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.
It is that time once again when Cincinnati Reds fans wait to see what happens after MLB Winter Meetings. The last two years have been good to us around this time with trades for Shin-Soo Choo, Mat Latos and Sean Marshall. What will be under the Christmas tree this year for Reds fans? Only time will tell and I am very excited to see what happens next.
There have been a lot of rumors lately with 2B Brandon Phillips being traded. Along with RHP Homer Bailey (which Walt Jocketty shot down saying they were trying to re-sign him, not trade him.) Aroldis Chapman has even been thrown into some of the trade rumors, along with Sean Marshall. Brandon Phillips was in the New York Yankees trade rumor where the Reds would get OF Brett Gardner for Phillips straight up but the Yankees turned down that deal wanting to hold onto Gardner for a starting pitcher.
Reds have been rumored to be very interested in free agent 2B Omar Infante which would lead to a Brandon Phillips trade coming soon, or would it? Some say Infante would play 3B or OF. There is also another rumor going around that Matt Kemp would come to the Reds for Homer Bailey and Brandon Phillips. But I would not put too much thought into that one due to the fact that Kemp would cost more money then Phillips which would then put the Reds and Walt Jocketty in even worse shape financially. There were also rumors of Bronson Arroyo being signed back to the Reds but Walt Jocketty told reporters right away that he just wanted to sit in with Arroyo’s agent and see where they were with contract talks and thought he owed it to Arroyo to at least listen due to what he has done for the Reds. Jocketty also told reporters that the Reds had to move on with trying to re-sign Shin-Soo Choo which makes sense due to the contract he is looking for with his agent Scott Boras.
If Cincinnati Reds do trade Brandon Phillips it will be for a one year rental OF player where they then will spend the money owed to Phillips to signing Homer Bailey to a big contract extension. They then would go after Omar Infante (if they could afford him) and a backup switch hitting middle infielder.
Cincinnati Reds general manager, Walt Jocketty told reporters that he has talked to 2B Brandon Phillips and told him trade talks are now over. Jocketty said, “We’re a better team with him.”
I have read that this could be because of how much Jacoby Ellsbury got from the Yankees, which reflects what Shin-Soo Choo should get close to in free agency. Which of course is way too much for the Reds to even think about, even if they did trade Phillips. Jocketty also said that Aroldis Chapman will be their closer.
Jocketty on Brandon Phillips: "I talked to him yesterday, I told him that we are not in any talks to trade him, we're a better team w/ him"
— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) December 4, 2013
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
It sounds like it will be another off-season of “We can’t afford free agents so we will look for what we need with trades.” But that does not mean we (Reds fans) can’t dream. Here is a list of the free agents. Of course we all would love to see Shin-Soo Choo return. Who else would you like to see playing in Cincinnati if they had the money?
