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Wick Terrell

Cincinnati Reds non-tender Brandon Bailey, dole out contracts to all arb-eligibles

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The latest from the transaction front.

If you’re unfamiliar with pitcher Brandon Bailey, I cannot blame you.

After a brief 7.1 IP cameo with the 2020 Houston Astros, the former 6th round pick by the Oakland Athletics was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds in November of 2020, and missed playing professional ball at any level at all in 2021 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The Reds non-tendered Bailey at the deadline to do so...

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Wick Terrell

MLB’s non-tender deadline is tonight

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Will the Reds find new ways to be cheap?

The picture above is of Kevin Gausman wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform. If you were still tuned-in to the final weeks of the lost 2019 season, you may remember those days.

The Reds plucked Gausman from Atlanta for a song off waivers after the former Baltimore ace had struggled to assimilate to the Braves rotation, and tried their best to shoehorn him into being an elite reliever. The peripherals ended up...

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Charlie Scrabbles

Reds Rumors - Baseball teams spend money

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but the Castellini’s ain’t runnin a baseball team here

Javier Baez signed with the Tigers for $140 milion. Corey Seager is a Ranger now at the price of $325 million, and this after Marcus Semien signing up with George W Bush’s favorite team at $175 million. Nick Castellanos could well be headed to Miami. He’s from the area, right? So that’s nice for him. But that ain’t even half of it!

Baseball...

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Wick Terrell

Reds Rumor Roundup - Castellanos wants 8-year deal, Reds shopping Castillo, Gray

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Monday news!

Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, let’s drop a quick refresher of what’s shaping the MLB landscape at the moment.

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire on December 1st, and in case you don’t own a calendar, that’s Wednesday. When that happens, there’s expected to be a lockout by MLB team owners as they continue to negotiate with the MLBPA, with a freeze on pretty much everything until a new...

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Reds Sign Aramis Garcia To Minor League Deal

The Reds have signed catcher Aramis Garcia to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, per a club announcement. Garcia, 29 in January, is a former Giants prospect who once looked like a possible backup option to Buster Posey.

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Reds reportedly have had recent trade talks regarding SPs Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Tyler Mahle

Just how high a price Reds GM Nick Krall is asking for Castillo remains to be seen, but any team that’s come calling will have expected it to be high.

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Nick Castellanos Reportedly Seeking Seven- Or Eight-Year Deal

As a strong season for Nick Castellanos progressed in Cincinnati, it became increasingly obvious that the slugger would opt out of the remaining two years and $34MM on his contract in favor of a return to the free-agent market.

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Multiple Teams In Talks With Reds About Tyler Mahle, Sonny Gray, Luis Castillo

Per an early morning report from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Reds have had talks with multiple teams about their starting pitchers, including Tyler Mahle, Sonny Gray, and Luis Castillo.

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Angels To Sign Michael Lorenzen

The Angels and right-hander Michael Lorenzen have agreed to a one-year deal worth roughly $7MM, as per FanSided’s Robert Murray (via Twitter).  Lorenzen is a client of CAA Sports.

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Wick Terrell

Michael Lorenzen to sign with Los Angeles Angels

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The former Reds righty lands back home.

Southern California native Michael Lorenzen was a supplemental 1st round pick of the Cincinnati Reds back in 2013, and the Cal-State Fullerton product quickly moved through the minors to make an impact at the big league level.

Sometimes, it was in the rotation. Sometimes, it was as a late-inning reliver. Every now and then, it was with the bat, or even with the glove - while in the outfield. With big biceps and a...

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MLB Trade Rumors: Luis Castillo Discussed by Angels, Reds; Sides 'Far Apart' in Talks

As the Los Angeles Angels continue to explore ways to upgrade their starting rotation, they are reportedly looking at Cincinnati Reds ace Luis Castillo in a...

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Wick Terrell

Baltimore Orioles claim LHP Cionel Perez off waivers from Cincinnati Reds

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The lefty heads to the AL East

A quick trip to the Baseball Savant page for Cionel Perez shows some tantalizing stuff. His fastball velocity ranked in the 87th percentile among all MLB pitchers last year, the kind of thing that you just don’t normally expect out of a 5’11” left-handed pitcher.

That kind of elite arm talent is what made him a $2 million international free agent signing by the Houston Astros back in the day, for one. It’s also...

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Orioles Claim Cionel Perez

The Orioles have claimed lefty Cionel Perez off waivers from the Reds, per a team announcement. Baltimore’s 40-man roster is now full. Perez, 25, was a prominent international signing out of Cuba by the Astros back in 2016, when current Orioles GM Mike Elias was an assistant GM in Houston.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Reds' Sonny Gray, Orioles' John Means

As teams look to improve their bullpens in search of a pennant, pitchers are beginning to dominate the off-season discussion, with a run at the position...

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Reds reportedly 'open' to trading two-time All-Star righty Sonny Gray

No deal involving Gray appears to be close, but he’s seemingly the most likely Reds starter to wind up on the move at some point.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Reds Open to Sonny Gray Deal; Tyler Mahle, Luis Castillo Off Limits

The Cincinnati Reds are reportedly open to trading starting pitcher Sonny Gray but are keeping Tyler Mahle and Luis Castillo off the market. ESPN's

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Bullpen Rumors: Givens, Rogers, Familia

The Phillies have had “substantive” talks with free-agent reliever Mychal Givens as they continue their quest to bolster the back end of their bullpen, per NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury.

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Wick Terrell

Reds focusing on trade of Sonny Gray; Tyler Mahle, Luis Castillo ‘off limits,’ per report

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As the Hot Stove turns...

I gripe and moan about the state of the Cincinnati Reds a lot. Lately, it’s been more than ‘a lot,’ as the reboot/rebuild they wasted five full years on has seemingly had the cord pulled on it quicker than the first two batters in the Cincinnati lineup typically were retired before Joey Votto’s first PA of the game.

Despite all their foibles, though, the Reds have managed several bright spots in their operations...

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Report: Reds open to trading two-time All-Star SP Sonny Gray; SPs Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle 'off limits'

The two-time All-Star has an 82-72 career record with a 3.61 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, while striking out 1,221 batters over 1,267.3 innings pitched.

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Wick Terrell

Just what is the magic payroll number for the 2022 Cincinnati Reds?

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How much more culling must there be?

Back in early October when MLB Trade Rumors released their salary estimates for all arbitration-eligible players heading into the 2022 season, we did our best to break down where the Cincinnati Reds payroll would be if they simply maintained the status quo.

Our initial breakdown looked at a scenario that included tendering contracts to all 10 arb-eligible players, picking up the options on both Tucker...

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