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Should Royals Go After Johnny Cueto?

Jul 6, 2015 9:16 AM

The Kansas City Royals have a 4.5-game lead in the American League Central, but Christina Kahrl writes that Dayton Moore should look to acquire Johnny Cueto ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

The Cincinnati Reds are expected to move Cueto, who is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the season.

"Why Johnny Cueto works for the Royals, perhaps more than for any other team that might put itself into that kind of conversation, is because of how he fits into this team," Kahrl writes. "Durability is the question mark that Cueto has been tagged with after three DL stints in 2013 for shoulder trouble and more recent worries associated with his elbow. Say Ned Yost manages that risk aggressively, and say Cueto is more of a six- to seven-inning guy in the DH league -- that isn’t a problem for K.C., not on this team. With a bullpen this deep and a defense this good, that helps take the pressure off Cueto to try to be something more than he is -- merely one of baseball’s best starters, despite pitching in the homer-happy Gap."

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All-Star Game Starters Announced

Jul 5, 2015 9:24 PM

2015 ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS ANNOUNCED

Leading Vote-Getter Josh Donaldson Sets All-Time Single-Season Voting Record, Edges Out AL Teammate Mike Trout for Top Overall Spot;

Bryce Harper Finishes as Top NL Vote-Getter, Sets All-Time NL
Single-Season Voting Mark;

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, MLB’s leading vote-getter, and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  The 2015 AL and NL All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show” on ESPN.  

Donaldson, who collected 14,090,188 total votes, set a new all-time single-season voting record, surpassing Josh Hamilton’s 2012 total of 11,073,744 tallies.  

Harper receives his third Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and his second fan-elected start (2013), becoming the first player in Nationals-era history to claim multiple fan-elected starting assignments.  

Third baseman Todd Frazier of the host Reds received 9,233,686 votes, surpassing Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals (7,133,753) in the final week to earn his first fan election after being named an All-Star reserve in 2014.  

In the AL, reigning league batting champion Jose Altuve of the Astros reclaimed the top spot at second base in the final week, finishing with 9,634,464 votes to beat out Kansas City’s Omar Infante (8,999,117).  

Angels outfielder Mike Trout received 14,013,021 total votes, which was the second-highest total in the Majors behind Donaldson.  Trout will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive fan-elected start.

Joining Trout in the AL outfield will be Royals teammates Lorenzo Cain (12,399,127) and Alex Gordon (10,609,006).  

Rounding out the fan elections in the NL outfield alongside Harper is Giancarlo Stanton (7,036,537) of the Miami Marlins and Matt Holliday (6,362,653) of the Cardinals.  

Two-time AL Most Valuable Player (2012-13) Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers garnered 13,834,271 votes en route to his 10th career All-Star selection (also 2004-07, 2010-14) and third consecutive fan election.  

Cabrera’s NL counterpart will be Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, who received 9,119,375 votes to attain his second consecutive fan-elected start.  

Giants catcher Buster Posey will make the start behind the plate in the NL, marking his third career Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and second career fan-elected start (2012).  

For the AL, Royals backstop Salvador Perez tallied 13,747,294 votes to receive his first career starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic after making the AL squad as a reserve in each of the last two seasons.  

In the AL’s tightest race, Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (10,632,184) claimed his fourth All-Star selection (2009, 2013-14) as he held off Kendrys Morales (10,320,500) of the Royals.  

Up the middle of the NL infield will be Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (7,574,750) and Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta (8,478,474).  Joining Altuve up the middle of the AL infield is Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who tallied 11,960,907 votes to receive his first career All-Star selection. 

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Royals Have Interest In Cueto, Leake, Zobrist

Jun 23, 2015 8:14 PM

The Kansas City Royals are looking for upgrades on the trade market and have cast a wide net.

Kansas City has shown interest in Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Ben Zobrist.

The Cincinnati Reds have received calls from a number of teams regarding Cueto, Leake and Aroldis Chapman.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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Outside The Lines Has Evidence Pete Rose Bet On Games As Player

Jun 22, 2015 1:06 PM

ESPN's Outside The Lines claims to have betting slips that prove Pete Rose bet on baseball as a player during the 1986 season.

The evidence was previously undisclosed. Rose has maintained that he didn't bet on games during his playing career.

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Can Todd Frazier Sustain His Power Explosion?

Jun 22, 2015 8:19 AM

Todd Frazier has experienced a power explosion this season, but is the surge sustainable?

The Cincinnati Reds third baseman has a 22.4% home run/fly ball rate, which may be primed for regression.

