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Pete Rose Will Be Allowed To Participate In All-Star Activities

Apr 23, 2015 4:29 PM

Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer's All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati, according to Rob Manfred.

Manfred said initial ideas about Rose's role at the July 14 game will come from Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini.

Rose, baseball's career hits leader and a former Reds player and manager, agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on his team to win while he was managing the club.

Associated Press

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor

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Price Apologizes For Vulgarities, But Stands By Message

Apr 21, 2015 5:00 PM

Bryan Price, after using the F-word 77 times and 10 more variants of other vulgarities during a rant to media members, apologized Tuesday for "inappropriate language."

"In my pregame conversation with reporters yesterday, I used wholly inappropriate language to describe the media coverage of our team," Price said in a message posted on the official Twitter account of the Cincinnati Reds. "While I stand by the content of my message, I am sorry for the choice of words."

The manager's rant focused on recently published roster information and how it -- in his view -- could be beneficial to opponents, lashed out in front of a group of 10 media members Monday.

Price's blowup was out of character. The second-year manager is known for being gracious and respectful with reporters, and rarely swears in their presence.

ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor

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Bryan Price Goes On Expletive-Laced Rant

Apr 21, 2015 8:11 AM

Bryan Price lashed out in front of a group of media members on Monday, using the F-word 77 times and 10 more variants of other vulgarities in a five-and-a-half minute rant focused on Cincinnati Reds roster information.

According to a report by the Cincinnati Enquirer, Price was unhappy about recent reports that in his view could be beneficial to opponents.

"I don't get it. It's, you know, look, I don't need you guys to be fans of the Reds," Price said. "I just need to know if there's something we want to keep here, it stays here.

"We don't need to know that Tucker Barnhart's in the f---ing airport when we haven't spoken to Kyle Skipworth," Price said, referring to Reds catchers, one of whom returned to the team last week while the other was demoted to the minors.

"I think we owe that f---ing kid the right to be called and told that he's going to be sent down as opposed to reading that Tucker Barnhart is on his way from Louisville."

Price also was reacting over a report that Devin Mesoraco, out last week with a left hip injury, was unavailable Sunday as a pinch hitter.

"I've got to f---ing read that on a f---ing tweet on our own people in here that we don't have a f---ing player?" Price said. "How the f--- does that benefit the Reds? It doesn't benefit us one f---ing bit."

ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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No Progress Between Reds, Johnny Cueto On Extension

Apr 2, 2015 8:21 AM

There has been no progress made between the Cincinnati Reds and Johnny Cueto in regards to a long-term contract extension, according to a source.

Cueto is due to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the World Series.

The right-hander, who finished second in NL Cy Young voting last season, hasn't posted an ERA above 2.82 in any of the last four years.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Chapman Fine Despite Early Exit

Apr 1, 2015 7:59 AM

The Cincinnati Reds removed Aroldis Chapman in the middle of an inning during an exhibition game on Tuesday, but it turned out to simply be a miscommunication.

Chapman left after recording only one out in the fifth inning.

He retired the lone batter he faced on a routine grounder to second, but the trainers and coaches came out to the mound. Chapman threw two practice pitches but was removed.

"We went out there to check on him and the hamstring came up, and just with that history we were extra cautious," Bryan Price said of Chapman, who dealt with an injured hamstring last season. "And by the sounds of it, it may be a non-issue completely."

Cash Kruth/MLB

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Reds Acquire Dan Johnson From Astros

Mar 26, 2015 5:10 PM

The Cincinnati Reds have acquired Dan Johnson from the Houston Astros for a player to be named or cash.

Johnson played in 15 games for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, batting .211 with a homer and seven RBIs.

He left as a free agent after the season and signed with Houston in December.

Associated Press

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Votto Has 'Very High Expectations' For Season

Mar 18, 2015 8:24 AM

Joey Votto is healthy and confident entering the 2015 season.

