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  1. Albert Pujols wants to prove people wrong? About what?

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:10 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's first baseman Pujols watches the field during their spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona

    It takes a special kind of person to play the “no one believes in me” card after getting a ten-year, $240 million contract, but Albert Pujols is apparently that special.  From Bob Nightengale at USA Today: “I always have that chip on my shoulder, no matter what kind of success I’ve had,” Pujols says forcefully.…

  2. The HardballTalk Season Preview

    Apr 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Wilson Opening Day

    Opening Day is upon us.  Well, one of them anyway. We had one in Japan last week. And then the Cardinals-Marlins game and then more staggered Opening Days across Thursday and Friday. It’s all a conspiracy, you know. The red, white and blue decorative bunting industry and its high-powered lobbyists are what made that happen. More…

  3. Dusty Baker finally makes it official: Sean Marshall is the Reds’ closer

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    For whatever reason manager Dusty Baker was hesitant to name Sean Marshall the Reds’ new closer after Ryan Madson went down, saying: “You just don’t throw somebody in that role.” Marshall made it very clear that he wanted the job and his excellent performance during the past two seasons made it equally clear that he…

  4. Springtime Storylines: Have the Reds built themselves a World Series contender?

    Apr 2, 2012, 10:47 PM EST

    Dusty Baker, Scott Rolen

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Cincinnati Redlegs. The Big Question: Do the Reds have the pieces to compete for the 2012 World Series title?…

  5. The Reds go too far with Joey Votto’s $225 million deal

    Apr 2, 2012, 7:26 PM EST

    Joey Votto

    Ever since Joey Votto won the 2010 NL MVP award, it seemed like Reds fans were counting down the days to his departure. The Reds weren’t going to pony up the money Votto so clearly deserved, and Votto, for his part, seemed OK with the idea of spending the second half of his career in…

  6. Report: Reds, Joey Votto agree to 10-year, $225 million deal

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:59 PM EST

    Joey Votto

    Update: It’s a 10-year, $225 million extension, according to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale. It doesn’t replace Votto’s current contract, so it will run from 2014-2023. If the story is true, it’s the fourth biggest contract of all-time, surpassing Prince Fielder‘s deal with the Tigers. Alex Rodriguez holds the top two places on the list, with…

  7. Matt Cain and the Giants agree to $112.5 million extension

    Apr 2, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Matt Cain

    First Joey Votto and now Matt Cain. Said to be working hard on contract negotiations over the weekend, the Giants just made things official with Cain by announcing a five-year, $112.5 million extension with a sixth-year vesting option. Cain was already set to earn $15 million this season in the final year of a three-year,…

  8. Stopped before he starts: Aroldis Chapman is staying in the Reds’ bullpen

    Apr 2, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman spent all offseason and the first month of spring training preparing for a potential move to the rotation, but with Opening Day right around the corner the Reds have decided to keep the flame-throwing left-hander in the bullpen. Ryan Madson undergoing season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery likely played a part in the decision,…

  9. Jeff Francis agrees to stay with Reds, but will be at Triple-A

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Jeff Francis Getty

    Jeff Francis chose not to opt out of his minor-league contract with the Reds, hoping to stick around in camp beyond his opt-out date and win a big-league jump. Instead he’ll remain in the organization while beginning the season at Triple-A, where the 31-year-old left-hander hasn’t pitched regularly since way back in 2004. Back then…

  10. Springtime Storylines: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut?

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Charlie Manuel Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut? The short answer? No, I don’t see how…

  11. Braves acquire Juan Francisco from Reds for J.J. Hoover

    Apr 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    juan francisco ap

    As first reported by beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Reds traded corner infielder Juan Francisco to the Braves on Sunday morning for right-handed starter J.J. Hoover. Francisco struggled to find consistent playing time over the past few years in Cincinnati because he’s not a great defender at third base and the…

  12. Springtime Storylines: What did the Mat Latos deal do for this team?

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Yonder Alonso

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The San Diego Padres. The Big Question: What did the Mat Latos deal for this team? We are seeing fewer…

  13. Springtime Storylines: How long until new ownership puts the magic back in the Los Angeles Dodgers?

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: How long until new ownership brings back the magic? Sorry. That was kind…

  14. Not in the pen yet, Aroldis Chapman goes five innings for Reds

    Mar 29, 2012, 6:40 PM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    When the Reds said Ryan Madson needed Tommy John surgery, ruling him out for the season, all indications were that Aroldis Chapman was headed back to the pen to help out in the seventh and eighth innings. Yet the 24-year-old Cuban defector made another start Thursday, allowing two runs in five innings against the Brewers.…

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

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Masset_Nick

    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…

  16. Reds “audition” free agent reliever Mike Gonzalez

    Mar 28, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    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.”…

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

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:03 PM EST

    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…

  19. Reds undecided on closer replacement for Ryan Madson

    Mar 27, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    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…

  20. Ryan Madson to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Mar 24, 2012, 2:22 PM EST

    madson getty

    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…

  21. Ryan Madson flies to Cincinnati for elbow exam

    Mar 23, 2012, 6:53 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    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…

  23. Ryan Madson still experiencing right elbow discomfort?

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:40 PM EST

    madson getty

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    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…

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