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Last Shot For Writers To Elect Concepcion

One final shot. One last chance.

That is what Reds' shortstop great Dave Concepcion is facing when it comes to his eligibility for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the writers' ballot. Players are limited to 15 years on the ballot, and this is year No. 15 for the man that wore No. 13 in Cincinnati.

Not only was Concepcion a member of the legendary "Big Red Machine" that won four pennants -- including World Series championships in 1975-76 -- he is viewed as a trailblazing pioneer for generations of Latino ballplayers enjoying thriving careers.

Among those inspired by Concepcion's dazzling skills were two other No. 13's, ranging from Ozzie Guillen to another defensive great Omar Vizquel.

"I used to see every move he made," Vizquel once said of Concepcion. "For me, that was like a school. Just watching him during the game was a big inspiration for me."

Via MLB.com


Hamilton Dealt From Reds To Rangers

The Rangers and Reds agreed on a trade Friday that will send outfielder Josh Hamilton to Texas in exchange for right-hander Edison Volquez and a Minor League pitcher.

Texas will have a press conference later in the day to announce the deal.

Hamilton was quite a feel-good story early last season. Acquired by Cincinnati from Tampa Bay via a Rule 5 Draft trade, the 26-year-old -- who had been troubled throughout his career as a professional by drug and legal problems -- got off to an impressive start.

Hamiltom missed a good chunk of the second half of the season due to a sprained wrist and a hamstring injuries. He finished the season with a .292 batting average and had 19 home runs and 47 RBIs in 90 games.

The hard-throwing, 24-year-old Volquez fanned 166 batters while going 14-6 at three Minor League stops last season.

Via MLB.com


Reds Want Bedard Or Blanton

The Mariners and Dodgers were considered top potential trade partners for Baltimore Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard.

The Reds, of course, are known to want Bedard, as well.

Reds' General Manager Wayne Krivsky can't talk about Bedard, but it sounds as though the Reds are not on the brink of a trade.

"We don't have anything at this point," Krivsky said. "(Tuesday) was a pretty quiet day."

The talks between the Reds and Orioles stalled over Baltimore's insistence that Jay Bruce be part of the deal.

If the Reds can't land Bedard, they're likely to turn elsewhere - possibly to Oakland right-hander Joe Blanton.

Via Cincinnati Enquirer


Reds, Mariners And Dodgers Interested In Bedard

The Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers are among the teams seeking Erik Bedard. As of last night, two team sources said no deals were imminent, but the five-player return for Tejada and the fact that the Astros are assuming the $26 million (over two years) on his contract puts the Orioles in good position.

"There are some other things that we'd still like to do," Andy MacPhail said. "But I think you have to evaluate things on a case-by-case basis and see if it sets up to the standard over whether you are better off after you do [the trade] than before. We think we are better off after [today's deal] than we were before."

Via Baltimore Sun


Red Sox Acquire Catcher From Reds

The Sox made a minor deal with the Cincinnati Reds, obtaining minor-league catcher Juan Apodaca. The Reds had earlier selected Apodaca in the minor-league phase of the Rule V draft from the Los Angeles Dodgers? Double-A Jacksonville affiliate.

The Sox then obtained Apodaca from the Reds for cash considerations. He was placed on the Pawtucket roster.

Via Providence Journal


Reds Dec 2007 Archive

  • Blue Jays Trade RHP James To Cincinnati

    The Blue Jays on Friday traded pitcher Justin James to the Reds, completing the deal that saw them acquire infielder-outfielder Buck Coats on Wednesday.