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  1. Jordan Zimmermann isn’t concerned about signing a long-term extension with the Nationals

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann signed a two-year, $24 million deal to avoid arbitration back in January. The right-hander, who has finished each of the past three seasons with an ERA of 3.25 or better, had been discussing a long-term deal with the organization, but the two sides were ultimately too far apart and agreed on…

  2. Joey Votto wants Reds fans to get to know him better

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweeted a link to an interesting video about Joey Votto earlier tonight. (If you can’t watch the video through Twitter, this link should work.) In the two minute-long video, Votto talks about how many Reds fans have the wrong idea about him. He attributes this to his workmanlike demeanor…

  3. Brandon Phillips refuses to speak to the media

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Brandon Phillips made headlines back in August for calling a local beat reporter a “fat mother******” (among other things) and now he’s decided to simply stop talking to the media altogether. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Phillips “refused to speak to the media on the day position players reported to camp” and…

  4. UPDATE: Homer Bailey and the Reds reach a six-year, $105 million extension

    Feb 19, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Mark Sheldon reports that the deal is done. Six years, $105 million with a mutual option for a seventh. 1:05 PM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Homer Bailey extension with the Reds is “all but done.”  The deal is for six years and between $100 million and $110 million according to Rosenthal and Jon Heyman. This…

  5. Mat Latos is already walking without crutches five days after knee surgery

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Mat Latos underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds right-hander is already “walking without crutches” or “a noticeable limp.” At the time of the surgery the Reds said they hoped Latos could resume throwing in around 10 days and so far…

  6. Report: Reds are “getting close” on a nine-figure extension with Homer Bailey

    Feb 16, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

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    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer with the report: Heard Reds getting close to 6-year deal in $100 million range with Homer Bailey. Bound to influence Indians talks with Justin Masterson. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) February 17, 2014 Previous reports had indicated that there was an “enormous gap” in negotiations between the Reds and…

  7. Mat Latos slips while throwing, undergoes knee surgery

    Feb 14, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Early bad news from Reds camp, as Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Mat Latos “slipped while throwing” and tore the meniscus in his left knee. He underwent surgery today and the team says he’s expected to be sidelined for at least 10 days. If that’s an accurate return timetable Latos would have plenty of…

  8. Orioles’ interest in Ervin Santana “has increased”

    Feb 11, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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    The dominoes are now falling quickly on the starting pitching market, and the Orioles are looking to make an acquisition before the well runs completely dry. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun heard from a source Tuesday that the Orioles front office has increased its show of interest in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana since…

  9. The Orioles failing other players on their physicals helped cost them Bronson Arroyo

    Feb 11, 2014, 2:56 PM EDT

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    The Orioles are one of the teams that was linked with Bronson Arroyo for much of the offseason. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that one of the reasons they lost out on him was that the Orioles had already failed two players on physicals this offseason and Arroyo was concerned that they’d pull…

  10. Paul Daugherty is not happy with Aroldis Chapman

    Feb 11, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Yesterday we linked the story about Aroldis Champan’s offseason in the wilderness. He’s having adjustment problems. He sleeps late. He seems aimless in the offseason. It was kind of sad, actually, and you do wonder about where his head is at. Paul Daugherty certainly wonders. He’s quite upset at the story — he even questions…

  11. Aroldis Chapman smokes Marlboro Reds, wakes up at sunset, drives really fast

    Feb 10, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Eli Saslow of ESPN profiles Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. And oh my God, are we glad he did. Because we get a glimpse of a pretty odd life. One of boredom and restlessness when he’s not playing baseball. The scene: Champan’s extended family sits around his Florida mansion waiting for him to wake up,…

  12. Randall Delgado could wind up in the D-Backs’ bullpen

    Feb 9, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Starter Bronson Arroyo inked a two-year, $23.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday. The signing displaced two pitchers in the D-Backs’ system: 2011 first-rounder Archie Bradley and Randall Delgado, one of the players acquired from the Braves in January 2013′s Justin Upton trade. The rotation can more or less be written in ink with…

