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  1. Ryan Ludwick out three months following shoulder surgery

    Apr 2, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    Ryan Ludwick suffered a dislocated right shoulder while sliding into third base yesterday and the Reds announced that he’ll undergo surgery tomorrow to repair torn cartilage. There’s no official timetable for his return yet, but the Reds placed Ludwick on the disabled list and obviously he’s going to be out for a while. Chris Heisey…

  2. 2013 Preview: Cincinnati Reds

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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    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 2013 season. Up next: The Cincinnati Reds. The Big Question: Is this the Reds’ year? It certainly has that feel. The Reds tallied 97…

  3. Shin-Soo Choo misses fifth straight game with back spasms

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Reds' Shin-Soo Choo prepares to hit against the Diamondbacks during their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Scottsdale

    As if moving to center field at age 30 after never playing the position regularly before wasn’t challenging enough for Shin-Soo Choo now he’s dealing with a back injury. Choo is out of the Reds’ lineup today for the fifth straight game with back spasms and manager Dusty Baker seemed unsure about his return timetable…

  4. Indians send top prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer

    No big surprise, but the Indians have sent top prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A after he was in the mix for the final rotation spot. Cleveland previously reassigned Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor-league camp, taking him out of the rotation mix, but fellow reclamation projection Scott Kazmir remains in the running along with Carlos Carrasco. Bauer…

  5. Reds send top prospect Billy Hamilton to minors

    Mar 19, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Billy Hamilton was never really in the mix for Opening Day job because he’s 22 years old and has just 50 career games above Single-A, but today the Reds made it official by reassigning the fastest man in baseball to minor league camp. Hamilton has made the transition from shortstop to center field, but has…

  6. 2013 Preview: Cleveland Indians

    Mar 14, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona

    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 2013 season. Today: the Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Can the Indians be a quick fix? After following up an 80-82 season in 2011…

  7. Kirk Gibson explains “heated exchange” with Dusty Baker

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    no business deal

    Yesterday afternoon managers Dusty Baker and Kirk Gibson refused to shake hands at home plate and exchanged some heated words before the Reds-Diamondbacks game because Gibson refused to allow the designated hitter to be used after Baker requested it. Here’s how Gibson explained the situation to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com afterward: I had it happen…

  8. Dusty Baker and Kirk Gibson aren’t happy with each other

    Mar 4, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    no business deal

    This is a fun one. In spring training games between NL teams the home team gets to decide if they use the designated hitter or let the pitchers hit. Usually it’s not a big deal, but apparently today’s Reds-Diamondbacks game was different. Reds manager Dusty Baker wanted to use the DH because Shin-Soo Choo has…

  9. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  10. Heading to Arizona for some Cactus League action

    Feb 27, 2013, 6:30 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    It’s gonna be a lot of radio silence from me today as, by the time you’re reading this, I will be on an airplane heading west. Yep, it’s that time of year again. I’m off to spring training for the fourth straight year. And for the third straight year I’m doing it up Cactus League-style.…

  11. Blue Jays claim Lars Anderson off waivers from White Sox

    Feb 25, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Lars Anderson

    Lars Anderson is now with his fourth organization in the past six months, as the Blue Jays claimed the former top prospect off waivers from the White Sox. Previously he was traded from the Red Sox to the Indians in July, got sent to the Diamondbacks in the three-team Shin-Soo Choo/Trevor Bauer deal, and then…

  12. Reds avoid arbitration with Shin-Soo Choo

    Feb 11, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Shin-Soo Choo and the Reds have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. This is Choo’s third and final season of arbitration eligibility and he requested $8 million while the Reds countered at $6.75 million. He made $4.9 million in Cleveland last season. And as I…

  13. Shin-Soo Choo isn’t sure he can play center field either

    Feb 11, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    When the Reds acquired Shin-Soo Choo and announced that he’d be playing center field this season there was a lot of skepticism about his ability to handle the position defensively at age 30 after starting just one game there since 2007. And it turns out Choo is skeptical too, telling John Fay of the Cincinnati…

  14. Billy Hamilton to start the year in Triple-A, play center field

    Jan 24, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

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    This was suspected from the moment the season ended, but Reds GM Walt Jocketty has made it official: speedster Billy Hamilton will be moving to center field and will be playing at Triple-A Louisville in 2013. Hamilton made more headlines than your average Single-A and Double-A player usually does in 2012 thanks to his stealing…

  15. Arbitration filings: Chase Headley’s $10.3 million request leads way

    Jan 18, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Chase Headley

    The Padres’ Chase Headley, the Reds’ Shin-Soo Choo and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are among those asking for big raises in arbitration.