Age From Team Carlos Beltran 37 STL Todd Helton 40 COL Lance Berkman 38 TEX Roy Oswalt 36 COL Miguel Tejada 40 KCR Placido Polanco 38 MIA Rafael Furcal 36 STL Robinson Cano 31 NYY Eric Chavez 36 ARI Curtis Granderson 33 NYY Kevin Youkilis 35 NYY Mark Ellis 37 LAD Paul Konerko 38 CHW Brian Roberts 36 BAL Carlos Pena 36 KCR Michael Young 37 LAD Travis Hafner 37 NYY Mark Kotsay 38 SDP A.J. Pierzynski 37 TEX Justin Morneau 33 PIT Jhonny Peralta 32 DET Shin-Soo Choo 31 CIN Brian McCann 30 ATL Raul Ibanez 42 SEA Mike Napoli 32 BOS Juan Pierre 36 MIA Lyle Overbay 37 NYY Carlos Ruiz 35 PHI Corey Hart 32 MIL Marlon Byrd 36 PIT Brendan Ryan 32 NYY Jacoby Ellsbury 30 BOS Franklin Gutierrez 31 SEA Kelly Johnson 32 TBR Omar Infante 32 DET Chris Young 30 OAK Jerry Hairston 38 LAD Juan Uribe 34 LAD Clint Barmes 35 PIT Austin Kearns 34 MIA Stephen Drew 31 BOS Nick Punto 36 LAD Luke Scott 36 TBR Kurt Suzuki 30 OAK Reed Johnson 37 ATL David Murphy 32 TEX Nelson Cruz 33 TEX James Loney 30 TBR Kelly Shoppach 34 CLE Kendrys Morales 31 SEA Andres Torres 36 SFG John McDonald 39 BOS Mark Reynolds 30 NYY Ramon Santiago 34 DET Rajai Davis 33 TOR Chad Tracy 34 WSN Cesar Izturis 34 CIN Mike Morse 32 BAL Jason Kubel 32 CLE Javier Lopez 36 SFG Yorvit Torrealba 35 COL Nate McLouth 32 BAL Endy Chavez 36 SEA Jose Molina 39 TBR John Buck 33 PIT Skip Schumaker 34 LAD Chris Snyder 33 BAL Dan Johnson 34 BAL Matt Diaz 36 MIA Alexi Casilla 29 BAL Jarrod Saltalamacchia 29 BOS Chris Dickerson 32 BAL Dioner Navarro 30 CHC Delmon Young 28 TBR Willie Bloomquist 36 ARI Humberto Quintero 34 SEA Quintin Berry 29 BOS Adron Chambers 27 STL Brayan Pena 32 DET Brandon Snyder 27 BOS Munenori Kawasaki 33 TOR Corky Miller 38 CIN Yuniesky Betancourt 32 MIL Ronny Cedeno 31 SDP Felix Pie 29 PIT Wil Nieves 36 ARI Brock Peterson 30 STL
Age From Team Roy Halladay 37 PHI Andy Pettitte 42 NYY Tim Hudson 38 ATL Mariano Rivera 44 NYY Johan Santana 35 NYM Roy Oswalt 36 COL Bartolo Colon 41 OAK Barry Zito 36 SFG Freddy Garcia 37 ATL Chris Carpenter 39 STL Dan Haren 33 WSN Josh Johnson 30 TOR A.J. Burnett 37 PIT Bronson Arroyo 37 CIN Joe Nathan 39 TEX Darren Oliver 43 TOR Francisco Rodriguez 32 BAL Aaron Harang 36 NYM Ubaldo Jimenez 30 CLE Erik Bedard 35 HOU Scott Kazmir 30 CLE LaTroy Hawkins 41 NYM Scott Baker 32 CHC Octavio Dotel 40 DET Gavin Floyd 31 CHW Hiroki Kuroda 39 NYY Rafael Betancourt 39 COL Jake Westbrook 36 STL Paul Maholm 32 ATL Ervin Santana 31 KCR Matt Garza 30 TEX Matt Thornton 37 BOS Carlos Marmol 31 LAD Jeff Francis 33 COL David Murphy 32 TEX Joaquin Benoit 36 DET Scott Downs 38 ATL Joe Saunders 33 SEA Chris Capuano 35 LAD Bruce Chen 37 KCR Jason Marquis 35 SDP Jesse Crain 32 TBR Daisuke Matsuzaka 33 NYM Ricky Nolasco 31 LAD Jamey Wright 39 TBR Zach Duke 31 CIN Mike Gonzalez 36 MIL Grant Balfour 36 OAK Luis Ayala 36 ATL Oliver Perez 32 SEA Matt Guerrier 35 CHC John McDonald 39 BOS Joba Chamberlain 28 NYY Phil Hughes 28 NYY Jason Vargas 31 LAA Jason Frasor 36 TEX Kyle Farnsworth 38 PIT Jason Hammel 31 BAL Brian Wilson 32 LAD Pedro Feliciano 37 NYY Colby Lewis 34 TEX Eric OFlaherty 29 ATL Kevin Gregg 36 CHC Mike Pelfrey 30 MIN Javier Lopez 36 SFG Joe Smith 30 CLE Jeremy Bonderman 31 DET Fernando Rodney 37 TBR Frank Francisco 34 NYM Joel Hanrahan 32 BOS Roberto