  13. Dodgers sign Paul Maholm to a $1.5 million Major League deal

    Feb 8, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT

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    There was some speculation earlier that the Dodgers and Paul Maholm were close to a deal, and now it’s official. ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Dodgers have signed the lefty to a one-year Major League deal worth $1.5 million. Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Maholm can up to as much as…

  14. There’s an “enormous gap” in extension negotiations between Reds and Homer Bailey

    Feb 8, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

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    If you have been holding out hope that the Reds will be able to lock up right-hander Homer Bailey, it’s time for a dose of reality. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, there’s “an enormous gap” between the Reds’ last offer and what Bailey wants in a long-term deal. Bailey, who turns 28 in May, is…

  15. It looks like the Dodgers and Paul Maholm have a deal

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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    If these tweets from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times are any indication, it looks like the Dodgers and free agent left-hander Paul Maholm have reached agreement on a contract: Locker for "Maholm" in #Dodgers clubhouse.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) February 08, 2014 Paul Maholm went in and out of the #Dodgers clubhouse. Evidently, he's…

  16. Bronson Arroyo signs with the Diamondbacks

    Feb 7, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal reports that Bronson Arroyo has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that it’s a two-year deal with an option for a third. Buster Olney has the financials: $9.5 million in 2014, $9.5 million in 2015 and a team option for 2016 for $11 million with a $4.5 million buyout.…

  17. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  18. Bronson Arroyo’s price comes down

    Feb 6, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

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    It’s been a tough offseason for Bronson Arroyo. Pitchers and catchers report in a week and he still doesn’t have a job. This despite the fact that he was not given a qualifying offer by the Reds and thus does not have draft-pick compensation tied around his neck. People just don’t want to give long-term…

  19. Bronson Arroyo finalists: Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Orioles

    Feb 5, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

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    As of last week Bronson Arroyo was saying he’d yet to receive an actual offer from any teams, but presumably that’s changed now because Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Orioles “have emerged as finalists” for the free agent right-hander. Los Angeles’ interest in Arroyo was reported by several sources…

  20. Dodgers “very interested” in free agent starter Bronson Arroyo but won’t go three years

    Feb 2, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Free agent starter Bronson Arroyo expressed frustration last week about the lack of legitimate offers he’s been made this winter. But it seems as though his market is now developing rather quickly. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Dodgers are “very interested” in signing the veteran right-hander and that the only hang-up…

  21. Add the Blue Jays to the list of teams interested in A.J. Burnett

    Jan 31, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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    A.J. Burnett recently announced that he will pitch for at least one more season before hanging up the spikes. That drew the attention of several teams instantaneously. The Pirates, of course, who had been waiting all off-season for Burnett to make a decision. The Orioles, in need of an upgrade in the rotation. The Phillies,…

  22. Rockies sign Nick Masset

    Jan 31, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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    In addition to re-signing reliever Manuel Corpas this morning the Rockies have also added another right-handed bullpen option in Nick Masset. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Masset has agreed to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. He can earn $1.2 million for making the team, with another $800,000…

  23. Blue Jays remain interested in free agent starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana

    Jan 29, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal shares the buzz at FOXSports.com: The Toronto Blue Jays, in need of another starting pitcher, might finally be preparing to pounce. The Jays have yet to make an offer to a free-agent starter, according to major league sources. But they have done extensive background work on right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, digging into his medical…

  24. Bronson Arroyo: not too happy to be unemployed at the moment

    Jan 29, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT

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    Jayson Stark spoke with Bronson Arroyo about not having a job a couple weeks from spring training starting: Arroyo frustrated that teams can give Tanaka $155M & “forget about guys like me, who have done the job for the last eight or 10 years.” — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 29, 2014   On the one…

  25. The Reds and Aroldis Chapman avoid arbitration

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Reds and closer Aroldis Chapman have settled on a one-year deal avoiding arbitration. His salary: $5 million, which is the midpoint between his asking price of $5.4 million and their offer $4.6 million. And before you ask, yes, I realize that Chapman had a long-term deal…

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