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  1. Where will the Red Sox spend this winter?

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    With Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all filing for free agency, the world champion Red Sox would seem to have a whole lot of flexibility this winter. Even without signing any replacements, they have a perfectly legitimate 25-man roster ready to go: SS: Xander Bogaerts: $500,000 RF: Shane Victorino: $13 million…

  2. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  3. Playing favorites finally comes back to bite Red Sox manager John Farrell

    Oct 24, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

    We’ve been over this before, but… Jonny Gomes against RHP in 2013: .258/.341/.404 in 151 AB Jonny Gomes against RHP career: .225/.310/.423 in 1,863 AB Daniel Nava against RHP in 2013: .322/.411/.484 in 339 AB Daniel Nava against RHP career: .292/.390/.443 in 657 AB John Farrell knows these numbers. He played Nava over Gomes against…

  4. Reds expected to name Bryan Price as manager on Tuesday

    Oct 21, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    Getty Bryan Price

    The Reds will go in-house to replace Dusty Baker, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that pitching coach Bryan Price is expected to be named as manager tomorrow. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer are hearing the same. While there were rumblings about Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, former…

  5. Tigers could address their leadoff woes with Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo

    Oct 20, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    Free agent-to-be Jacoby Ellsbury was part of the Red Sox arsenal that helped knock the Tigers out of the playoffs. “If you can’t beat ‘em, sign ‘em,” the Tigers must be thinking. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe suggests that, given the Tigers’ lack of success with Austin Jackson atop the lineup, they could pursue…

  6. Brandon Phillips is probably on the way out of Cincinnati

    Oct 20, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

    brandon phillips getty

    The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Fay — a very professional beat reporter who doesn’t dabble in nonsense — reported last week that the Reds will likely shop second baseman Brandon Phillips this winter. Which makes sense in a lot of ways. Phillips is owed $50 million over the next four seasons and posted a weak .706…

  7. Heyman: The Astros could make a play for Shin-Soo Choo

    Oct 19, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    We’re not ready to fire up the hot stove quite yet, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman passes along this interesting nugget on a potential surprise suitor for impending free agent Shin-Soo Choo: The Houston Astros, whose lowest-in-baseball payroll of $25 million or thereabouts was a mere fraction of most teams, may consider making a run…

  8. Listless Reds have no answer for Francisco Liriano

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:56 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips

    Swept by the Pirates over the weekend, the Reds went down without a fight. The hope that they could simply flip the switch — and maybe find their swag — Tuesday died a quick death in front of a raucous PNC Park crowd. The incredible thing is that the Reds had actually beaten Francisco Liriano…

  9. Pirates roll to 6-2 defeat of Reds in NL Wild Card Game

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    pirates wild card game getty

    The Pirates are heading to their first-ever NLDS. Francisco Liriano allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings and Russell Martin homered twice as the Bucs cruised to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Reds in the National League Wild Card Game on Tuesday night at a sold-out and rowdy PNC Park. Liriano…

  10. Reds get on the board but Pirates open even bigger lead in National League Wild Card Game

    Oct 1, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

    jay bruce getty

    Reds slugger Jay Bruce was 0-for-11 against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano entering this National League Wild Card Game and struck out on three straight sliders in his first meeting Tuesday night against the left-hander, but Bruce got Cincinnati its first run of the night with an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning…

  11. Pirates homer twice in second inning to take early lead in National League Wild Card Game

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

    marlon byrd getty

    Pirates starter Francisco Liriano struck out Reds leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo on four pitches to open the game and then induced groundouts from Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto for a quick, nine-pitch first inning. That set the early tone in this NL Wild Card Game at a fired-up and blacked-out PNC Park. Liriano was even…

  12. National League Wild Card Game: Reds-Pirates lineups

    Oct 1, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle, Marlon Byrd, Dusty Baker, Mark Carlson, Gerry Davis

    Here are the lineups for tonight’s National League Wild Card Game between the Reds and Pirates, in Pittsburgh: Reds: CF Shin-Soo Choo LF Ryan Ludwick 1B Joey Votto 2B Brandon Phillips RF Jay Bruce 3B Todd Frazier SS Zack Cozart C Ryan Hanigan SP Johnny Cueto Ryan Ludwick only drew three starts as the No.…

  13. Welcome to the 2013 playoffs

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell surveys the field before his team takes on the Baltimore Orioles in an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We still have one game left that, technically and statistically speaking, belongs to the regular season. But practically speaking — and in our hearts — we are into the playoffs now. Game 163 between the Rays and Rangers is do-or-die and very, very few regular season games can say that. So: toss your technical orthodoxy.…

  14. Pouliot’s postseason award picks: National League

    Sep 30, 2013, 1:51 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    There’s still one more American League game on Monday, so we’ll have to wait on those selections, which will probably be a bit more controversial than these. Here are my NL award picks for 2013.

