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The Cincinnati Reds have a slight bench-bat conundrum

Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images I’ve heard using ‘conundrum’ in a title is good for SEO. There are a few common threads between the player pool consisting of Phillip Ervin, Jose Peraza, Alex Blandino, Curt Casali, Kyle Farmer, and Michael Lorenzen. For one, they’re all part of the Cincinnati Reds active roster at the moment, and while each managed to chip-in with various contributions during the 2019 season, none of them profile as full-time regulars as the club points towards the...

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Derek Grimes

What are the chances Sonny Gray actually wins NL Comeback Player of the Year?

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A look at what factors into winning the award.

This week, the MLB Player’s Association will announce the winners of it’s 2019 Player’s Choice Awards, awarded annually by the players through a secret ballot process for several different categories. Categories include league specific awards for Outstanding Player, Pitcher, Rookie, and Comeback Player, as well as non-league specific, single winners of Player of the Year (which isn’t necessarily the...

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Wick Terrell

The Cincinnati Reds still have big trade chips on their active roster

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The farm is admittedly thinner than last year. That doesn’t mean the Reds can’t swing big deals.

There’s a common vacuum-sealed thought process in the baseball world that goes something along these lines:

Teams trying to win cash in prospects for good big leaguers. Teams aiming to rebuild trade their expensive veterans for prospects with an eye to the future.

Again, in a vacuum these things are largely true. We witnessed over the last half-decade as...

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Throwback Madness: Round 1/Game 5

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1990 vs. 2019

Team: 1990

Seed: 3

Record: 91-71, finished 1st in 6-team National League West. Beat Pirates in 6-game NLCS. Swept 4-game World Series over the A’s.

Did this team matter?: At the risk of overemphasizing two personal details, I think the answer to this has to be Yes. Risk #1: this remains the only championship by the Reds in my sentient lifetime. Risk #2, I had not yet entered high school when this season concluded, meaning baseball...

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Cincinnati Reds trade targets - Tampa Bay Rays OF Tommy Pham

Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images Trying to fix the Reds offense the only way we know how. 2014-2019 Cincinnati Reds: bad. 2020 Cincinnati Reds: good, or at least they’re supposed to be. So far in the limited time we’ve had since the end of the 2019 regular season, all we’ve heard from the Reds brass is that a playoff push in the 2020 season is something they consider a must, particularly in comments from Dick Williams to various outlets (including to The Athletic’s C. Trent...

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Estimating the Cincinnati Reds arbitration salaries (and payroll)

Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images MLBTR’s estimates are out. Let’s check the numbers. The Major League Baseball salary structure operates in a pretty straightforward, simple fashion, at least until you hit the evolving beast that is free agency. Young, inexperienced players make league minimum for about three years, and if they’ve been good enough to stick around to year four, they’ll be due a raise. The better they’ve been, the better the raise, and thus the recurring arbitration...

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Throwback Madness: Round 1/Game 4

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An intra-decade battle!

Team: 1939

Seed: 4

Record: 97-57, finished 1st in 8-team National League, lost World Series to Yankees in four games.

Did this team matter?: You betcha. Not only did the Reds win the pennant, they set the stage for the franchise’s second world championship the following year.

Performances to remember: I don’t know how to quantify this, or how even to research in...

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Derek Grimes

Red Reposter - Sonny Gray a finalist for NL Comeback Player of the Year

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The Cardinals get swept.

It was a pretty good night of baseball last night, if you’re not a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals or New York Yankees (which, obviously, you should not be and if you are, you should feel bad anyway).

In the first game of the night, Gerrit Cole struggled just about as much as one could reasonably expect Gerrit Cole to struggle at this point. All he did was allow no runs through seven innings, but he did walk five. So you know,...

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Derek Grimes

Game Thread: Astros at Yanks (4:08 PM EDT); Cards at Nats (elimination o’clock, St. Louis time)

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Get outta here, Cardinals

The Yankees and Astros kick off the doubleheader tonight, with the series tied at one game a piece moving to New York. Gerrit Cole will get the start for the Astros, while Luis Severino will start for the Yankees.

The weather looks pretty butt for this one, so it’s possible that this one doesn’t get in tonight.

None of that is nearly as exciting as an elimination game, and that’s exactly what we have on tap in DC. The...

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Throwback Madness: Round 1/Game 3

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Old threads, good looks.

Team: 1961

Seed: 5

Record: 93-61, finished 1st out of 8 team National League. Lost World Series to Yankees in 5 games.

Did this team matter?: No? The ’61 Reds won about 10 more games than their runs scored vs. runs allowed ratio would have anticipated. And then were steamrolled by a historically great Yankees team, as though they were little more than a casual footnote. Or…yes? The franchise, by and large, had mostly been...

