I had fun last night chatting with a friend of mine who does not follow the Cincinnati Reds. She kept asking me what the big deal was this offseason. Of course to many that do not follow Reds news like I do, they don’t know about all of the moves that the Reds and General Manager Walt Jocketty have made this offseason. To Reds fans though, (especially those going to see the 2012 Reds Caravan right now) know exactly what transactions have been made and are very excited about the team and although not all of us see the Reds winning National League Central, everyone must admit, the team sure looks way better now, then it did at the end of the 2011 season.
There are always going to be those fans that say, I will believe it when I see it. And of course there are the fans that still think the Reds should magically increase their payroll so then they can sign better players, then magically release some players that are not doing well. (I love listening to some of these fans sometimes, it is quite funny.) I, like many other Reds fans, was excited about the 2012 season when Walt Jocketty pulled the trigger and made the first trade for Mat Latos this offseason. That move showed me that this year was not going to be like the others. So, here is a list of all the players that the Reds have traded for, signed or invited to spring training this year.
Players traded to Cincinnati Reds.
From Team Mat Latos SDP Sean Marshall CHC Wilson Valdez PHI
Players signed to Cincinnati Reds.
From Team Corky Miller CIN Chad Reineke CIN Sean Gallagher PIT Luis Atilano WSN Kanekoa Texeira NYY Brian Esposito HOU Andrew Brackman NYY Clay Zavada ARI Ryan Madson PHI Willie Harris NYM
Players invited to Cincinnati Reds Spring Training with Minor League contracts.
Jeff Francis Tucker Barnhart Tim Gustafson Sean Gallagher Ron Mahay Rafael Vera Nick Christiani Kenekoa Tazeira Josh Judy John Holdzkom Jean Duque Donnie Joseph Daryl Jones Daniel Corcino Corky Miller Clayton Tanner Clay Zavada Chad Reineke Brian Esposito Andrew Brackman Ryne Reynoso Joel Guzman
Not sure if this list has everyone that has been invited but it is pretty close so far. Let me know if I am missing anyone.
It is time to have some fun and put faces to the names we have been reading about. Cincinnati Reds have a few new faces (and some old) coming to spring training in 2012. For more information about these players, please feel free to click on their pictures. All pictures used are from MiLB.com. If you have seen any of these players play before please leave a comment telling us about them. As most of you already know I am a big Corky Miller fan and I can’t wait to see him at Spring Training.
RHP Nick Christiani, RHP Daniel Corcino, LHP Donnie Joseph, C Tucker Barnhart, RHP Sean Gallagher, LHP Jeremy Horst, RHP Chad Reineke, LHP Clayton Tanner, RHP Kanekoa Texeira, C Brian Esposito, C Corky Miller and OF Daryl Jones will be the Cincinnati Reds 2012 non-roster invitees. [Source] and also here [Source]
Cincinnati Reds non-roster invitees Minor League stats 2011
Name Level Age W L IP ERA WHIP Nick Christiani AA/AAA 23 4 3 61.1 3.82 1.34 Daniel Corcino A 20 11 7 139.1 3.42 1.16 Donnie Joseph AA 23 1 3 58.1 6.94 1.66 Sean Gallagher AAA 25 5 12 132.0 5.11 1.49 Jeremy Horst AAA 25 1 4 51.1 2.81 1.07 Chad Reineke AAA 29 9 7 126.2 3.84 1.44 Clayton Tanner AA/AAA 23 6 10 122.2 4.18 1.29 Kanekoa Texeira (*) 25 0 3 30.2 8.80 2.25 (*) - Rk/AA/AAA
Name Level Age PA BA OBP SLG Tucker Barnhart A 20 372 .273 .344 .387 Brian Esposito AA/AAA 32 168 .197 .227 .255 Corky Miller AAA 35 182 .200 .348 .303 Daryl Jones AA/AAA 24 308 .260 .360 .400
All stats are from baseball-reference.com/minors/
I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! I hope 2012 brings everyone nothing but great health and happiness and of course another World Series Championship to the Cincinnati Reds.
Cincinnati Reds roster as of the end of 2011:
Jose Arredondo, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Bill Bray, Aroldis Chapman, Johnny Cueto, Carlos Fisher, Josh Judy, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, Kyle Lotzkar, Sean Marshall, Nick Masset, Logan Ondrusek, Jordan Smith, Pedro Villarreal, Ryan Hanigan, Devin Mesoraco, Miguel Cairo, Zack Cozart, Juan Francisco, Todd Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Paul Janish, Donald Lutz, Kristopher Negron, Brandon Phillips, Henry Rodriguez, Scott Rolen, Neftali Soto, Chris Valaika, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Chris Heisey, Denis Phipps, Drew Stubbs.
Scott Carroll, Nick Christiani, Tom Cochran, Jerry Gil, Brandon Hynick, Joseph Krebs, Chad Reineke, Clayton Tanner, Daryl Thompson, Travis Webb, Corky Miller, James Skelton, Jose Castro, Mike Costanzo, Daniel Dorn, Quintin Berry, David Cook, Michael Griffin, Felix Perez.
