I know I am really stretching my hopes on this one but I thought I would add what I expect the Reds to do this MLB Winter Meetings. Three items, three simple items and I am not even going to dream on these.
1. A cheap / contract controlled outfield bat. Which will cost the most for the Reds, especially if they have to trade RHP Mike Leake. (Yes, I like Leake for the future of the Reds more than Cueto and Latos due to the fact that he can stay off the DL)
2. Cheap / contract controlled bullpen arms. This might be done with the Leake / outfield bat trade.
3. Cheap / contract controlled starting pitchers that will help next season. Let’s face it, Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos will not be with the Reds next season and if they have to trade Mike Leake to get a LF bat, they could really be in trouble next season. Another thing to think about is, there is no way Jocketty and the Reds will sign a big pitcher in next off-season to play in Great American Ball Park, so once again he will have to trade to get them. There are some very nice young pitchers on the Reds farm system right now that should be ready soon so that helps a lot, unless they have to trade them with Leake to get the LF bat.
All of these things should already be at the top of the list for Reds Front Office when they head into the Winter Meetings. I have seen a lot of fans saying they need a SS but in my mind let’s just deal with the real bad issues first. LF bat / bullpen arms / and starting pitchers for the next season.
Now let’s look at what really will happen for the Reds this Winter Meetings! Nothing, nothing at all. Walt and his team will come home empty handed and nothing will be done. Because as we all know, Walt does not make deals under pressure, “I won’t make a deal just to make a deal” And good old Walt does not like to be rushed. So Walt, take your time. There is no rush at all, the Reds will just be hosting the All-Star game this season. Take your time.
Lately there have been a lot of trade rumors, which of course do not relate to the Cincinnati Reds. Ok, there is one. Boston Red Sox could trade LF Yoenis Cespedes to the Reds for one of their starting pitchers, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and/or Mike Leake. Personally I don’t really think Cespedes is the guy the Reds need if an OBP guy is what they are looking for. But he is an upgrade from what they had or would have if they went in house for an option. He would be a one year rental and maybe a flash in the pan like Shin-Soo Choo as he gets ready to be a Free Agent.
As a fan, you usually want the team to get better every season and this move would make the team better but if I was Walt Jocketty, I would not pull the trigger if the Red Sox are looking for Cueto and Latos and only want to give up Cespedes. And to tell you the honest truth, out of those three pitchers, I would be looking to re-sign Mike Leake the most, due to him looking like a Bronson Arroyo type pitcher who will pitch many seasons and innings very healthy, which could be very beneficial to the Reds right now.
If the Reds could get two or three other contract controlled players along with Cespedes then I can’t see how the Reds front office can say no, but I don’t think that is the case and I personally don’t like the idea of trading a one year pitcher like Cueto / Latos for one year of Cespedes. Keep the pitching and wait until the trade deadline where you will be able to get a lot more if you are not making the playoffs.
There are a lot of Reds fans already wanting to buy a Cespedes uniform and other merchandise and I don’t blame them. It would be nice to see what the kid can do in Great American Ball Park but if it was up to me, I would rather sign Nori Aoki and keep the three pitchers until the trade deadline.
Reds added players to their 40 man roster today and now the trade rumor gates have opened again. And I am loving it! Even if it is off the wall like Jay Bruce to the Padres. At least it is something! I for one do not want to see the Reds selling but if they can bring in players that can help this season and be controlled at a cheaper cost so then the Reds can re-sign someone like Johnny Cueto, I am all for it. Don’t get me wrong, Jay Bruce is a great player but if it was down to Cueto or Bruce I would pick Cueto hands down.
The thing that is odd for me though is that the trade rumor is for the Padres. Why would they want someone like Bruce in PetCo Park? It just sounds strange. Sure Bruce has only played 17 games there so the sample size is bad but its PetCo Park! I can not see Bruce doing to well there or in that division to be honest. But, once again it sure is nice to see the Reds being talked about during the off-season. And when I think about this rumor I seriously can’t see Ken Rosenthal getting the rumor from the Reds front office.
