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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."

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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."

Jayson Stark/ESPN

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Reds Will Use Cingrani Out Of Bullpen

Mar 17, 2015 8:33 AM

The Cincinnati Reds are moving Tony Cingrani to the bullpen.

The move leaves others to compete for three open spots in the club's rotation.

Cingrani, who is coming off shoulder problems last season, was considered a leading candidate to regain a starting role.

"As of right now, we see Cingrani as more of a relief option rather than a starting option," Bryan Price said. "We're looking at our club and trying to figure out how we're the best. We brought a bunch of people in that are capable of competing for those jobs, but we don't have enough innings to give them."

Cingrani went 7-4 with a 2.92 ERA in 18 starts and five relief appearances in 2013. Last year, he was 2-8 with a 4.55 ERA in 11 starts and two relief appearances before a sore shoulder sidelined him.

Associated Press

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Jason Bourgeois Out With Injured Shoulder

Mar 15, 2015 6:54 PM

Reds outfielder Jason Bourgeois is going to be out four to six weeks with a fracture in his left shoulder, according to an ESPN.com report on Sunday.

The 33-year old was trying to win a job as the Reds' fourth outfielder.

ESPN.com

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Mesoraco Sidelined With Concussion

Mar 10, 2015 8:25 AM

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

The Cincinnati Reds catcher is being tested daily and is confined to riding a stationary bicycle and walking on a treadmill to stay in shape.

"It is tough for me to sit around, but that's what you have to do," Mesoraco said. "Right now I want to get back to work and I can't do it. I did 20 minutes on the bike today. Tomorrow, I'll walk on the treadmill."

It's his third concussion as a professional.

Associated Press

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Jon Lester Sharp In Spring Debut For Cubs

Mar 7, 2015 1:29 AM

In front of the largest spring training crowd ever on Friday, new Cubs pitcher Jon Lester threw as advertised, facing the minimum in his two-inning debut in a Cubs uniform.

Lester got ahead of all but one Reds batter while striking out three in front of 15,331. He gave up one hit, a broken-bat single to Chris Dominguez in the second inning, which was erased by a double-play ball. Lester threw so efficiently he wrapped up his day with a few more tosses in the bullpen.

 

 

 

ESPN.com

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Joey Votto Excited About Being Healthy

Feb 23, 2015 2:06 AM

The test for veteran Joey Votto will come once spring training officially starts for Reds position players. 

Votto is one of the Reds' main concerns heading into the first full-squad workout Tuesday. The first baseman played in only 62 games last season because of strained muscles above his left knee.

 

ESPN.com

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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

Byrd Trade Between Phillies, Reds Fell Through
The two teams could re-work the trade in the future.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Cueto Won't Discuss Contract Once Season Begins
Johnny Cueto and the Reds have until Opening Day to work out a deal, agent Bryce Dixon said.

Mark Sheldon/MLB

Marlins Acquire Latos From Reds
The Marlins have acquired Mat Latos from the Reds in exchange for pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani and young catcher Chad Wallach.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Reds Deal Alfredo Simon To Tigers
The Tigers will send shortstop Eugenio Suarez and pitching prospect Jonathan Crawford to the Reds.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Reds, Tigers Discussing Starting Pitcher
The Reds and Tigers are discussing a trade that would send a starting pitcher to the American League.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports