Reds Rumors & News

  • Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal

    ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

  • 10 breakout prospects from AFL season "The Arizona Fall League season is now in the books and, as usual, many top prospects performed well. But while it's exciting to see known players do what's expected, it's at least as much fun to see other Minor Leaguers put themselves on the map during the six-week AFL campaign. Every year,..." November 23

  • Look for second-tier pitcher to sign before Price, Greinke

    Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23

  • Dodgers, looking to upgrade pen, have checked in on Aroldis Chapman

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers thus far have been connected mostly to set-up man extraordinaire Darren O'Day among the bullpen arms, but they've cast a wide net in their search for relief help, and are also considering closers, even the game's most dynamic pen arm Aroldis Chapman. Several other teams have been..." November 23

  • Source: Hot target Bruce has limited no-trade clause "When the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline expired this past season, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce let out a big sigh of relief while sitting at his locker in the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park. One thing that is certain this winter for Bruce is he will get to live that feeling of..." November 22

  • Orioles and Reds have talked Jay Bruce trade

    Hardball Talk "With Chris Davis expected to land a huge contract in free agency, the Orioles continue to look at possible replacements for their lineup. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the club has had trade talks with the Reds for outfielder Jay Bruce. However, there’s “no momentum” toward a deal at the..." November 21

  • MLB moving toward a “Chase Utley Rule” for slides into second

    Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20

  • Reds Hope To Move Chapman Before Winter Meetings

    MLB Trade Rumors "Aroldis Chapman‘s name has been frequently mentioned in rumors over the past few months, and he figures to become a more pressing issue in the coming weeks. C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets that president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty says there’s “nothing close” with..." November 19

  • Five potential trade destinations for Todd Frazier

    ESPN "OK, so Todd Frazier is on the block. As Joe Sheehan wrote Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds should have traded him back in July, when his trade value had peaked after a monster first half, when he hit .284/.337/.585. He slumped to .220/.274/.390 in the second half, however, and while he still had an..." November 19

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Tigers have inquired on closers available in trade (Chapman, A. Miller, etc.). Not comfortable with asking prices.

  • Reds, Bronson Arroyo discussing reunion

    MLB Daily Dish "The Reds are discussing the possibility of bringing back right-hander Bronson Arroyo, according to a major-league source. One source familiar with negotiations said Wednesday that a deal is not close between the sides, and it is unknown if a formal offer has been made. Several teams are in the..." November 18

  • MLB minimum salary set to remain $507,500 in 2016

    True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18

  • Five potential trade destinations for Todd Frazier

    ESPN "OK, so Todd Frazier is on the block. As Joe Sheehan wrote Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds should have traded him back in July, when his trade value had peaked after a monster first half, when he hit .284/.337/.585. He slumped to .220/.274/.390 in the second half, however, and while he still had an..." November 18

  • 5 teams that could trade for Aroldis Chapman "If the Reds wanted to add a touch of theatrics to this thing, they'd set up shop in the lobby of the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., next month and ask teams hoping to trade for closer Aroldis Chapman to take a number. The Astros certainly would be there to grab one. The Tigers probably..." November 17

  • Reds GM believes teams will want to trade for Aroldis Chapman

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cincinnati Reds are looking to trade Aroldis Chapman, and team GM Dick Williams believes there will be plenty of interest in the closer. Williams told Saturday that he wasn’t worried about the Boston Red Sox acquiring Craig Kimbrel in a trade with the San Diego Padres, taking the AL..." November 15

  • Red Sox asked about Chapman, but never got close to a deal

    WCPO Cincinnati "Dick Williams, the Reds’ new general manager, said the Red Sox did inquire about Aroldis Chapman before making the trade for San Diego’s Craig Kimbrel, but a deal with the Reds was never close. “We talked to them,” Williams said. “Teams that are in the market for a closer are going to call...." November 15

  • Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim plans on signing with MLB team

    Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13

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    Peter Gammons @pgammo

    That's four people insisting this morning that Aroldys Chapman will be moved by the end of the weekend.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Reasonable to assume that #Astros again want Chapman or Kimbrel. SD hard to predict, but likely willing to move Kimbrel for big return.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #RedSox doing background work on #Reds’ Chapman. Indicates sincerity of interest, not that a deal is close.

