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Reds Acquire International Bonus Slots From Orioles

May 24, 2016 7:46 AM

The Cincinnati Reds have acquired two international signing slots from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Minor League right-hander Franderlyn Romero.

Only certain draft picks may be traded, but teams are able to trade individual signing allotments, subject to certain restrictions.

It's not yet known which slots were sent to Cincinnati.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Ross Ohlendorf Wins Appeal Of Three-Game Suspension

May 23, 2016 2:56 PM

Ross Ohlendorf has won his appeal and his three-game suspension and fine have been revoked, according to a source.

Ohlendorf was suspended three games by Major League Baseball for throwing at David Freese of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The right-hander was ejected after hitting Freese in the ninth inning.

ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Suspension

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Former MLB Pitcher Sammy Ellis Dies At 75

May 15, 2016 2:43 PM

Former major league pitcher Sammy Ellis, who became an All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965, has died. He was 75.

The funeral home handling the arrangements said Ellis died Friday in Temple Terrace, Florida. It didn't provide details on his death.

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Reds Bullpen Allows Run In 21st Consecutive Game

May 4, 2016 7:47 AM

The Cincinnati Reds bullpen has set a Major League record by giving up a run in 21 consecutive games.

The club had been tied with the 2013 Colorado Rockies for what was the Major League mark since 1900. Cincinnati is 10-17.

"It's a challenge for the guys in the bullpen," Bryan Price said. "It's been a challenge to get on a roll."

The Reds bullpen came into Tuesday's game with a 6.54 ERA and had allowed 69 runs in 95 innings with 54 walks, all the most in the majors.

ESPN

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Joey Votto: 'Retiring May Be An Option'

May 2, 2016 12:02 AM

The nearly $200 million that Joey Votto has left on his contract in guaranteed money over the next eight seasons apparently doesn't matter.

The Reds veteran said that if he continues to play at the level he has this season, he'd rather just retire.

"It's not something I'm OK with. I'd rather quit and leave all the money on the table than play at a poor level," Votto said Sunday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I'm here to play and be part of setting a standard. It's something I've always taken pride in.

"I love to play at a really high level. So far this year, it's not been that. I will not be a very satisfied, happy person if I don't perform at the level that I expect."

ESPN.com

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Todd Frazier Sought Extension Prior To Trade

Apr 26, 2016 9:31 AM

Todd Frazier sought a contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds prior to his trade to the Chicago White Sox, according to a report.

Jon Heyman reports that Frazier and his representatives at CAA "made many proposals" to the Reds about a long-term deal. One of the deals was in the seven-year, $100 million range.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor

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Reds Considering Change At Closer

Apr 20, 2016 4:14 PM

J.J. Hoover is struggling and Bryan Price says the Cincinnati Reds are considering a change at closer.

"I give it a lot of thought all the time, as you can imagine," Price said Wednesday morning. "I'd really love for him to be the closer, which is what I'd really like to see, but I do need him to perform at a more consistent level. There haven't been a lot of save opportunities out there to start the ninth inning. I'd like him to be a little bit sharper."

Through seven appearances and 5 1/3 innings, Hoover has a 15.19 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP, with 10 runs (nine earned), eight hits, four walks and three home runs allowed.

Price could potentially turn to Blake Wood or Tony Cingrani if he decides to replace Hoover as closer.

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Orioles Make Offer To Kyle Lohse; Reds, Tigers Interested

Apr 19, 2016 7:39 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have offered Kyle Lohse a contract and the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers are also interested, according to a report.

It remains to be seen if the 37-year-old has received an offer from Cincinnati or Detroit.

Lohse is coming off a rough season in the final year of a three-year, $33 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor

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Brandon Finnegan Looking Like Starter For Reds

Apr 13, 2016 1:54 PM

Brandon Finnegan, who nearly no-hit the Chicago Cubs on Monday night, is looking more and more like a long-term starter for the Cincinnati Reds.

Finnegan was an important part of the haul the Reds received from the Kansas City Royals in the Johnny Cueto trade. At the time, there were questions about whether the left-hander would start or relieve as a Major Leaguer.

According to Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs, Finnegan is throwing his slider harder in 2016 than he did late in 2015 as a starter for Cincinnati. He is also throwing a new, rising four-seam fastball. That isn't all.