  15. Reds finish mailing it in, get swept by Pirates

    Sep 29, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Pirates' Harrison slides into home plate with an inside the park home run against the Reds during their MLB National League baseball game in Cincinnati

    It’s not that the Reds had nothing to play for this weekend; winning two out of three against the Pirates would have ensured that Tuesday’s rematch in the wild card game would be at home. Instead, they’ll travel to Pittsburgh for Tuesday’s rematch and elimination game after getting swept in the series. Right from the…

  16. Giants overcommit to Hunter Pence

    Sep 28, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Now that he’s out from under the Barry Zito (seven years, $126 million) and Aaron Rowand (five years, $60 million) contracts, Giants GM Brian Sabean has the financial muscle to swing for the fences again. And the result: a five-year, $90 million contract for Hunter Pence. For Pence, is a windfall that certainly exceeds any…

  17. Giants, Hunter Pence agree to five-year, $90 million extension

    Sep 28, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence Getty

    UPDATE: Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com hears that Pence’s new deal will include a no-trade clause. 1:30 p.m. ET: Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the two sides have agreed to a deal, pending a physical. 1:28 p.m. ET: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds that it would be a five-year, $90 million…

  18. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 24, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Pirates 2, Cubs 1: And with that the Pirates are going to the playoffs. It’s so strange, though, how even though it’s the franchise that has lost for the past 20 years — even though it’s just the laundry which has been shut out so long — that we sort of passively put all that…

  19. Shin-Soo Choo aiming to play Monday night

    Sep 22, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    shin-soo choo getty

    Shin-Soo Choo was held out of the Reds’ lineup on Saturday and is not playing Sunday due to a jammed left thumb that he suffered Friday night in Pittsburgh when he tried to beat out an infield single by diving into first base. But the situation is rapidly improving. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer…

  20. Do the Reds have enough money to re-sign Shin-Soo Choo?

    Sep 20, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

    billy hamilton shin-soo choo getty

    When the Reds acquired Shin-Soo Choo from the Indians this offseason they knew it might only be a one-year pickup with free agency right around the corner, but general manager Walt Jocketty told C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer that they’ll “do everything we can” to re-sign him. Choo has been fantastic this season,…

  21. Francisco Liriano lined up to start Wild Card playoff game for Pirates

    Sep 20, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    Here’s a sentence that would have sounded pretty crazy back in spring training: Francisco Liriano is lined up to start the Wild Card play-in game for the Pirates. Even crazier is that the Pirates may not need him to do that if they win the NL Central, but if Pittsburgh plays in the Wild Card…

  22. The fastest man in baseball is making his first start tonight

    Sep 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    billy hamilton shin-soo choo getty

    Reds prospect Billy Hamilton–also known as the fastest man in baseball–is making his first career start tonight after spending the past two weeks coming off the bench. Hamilton is playing center field and batting ninth against the Astros, with the Reds’ season-long center field, Shin-Soo Choo, shifting to left field. Through his first two weeks…

  23. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Sep 15, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

    gerrit cole getty

    There are only two weeks remaining on the 2013 regular season schedule and the National League Central remains a heated three-team race. The Cardinals couldn’t solve Mariners left-hander James Paxton on Saturday night in St. Louis and fell 4-1. The Pirates beat the Cubs 2-1 in an afternoon game at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park with young…

  24. Joey Votto hit a home run very hard and very far

    Sep 14, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    According to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker, there have only been eight other home runs hit this year that went as far as the 470-foot blast Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit this afternoon against Brewers reliever Michael Blazek. Shin-Soo Choo had reached with a one-out walk and remained on first as Votto came to the…

  25. Reds make it three out of four, defeat Cardinals 6-2

    Sep 5, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Todd Frazier

    If they hadn’t gotten so bunt happy on Wednesday, the Reds might have made it a clean sweep. As is, they should be pretty pleased to have taken three out of four from the visiting Cardinals with their 6-2 win on Thursday. Todd Frazier hit two of the Reds’ four homers in support of Tony…

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