He missed 99 games for the Cincinnati Reds last season with a pulled muscle near his left knee. The injury was so debilitating that it got into his head and sapped him of his confidence.

"I didn't lose a lot of confidence with my skills," Votto said. "I did, however, have a great deal of concern that I wasn't going to be able to tap into my skills because of the injury. It does a number on you."

After a productive offseason, the 31-year-old is ready to rebound this year.

"I feel like I can perform like myself," Votto said. "I have very high expectations."

Richard Justice/MLB

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Tony Clark Wants To See Rose Reinstated

Mar 17, 2015 3:32 PM

Tony Clark, the executive director of baseball's players' union, is in favor of commissioner Rob Manfred reinstating Pete Rose.

"I would love to see Pete reinstated," Clark said.

Clark said of Rose: "He made a decision. He made a decision that was not the right decision. He made a decision that he has paid a price for."

The director chose his words carefully, but when he was asked whether he believes that Rose has served his time, he replied succinctly: "Yes. I would love for there to be a consideration made, on behalf of the commissioner's office, that would take that into account, in reinstating him."

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Reds Will Use Cingrani Out Of Bullpen
The move leaves others to compete for three open spots in the club's rotation.

Associated Press

Jason Bourgeois Out With Injured Shoulder
Reds outfielder Jason Bourgeois will be out 4-6 weeks with a fracture in his left shoulder.

ESPN.com

Mesoraco Sidelined With Concussion
Devin Mesoraco is sidelined indefinitely because of a mild concussion that he suffered when a foul ball hit him on the mask.

Associated Press

Jon Lester Sharp In Spring Debut For Cubs
Jon Lester faced the minimum in his spring debut on Friday, in front of 15,331.

ESPN.com

Joey Votto Excited About Being Healthy
Joey Votto missed the last 100 games last season for the Reds.

ESPN.com

Cueto Wants New Deal By Opening Day
In the final year of his contract, Johnny Cueto will make $10 million in 2015.

Associated Press

Reds, Chapman Agree To One-Year, $8.05M Deal
Aroldis Chapman recored 36 saves and struck out 106 hitters in 54 innings last season.

ESPN.com

Iglesias Could Earn Spot In Cincinnati's Rotation
The Reds signed the Cuban right-hander to a seven-year, $32 million deal last June.

John Fay/Cincinnati Enquirer

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Reds Agree To $12M Deal With Todd Frazier
The contract will pay Todd Frazier $4.5 million in 2015, including a signing bonus, and $7.5 million in 2016.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Reds, Todd Frazier Agree On Two-Year Deal
Todd Frazier hit a career-high 29 home runs in 157 games with the Reds last season.

ESPN.com

Reds Add Badenhop, Gregg To Bullpen
Burke Badenhop was 0-3 with a 2.29 ERA and one save in 70 relief appearances for the Red Sox last season.

ESPN.com

Reds Signs Paul Maholm
The Reds have invited him to Major League spring training with a chance to earn a roster spot.

Associated Press

Reds Sign Paul Maholm To Minor League Deal
Paul Maholm was 1-5 with a 4.84 ERA in 30 games for the Dodgers last season.

MLB.com

Reds Sign Mesoraco To Four-Year Extension
The Reds have signed Devin Mesoraco to a four-year extension worth $28 million, according to a source.

ESPN

Reds Sign Jason Marquis To Minors Deal
Marquis, 36, spent much of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Well-Traveled Arthur Rhodes Retires
Arthur Rhodes had a 20-year career, changing uniforms 9 times in eleven years.

Yahoo.com

Source: No Progress On Extension Between Cueto, Reds
The right-hander will be a free agent after the 2015 season.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Byrd Wants To Cut Down On Strikeouts With Reds
Marlon Byrd had a strong offensive season in 2014 with the Phillies, but also posted a career-high 185 strikeouts.

Mark Sheldon/MLB

Reds Acquire Marlon Byrd From Phillies
Byrd will earn $8 million next season on the final year of a two-year deal that includes an $8 million team option for 2016.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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