Tim Crabbe, Matt Fairel, Scott Gaffney, Tyree Hayes, Daniel Jensen, Christopher Manno, Ruben Medina, Daniel Renken, Doug Salinas, Mark Serrano, Clayton Shunick, J.C. Sulbaran, Mace Thurman, Jamie Walczak, Chase Ware, Julio Morillo, Jordan Wideman, Phillip Bauer, Alex Buchholz, Jorge Jimenez, Devin Lohman, Carlos Mendez, Chris Richburg, Stephen Hunt, Andrew Means, Welinton Ramirez, Dayne Read.
Mitch Clarke, Daniel Corcino, Pat Doyle, Stalin Gerson, Drew Hayes, Blaine Howell, Jacob Johnson, Luca Panerati, Brian Pearl, Tanner Robles, Chad Rogers, Josh Smith, Daniel Wolford, Tucker Barnhart, Chris Berset, Dominic D’Anna, Brandon Dailey, Billy Hamilton, Frank Pfister, David Vidal, Theo Bowe, Juan Duran, Josh Garton, Jaren Matthews, Brennan May, Kurtis Muller, Drew Poulk, Yorman Rodriguez, Jefry Sierra.
James Allen, Jason Braun, Tony Cingrani, Carlos Contreras, Nick Fleece, Aguido Gonzalez, Carlos Gonzalez, Cole Green, Ismael Guillon, Christopher Joyce, Ryan Kemp, Matt Leonard, Porfirio Martinez, Kyle McMyne, Erik Miller, James Moran, Wes Mugarian, El’Hajj Muhammad, Brooks Pinckard, Radhames Quezada, Patrick Quinn, Yovan Gonzalez, Danny Vicioso, Junior Arias, Sean Buckley, Sammy Diaz, Robert Maddox, Nick O’Shea, Juan Perez, Cristobal Rodriguez, Ryan Wright, Spencer Dickinson, Jon Matthews, Steven Selsky, Juan Silva, Bryson Smith, Kyle Waldrop,
(These rosters were taken off of the Reds affiliates web page and might be wrong now. Some of the links might not go to the right players. Please let me know if you find any that do not go to the right players and I will fix it.)
So far the Cincinnati Reds have signed Corky Miller, Chad Reineke, Sean Gallagher, Luis Atilano and Kanekoa Texeira. There are also rumors that they signed Andrew Brackman. I like the Corky Miller deal the most right now.
Most of these guys will be in AAA or AA in 2012 with one or two maybe getting a call up if the Reds get injured like they did in 2011. They are not huge moves that will break the bank and of course they are not moves that will fill the seats in Great American Ball Park either.
Some people think Walt Jocketty is very close to making a deal that will get the Reds a top of the rotation starter. While others, including myself, think they won’t do anything huge besides what they have already done. Look for more minor league contracts to players I have dubbed, ‘Players to be named later.’
Walt is a gambler! He likes to gamble on players and see if he can find a diamond in the rough. Some times that gamble does work but it does not pay off for long. (Jonny Gomes) If one of these players does shine bright I just hope Jocketty will pull the trigger and get rid of the player for good value before that shine starts to fade quickly.
While it is true, Walt Jocketty likes to gamble on signing young players, he does not like to trade away top prospects for one player and hope that gamble pays off. I really can not see him trading away three or four prospects for a starting pitcher this offseason. I can see him signing three or more starting pitching prospects that have not proven themselves at the major league level yet though. So keep your eyes on guys like Matt Torra, Mike Ballard, Ryan Edell, Dallas Trahern, Brian Baker, Chorye Spoone, Rey Gonzalez, Kyler Newby and Jose Quintana.
On 11/17/11 Cincinnati Reds re-signed free agent RHP Chad Reineke adding one more to the list of “big” moves they have made this offseason. The first (and only) of course was re-signing Corky Miller. Don’t get me wrong they are great moves but really not what I expected from a team that finished below .500 in 2011. (79 wins and 83 losses .488 PCT and 17 games back from first.)
Chad Reineke played in AAA Louisville Bats of the International League in 2011. He got a 9 – 7 record with 22 games started and 126.2 innings pitched. He finished the season with a 3.84 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. With 8 seasons in the minors he has a 55 – 53 record, 3.92 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. Along with playing for Louisville he has also played for Tri-City ValleyCats, (New York-Pennsylvania League) Lexington Legends, (South Atlantic League) Salem Avalanche, (Carolina League) Corpus Christi Hooks, (Texas League) Round Rock Express, Portland Beavers and Sacramento River Cats all of the Pacific Coast League.
The only time his ERA has dipped under 3.00 in the minors was his first season where he had a 2.45 in 36.2 innings and in 2006 for Salem where he had 2.98 in 17 starts and 99.2 innings pitched. He has mostly had an ERA in the 4.00 range in AAA. He will be 30 next season and might get called up if there are injuries like last season.
He played 18 innings for San Diego Padres in 2008 getting 2 wins and 1 loss after playing in 4 games. He also got 1 start for Oakland Athletics in 2009 getting a 7.20 ERA after 5 innings. In 2011 he playing in 2 games for Cincinnati going 0 – 1 with a 6.75 ERA in 6.2 innings. With a career total of 2 wins 2 losses and a 5.76 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP in 29.2 innings.
Like I said before it is nice that they re-signed him along with Corky Miller but I really did not expect those to be the only deals made so far this offseason. The Front Office will really have to pick up their socks at the winter meetings if they want to get anything done at all this offseason. Some one needs to go check on Walt Jocketty and make sure he is not hibernating in his office.