SI.com "The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their..." December 13
TSN.ca "Etobicoke, Ontario's Joey Votto has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award on Friday. The Cincinnati Reds first baseman becomes the first player to win the award in four consecutive years. The honour is given to the Canadian player judged to have..." December 13
One veteran GM believes that the #Astros will wind up to be the landing spot for Shin-Soo Choo
The Cincinnati #Reds say they're quite interested in 2B Omar Infante, but they obviously need to find a taker for Brandon Phillips, first.
MLB.com "The Reds and Yankees have held trade talks regarding All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, MLB.com confirmed via an industry source on Wednesday night. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported that New York declined a trade offer for Phillips in exchange for outfielder and potential..." December 12
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
Other teams have asked the Reds about Homer Bailey's availability. They are not shot down completely.
Is trade of a #Reds starter looming? Arroyo's agent, Terry Bross, met with team today, says he is expecting offer.
Dallas Morning News "Two baseball sources have said that the contract demands for free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo have escalated beyond the level where the Rangers are comfortable signing him. The growing hope now is that Nelson Cruz will return to help bolster the Rangers' lineup. One of the sources said that..." December 10
CBSSports.com "A big topic of discussion among Reds fans last season was the approach of perennial MVP candidate Joey Votto. For the fourth straight season, he led the NL in on-base percentage and for the third straight season he led the NL in walks. But Votto is a middle-of-the-order hitter and -- right or..." December 10
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
The Pirates plan to meet with Terry Bross, the agent for Bronson Arroyo. They have a rotation opening, given A.J. Burnett's uncertainty.
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
Source: #Dbacks on Choo. Active on multiple fronts. Could sign Choo and trade for pitcher, or trade for Trumbo and sign FA pitcher.
Cincinnati Enquirer "We may not have seen the last of Bronson Arroyo at Great American Ball Park, but he could be coming back to Cincinnati as a visitor several times a year, as the Pirates have what a source calls “serious interest” in the free-agent right-hander. Arroyo’s agent, Terry Bross, already has a meeting..." December 09
Sources: #Twins making push for Arroyo, talks gaining momentum.
New York Post "The Yankees know what they lost when Robinson Cano took the Mariners’ $240 million and bolted The Bronx for Seattle. Cano is a premier hitter who plays Gold Glove defense at second base and has a left-handed swing made for Yankee Stadium’s right-field porch. Now, as Yankees general manager..." December 09
MLB.com "Billy Hamilton only spent September watching teammate and Shin-Soo Choo, but he made sure to pay close attention to the man he will likely replace as the Reds' leadoff hitter and center fielder. Hamilton wanted to learn from Choo before that as well. "I didn't get to play with him the whole..." December 07
Cincinnati Enquirer "While the question has been posed to Reds manager Bryan Price and general manager Walt Jocketty many times, there’s no questions for Aroldis Chapman about his role. He is a the Reds’ closer and it’s not even a discussion, he told The Enquirer at Redsfest. “Aside from that, I’m tired of every..." December 07
CBSSports.com "Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips was rumored to be on the trading block through much of the early offseason. One of those rumors connected Phillips with the Yankees -- likely as a Plan B to possibly losing Robinson Cano to free agency. Well, at Redsfest Saturday, general manager..." December 07
Choo negotiations "could move quickly," per Scott Boras. Rumor:Boston in. we shall see
Sources: Orioles active in free agent talks for bats and arms; have interest in Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez. @FOXSports1
MLB.com "Fans have grown accustomed to the excitement Reds closer Aroldis Chapman brings when he emerges from the bullpen to lock down a game. On Wednesday, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty indicated that Chapman would likely remain the Reds' closer in 2014. There had been speculation again over..." December 05
I don't really see it happening, but I was told last night Yanks were still in on Choo.
Foxsports.com "For much of the offseason, many in baseball expected the Cincinnati Reds to trade second baseman Brandon Phillips. A deal, however, appears increasingly unlikely, according to major league sources. The Reds discussed Phillips with the New York Yankees earlier in the offseason, and later..." December 04
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLB.com "The D-backs, Rays and Reds pulled off a three-team trade on Tuesday that will send reliever Heath Bell and catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Rays. The Reds will receive left-hander David Holmberg from the D-backs, with Arizona receiving right-hander Justin Choate and a player to be named or cash..." December 04
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Source: Tigers are hot for a left-handed outfield bat; Shin-Soo Choo is their top target.
I'm not sure about the particulars but apparently Heath Bell might be involved in this three-team trade with the Rays, Reds and Dbacks.
Yankees have made offer to FA infielder Omar Infante, in addition to Drew, Ellsbury, Choo, Beltran, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.
Reds did not invite Brandon Phillips to Redsfest and sources continue to insist that he will traded between now and the end of the WTR Mtgs
The Ryan Hanigan deal that agent Tom O'Connell negotiated with the Rays is for three years,$11 million. Great payday for the veteran catcher
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
ESPN.com "A Mets official downplayed the team's interest in Bronson Arroyo, now suggesting a meeting may or may not take place with the free-agent pitcher. The team insider characterized the Mets' actual interest in Arroyo as "not super high." ESPNNewYork.com, relying on a source familiar with the..." December 02
Hardball Talk "It was reported on Thanksgiving that the Twins were still pursuing Bronson Arroyo even after adding Ricky Nolasco and now Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears that the Mets are “heavily involved” in talks with the free agent right-hander. No deal is believed to be imminent, but Mets general..." November 30
parra gets $5.5M for 2 yrs with #reds
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
CBSSports.com "The Twins are said by people familiar with their situation to have inquired about just about every available starting pitcher. Although Bronson Arroyo, Ricky Nolasco and ex-Twin Matt Garza have been linked to the Twins most often, they've also inquired about other top starters like Ervin Santana..." November 26
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Hearing Twins remain very high on Bronson Arroyo. Might still be possible to get him on a two-year deal.
Some rival evaluators believe that Shin-Soo Choo will now land in Detroit, to play LF. We'll see.
Also hearing the Mets like Phil Hughes better than Bronson Arroyo at this point.