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Rangers reportedly sign outfielder Ben Revere to minor-league deal

The Texas Rangers have signed outfielder Ben Revere to a minor-league contract, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The deal comes with an invitation to major-league camp. Revere, out of work since the Angels released him last August, is coming off a season spent at the Triple-A level. The 30-year-old Revere had 166 plate appearances with the Angels’ top affiliate and hit .277/.319/.406. Before 2018, Revere — a first-round pick of the Twins in 2007 — saw major-league action in...

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Cincinnati Reds sign reliever Robbie Ross to minor league contract

The former Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox reliever will compete in camp.

The Cincinnati Reds have reportedly signed lefty reliever Robbie Ross, as multiple outlets have reported. He’s a native of Reds country, mind you, a product of Lexington, Kentucky - a city that has certainly never, ever produced anyone else of quality repute. Ross, 29, is a former 2nd round pick out of Lexington Christian Academy, and he burst onto the scene in 2012 for the Texas Rangers by posting 65 innings of 198...

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Garrett impresses with D as Reds shake up PFP

During some Reds pitchers fielding practice, or PFP drills, on Friday, Amir Garrett was playing first base. Alex Wood was at shortstop and Brandon Finnegan was flashing some skills all over the infield.

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Report: Reds sign veteran reliever Robbie Ross to minor-league deal

The Reds have reportedly signed left-handed reliever Robbie Ross to a minor-league deal. Ross, 29, held down a spot in the Rangers and Red Sox bullpens from 2012-16, but missed much of the past two seasons with elbow and back problems. In 2016, his last full season of work, Ross turned in an excellent 3.25 ERA/3.27 FIP, 0.7 fWAR on the back of career-best 9.11 K/9, 0.33 HR/9 peripherals.  The lefty’s slider, always a cut above, checked in as the ninth-best version of the pitch among all...

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Reds hope Roark will bring stability to rotation

When the Reds overhauled their rotation with three offseason trades, the first deal brought right-hander Tanner Roark from the Nationals for reliever Tanner Rainey. Observers saw Roark as a solid middle-of-the rotation hurler who is steady and dependable while able to rack up innings.

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David Bell hints at how he’ll manage the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff

It’s early in camp, but some clear roles are being defined.

Luis Castillo sports a fastball that can hit 100 mph and a devastating change-up, making him one of the more tantalizing young pitchers the Cincinnati Reds have had around in some time. Anthony DeSclafani, when healthy, has shown he’s a plenty capable big league starter, with a 3 fWAR and near 3 bWAR season already under his belt, respectively. Add-in that each of Tanner Roark, Sonny Gray, and Alex Wood were brought in from...

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Reds looking to use Iglesias in variety of ways

The Reds want to use Raisel Iglesias in the most intense moments, even if that means using someone else in the ninth.

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What the Aaron Nola and Luis Severino contracts mean for the Cincinnati Reds

The talented pre-arb pitchers each inked long term deals this week at surprisingly low dollar amounts.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola became Philadelphia Phillie ace Aaron Nola during the 2018 season. He picked up an All Star nod, fired 212.1 innings of 175 ERA+ ball, finished 3rd in the NL Cy Young voting, earned some mid-ballot MVP votes, and was valued at a stellar 10.5 bWAR for his efforts. He also took home a grand total of $573,000 for his work last year, since that’s just...

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Bell names likely starting 5, staging 'pen battles

Unlike recent Reds Spring Trainings, much of the drama about who would comprise the rotation was already removed on the first day of camp. That's when manager David Bell revealed the starting five would likely be -- in no particular order -- Sonny Gray, Tanner Roark, Alex Wood, Luis Castillo and Anthony DeSclafani.

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Senzel expected to compete for starting CF gig

As the Reds consider their regular center-fielder options, they are not just humoring career infielder Nick Senzel by letting him compete for the spot. Senzel believes he can do it. Perhaps more importantly, so does new manager David Bell.

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What if the Cincinnati Reds finally get a healthy Anthony DeSclafani?

The righty is healthy, again. For now.

Sonny Gray is 29 years old, is fresh off a new contract extension, and while he has topped 3 fWAR in MLB seasons before, he’s never once topped 4. Alex Wood has a similar story, a 28 year old who just won his final arbitration hearing who has managed to successfully top 3 fWAR in a season, but not 4. Tanner Roark is the eldest of the new Cincinnati Reds starters at age 32, and he’ll take home $10 million in 2019 after having a pair of MLB seasons...

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Bell lays out vision on first day of workouts

Wednesday marked the first time that manager David Bell got to address Reds players as a group when he spoke to pitchers and catchers ahead of their first workout of Spring Training. Bell put a lot of thought into what he wanted to tell them.

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Wood wins arbitration case with Reds

Reds left-hander Alex Wood won his arbitration case over the club on Wednesday. Wood will earn $9.65 million on his one-year contract this season. Cincinnati had offered $8.7 million.

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Red Reposter - Pitchers, Catchers, Yasiel Puig report to Goodyear

Wednesday links!

It’s official. Baseball is back.

Pitchers and catchers officially reported to the Cincinnati Reds complex in Goodyear, Arizona yesterday, meaning there were wind sprints run at half-speed, the sweet sounds of baseballs hitting gloves, and a barrage of faces making their first appearances in red at the team facility. Fortunately, the ‘newness’ around the players already in camp has created quite the exciting vibe, one that has clearly permeated the early portion of...

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Alex Wood wins arbitration hearing against Cincinnati Reds

The lefty will take home his desired salary in 2019.

The entire baseball arbitration process is brutally awkward. If an eligible player and team cannot agree on a salary for the upcoming season, they each submit fixed offers to an independent number cruncher, and rather than that independent number cruncher deciding exactly how much that player should be payed, he decides between the two offers based on the arguments presented.

Essentially, said number cruncher gets to watch both parties...

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Reds' Spring Training opens to a different feel

It wasn't just that there were new faces when Reds camp opened Tuesday with the reporting of pitchers and catchers for physicals, there was a different vibe that could be felt in the hallways and clubhouse.

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Reds may play Lorenzen in OF during spring

Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen's top priority in Spring Training will be to get innings and prepare himself to pitch in what could be a multitude of roles. However, Lorenzen's offseason workouts also included outfield work and batting practice -- and that could continue in the spring.

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Tony Wolfe

By the way, the Reds have no excuse not to pursue Bryce Harper

Financial flexibility only matters if you plan on using it.

I want to start by saying I wish that it was this easy. I wish that the argument over whether your favorite team should sign a player was a simple question of whether or not that player would bring value to your team. I wish that it was reasonable for every fan of every single Major League Baseball franchise to expect that their favorite team do the most it possibly can to win as many games as possible. I wish things like winning,...

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Brandon Kraeling

A preview of the 2019 Reds Spring Training roster

Baseball is back. Who’s going to be on the team?

Pitchers and catchers report today, and games start up in less than two weeks. What better time to look at who’s in the Reds’ camp for this season, and who we can expect to see competing for spots in Goodyear.

(* denotes non-roster invitee)

Catchers Tucker Barnhart Curt Casali Kyle Farmer Juan Graterol* Chris Okey* Tyler Stephenson*

A position of much controversy throughout the last offseason, the big league spots here are all but locked...

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Bell leads new-look Reds into Spring Training

As Reds Spring Training opened with pitchers and catchers reporting for physicals on Tuesday, new manager David Bell was already be tasked with many responsibilities. But there will be one that looms largest. Following five years out of the postseason, including the past four with more than 90 losses, Bell must restore a culture of winning.

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