Jay Bruce’s career at PetCo Park
Split G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS SDP-PetCo Pk 17 67 7 12 3 0 2 5 .179 .247 .313 .560
Heavyweight pop: Frazier slugs Bucs
In a back-and-forth game that saw Billy Hamilton (3-for-4, three steals, two runs) and Josh Harrison (4-for-5, two RBIs) go blow for blow, Todd Frazier stole the show with a go-ahead homer in the ninth to push the Reds to 5-2 since Joey Votto (three RBIs) returned. Source
Bullpen falters late as Bucs drop see-saw affair
Josh Harrison had another big night, but Jason Grilli gave up a go-ahead homer in the ninth as the Bucs fell to the Reds, 6-5, on Tuesday at PNC Park. Source
Frazier’s go-ahead homer spurs Reds over Bucs
Billy Hamilton dazzled on the basepaths but Todd Frazier had the biggest swing of the night with a go-ahead home run in the ninth as the Reds downed the Pirates, 6-5, on Tuesday at PNC Park. Source
Frazier’s homer in the 9th
6/17/14: Todd Frazier hits a solo shot off Jason Grilli in the top of the 9th inning to put the Reds up, 6-5.
Hamilton swipes third
CIN@PIT: Hamilton uses his speed to steal third base
Votto’s RBI single
CIN@PIT: Votto drives in Hamilton with an RBI single
Harrison’s heads-up double play
CIN@PIT: Harrison catches liner, doubles off Ludwick
Harrison’s RBI double
CIN@PIT: Harrison brings in Martin with a double
Moment of silence for Gwynn
CIN@PIT: Pirates hold moment of silence for Gwynn
Hamilton’s second stolen base
CIN@PIT: Hamilton steals second, advances on error
Polanco’s hit streak continues
CIN@PIT: Polanco ties Clemente with hit streak
Martin’s bases-loaded walk
CIN@PIT: Martin draws walk to score Marte
Hamilton’s throw gets McCutchen
CIN@PIT: Hamilton, Pena combine to get Cutch at plate
Ludwick’s RBI single
CIN@PIT: Ludwick brings in Phillips with RBI single
Pena’s productive forceout
CIN@PIT: Pena brings in a run with fielder’s choice
Hamilton’s third stolen base
CIN@PIT: Hamilton swipes third base of the game
Votto’s two-run single
CIN@PIT: Votto plates Hamilton, Frazier with single
Davis’ RBI single
CIN@PIT: Davis cuts lead to two runs with RBI single
Martin’s RBI single
CIN@PIT: Martin’s RBI single makes it a one-run game
Harrison’s game-tying single
CIN@PIT: Harrison scores Davis with an RBI single
Frazier’s homer in the 9th
CIN@PIT: Frazier gives Reds lead in 9th with home run
Marte’s shoestring catch
CIN@PIT: Marte runs down liner, makes shoestring grab
Chapman closes the door
CIN@PIT: Chapman gets Barmes to fly out to end it
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Cueto matches career high with 12 K’s in win
Johnny Cueto tied a career high with 12 strikeouts over six scoreless innings as the Reds took a 5-0 victory over the Dodgers at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday night, after losing the previous two games of the series.
Ryu outdueled by Cueto for first road loss
Hyun-Jin Ryu suffered his first road loss of the season, allowing four runs on six hits over six innings as the Dodgers fell, 5-0, the Reds on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.
