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Reds Agree To New 15-Year Television Contract

Oct 20, 2016 7:34 AM

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a new 15-year television contract with FOX Sports Ohio.

The deal will run through the 2032 season. The current contract was set to expire after the 2017 season.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but Reds COO Phil Castellini said the extension will provide the Reds with a "nice increase" in their yearly rights fees. They currently receive about $30 million annually.

Zach Buchanan/Cincinnati Enquirer

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Lester: World Series Title Or Bust For Cubs

Oct 2, 2016 2:22 AM

Cubs left-hander Jon Lester laid down the gauntlet for his team come later this month after pitching in his regular-season finale Saturday:

Some 100-plus wins are nice, but they'll mean little if October doesn't go the Cubs' way.

"This season isn't anything unless we do what we showed up at spring training to do -- win a World Series," Lester said after failing to win his 20th game in a 7-4 loss to the Reds. "I don't want to sound like an a--h--- or anything, but we really haven't done anything yet."

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Pete Rose Appeals To Restore Hall Of Fame Eligibility

Sep 29, 2016 7:04 AM

Pete Rose has directly appealed to baseball's Hall of Fame to restore his eligibility, arguing the lifetime ban he agreed to in 1989 was never intended to keep him out of Cooperstown.

Rose makes his case in a seven-page letter to Hall president Jeff Idelson.

"At the time Pete agreed to the settlement, the consequences of being placed on the ineligible list were clear and specific -- and did not include a Hall of Fame prohibition," according to the letter, signed by Rose's longtime attorney Raymond C. Genco and attorney Mark Rosenbaum.

The Hall of Fame changed its bylaws two years after Rose's banishment to make permanently banned players ineligible for Cooperstown.

"We believe that the institution of Baseball will be strengthened by this act of grace -- an act that would give Pete Rose the same treatment that every other Major League Baseball player and manager received throughout the first 55 years of the National Baseball Hall of Fame," the letter said.

Associated Press

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Reds Surrender Major League Record 242nd Home Run

Sep 20, 2016 4:24 PM

The Cincinnati Reds have been bad this season and now their futility will forever be remembered.

Jason Heyward hit a home run in the eighth inning on Monday night off Blake Wood, the 242nd long ball the Reds have given up this season.

The total is more than any Major League club has allowed in a single season.

Only nine teams in history have allowed more than 230 home runs in a season. The Reds still have 12 games remaining to extend the record.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

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Blue Jays Made Play For Joey Votto Last Summer

Aug 26, 2016 8:17 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays made a play to try and acquire Joey Votto from the Cincinnati Reds last summer.

Jon Heyman notes that they might have continued to pursue Votto had they not shuffled their front office.

The Blue Jays were willing to add Votto on top of Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, which would have made the 2015 lineup even more star-studded.

Votto is a native of Toronto.

There was plenty of work to be done to complete a deal, according to sources. Toronto would have wanted Votto's 10-year, $225 million contract paid down significantly and it isn't known how much, if any, the Reds would have agreed to remain responsible for.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, Trade Rumor

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Brandon Finnegan's Role With Reds Remains Undetermined

Aug 15, 2016 11:58 AM

The Cincinnati Reds are confident that Brandon Finnegan can start, but the club hasn't decided if that will be his role over the long-term.

The 23-year-old has a 4.45 ERA over 129 1/3 innings as a starter this season.

"It's really hard to say at this point in time if he's best served as a reliever or as a starter," Bryan Price said. "But we've still got another two months of the season, seven or eight weeks, to help us with that."

The Reds have a lot of young arms at the Minor and Major League level, which will play a role in how they use Finnegan going forward.

"Based on what we have in our system, what we begin the year with next year, will we win more games with him as a starter or a reliever?" Price said of Finnegan. "I can say from my perspective that hasn’t been answered."

Zach Buchanan/Cincinnati Enquirer

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Joey Votto Gets Upset With Fan, Signs Ball As Apology

Aug 3, 2016 7:51 AM

Joey Votto briefly engaged with a fan while attempting to catch a foul ball along the first-base line in the top of the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night.

Votto was thwarted from catching the ball when he made contact with a fan in a Reds shirt who was also going for the ball. He briefly stared at the fan before grabbing at the Reds logo on the man's shirt, presumably pointing out that the fan should attempt to stay out of the way of the home team's defense.

The fan eventually got a signed ball and an apology from Votto.

"I made a mistake crossing the stands-field boundary," he said. "I misplayed it, and I took my frustration out on the fan. I felt bad about it. He apologized, but I was the one who should've been apologizing to him for bullying him."