"Finnegan is throwing his changeup with a ton of confidence," Sullivan writes, "In four starts last season, Finnegan threw 13% changeups. Through two starts this season, he's just shy of 25%."

His percentage of fastballs has dropped from 75% to 57% this season, giving hitters more of a variety to handle.

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Billy Hamilton Records Fastest HR Trot In Statcast History

Apr 12, 2016 6:44 AM

Billy Hamilton homered against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night and flew across the bases.

Hamilton rounded the bases in 16.2 seconds, the quickest trot for an over-the-wall home run in Statcast history.

"I didn't know it was a home run," Hamilton said. "If you don't know it's a home run, you can't expect it to be home run when you don't hit home runs. My motto is, 'If that ball falls, I'm trying to get an inside the park home run.' I'm going full speed all the time. If it falls at the wall, I won't be standing on first base. I'll be on second or third where somebody has a chance to drive me in."

Hamilton also had the fastest trot last season at 16.5 seconds.

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Reds Promote Prospect Robert Stephenson
The Reds have promoted top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson, who they plan to start Thursday against the Phillies.

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Reds Claim Dan Straily From Padres
It was reported earlier Friday that the Padres had placed Dan Straily on waivers.

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Raisel Iglesias To Start Opener For Reds
Raisel Iglesias made only 16 starts and two relief appearances last season, pitching 95 1/3 innings overall. He was 3-7 with a 4.15 ERA.

Associated Press

Alfredo Simon Returns To Reds On One-Year Deal
The Reds traded Alfredo Simon to the Tigers before the 2015 season, but they are in need of starters in the wake of numerous injuries.

Associated Press

Reds Didn't Want To Take Huge Step Backward
The criticism of the Reds has been that they haven't entered a full rebuild, but Walt Jocketty insists that is the team's preference.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Jay Bruce Still Possible Trade Target For Orioles
The Orioles are trying to plug last-minute holes on their roster and trading for Jay Bruce remains a possibility.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Votto Committed To Reds Despite Rebuilding Process
Joey Votto says he's committed to the Reds over the long-term even as the team continues to deal away high-priced veteran talent as part of an organizational rebuild.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Medical Snag Delays Three-Team Trade Involving Jay Bruce
A three-team trade between the Reds, Blue Jays and Angels centered around Jay Bruce hit a snag on Monday night during the review of medical reports, according to sources.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Reds Will Give J.J. Hoover Chance To Close
The Reds will give J.J. Hoover a chance to close games this season with Aroldis Chapman in New York.

Associated Press

J.J. Hoover Beats Reds In Arbitration Hearing
J.J. Hoover was given a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million by arbitrators James Oldham, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek.

Associated Press

Price: Phillips Will Start At Second Base For Reds
Second baseman Brandon Phillips has vetoed two potential trades during the offseason.

ESPN.com

Reds 'Most Likely' Done Making Offseason Moves
The Reds made an offer to Bronson Arroyo, but the veteran pitcher opted to sign with the Nationals.

C. Trent Rosecrans/Cincinnati Enquirer

Nationals, Reds Interested In Bronson Arroyo
It was rumored over the weekend that Arroyo had visited Great American Ball Park recently.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Aroldis Chapman Won't Face Charges
Aroldis Chapman will not face charges stemming from an October domestic dispute between Chapman and his girlfriend.

ESPN

Pete Rose To Enter Reds' Hall Of Fame
The Reds announced on Tuesday that Pete Rose will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.

ESPN

Marlins Offered Marcell Ozuna To Rangers, Reds
The Marlins made separate trade offers to the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds for Marcell Ozuna earlier this offseason.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Sources: Reds Agree To $6M Deal With Alfredo Rodriguez
The Reds have agreed to a $6 million contract with Cuban shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez, according to sources.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Reds Interested In Reunion With Bronson Arroyo
The Reds are in the market for an experienced starter and a reunion with Bronson Arroyo may be possible, according to a report.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

2016 Hall Of Fame Class To Be Announced This Week
Ken Griffey Jr. may be the first player to be unanimously elected by the eligible voters.

MLB.com

Marlins Tried To Acquire Chapman From Reds
The Marlins tried to acquire Aroldis Chapman from the Reds before the Yankees completed a deal, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports