Cincinnati Reds are close to bringing RHP Bronson Arroyo back to joining the starting rotation. Many, even Walt Jocketty thought it would be very hard to get a player like Arroyo back on the team but for some strange reason not many teams have shown a lot of interest in him. One thing I like about Bronson Arroyo is the fact that you know what you are getting from a pitcher like this every single season. 200+ Innings with a great club house guy who will help the younger pitchers a lot. If the Reds can sign him to a one year deal they would add more pitching depth which is always good, especially after the season they had last year.
#reds telling teams now homer bailey isn't available . theyre concerned about SP depth. arroyo could help there
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 13, 2013
bronson arroyo sweepstakes is down to reds, twins & 2 others. twins also talking to pelfrey.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 14, 2013
The Cincinnati Reds have told Bronson Arroyo that they'll offer him a one-year deal.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 13, 2013
Another former Red who is having trouble finding a team this off-season is Shin-Soo Choo. Many teams do not want to give up a draft pick and the huge money/years that he wants. This is one of those situations where Scott Boras might have hurt himself by waiting. If the Reds could get lucky and sign him to a short term contract too it would really help the team out big time. Walt Jocketty and the Reds front office pretty much gave up on re-signing Choo but with the market disappearing maybe they will be able to get him back on a one year deal too. Santa would really be good to Reds fans this year if that was to happen.
MLB.com beat reporter Mark Sheldon wrote in his blog that Cincinnati Reds have not talked to CF Shin-Soo Choo or his agent Scott Boras in a few weeks but they are still trying to get him back. General Manager Walt Jocketty told Sheldon on the phone that “I had one conversation with [agent Scott] Boras a couple of weeks ago. We haven’t done anything since then because of holidays and things going on.”
I have read that many reporters and baseball minds think there is no way the Reds can afford Choo even if they do get rid of Brandon Phillips and his contract. The money and years wanted is just to much for the Reds to handle unless Ownership is willing to hand over more money, which a lot of people can not see happening.
As I stated before, it seems like Walt Jocketty is focusing more on offense then defense so I can see a few more players who lack defense but are great hitters joining the team very soon.
Shin-Soo Choo Rumors on twitter:
Ken Rosenthal told MLB Network after Ellsbury signing, Shin-Soo Choo could be next Boras client to sign somewhere, could be soon #Reds
— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) December 4, 2013
Source: Tigers are hot for a left-handed outfield bat; Shin-Soo Choo is their top target.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 3, 2013
— DMNSportsDay (@SportsDayDFW) December 4, 2013
— Red Sox Tweets Info (@RedSoxInfo) December 4, 2013
With Ellsbury off the market, these talks could heat up: The Tigers are interested in Shin-Soo Choo http://t.co/ohDw18d60T
— SB Nation MLB (@SBNationMLB) December 4, 2013
Some people think Ryan Madson is an option for the Cincinnati Reds. I am one of those fans that really hope Walt Jocketty and the Reds front office either re-sign Francisco Cordero or go with in-house options. Ryan Madson is rumored to be looking for a one year deal and there are only two teams that really are good suitors for him right now. The Reds and Los Angeles Angels. [Source]
In 8 games (8 IP) Madson has given up 4 home runs in Great American Ball Park. I really don’t think he is the kind of closer the Reds need right now. Even if it is for only one year this deal just does not work for the Reds. Cordero at 2 years would make a lot more sense for the team since they already know he is durable and can pitch well in GABP.
There is no doubt that Ryan Madson is a great pitcher and with some of the National League Central teams he has a great ERA, but as we all know judging relief pitchers off of ERA is not always the best way to do it. I was more interested in how many home runs he gave up. I really hope Madson is not a real option that the Reds are looking into and I wish a reporter close to the Reds would finally ask Walt Jocketty about it so then we could crush this rumor before it gets worse. If Cordero does not re-sign I really think they will go with in-house guys like Walt said. Now don’t get me wrong, having Madson on the team would be nice but maybe as setup man with Sean Marshall for closer Cordero. But, I really doubt the Reds would have money for that because Madson’s agent is Scott Boras and we all know Boras loves to get big bucks for his guys. With that said, I think the Reds would save money by re-signing Cordero for 2 or 3 years.
Career numbers for Ryan Madson at Great American Ball Park.
Split W L ERA G IP H ER HR WHIP CIN-GreatAmer BP 1 1 7.88 8 8.0 10 7 4 1.500
Career numbers for Ryan Madson in National League Central Ball Parks.
Split W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR SO WHIP CHC-Wrigley Fld 0 1 5.68 9 1 6.1 7 4 2 7 1.421 CIN-GreatAmer BP 1 1 7.88 8 3 8.0 10 7 4 8 1.500 HOU-MinuteMaidPk 0 1 4.15 9 0 8.2 12 4 1 8 1.615 MIL-Miller Pk 0 1 1.42 8 3 6.1 7 1 0 5 1.579 PIT-PNC Pk 1 1 4.50 6 0 8.0 9 4 2 6 1.250 STL-Busch Stad 3 0 0 1.93 11 0 14.0 8 3 2 10 0.929
Career numbers for Ryan Madson vs. National League Central teams.
Split W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR WHIP Chicago Cubs 1 1 5.51 20 2 16.1 20 10 4 1.531 Cincinnati Reds 4 4 6.99 24 3 28.1 33 22 7 1.412 Houston Astros 0 3 4.15 21 1 21.2 25 10 2 1.292 Milwaukee Brewers 3 1 1.74 18 4 20.2 19 4 1 1.258 Pittsburgh Pirates 2 1 2.08 14 2 17.1 15 4 2 0.923 St. Louis Cardinals 1 1 1.72 22 0 31.1 19 6 2 0.830