Reds Rumors & News

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Reds, Raburn agree to minor-league deal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds have signed veteran Ryan Raburn to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league training camp. Raburn, 35, played in 113 games for the Rockies last season, hitting .220/.309/.404 with nine home runs and 30 RBI. In parts of 11 seasons with the Tigers, Indians and Rockies, he’s..." February 17

  • Reds claim Lisalverto Bonilla off waivers from the Pirates

    Hardball Talk "The Reds claimed pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla off waivers from the Pirates, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Monday afternoon. Bonilla, 26, was designated for assignment by the Pirates last Thursday to clear a roster spot for pitcher Pat Light. The Pirates had signed him to a..." February 14

  • Homer Bailey eyes June return to Reds

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds’ right-hander Homer Bailey just had to laugh when asked about his latest elbow surgery. “Round three? Sure, we're bound to get it right this time,” Bailey said. “Trust me, I'm as frustrated as anybody. It's not going to do any good, you just try to move forward and do what you..." February 14

  • Peraza expected to be Reds' everyday 2B

    Fantasy Pros "The Brandon Phillips trade to Atlanta is still pending a physical, but barring any issues there, Jose Peraza is expected to lineup as the Reds everyday 2B in 2017. The move could also create opportunities for Dilson Herrera - acquired from the Mets in the Jay Bruce trade last season - to get some..." February 14

  • Braves trade for Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves are welcoming home a former All-Star second baseman, Brandon Phillips, after getting the Atlanta-area native from the Reds in a Sunday trade for two minor league pitchers who weren’t prospects. So eager were the rebuilding Reds to trade Phillips, 35, they agreed to pay $13..." February 12

  • Reds closer than ever to trading Brandon Phillips to Braves

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds are close to trading second baseman Brandon Phillips to the Braves, Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday night. A source told The Enquirer there is no deal in place and there are still hurdles to clear, but a deal of Phillips is closer than it has been in the past. Phillips would be..." February 12

  • Reds, Desmond Jennings agree to minor-league deal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Cincinnati Reds on Thursday officially agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Desmond Jennings on a minor-league contract. Jennings will receive an invitation to spring training, and will earn a salary $1.5 million if he makes the team opening day." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Reds pitcher Homer Bailey has surgery to remove bone spurs in elbow

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Cincinnati Reds right-hander Homer Bailey hasn't pitched a full season since 2013. That streak will continue for another year. On Wednesday, the Reds announced that Bailey had surgery to remove bone spurs from his surgically repaired elbow. He is expected to be shut down for 4-6 weeks, and will..." February 08

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Mesoraco aiming to bounce back from injuries

    MLB.com "With one week left before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, general manager Dick Williams still might have another transaction or two left to make. While one of those transactions was expected to be the addition of catching depth as a contingency for the rehabilitating Devin..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Reds close to a deal with Desmond Jennings

    Hardball Talk "Chris Cotillo of SB Nation is reporting that the Reds are close to a deal with outfielder Desmond Jennings. Jennings, 30, has played in a total of 93 games over the past two seasons due to leg injuries. Once a top prospect, Jennings hasn’t quite lived up to the hype despite a few productive..." February 03

  • Reds agree to minor-league deal with Bronson Arroyo

    Dayton Daily News "Bronson Arroyo passed his physical and will sign a minor-league deal with the Reds, one of his former teams, MLB. com reported. Arroyo, who turns 40 this month, hasn’t thrown a big-league pitch in two years, but he wants another shot." February 03

  • Reds Working On Contract With Bronson Arroyo

    MLB Trade Rumors "It emerged recently that the Reds had taken a look at former rotation stalwart Bronson Arroyo. Though the level of the team’s interest wasn’t clear at the time, it seems now that the organization saw some promise in the veteran righty’s workout. Indeed, Cincinnati has engaged Arroyo in contract..." January 31

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Reds bring in Scott Feldman for veteran rotation depth

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Scott Feldman, multiple sources confirm to The Enquirer. Feldman, who turns 34 next month, was 7-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 40 appearances - including five starts - between the Astros and Blue Jays in 2016. The deal, originally reported by..." January 26

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Marlins nearing deal for Reds' Straily

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins are nearing a deal that would net them right-hander Dan Straily from the Reds in exchange for right-handed pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice in addition to a third minor leaguer, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). If completed, the trade will..." January 19

  • Marlins reel in Straily for prospect haul

    MLB.com "The Marlins are on the verge of acquiring right-hander Dan Straily from the Reds for three of their top 16 prospects, according to multiple sources. Straily gives Miami another veteran starter who projects to be in the Opening Day rotation. To secure the services of the 28-year-old, the Marlins..." January 19

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Brandon Phillips vetoed trade to Atlanta in November

    Larry Brown Sports "If Brandon Phillips is leaving Cincinnati, he’s doing so on his own terms. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Thursday, the Reds second baseman exercised his no-trade clause to block a trade to the Atlanta Braves in November. The trade may still be possible, at least in..." January 07

  • Marty Brennaman goes off about Joey Votto’s contract

    Larry Brown Sports "A few years ago, Joey Votto signed a massive contract extension with the Reds worth over $200 million, one that team broadcaster Marty Brennaman feels was a mistake. Brennaman, who has been a Reds broadcaster since 1974, was a host on a Cincinnati Reds radio show on WLW when a caller asked what..." January 06

  • Brandon Phillips blocked a trade from Cincinnati to Atlanta, sources say

    Fox Sports "Even as Brandon Phillips faces a possible loss of playing time, he still is not ready to leave Cincinnati. The Reds’ second baseman used his no-trade protection in November to block a trade to the Braves, according to major-league sources. The Braves tried to acquire Phillips at the same..." January 05

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Reds sign relief pitcher Drew Storen

    Cincinnati Enquirer "It took them until 2017, but the Cincinnati Reds finally signed a player to a major-league deal. On Tuesday, the Reds agreed to a one-year deal with free agent right-hander Drew Storen. Cincinnati waived pitcher Tyrell Jenkins to make room on the 40-man roster. The 29-year-old Storen, an..." January 03

  • Joey Votto explains why he is skipping the 2017 World Baseball Classic

    CBS Sports "When the 2017 World Baseball Classic begins in a little more than two months, Team Canada will be without their best player and biggest superstar. Reds first baseman Joey Votto is skipping the tournament to work on the parts of the game he has "decided were lacking" this past season. Here is..." December 29

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14