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Updating the Top 100: Joey Votto

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports I have this long-ago memory from when I was a child, in which a group of us neighborhood kids were playing at a local park, back when kids played at local parks without parent supervision or structured activity. In the memory, a pair of teenagers began to fight each other on the other end of the park. Young boys being who they are, we all gravitated towards the end of the park where the fighting was happening, so as to get a better view. It didn’t take long...

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Rangers sign Nick Ciuffo, Wei-Chieh Huang to minors deals

The Rangers announced that catcher Nick Ciuffo and right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang have been signed to minor league contracts.  The two players and utilityman Rob Refsnyder (whose signing was reported last week) will all receive invites to the big league Spring Training camp. Chosen 21st overall by Tampa Bay in the 2013 draft, Ciuffo has yet to deliver on that potential, with just a .248/.293/.344 career slash line over 1844 minor league plate appearances and 19 MLB games on his resume.  That...

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Red Reposter - Madison Bumgarner on Reds radar

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It’s not always a guarantee that a high-profile swing and miss on the transaction market will immediately prompt seeking the next best thing. Earlier this winter, the Cincinnati Reds chased catcher Yasmani Grandal in free agency before he ultimately signed with the Chicago White Sox for some $73 million guaranteed, but the Reds didn’t - or haven’t yet, at least - simply start calling every other catcher on the market to make sure...

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Updating the Top 100: Eugenio Suarez

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports The headline number for Eugenio Suarez in 2019 is, without question, his 49 home runs, narrowly missing becoming the 2nd player in franchise history to hang half a hundred on the board. Not only was the home run total impressive in isolation, but it also represented a significant increase (+15) over Suarez’s previous career high. And yet. Baseball statistics are always in need of two elements of understanding: context and trade-offs. First, the context....

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The Reds are way, way interested in Zack Wheeler

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Wheelin’ and dealin’, y’all

If you thought the Reds would (reportedly) sign Mike Moustakas and then sit around playing Battleship all winter, you’d be an idiot. The word is that the Reds are all up ons the Zack Wheeler negotiations and that they might even resolve here before the end of the week. The Phillies could be frontrunners at the moment, but the Reds are not afraid to spend some of their hot wet wad of cash right now.

As you might...

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Updating the Top 100: Tucker Barnhart

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports In 2017, Tucker Barnhart had a career year. His offensive numbers had steadily increased each year of his short career, to the point where you could foresee a handful more years of a competent bat with solid doubles power and a discerning eye. His defensive numbers popped in a way that probably does injustice to the word “popped”, throwing out an astounding 44% of would-be base stealers and otherwise being excellent with the glove (perhaps with the exception...

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Podcast: Cincinnati Reds sign Mike Moustakas to 4 year, $64 million deal

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That, the non-tender deadline, and where the Reds go from here.

We knew that December 2nd, 2019 was going to be a busy day for both the Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball as a whole. It was the non-tender deadline, meaning clubs across the baseball landscape were crunching numbers to determine which of their arbitration-eligible players were worth keeping around given how much they were expected to cost for 2020, and a fresh crop of new free...

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The Reds overpaid for Mike Moustakas, but maybe that’s okay

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Sometimes you wait into February to make major signings. Sometimes that’s not the best idea, though

The Reds got themselves a second baseman and a middle-of-the-order galoot, which is the headline news here. Those are two things they absolutely needed and it’s important to keep that in perspective. The nits I am about to pick...

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Grading the deal: Mike Moustakas finally settles down in Cincinnati

So far, the early runnings of MLB’s long, cold winter are shaping up to be a little less hoarfrosty than we’ve come to expect. The Padres have been wheeling and dealing (as any A.J. Preller managed team is wont to do), Yasmani Grandal already got a much deserved long-term deal and now we’ve some more feel-good ink on the books with the Reds reportedly signing Mike Moustakas to a four-year, $64 million deal. Sure, we could focus on the all the players getting ditched by their teams, but...

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Updating the Top 100: Raisel Iglesias

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The reality is that we probably saw this coming. Raisel Iglesias had a remarkably lucky season in 2018. He had set career bests in ERA and saves, but the underlying numbers had some red flags: Iglesias’s number of surrendered home runs more than doubled from 2017 to 2018, while his strikeout rate dropped by about 10%. The luck came mainly through sequencing, specifically that 10 of his 12 allowed homers in 2018 were solo shots.

