Cincinnati Reds Wiretap

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.

Mark Sheldon/MLB

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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.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

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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.

Matt Monagan/MLB

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Reds Promote Prospect Robert Stephenson

Apr 4, 2016 1:26 PM

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

The club recalled Stephenson from Triple-A Louisville prior to Monday's season opener against Philadelphia.

Stephenson was Cincinnati's first-round draft selection in 2011 and recently was rated as baseball's No. 31 overall prospect by Keith Law.

ESPN

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Reds Claim Dan Straily From Padres

Apr 1, 2016 4:31 PM

The Cincinnati Reds have claimed Dan Straily off waivers from the San Diego Padres.

It was reported earlier Friday that the Padres had placed Straily on waivers.

It remains unclear how Cincinnati plans to use him.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Raisel Iglesias To Start Opener For Reds

Mar 29, 2016 7:37 AM

The Cincinnati Reds have announced that Raisel Iglesias will start for the team on Opening Day.

Iglesias takes the honor with Anthony DeSclafani hurt. DeSclafani has a strained oblique in his left side.

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

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Alfredo Simon Returns To Reds On One-Year Deal

Mar 18, 2016 6:55 AM

The Cincinnati Reds have brought Alfredo Simon back on a one-year deal.

Simon has three years of experience with the Reds, the first two as a reliever.

The Reds traded him to the Detroit Tigers before the 2015 season, but are in need of starters in the wake of numerous injuries.

"Our history with Alfredo made this a much easier decision," Bryan Price said. "We know what we're getting. He is extremely resilient. His durability is a huge bonus.

"He gives us depth in the rotation. There are just too many question marks now with the readiness of some of our young guys that we don't want to force to the big leagues too soon, and there is the injury component."

Associated Press

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Reds Didn't Want To Take Huge Step Backward

Mar 14, 2016 4:48 PM

The criticism of the Cincinnati Reds has been that they haven't entered a full rebuild, but Walt Jocketty insists that is the team's preference.

"I think we're going to be a very good ball club this year," Jocketty said. "I think we're going to surprise some people, especially if we can (fortify) our bullpen, make some moves at the end of camp or during the season to strengthen that."

Brandon Phillips rejected two different trades and Jay Bruce was on his way to the Toronto Blue Jays before the three-team deal fell apart due to medical records.

Still, in the past 16 months, the Reds have traded Mat Latos, Alfredo Simon, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Marlon Byrd, Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman.

"We didn't want to take it back too far. Devin Mesoraco is still young (27) and under control. Same with Billy. We didn't want to do a complete teardown and rebuild. This was more of a transition and an attempt to retool and add to what we have," Jocketty said.

"We still feel we have a very good everyday lineup, without Frazier. (Eugenio) Suarez, I think, is going to have a very good year (at third) -- we like him a lot. Getting (shortstop Zack) Cozart and Mesoraco back will make a huge difference in our offense. A lot depends upon Billy and his ability to get on base and do the things he's capable of doing."

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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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

Diamondbacks, Reds Discussed Brandon Phillips Trade
The Diamondbacks may be done making big moves this offseason, but Dave Stewart is open to making the right additions.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Yankees Acquire Aroldis Chapman For Four Minor Leaguers
The Reds get right-handers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis and infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda from the Yankees.

ESPN

Source: Brandon Phillips Trade Talks Not Advancing
It appears unlikely that a deal will be made for Brandon Phillips unless the Reds change their demands.

ESPN.com

Nationals Moving Closer To Deal For Brandon Phillips
A trade can't be completed until Brandon Phillips waives his no-trade clause.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Reds, Nationals Agree In Principle To Brandon Phillips Trade
The Reds and Nationals have agreed in principle to a trade centered around Brandon Phillips, according to sources.

Jim Bowden/ESPN