  • MLB assessing legality of daily fantasy sites

    Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12

  • Red Sox interested in Chapman? Closer a big prize "Of all the impact pitchers the Red Sox have a chance to acquire this offseason, it's safe to say that none would create more excitement than Aroldis Chapman. The lefty reliever dominates the stat sheet and lights up the radar gun like few others ever have, and the Reds are willing to listen to..." November 12

  • Reds, Diamondbacks discussing swap of second basemen

    Fox Sports "Would second baseman Brandon Phillips leave the Reds? This might be the offseason when we find out. The Reds' trade discussions about Phillips include a proposal in which he would go to the Diamondbacks for second baseman Aaron Hill, according to major-league sources. A number of obstacles..." November 11

  • Reds finally willing to trade Chapman, Bruce, others

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Walt Jocketty has stopped short of imitating Jack McKeon and setting up a table with an "Open for business" sign in the lobby of the Boca Raton Resort and Club at the General Managers Meetings, but that message is clear. The Reds, losers of 98 games in 2015, are rebuilding and an offseason that..." November 11

  • Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11

  • Superstars among finalists for BBWAA honors "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11

  • 2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10

  • MLB considering rule change to prevent takeout slides

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10

  • Pete Rose decision to come by end of the year, MLB commissioner reiterates

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that his decision on Pete Rose’s reinstatement bid is on schedule to be finished by the end of the year. “The end of the year is my deadline, I’m not telling you it’s coming Dec. 31, it will be done before the end of the year, let me..." November 10

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Japanese 3B-2B Nobu Matsuda, 32, has declared for free agency with hopes of MLB deal. Hit 35 HR for softbank.

  • Reds don’t expect Homer Bailey back until mid-May

    Hardball Talk "Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said in an interview with Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio that starter Homer Bailey isn’t expect to rejoin the club’s rotation until mid-May. Bailey underwent Tommy John surgery this past May and only recently began a throwing program. Bailey,..." November 09

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    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    Walt Jocketty #Reds GM just told us that Homer Bailey doing well on his rehab but they don’t expect him back until at least Mid-May XM 89

  • Pete Rose expected to return to Fox Sports in the 2016 season

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Fox Sports expects Pete Rose will return to its Major League Baseball coverage in the 2016 season. "We do expect him to return next season," Fox Sports spokesman Eddie Motl told in an email this afternoon. Rose, baseball all-time hits leader, worked with Fox Sports this season..." November 04

  • Reds decline options on Skip Schumaker, Burke Badenhop

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The 2015 Major League Baseball season ended early Monday morning, and by Monday evening, the Reds and other teams across baseball had started making their first moves toward 2016. The Reds officially made several moves on Monday, most notably declining the options on veteran utility player Skip..." November 03

  • 2015-16 MLB Offseason: 10 trade and free agent predictions

    CBS Sports "The 2015-16 offseason is officially upon us. The Royals clinched the 2015 World Series title with their win over the Mets Sunday night, and, at 9am ET Monday morning, a total of 139 players became free agents. Here's the list. As always, the 2015-16 offseason promises to be action packed, with..." November 03

  • Count on a busy time for free agents and a whole lot more this offseason

    ESPN "One of the great misnomers in baseball is the offseason -- because there is no such thing. The fall and winter will bring signings and trades and rule changes, with barely a pause for Christmas. The baseball season ended late this year, which means slightly less time to get everything done. But..." November 03

  • Reds announce several roster moves

    Dayton Daily News "The Reds on Monday announced some roster moves. Pitchers Homer Bailey and Jon Moscot, catcher Devin Mesoraco and shortstop Zack Cozart were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. Reliever Same LeCure was outrighted to AAA Louisville. The Reds declined the 2016 contract options on..." November 02