Hernandez 33 TBR Ramon Ortiz 41 TOR Skip Schumaker 34 LAD Peter Moylan 35 LAD Rich Hill 34 CLE Chad Qualls 35 MIA Ryan Vogelsong 36 SFG Scott Feldman 31 BAL J.P. Howell 31 LAD Nick Masset 32 CIN Edinson Volquez 30 LAD Jeff Karstens 31 PIT James McDonald 29 PIT Edward Mujica 30 STL Jose Veras 33 DET Clayton Richard 30 SDP David Aardsma 32 NYM Kameron Loe 32 ATL Boone Logan 29 NYY Matt Albers 31 CLE Chad Gaudin 31 SFG Tim Byrdak 40 NYM Mark Lowe 31 WSN Zach Phillips 27 MIA Travis Blackley 31 TEX Greg Reynolds 28 CIN Manny Parra 31 CIN
Friday, April 5, 2013 at Great American Ball Park Cincinnati Reds beat Washington Nationals 15 – 0. Reds had 19 hits, 6 of them were home runs. Todd Frazier had two home runs and went 4 for 5 with 4 RBI and 3 runs. Zack Cozart hit two home runs and went 2 for 4 with 5 RBI and 2 runs. Xavier Paul hit a pinch hit grandslam and Shin-Soo Choo hit a home run going 1 for 3 with 1 RBI and 2 runs. Joey Votto went 3 for 4. Brandon Phillips went 2 for 4 and Jay Bruce went 2 for 5.
The only reason I mention this game today is because I see another game like this happening very soon in the Reds near future. A lot of fans and baseball people expect a day like this to come for the Reds very soon. When it comes I will be front and center ready to enjoy the show! Bring it on!
July 30, 2013 at PetCo Park, Cincinnati Reds lost another game to San Diego Padres. It was a very close game but a loss is a loss, and right now the Reds don’t need any.
Just when I wrote that Derrick Robinson was a good solution at lead off for the Reds, he goes 0 for 5 with one strike out. Shin-Soo Choo (who played left field) went 0 for 3 batting in the second spot of the batting order and caused a lot of concern by fans when he was pitch hit for by Chris Heisey. Joey Votto got 3 walks with one run tonight and did not look comfortable running the bases for some strange reason. Brandon Phillips went 0 for 3 with one walk. Jay Bruce had a 2 for 4 night with one RBI and one run. 3B Todd Frazier went 0 for 4 with 2 strike outs and is still looking very uncomfortable at the plate. Zack Cozart went 2 for 3 with one walk. Devin Mesoraco went 1 for 4 with 1 RBI with 2 strike outs. Mat Latos pitched a pretty good game but also looked uncomfortable on the mound and a few times looked like he was trying to hard to over throw the ball again. He went 6 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs with 2 walks and 6 strike outs. Logan Ondrusek pitched 1 inning allowing one walk and getting 2 strike outs. Manny Parra came in and gave up one hit and one earned run and got the loss and Sam LeCure gave up two hits and one earned run, along with getting two strike outs.
San Diego Padres starter, Edinson Volquez went 6.1 innings giving up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 5 walks and got 3 strike outs. And if the Reds would have not swung at a lot of bad pitches that walk total would have been a lot higher. Some of the at bats made Volquez look like Justin Verlander out there. The Reds so badly want to get out of this hitters slump that they are over thinking it and trying to hard right now. They need someone in the club house to have fun with it and boost them out of this. A Ryan Ludwick / Jonny Gomes type player.
