family issues that may have affected his focus, and that, for him, family problems are trickier than they are for other guys: “Last year…

  16. Jeff Samardzija heats up Cubs rotation competition

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    It looked like six pitchers for five spots initially, but with Jeff Samardzija having made a strong early impression on new manager Dale Sveum, there are currently seven pitchers in the mix for the Cubs rotation. The givens are Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster, though Garza’s name has been a very popular one in trade…

  17. Yoenis Cespedes is not guaranteed a job either. Or so says Billy Beane.

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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    It’s understandable that Manny Ramirez is going to be out of the picture for a while. But would you believe Yoenis Cespedes could be shuffled off to the minors too? I don’t believe it, but Billy Beane is at least making noises that Cespedes will not simply be given a job: Beane would not guarantee…

  18. Farewell, Arizona

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    It is with a heavy heart that I get on a plane this morning and leave Arizona. No, it’s not a paradise. But for a few weeks in late February and on through March it is pretty damn close to it. The weather is perfect. The baseball is plentiful. Hope is ubiquitous. Friends — at…

  19. Reds to meet with Brandon Phillips’ agents next week

    Mar 10, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Brandon Phillips told reporters upon arriving to Reds’ camp last month that he hadn’t spoken with the club about a possible contract extension since December. That’s about to change. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com this afternoon that he plans to meet with Phillips’ representatives when they arrive in Goodyear,…

  20. Yoenis Cespedes homers, drives in another run in a spectacular spring training debut

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    Yes, I know it’s spring training and that spring training doesn’t matter. But I believe in Yoenis Cespedes. I am, officially, a Cespedesphile. Wait. That doesn’t sound quite right. We have time to work on it, though. It’s spring training for wannabe members of the not-yet-invented Yoenis Cespedes fan club, too. Anyway, a full house —…

  21. Buster Posey catches two innings in first game since collision last May

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

    Buster Posey, Rob Drake

    We’ve provided pretty consistent updates on Buster Posey since his season ended last May with a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments following a collision with Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins. But after months of talking about the latest step in his rehab process, we finally have some baseball results to pass along. Posey caught two…

  22. Bill Bray’s groin injury could send Aroldis Chapman back to the Reds’ bullpen

    Mar 8, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Bill Bray had to cut a bullpen session short after aggravating a groin injury and if he’s unavailable for Opening Day the Reds may shift Aroldis Chapman back to the bullpen. All offseason the Reds talked about stretching out Chapman for a potential move to the rotation, but they have plenty of starter depth even…

  23. Twins ink Glen Perkins to three-year, $10.3 million extension

    Mar 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Minnesota and reliever Glen Perkins have agreed to a three-year, $10.3 million contract extension that includes a team option for 2016. Perkins, who avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1.55 million deal this season, was under team control via arbitration again for 2013 and then would have been a free agent. By signing him the Twins…

  24. Dusty Baker on Juan Francisco: “He’s got to stop eating”

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Francisco Cordero has some company on the “Not In The Best Shape Of His Life” team, apparently. Here’s what manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com about Juan Francisco‘s calf injury and overall status in Reds camp: He’s got time but he’s behind. Part of that is if he had rehabbed properly in the…

  25. Details of Andrew McCutchen’s $51.5 million extension

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Late last night Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates announced a six-year, $51.5 million contract extension and now Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette has the year-by-year breakdown: 2012: $0.5 million, plus $1.25 million signing bonus 2013: $4.5 million 2014: $7.25 million 2015: $10 million 2016: $13 million 2017: $14 million 2018: $14.75 million option…

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