Player News - Reds

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Reds signed OF Ryan Raburn to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo was first to report that the two sides may be a fit. Raburn batted a disappointing .220/.309/.404 for the Rockies last season and will turn 36 in April. However, he's a career .261/.341/.487 hitter against left-handed pitching, so he could be an option to platoon with Scott Schebler in right field.
Feb 17 - 4:21 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Reds are "in pursuit" of Ryan Raburn and "could be the favorite" to sign him.

Raburn will almost surely have to settle for a minor league contract, as he'll turn 36 in April and is coming off a disappointing season that saw him bat just .220/.309/.404 for the Rockies. The veteran would give the Reds another platoon option for Scott Schebler along with Desmond Jennings.
Feb 17 - 2:33 PM

Desmond Jennings is dealing with a family matter and won't report to Reds camp until Sunday.

Getting a couple days' late start isn't going to affect Jennings' chances at an Opening Day roster spot. He has a good shot at a bench job in Cincy.
Feb 17 - 11:22 AM

Zack Cozart said his knee is "100 percent" leading into spring training this year.

Cozart wore a balky brace on his surgically-repaired right knee last season after suffering a major injury to that joint in 2015. He's already a good defensive shortstop, and this should only help his range. Jose Peraza will flank him at second base following the Brandon Phillips trade.
Feb 16 - 12:40 PM

Reds placed RHP Homer Bailey on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Nefi Ogando on the 40-man roster. Bailey underwent surgery last week to remove bone spurs from his right elbow and hopes to make it back at some point in June.
Feb 14 - 1:42 PM

Reds claimed RHP Nefi Ogando off waivers from the Pirates.

Ogando was designated for assignment by the Pirates late last week. The 27-year-old posted a 2.30 ERA and 8/8 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings with the Marlins last season and could be in the mix for a bullpen spot this spring.
Feb 14 - 1:07 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that he doesn't anticipate Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) playing more than "50-60 percent on the front end of the season."

"That could be so much as the first month or it could be further based on how he's responding," Price added. Mesoraco reported to spring training feeling great after being limited to just 39 games the last two seasons due to a pair of hip surgeries and a shoulder operation. However, he'll be eased into drills this spring and probably split the catching duties evenly with Tucker Barnhart early on in the season. There's upside here, but he's a very risky fantasy proposition.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Feb 13 - 4:13 PM

Homer Bailey (elbow) said he hopes to return by the start of June.

Bailey underwent surgery last week to remove bone spurs from his troublesome right elbow and will open the 2017 season on the disabled list. He posted a rough 6.65 ERA over just six starts for the Reds in 2016 and he gave Cincinnati just two starts in 2015. The right-hander is owed $63 million over the next three years.
Feb 13 - 2:29 PM

Reds claimed RHP Lisalverto Bonilla off waivers from the Pirates.

Bonilla was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh last week to clear a roster spot for Pat Light. He could be a consideration for the Cincinnati rotation after posting a 3.97 ERA and 118/40 K/BB ratio in 111 innings (13 starts, 18 relief appearances) last season between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Dodgers. A long-relief role is probably more likely.
Feb 13 - 1:36 PM

Reds signed RHP Bronson Arroyo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Arroyo agreed to the deal a couple weeks ago and passed his physical soon after, but the veteran right-hander still had to officially sign the contract. He did that Monday upon his arrival to Reds camp. Arroyo hasn't pitched in the majors since June 2014 due to elbow and shoulder injuries, but he carries a relatively clean bill of health into spring training this year. The rebuilding Reds figure to use him as a swingman in 2017 if his health cooperates.
Feb 13 - 1:12 PM

Devin Mesoraco said Monday that he is catching with no issues.

Mesoraco has appeared in just 39 games over the last two seasons -- with just 18 starts behind the plate -- because of serious, somewhat-chronic hip and shoulder problems. But the 28-year-old began catching drills in mid-to-late January and told reporters Monday at Reds camp that "everything is good." There's still a lot to like here from a fantasy perspective, though it would be wise to draft a good backup along with him.
Feb 13 - 1:08 PM

Nick Travieso is behind the other pitchers in Reds camp due to a shoulder injury.

Travieso had to completely restart his throwing program, so he's not going to be ready for action when Cactus League play begins. The former first-round pick was doubtful to crack the major league roster out of camp anyway. He'll likely report to Triple-A Louisville sometime in April.
Feb 13 - 10:52 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price confirmed Monday that Jose Peraza is in line to start at second base.

That assumes all goes smoothly this spring. The second base job opened up Sunday when the Reds traded Brandon Phillips to Atlanta for left-hander Andrew McKirahan and right-hander Carlos Portuondo. Peraza carries major fantasy upside into 2017 after slashing .324/.352/.411 with three home runs and 21 stolen bases in 72 games last season as a 22-year-old.
Feb 13 - 10:49 AM

Reds acquired RHP Carlos Portuondo and LHP Andrew McKirahan from the Braves in exchange for 2B Brandon Phillips and cash.

A Cuban defector, Portuondo posted a 3.63 ERA between Low- and Triple-A in 2016. He's 29 and a non-prospect.
Feb 12 - 2:15 PM

Reds acquired LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo from the Braves in exchange for 2B Brandon Phillips and cash.

McKirahan held a 5.93 ERA over 27 appearances for the Braves in 2015 after being taken in the Rule 5 Draft and then missed 2016 following his second Tommy John surgery. He could be in the mix for a bullpen job for the Reds at some point in 2017.
Feb 12 - 2:13 PM


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