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  1. Happy Red Ryan Ludwick says ‘San Diego screwed me up’

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:04 AM EDT

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    Ryan Ludwick is really happy to be a member of the Cincinnati Reds. One reason for his happiness is that he comes from Georgetown, Ohio and grew up rooting for the Reds and Bengals. Another reason for his joy is because of where he isn’t: That hitter’s nightmare known as Petco Park. Ludwick spoke with…

  2. Reds “have an offer out” to jilted Giant Edgar Renteria

    Jan 4, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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    General manager Walt Jocketty revealed last week that he’d talked to Edgar Renteria‘s agent and today John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that “it’s believed that the Reds have an offer out to” the veteran shortstop. Last month the Giants reportedly offered Renteria a one-year, $1 million deal to re-sign after winning World Series…

  3. Reds “are showing interest” in outfielder Fred Lewis

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds are interested in free agent outfielder Fred Lewis for a part-time role. Lewis was non-tendered by the Blue Jays despite a decent one-season stay in Toronto, hitting .262/.332/.414 with 17 steals in 480 plate appearances after coming over from the Giants in a mid-April trade. He’d…

  4. Rangers sign reliever Arthur Rhodes to one-year contract

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

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    Texas has agreed to a one-year contract with Arthur Rhodes, according to Steve Phillips of AOL Fanhouse, who reports that the deal also includes a vesting option for 2012 after the veteran left-hander made his first All-Star team this year at age 41. Rhodes was classified as a Type A free agent, but because the…

  5. Reds re-sign utility man Miguel Cairo to two-year contract

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    I’m not sure why any team would feel the need to give a multi-year contract to a 36-year-old, career-long utility infielder with a lifetime OPS under .700, but the Reds did just that by inking Miguel Cairo to a two-year deal. In fairness Cairo is coming off one of the best seasons of his career,…

  6. UPDATE: Padres agree to deal with Aaron Harang

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:17 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The deal is essentially done. No word on the specifics yet, but according to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Harang only needs to pass a physical for the contract to become official. 4:47 PM: Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres “could be close to signing” Aaron Harang, although he…

  7. Reds haven’t talked long-term contract with Joey Votto yet

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    General manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that the Reds haven’t had any long-term contract talks with Joey Votto yet in part because “we were waiting until after the MVP [was announced] to be fair to him.” Now that he has an MVP award at age 26 the long-term price tag has probably gone up, but…

  8. Dontrelle Willis’ latest comeback attempt will be with the Reds

    Nov 22, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Dontrelle Willis hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2006, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the 29-year-old left-hander will make his latest comeback attempt with the Reds after agreeing to a minor-league contract today. Willis was let go by the Tigers, Diamondbacks, and Giants last season while posting a 5.62 ERA with more walks…

  9. Joey Votto named NL MVP with 31 of 32 first-place votes

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

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    Leading the league in OPS and leading the Reds to the playoffs for the first time since 1995 has earned Joey Votto the National League MVP award, as the 26-year-old first baseman easily topped Albert Pujols and Carlos Gonzalez by receiving 31 of the 32 first-place votes cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members.…

  10. Who should win the National League MVP award?

    Nov 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    My assumption is that Joey Votto will be named National League MVP when the award is announced this afternoon, as his monster season combined with the Reds making the playoffs for the first time since 1995 will likely have him atop most of the 32 ballots cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members. However,…

  11. Ramon Hernandez is probably kicking himself (or his agent) after seeing John Buck’s contract

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

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    Ramon Hernandez probably isn’t very happy with his agent right now. Yesterday he re-signed with the Reds for one year and $3 million, but now John Buck has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with the Marlins. Buck parlayed a career-year into $18 million, yet his career-year really wasn’t better than Hernandez’s performance…

  12. Former top prospect Wladimir Balentien is headed to Japan

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Wladimir Balentien consistently crushed minor-league pitching at every level and hit .283/.351/.535 with 67 homers in 302 games at Triple-A, but he’s now headed to Japan at age 24 after struggling in 559 plate appearances for the Mariners and Reds. Balentien has tons of power, smacking 15 homers and 31 doubles in 511 at-bats even…

  13. Reds “probably will” exercise their $1.75 million option on Jonny Gomes for 2011

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Last season Jonny Gomes hit .267/.338/.541 with 20 homers in 314 plate appearances as a part-time player and the Reds non-tendered him prior to arbitration, re-signing him to a one-year, $800,000 deal with a team option for 2011. This season Gomes hit .266/.327/.431 with 18 homers in 571 plate appearances as a full-time player, watching…

