Tagged: Shin-Soo Choo

Won’t Choo bring Arroyo back?

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.

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.

What is under the Christmas Tree this year Walt?

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.

Walt Jocketty talks about Brandon Phillips and Aroldis Chapman

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.


Can #reds afford Choo?

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:

We can dream!

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

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Generated 11/7/2013.


                      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

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Generated 11/7/2013.

April 5, 2013 part 2 coming soon to GABP

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.

April 5, 2013

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!

Game Recap | Game Box Score

#Reds lose another tough one to #Padres

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.

Zack Cozart safe

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.

Mat  Latos

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.

Good options to have

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.

Derrick Robinson

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.

Joey Votto @ PetCo Park

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.

Leake looking for a better start against the Padres

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.

Mike  Leake

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)