Kemp ejected after strikeout
LAD@CIN: Kemp tossed after disputing strike three
Phillips bows to Puig’s arm
LAD@CIN: Phillips shows respect for Puig’s arm
Gordon’s sliding catch
LAD@CIN: Gordon makes a tremendous sliding catch
Votto’s two-run double
LAD@CIN: Votto drives in two with a double to left
Phillips’ RBI single
LAD@CIN: Phillips singles to right to score Votto
Cueto rings up No. 12
LAD@CIN: Cueto fans Figgins to match a career high
Bruce’s solo homer
LAD@CIN: Bruce drills a solo shot to right-center
Reds turn double play
LAD@CIN: Reds turn two to escape a bases-loaded jam
Maholm escapes trouble
LAD@CIN: Maholm strikes out Bruce to escape the jam
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Johnny Cueto, Hyun-Jin Ryu set to duel in Cincinnati. Hyun-Jin Ryu has been great on the road all season. Johnny Cueto has been great all season. So, if you’re a fan of pitchers’ duels, it’d be a smart decision to turn your attention to Great American Ballpark on Wednesday when the two square off.
Dodgers vs Reds
Johnny Cueto 47 | P
5 – 5 ERA 1.97
1 – 5 ERA 3.19 (Career vs LAD)
Cueto gave up four runs on six hits in five innings, his shortest outing of the season, against the Phillies on Friday. In seven career starts against the Dodgers, he is 1-5 with a 3.19 ERA.
Hyun-Jin Ryu 99 | P
7 – 2 ERA 3.08
2 – 0 ERA 2.51 (Career vs CIN)
The professional in Ryu was on display in his last start, his first ever at Coors Field. That win was his fourth consecutive since coming off the disabled list to freshen his shoulder.
Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier hit a 92 MPH fastball from Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg to score RF Chris Heisey to win the game in the 10th inning. This was another great game to watch and it is very nice to see all of the seats full for home games. I would say the Star Wars weekend went very well for the Reds and they should do more theme weekends if it helps the club win ball games.
C Brayan Pena hit another home run tonight and it was a bomb! He now has 3 home runs for the Reds this season and will soon break his season high of 6 which he hit in 2009 for the Kansas City Royals. Pena only has about 20 home runs in his whole career. Playing in Great American Ball Park will really help him this season with the long ball. Hopefully that does not take anything away from his swing and he still hits a .290+ BA. Another plus to him getting playing time is, RHP Johnny Cueto really seems to like him as a catcher and has thrown the ball very well.
Reds Catcher Brayan Pena’s stats this season before today’s game.
Rk Date Tm Opp AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS 1 Mar 31 CIN STL 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .250 .000 .250 2 Apr 2 CIN STL 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .250 .000 .250 3 Apr 4 CIN NYM 2 1 0 0 2 0 .125 .417 .125 .542 4 Apr 6 CIN NYM 4 1 0 0 0 0 .167 .375 .167 .542 5 Apr 7 CIN STL 4 3 0 0 0 1 .313 .450 .438 .888 6 Apr 8 CIN STL 1 1 0 0 0 0 .353 .476 .471 .947 7 Apr 11 CIN TBR 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .455 .444 .899 8 Apr 12 CIN TBR 3 0 0 0 0 1 .286 .400 .381 .781 9 Apr 16 CIN PIT 4 2 0 1 0 1 .320 .414 .440 .854 10 Apr 19 CIN CHC 1 0 0 0 0 0 .308 .400 .423 .823 11 Apr 22 CIN PIT 4 2 0 1 0 0 .333 .412 .433 .845 12 Apr 25 CIN ATL 2 0 0 0 0 1 .313 .389 .406 .795 13 Apr 26 CIN ATL 3 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .359 .371 .730 14 Apr 27 CIN ATL 4 1 0 0 0 0 .282 .349 .385 .733 15 Apr 29 CIN CHC 4 2 0 0 0 1 .302 .362 .395 .757 16 Apr 30 CIN CHC 3 1 1 1 0 0 .304 .360 .457 .817 May Tm Opp AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS 17 May 1 CIN MIL 1 1 1 2 0 0 .319 .373 .532 .904 18 May 2 CIN MIL 4 0 0 0 0 0 .294 .345 .490 .836 19 May 3 CIN MIL 4 2 0 2 0 0 .309 .356 .491 .847 CIN 55 17 2 7 4 8 .309 .356 .491 .847