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Homer Bailey Questions Reds' Plan To Lose 100 Games

Aug 3, 2016 7:34 AM

The decision to trade Jay Bruce on Monday isn't sitting well with many Cincinnati Reds players.

"I think I see the plan," Homer Bailey said. "They talked about us losing 100 games at the beginning of the year, and s---, we're damn sure trying, aren't we?"

The Reds traded Bruce, who leads the National League with 80 RBIs, to the New York Mets for 22-year-old second baseman Dilson Herrera and 19-year-old pitcher Max Wotell.

"The Mets got the better of us on that one," Bailey said.

The Reds had gone 9-3 leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, but they were still 20 games under .500.

"I think it's kind of like you see the balloon getting bigger, and then, all of a sudden, you poke a hole in it," Bailey said. "Apparently, they know a lot more than we do."

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Trade Deadline Brings 18 Deals Involving 49 Players

Aug 2, 2016 7:39 AM

There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.

The trades involved 49 players. Monday began with 18 teams within 5.5 games of a Wild Card berth and trip to the postseason.

Richard Justice/MLB

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Trade Rumor

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Mets, Reds Agree To Restructured Jay Bruce Trade

Aug 1, 2016 4:39 PM

The New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds agreed to a restructured trade centered around Jay Bruce.

Brandon Nimmo, originally reported as part of the deal, will not be going to the Reds.

Cincinnati will instead acquire Dilson Herrera and left-hander Max Wotell.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

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Medical Issues May Be Holding Up Jay Bruce Trade
The Mets agreed to a deal for Jay Bruce with the Reds, but medical issues may be holding up the trade.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Mets Close To Acquiring Jay Bruce From Reds
The Reds were close to dealing Jay Bruce last summer but never completed the deal.

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Homer Bailey To Make First Start Since Tommy John Surgery
Reds pitcher Homer Bailey will face the Padres on Sunday after being activated from the DL.

Reds Have Only Received Weak Offers For Jay Bruce
The Reds claim that interest in trading for Jay Bruce has only been moderate this summer.

Zach Buchanan/Cincinnati Enquirer

Mariners, Reds Have Discussed Jay Bruce Trade
The Mariners have inquired with the Reds about trading for Jay Bruce, who has been on the market for the past several months.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Reds Discussing Jay Bruce With 'At Least' Four Teams
The Reds have picked up the pace on trade talks involving Jay Bruce and are discussing him with "at least" four teams.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza Enter Baseball Hall Of Fame
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza became a piece of baseball history on Sunday at Cooperstown.

Six Teams Showing Interest In Trading For Jay Bruce
The Indians, Rangers, Nationals, Orioles, Giants and Dodgers have all shown interest in trading for Jay Bruce, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Jay Bruce Wants To Play In October, Isn't 'Ruling Anything Out'
Jay Bruce has a limited no-trade clause, which he would likely waive to clear the way for a trade to a contender.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Syndergaard, Cespedes, Fowler Scratched From All-Star Game
Drew Pomeranz. Starling Marte, and Jay Bruce have been added to the NL All-Star Game roster.

Bryant Should Be OK After Outfield Collision
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Kris Bryant should be OK after leaving Monday's game in the fifth inning.

Reds Fire Pitching Coach Mark Riggins
The Reds have named Mack Jenkins to replace Mark Riggins as pitching coach.

Jay Bruce Willing To Waive No-Trade Clause In Deal To Contender
Jay Bruce has a limited no-trade clause, but doesn't intend to use it to hold up a deal from the Reds to a contender.

Mark Sheldon/MLB

Reds To Sign No. 2 Overall Pick Nick Senzel
The Reds will sign the Tennessee third baseman for a $6.2 million bonus.

Jim Callis/MLB

Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Anthony DeSclafani To Make Season Debut For Reds On Friday
After throwing in the bullpen without any problem, the Reds say Anthony DeSclafani will make his season debut on Friday against the Athletics.

Associated Press

Keith Law Has A.J. Puk, Kyle Lewis, Jason Groome In Latest Mock Draft
With a little more than a week before the Major League Baseball draft, Keith Law of ESPN has posted his second mock draft of the year.

Keith Law/ESPN

Reds Acquire International Bonus Slots From Orioles
The Reds have acquired two international signing slots from the Orioles in exchange for Minor League right-hander Franderlyn Romero.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Ross Ohlendorf Wins Appeal Of Three-Game Suspension
Ross Ohlendorf was suspended three games by Major League Baseball for throwing at David Freese on May 11 after warnings had been issued.


Former MLB Pitcher Sammy Ellis Dies At 75
Pitcher Sammy Ellis was an All-Star with the Reds in 1965.