In 2019, the piper came home...

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Reds non-tender Kevin Gausman

The Reds have non-tendered Kevin Gausman, reports Mark Sheldon of MLB.com (via Twitter). The righty’s $10.6 million arbitration projection apparently proved too lofty. Cincinnati grabbed Gausman off waivers from Atlanta in August and let him work out of the bullpen down the stretch. While he did some solid work for the Reds, he never seemed especially likely to return at that price. Gausman struggled as a starter with the Braves over the season’s first four months. That said, it...

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Cincinnati reds non-tender Kevin Gausman, Jose Peraza

Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images The rest of their arbitration eligible players received contracts. The deadline for MLB teams to tender contracts for the 2020 season to their arbitration-eligible players was today, Monday, at 8 PM ET. I’m writing this today, Monday, at 8:15 PM ET, and that means we now know which players the Cincinnati Reds chose to tender and those which they opted to non-tender, and the results are not too surprising. Both Kevin Gausman and Jose Peraza were not...

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Mike Moustakas Signing Vaults Cincinnati Reds into Pole Position in NL Central

With just one signing, the Cincinnati Reds have improved from mere wannabe contenders to actual contenders in the National League Central...

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Reds reportedly in agreement for four year deal with free agent Mike Moustakas

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The news, it’s breaking.

Just earlier this hour, it was reported by the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (among others) that the Reds would not be tendering a contract to 2B/SS Jose Peraza. The move would save them an estimated $3.6 million, according to MLB Trade Rumors estimates, in arbitration raises. If the Reds front office was to be believed this winter, that money would be turned around into upgrades to the roster.

Well...

Source confirms: Moustakas...

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Reds to non-tender IF Jose Peraza

The Reds elected not to tender a contract to infielder Jose Peraza, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). This is a tough pill for the Reds to swallow, as it seemed entering the 2019 season that Peraza could turn into a steady regular. However, he fell far shy of expectations in the just-completed campaign. There’s no questioning the depth of Peraza’s struggles. He stumbled to a .239/.285/.346 batting line in 403 plate appearances. He didn’t even grade as a positive overall...

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Reds reportedly agree to four-year deal with Mike Moustakas

The Reds have agreed to a deal with free agent infielder Mike Moustakas, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter links). It’s a four-year, $64M pact for the Scott Boras client, according to reports from Heyman and Jeff Passan of ESPN.com (via Twitter). After two disappointing trips through the free agent process, it seems "Moose" has finally secured a long-awaited, long-term agreement. His recently demonstrated ability to line up at second base was a game-changer for the long-time...

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Mike Moustakas to sign four-year deal with Reds

The Cincinnati Reds have reportedly made the first significant splash of the MLB offseason. According to various reports, the Reds have agreed to terms with third baseman Mike Moustakas on a four-year deal. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, he will make $64 million over the course of the deal. After back-to-back one-year deals, Moustakas finally gets the multi-year deal he craved. He hit 35 home runs in 2018 for the Milwaukee Brewers, the second time in his career that he hit 30 home runs...

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Reds reportedly sign three-time All-Star Mike Moustakas

Following yet another disastrous season in Cincinnati, the Reds have been rumored to be big-time players this winter. They apparently have not wasted any time. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Cincinnati has signed three-time All-Star third baseman Mike Moustakas. This qualifies as a pretty big move for the squad. Moustakas, 31, hit .254 with 35 homers, 87 RBI and an .845 OPS for the division rival Milwaukee Brewers last season. Reports note that Cincinnati will play the veteran at...

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A Fanblog’s Completely Reasonable Plan for the Offseason

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Surprise, idiots! This one is going to make sense!

For a while there I did this thing where I gave unsolicited advice to the Reds’ decision-makers and it was all really dumb and not at all reasonable and I guess I really hoped it was funny or something. Invariably one or two people thought it was serious and I always thought that was great. Anyway, I think this here is sober and measured and feasible. No fake.

The Reds are in a real damn position here this...

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