  16. Mets on verge of trading R.A. Dickey to Blue Jays

    Dec 15, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

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    SUNDAY, 2:09 PM: The seven-player trade has been agreed to in principle. Bang it HERE for more. ************** SATURDAY, 9:45 PM: Sherman says the trade, as it now stands, will send Dickey, Thole and a non-elite prospect to the Blue Jays for d’Arnaud, Syndergaard, Buck and a non-elite prospect. Sherman guesses that the swap might not be…

  17. Shin-Soo Choo heads to Reds, Trevor Bauer lands with Indians in three-team mega-trade

    Dec 11, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT

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    That three-team mega-trade between the Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks has been made official. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has the breakdown: Reds get: OF Shin-Soo Choo INF Jason Donald Indians get: SP Trevor Bauer OF Drew Stubbs RP Bryan Shaw RP Matt Albers Diamondbacks get: SS Didi Gregorius RP Tony Sipp OF Lars Anderson Declaring…

  18. Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks talking three-team trade

    Dec 11, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

    shin-soo choo getty

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported earlier that the Reds were trying to acquire outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from the Indians, with Drew Stubbs and infield prospect Didi Gregorius heading to Cleveland in return. But that deal has since grown a bit larger. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, on the table now is a three-team…

  19. Reds “deep in talks” to acquire Shin-Soo Choo from Indians

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Reds are “deep in talks” to acquire outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from the Indians. According to Knobler the deal would send current Cincinnati center fielder Drew Stubbs and infield prospect Didi Gregorius to Cleveland. All offseason the Reds have been linked to various center fielders as they looked to…

  20. Report: Indians offered Shane Victorino $44 million

    Dec 4, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Finally out from under Travis Hafner‘s deal, the Indians tried going big for once, offering free agent Shane Victorino a four-year, $44 million deal, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Victorino instead signed a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox, netting him an extra $2 million annually. The $44 million would have been the…

  21. Norichika Aoki to sit out the World Baseball Classic

    Nov 14, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Norichika Aoki

    Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki has told Japan manager Koji Yamamoto that he will not be playing in the World Baseball Classic because he wants to prepare for the 2013 season. Not playing in the WBC is the new black. Aoki joins Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma as no-shows for Japan and Shin-Soo Choo as a no-show for…

  22. Shin-Soo Choo to miss the World Baseball Classic

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    It’s been a while since I thought a lot about the World Baseball Classic, so my judgment as to what constitutes important news vis-a-vis the World Baseball Classic is a little off. I’m going to guess, though, that Shin-Soo Choo not playing in it is relatively notable: Choo’s agent, Scott Boras, said in a recent…

  23. Scott Boras says that the Indians owners don’t care about winning

    Nov 12, 2012, 7:00 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Houston Astros

    Well, he essentially does.  I’m going to warn you, this may be the most convoluted bit of bad lawyerspeak you’ll read this year, but the upshot is clearly Boras saying that the Indians have not demonstrated that they really want to win baseball games. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer quotes Boras, who was…

  24. Red Sox unlikely to pursue Indians’ Shin-Soo Choo

    Nov 11, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

    shin-soo choo getty

    The Red Sox have been linked to a range of different players — free agents or not — this offseason. But we can probably already rule out one particular guy. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are unlikely to risk a trade for Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo because he’s one…

  25. The Red Sox have reached out to Hiroki Kuroda

    Nov 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    For those of you keeping track, it’s the first full week of the offseason and already the Red Sox have been linked to approximately 79% of all known baseball players, living and dead. Indeed, in the last 24 hours we’ve heard about them and Anibal Sanchez, Mike Napoli, Adam LaRoche, Shin-Soo Choo, Justin Masterson, Justin…

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