There are many things I learned while watching Cincinnati Reds last game against San Diego Padres. (2-1 loss) Mike Leake is a stud number 4/5 guy in the rotation for the Reds. If the Reds were looking for a Bronson Arroyo replacement, they found him. Leake is going to be a solid 200+ inning pitcher every season no matter where you put him in the rotation. If the Reds don’t re-sign Bronson
Arroyo they will have Mike Leake who will become their Mr. Dependable no problem. Every time it is his turn in the rotation he will be there, good or bad, he will be there. Last night he went 7 scoreless innings allowing 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Can’t get any better than that from your number 4/5 guy in the rotation. I still like Bronson Arroyo, and I hope they do re-sign him but the money he is asking for might be too much for the Reds to handle, at least we know we have another solid inning eater just in case.
The second thing I saw out of last nights game was Derrick Robinson will be a solid top of the batting order guy if the Reds don’t re-sign Shin-Soo Choo which will give the Reds options on if they want to rush Billy Hamilton. Robinson went 2 for 5 with a triple and a run. Robinson has great speed and would be a bonus for any club, especially if he is coming off the bench like his is for the Reds, but what I saw yesterday is, he can be a pretty solid lead off guy if they really need it. Xavier Paul and Derrick Robinson have really impressed me and should have jobs on this club for a very long time if they keep it up.
With all of this, it is good to have a back up plan and from what I have seen, the Reds have two. Mike Leake can be the teams next generations Bronson Arroyo and Derrick Robinson can be the teams lead off hitter next season if Billy Hamilton needs another year to grow. Options are always good to have when it comes to a MLB team with a tight budget.
In 53 at bats, Joey Votto has 20 hits, 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 12 runs batted in, 7 runs, 12 walks and 8 strike outs with a .377 career batting average in San Diego Padres PetCo Park.
There are a few fans out there that are concerned about Joey Votto’s RBI total this season for the Cincinnati Reds. He has 47 RBI in 392 AB this season. He has a .319 BA with a .429 OBP which is pretty close to what he usually gets every season. His RBI total is low but I think he is still doing a great job coming off the injury and should produce just like he does every season. Having him and Shin-Soo Choo playing on the team has made it a lot of fun to watch this season, that is for sure.
This has brought on a discussion through out this season that Joey Votto should be moved to the number 2 spot in the batting order behind Shin-Soo Choo. I personally think he is in the right spot in the batting order and should remain there. The number 2 man in the order should be someone who can get the leadoff hitter over to scoring position for our number 3 and 4 hitters.
I am hoping for a huge game for Joey Votto today and would love to see a 4 for 4 day.
Cincinnati Reds right-handed starter Mike Leake has never pitched at Petco Park. He has only pitched one game against San Diego Padres and that was a 1.2 inning start where he gave up 5 earned runs with 3 walks and 1 strike out. Which was against former Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez.
San Diego Padres right-handed starter Sean O’Sullivan has only faced three Reds’ hitters in his career (2009 to 2013) Shin-Soo Choo, Jack Hannahan and Cesar Izturis. Choo has 10 at bats vs. O’Sullivan with 2 hits, 2 RBI and 4 SO. Hannahan has 2 hits, 1 BB and 1 SO in 4 AB. Izturis only faced him 2 times and did not record anything in those 2 AB.
This is a very interesting combo to say the least and I am hoping the Reds can bring some much needed offense to help Leake out. I am also hoping Mike Leake can last longer then 1 inning. An 8 inning game from him would really help the Reds bullpen out but at this point I would settle for 6 quality innings of 0 to 1 run baseball.
Reds need to bounce back after yesterday’s loss against Los Angeles Dodgers and I think they need to do it with a bang! Hit O’Sullivan early and get the Padres on their heals right out of the gate. A 5 run 1st inning sure would put a smile on my face.
Padres 11 at Reds 5 (July 30, 2012 / Great American Ball Park)