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Derek Grimes

League Championship Series Open Thread

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Two playoff games on a Saturday

The NLCS got off to a good start yesterday evening, with Anibal Sanchez no-hitting the St. Louis Cardinals into the 8th inning, helping the Nationals take a 1-0 lead.

They’ll kick off game two today from St. Louis at 4:08 PM EDT, live on TBS. It’ll be a tall task for Cardinals to even up the series as the Nationals will send Max Scherzer to the mound for game two. Scherzer got off to a bit of a rough start in the Wild...

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Reds offense, not the bullpen, responsible for struggles in close games

The Reds bullpen crumbled down the stretch in 2019, but confidence remains high in their core group of high-impact relievers, per Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. They formed the league’s best unit over the first half of the season, but the pressure never let up as the Reds finished with more one-run margins than any other team in the game. Their 57 one-run games plus another 31 games with a two-run margin made the difference in an up-and-down season for the Reds....

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Derek Grimes

Arizona Fall League update: Tyler Stephenson is a Fall Star

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A look at the Reds youngsters at around the halfway(ish) point.

The Arizona Fall League has been in swing since late September and several Reds farm hands are taking part in the festivities as members of the Glendale Desert Dogs. It... hasn’t gone well for the team and many of the Reds players.

We’ll start with the good: Tyler Stephenson hasn’t had any troubles. He’s mashing right now and, for his efforts, he’s been named to...

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Throwback Madness: Round 1/Game 2

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Old threads, great looks.

Team: 1999

Seed: 8

Record: 96-67, finished 2nd out of 6 team National League Central division

Did this team matter?: Ultimately, no. Eagle-eyed readers may note that the above win-loss record totals to 163 games, which is one more than the current standard of 162. Writers of this piece may remember that 1999 was the year in which we graduated college and entered the workforce. The rise of the Reds that summer coincided with...

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Wick Terrell

Cincinnati Reds will draft 12th in the 2020 MLB Draft, and maybe that’s a good omen

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History is certainly on their side in this arrangement.

Players selected #12 overall throughout the history of the MLB Draft haven’t exactly cemented their legacies in the annals of baseball lore. To date, there have been 55 such chaps, and not a single one of them has yet made it to the Hall of Fame. On top of that, it’s not as if there have been any notable snubs, either, as none has yet put together a career that even sniffs worthiness of...

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The Cincinnati Reds have the money to make multiple big free agent signings

Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images A closer look at the books as the Reds head into a pivotal offseason. The 2011 Carolina Mudcats slumped to a dismal 53-86 record, serving up nearly 100 more runs to their opponents than they could muster themselves. Neftali Soto, who has nothing to do with this article, led the club with 30 dingers that year, while Denis Phipps, who also has nothing to do with this article, joined him as the only Mudcats with at least 100 hits on the year. To date, that club...

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Throwback Madness: Round 1/Game 1

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Old threads, great looks.

2019 had, like, five highlights:

1) Yasiel Puig trying to fight the entire Pirates team on his own

2) Derek Dietrich hitting three home runs against the Pirates (trend!)

3) The revelation of Sonny Gray

4) Aristides Aquino, every other at bat or so

5) The throwback uniforms

Seriously, those mothers were well done. And now it’s time for RedReporter to throw its considerable weight around by holding a series of...

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Podcast: Reds hire Kyle Boddy, set to chase Yasmani Grandal in free agency

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The Reds aren’t playing anymore, but they’re still making news.

Four baseball games between eight different baseball teams will take place today, and not a single one of them will feature the Cincinnati Reds. Drat.

On the plus side, though, is that our dear Reds have actually managed to make some news in the baseball world this week. They announced the hiring of Driveline Baseball’s Kyle Boddy while also having Head Decision-Maker Guy...

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Reds' Dick Williams focused on building a playoff-caliber team in offseason

Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams has made it known that the club’s front office is entering the offseason focused on building a playoff-caliber team for 2020. The Reds have failed in that regard six straight times, but the team aims to bolster its playoff chances for next season by upping its payroll.  Williams explained the Reds’ approach to the upcoming offseason in an expansive Q&A with C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic (subscription required). It’s worth...

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For whom to root: A grammatically correct preview of the ALDS

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The Junior Circuit begins their postseason play.

I wanna take a minute right up top here to welcome everyone to the Best Baseball Day of the Year. I think most folks would tell you that Opening Day is #actually the best, but we have 10+ hours of uninterrupted postseason baseball ahead of us today. This is baseball so good you can’t afford to get drunk lest you miss a single pitch ducking into the bathroom. Today is not about firing up the...

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