Over the course of his career, Frazier has seen his average fly ball get longer and longer. In 2012, his average fly ball went 280 feet. This season that figure is up to 303.8 feet.

Where his fly balls are going has changed this season as well.

"Frazier has always been a guy who had an even distribution of his home runs across fields, with a slight lean toward right field for his fly balls. Not in 2015," writes Owen Watson. "We can see his propensity to pull the ball has increased dramatically this season, with all but one of his home runs going to left or center field. We’ve seen the kind of power jumps that players can have when they start pulling their fly balls more; couple that tendency with a major increase in fly-ball distance (into top-20-in-the-majors territory), and you have the makings of a big year."

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Devin Mesoraco To Have Season-Ending Surgery

Jun 21, 2015 1:41 AM

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is officially done for the season, according to an ESPN.com report on Saturday.

Mesoraco is scheduled to have surgery June 29 in New York City to repair his left hip impingement. He is expected to be ready for spring training.

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Yankees, Giants Scouting Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake

Jun 15, 2015 6:23 AM

The New York Yankees have more than one need, but they have been scouting the Cincinnati Reds while looking to upgrade their starting rotation.

The Yankees sent scout Jeff Datz to Wrigley Field this weekend to watch Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake pitch against the Chicago Cubs. Cueto and Leake are both scheduled to become free agents after the season and the Reds are expected to shop them ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

The San Francisco Giants also had some of their baseball operations people in Chicago to watch the two pitchers take the mound.

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players

Jun 11, 2015 7:34 AM

Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 10 players selected from Monday to Wednesday.

Arizona State, Florida, Illinois and Vanderbilt each had nine players drafted.

Nine schools produced eight players each, including LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Maryland, UCLA, USC and North Carolina.

 

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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks

Jun 11, 2015 7:28 AM

The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft ended on Wednesday after the 1,215th pick was made.

Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

Here's the breakdown by position:

109 catchers

53 first baseman

51 second baseman

102 shortstops

53 third baseman

211 outfielders

one utility player

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft

Jun 9, 2015 10:29 AM

The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but overall position players were a hot commodity.

Twenty-one of the 36 first-round picks were position players, including seven of the first 10 selections.

There was a run on pitchers in the middle of the round. There were just three left-handed pitchers taken in the first round.

In 2014, 20 of the 34 first-round picks were pitchers and seven south paws were selected.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

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First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Reds To Try Devin Mesoraco In Left Field
Devin Mesoraco has been suffering from a hip impingement, which has kept him from working behind the plate.

C. Trent Rosecrans/Cincinnati Enquirer

Reds Haven't Indicated Whether They Are Ready To Trade Cueto
The Reds are fading out of the playoff picture, but they haven't indicated to Johnny Cueto's agent whether or not they plan to trade the pitcher.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Nats Place Stephen Strasburg On DL With Neck Stiffness
The Nationals have recalled pitcher Taylor Hill to replace Stephen Strasburg on the roster.

ESPN.com

Reds Move Jason Marquis To Bullpen
The move leaves the Reds with three rookies in their starting rotation.

Associated Press

Pence Goes 2-For-3 With A Double In Season Debut
Hunter Pence scored three runs in a 11-2 Giants' win on Saturday in Cincinnati.

ESPN.com

Hunter Pence Ready To Rejoin Giants
Hunter Pence went 5-for-17 with two homers in five games with Triple-A Sacramento.

ESPN.com

Johnny Cueto Attracts 20 Scouts For Start
With Johnny Cueto on the mound for the Reds on Thursday night, as many as 20 scouts showed up to watch him.

Hal McCoy/Dayton Daily News

Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

Keith Law/ESPN

Joey Votto Suspended One Game
Joey Votto's suspension will be served Friday night, when the Reds open up a three-game series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Carlos Rodon To Make First Start For White Sox Saturday
In six-plus innings, Carlos Rodon has allowed nine hits and two runs with four walks and four strikeouts and a 2.84 ERA.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Votto May Face Suspension After Bumping Umpire
Joey Votto could face a suspension after he made contact with plate umpire Chris Conroy after Conroy ejected him on Wednesday night.

ESPN

Devin Mesoraco Likely Needs Hip Surgery
Devin Mesoraco has acknowledged that he will likely require hip surgery and be sidelined for up to four months.

Mark Sheldon/MLB

Homer Bailey To Have Tommy John Surgery
Homer Bailey tore a ligament in his right elbow and will have Tommy John surgery next Friday.

Associated Press

Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

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

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Price Apologizes For Vulgarities, But Stands By Message
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."

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