  • MLB free agent class highlighted by David Price, Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmermann

    SB Nation "The World Series is over and Major League Baseball officially shifts into the hot stove season on Monday, beginning with dozens of players hitting free agency the morning after the World Series ends. It's a loaded free agent class highlighted by ace starting pitchers and a few impact position..." November 02

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defends DraftKings partnership, says fantasy sports ‘not gambling’

    New York Daily News "Rob Manfred isn't a participant in daily fantasy leagues, but Major League Baseball's commissioner reiterated his support for the industry and the league's partnership with DraftKings. "I really don't have regrets about our involvement with fantasy," Manfred said. "I think that fantasy is an..." October 27

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred wants MLB to hire more minority managers

    SI "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants the league to hire more minority managers and coaches, the Associated Press reports. “We have had a year where our numbers are down in terms of the diversity that we have in some of our key positions,” Manfred said “I think it’s incumbent upon us to come up..." October 27

  • What would Jackie Robinson say about lack of minority managers in MLB?

    Sporting News "One. Forty-three years after Jackie Robinson made what would be his last public appearance at Riverfront Stadium during the 1972 World Series, there is just one manager Latino or African-American or manager in MLB: Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez, who was born in Cuba and raised in Miami. Is this..." October 26

  • The Reds shake up their coaching staff

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a number of Reds coaching changes. Pitching coach Jeff Pico, bench coach Jay Bell and assistant hitting coach Lee Tinsley have all been dismissed. Jim Riggleman, the third base coach, is now the bench coach. First base coach Billy Hatcher is moving to third base. Who’s on..." October 23

  • MLB considering disciplining playoff teams over on-field champagne celebrations

    Sporting News "MLB has message to teams that carry their postseason champagne celebrations onto the field to spray fans: Put a cork in it. According to ESPN, there could even be disciplinary action involved. First, there's the image of players, manager and coaches consuming alcohol on the field (never mind..." October 22

  • Dusty Baker Once Smoked A Joint With Jimi Hendrix

    Deadspin "Dusty Baker, who you probably best know (somewhat unfairly) as the author of many befuddling managerial decisions, wasn’t necessarily destined for a career in baseball. His first love was actually music, and now he’s written a memoir of attending the infamous 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, which..." October 21

  • Reds offseason preview: Votto will be back, but others could be dealt

    Fox Sports "There hasn't been as much change as many expected following the franchise's first last-place finish since 1983. The Reds ended the 2015 season with a 64-98 record (one win better than the MLB-worst Philadelphia Phillies). However, general manager Walt Jocketty will return, as will manager Bryan..." October 19

  • Rob Manfred: MLB working on new slide rule

    New York Post "Major League Baseball continues to move forward on implementing a new rule on sliding to protect middle infielders, according to commissioner Rob Manfred. Such a rule could be in place for the 2016 season, much like the catcher collision rule, but there remains bridges to cross. Chase Utley was..." October 14

  • Should the Reds trade Chapman?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "If you asked this question at a Society for American Baseball Research convention, you'd get a unanimous yes vote. If you asked this question to fans in the stands at Great American Ball Park in the ninth inning of a game with the Reds sitting on 10 strikeouts, you'd get a unanimous no..." October 13

  • Pete Rose criticizes Blue Jays players for not playing through playoff injuries

    Yahoo! Sports "Pete Rose earned the nickname 'Charlie Hustle' during his remarkable baseball career because of how hard he played the game and the toughness he showed on numerous occasions. Running over Ray Fosse at home plate to win the 1970 All-Star game is probably the most famous example of the grit and..." October 09

  • How do Reds fix the bullpen?

    Cincinnati Enquirer "This is the first in a periodic series looking at the questions the Reds face this offseason. First up: How do they fix the bullpen? The first thing I would warn against is trying to do so on the free agent market. The Reds did that last offseason when they added Kevin Gregg and Burke Badenhop..." October 08