  14. Reds trying to re-sign impending free agent Arthur Rhodes

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Arthur Rhodes had one of the best seasons of his career at age 40, posting a 2.29 ERA and 50/18 K/BB ratio in 55 innings, and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds “have had initial talks” with his agent about a new contract. Rhodes is an impending free agent, but has…

  15. Reds likely to decline Orlando Cabrera’s option for 2011, but may try to re-sign shortstop

    Oct 19, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

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    General manager Walt Jocketty indicated yesterday that the Reds are likely to decline their $4 million option on Orlando Cabrera for next season, but may be interested in re-signing the veteran shortstop for a lesser salary. Cabrera hit just .263/.303/.354 for a .657 OPS that ranked fourth-worst among all NL hitters and at age 35…

  16. Eagle-eyed do-gooders turn in Reds for victory cigars

    Oct 1, 2010, 12:09 AM EDT

    The Cincinnati Reds had one heckuva celebration after clinching the NL Central title on Tuesday night, dowsing each other with champagne and emerging from the clubhouse to party with fans. (Watch some great video of it all from C. Trent Rosecrans here) But apparently their celebration went far beyond the bounds of propriety, as team…

  17. Yankees, Rays now put focus on division

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:53 AM EDT

    It was a dramatic night in the MLB playoff races on Tuesday, with the Cincinnati Reds clinching the NL Central for their first postseason trip since 1995, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays also assuring themselves places in the postseason, eliminating the Boston Red Sox in the process. The AL teams are…

  18. The Week Ahead: Three-way battle for AL supremacy

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:52 AM EDT

    The American League playoff field is set, with the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins clinching their divisions, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays soon to sort out who will be the AL East champion and who will be the wild card team. But there is one big thing left to watch for…

  19. Jim Edmonds injures himself on home run trot

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

    If ever there was a sign a ballplayer should retire, this would be it: Cincinnati’s Jim Edmonds injured his right leg running the bases after a solo home run in the second and did not return to the field in the bottom of the inning. The Reds say that Edmonds, 40, has a strained right…

  20. Reds' Phillips 'concerned' after taking pitch off hand

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:46 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips, the All-Star second baseman for the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds, left Wednesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Santiago Casilla. The incident occurred in the fifth inning of what would become a wild 12-11 Cincinnati victory. While Phillips stayed in the game…

  21. Brennaman was wise not to wait for Dodgers job

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:54 AM EDT

    Marty Brennaman has been broadcasting Cincinnati Reds games on the radio since 1974, when he was hired to replace Al Michaels. But in 1979, after five years on the job, opportunity – and the Los Angeles Dodgers — came calling. From John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: “I had a chance to come here (Los…

  22. The Week Ahead: Phillies primed to make a run

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:09 AM EDT

    Hold onto your hats Braves fans, the Philadelphia Phillies are finally hitting their stride. The season has been a struggle for the Phillies. They’ve endured a host of injuries, questions about the preseason trade of Cliff Lee, some major slumps from outfielders Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez, and even some questionable managing decisions. All you…

  23. Kung fu Cueto emerges as brawl villain

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:53 AM EDT

    One interesting result of the big Cardinals-Reds square dance on Tuesday night – aside from the fact that only the managers were ejected, is that Brandon Phillips was not the one to emerge as Public Enemy No. 1. (You can see different videos of the brawl here, here and here.)  The real post-brawl villain was Cincinnati…

  24. Brandon Phillips' trash talk comes back to bite

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:56 AM EDT

    Brandon Phillips is flashy and likes to live large. He drives a custom Audi with purple paint and Gold Gloves on the wheels, and he blames his sweet ride for his recent reckless driving charge. (“I really didn’t know how fast I was going. That’s how powerful the car is.”) The Cincinnati Reds’ All-Star second…

  25. Volquez looks stellar in debut, Reds in good shape?

    Jul 18, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    The Reds, as a franchise, have enjoyed quite a breakout season.  Usually an afterthought by mid-June, they currently hold a half-game lead in the National League Central over the heavily favored Cardinals.  To boot, they’re even selling out games at Great American Ballpark in July. Drew Stubbs has developed into a multi-talented threat at the…

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