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Reds signed C Devin Mesoraco to a four-year, $28 million contract extension.

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors was first with the report. This deal buys out all three of Mesoraco's arbitration years along with his first year of free agency. He can test the market at age 30. Mesoraco posted an excellent .273/.359/.534 batting line with 25 home runs in 114 games last season for the Reds and is capable of even better in the years ahead. He should remain a fantasy stud for as long as he's in power-friendly Cincinnati.
Jan 26 - 3:28 PM

According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds have reached an extension with Devin Mesoraco.

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca says it's a four-year deal and Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors puts the total guarnateed value at $28 million. Mesoraco was entering his first season of arbitration eligibility in 2015, so he'll have all of his arbitration years covered by this extension along with one year of free agency. Mesoraco, 26, posted the highest OPS (.893) of any major league catcher in 2014 while slugging 25 home runs in 114 games. He's obviously a hugely valuable real-life and fantasy baseball commodity.
Jan 26 - 2:07 PM

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Reds are nearing a contract extension with Devin Mesoraco.

No word yet on the structure of the deal. Mesoraco is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and requested a salary of $3.6 million from the Reds after batting .273/.359/.534 with 25 home runs in 114 games last season. The 26-year-old catcher should again be a fantasy stud in 2015, and it sounds like he's going to remain in power-friendly Cincinnati for a long time.
Jan 26 - 1:14 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said that Anthony DeSclafani is "certainly one of the favorites to make our rotation."

As it stands right now, Tony Cingrani and DeSclafani look like the favorites to come away with the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively. However, they'll face competition from Cuban Raisel Iglesias, David Holmberg, Dylan Axelrod and Jason Marquis. Acquired from the Marlins in the Mat Latos trade, DeSclafani struggled in his brief time in the majors in 2014 but boasts a career 3.23 ERA in the minors and has middle-of-the-rotation upside.
Jan 25 - 9:52 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday that reports on Joey Votto's health have been "very, very good."

"Right now, we’re looking to hit the ground running when Joey gets to [Goodyear, Arizona]," said Price. "The last report when [strength and conditioning coach Sean Marohn] was up in Toronto earlier this month was very, very good." Votto missed 100 games in 2014 due to a distal quad strain, but he was nearing full health by the end of the regular season and is a strong bounceback candidate in 2015. The 31-year-old first baseman boasts an outstanding .310/.417/.533 career batting line.
Source: MLBlogs
Jan 22 - 10:31 AM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities hears Scott Diamond will throw a bullpen for the Red Sox.

Diamond split time between the Twins' and Reds' Triple-A affiliates, owning an ugly 6.57 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 123 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old southpaw hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013. He would likely garner nothing more than a minor league deal with the BoSox.
Jan 21 - 10:03 PM

Reds signed RHP Jason Marquis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Marquis struggled in 2014 at the Triple-A level and had a rough 4.05 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and 72/68 K/BB ratio in 117 2/3 innings with the Padres in 2013. If he appears in a major league game for the Reds this summer, it'll likely be an emergency start. The 36-year-old right-hander hasn't been an effective big league pitcher since 2009.
Jan 21 - 6:36 PM

Aroldis Chapman requested $8.7 million and was offered $6.65 million from the Reds when arbitration figures were exchanged.

The flame-throwing southpaw is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $8.3 million through arbitration, which is much closer to Chapman's figure than the Reds. He has posted an elite 2.32 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 430/122 K/BB ratio through the first 252 2/3 innings of his career.
Jan 17 - 12:24 AM

Todd Frazier requested $5.7 million and was offered $3.9 million from the Reds when arbitration figures were exchanged.

However it plays out, Frazier will earn a significant raise over the $600,000 that he earned during a breakout 2014 season where he slashed .273/.336/.459 with 29 homers, 80 RBI and 20 stolen bases. MLBTradeRumors.com projects Frazier to earn $4.6 million, which is a bit closer to the Reds' figure.
Jan 16 - 10:21 PM

Devin Mesoraco requested $3.6 million and was offered $2.45 million by the Reds when arbitration figures were exchanged.

MLBTradeRumors.com projected Mesoraco to earn $2.8 million in his first year of arbitration. The two sides will try to close the gap in order to avoid a hearing next month.
Jan 16 - 6:02 PM

Reds and RHP Mike Leake avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.775 million contract.

Leake was arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter. The solid right-hander posted a 3.70 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and a 164/50 K/BB ratio in 2014 and will be a big part of the Reds' rotation again in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:42 PM

Reds and SS Zack Cozart avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.35 million contract.

It's right at the $2.3 million MLBTradeRumors.com projected him to earn in his first year of arbitration. Cozart is a fine defensive shortstop, but his .568 OPS last season ranked dead-last among those who qualified for the batting title.
Jan 16 - 11:43 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Carlos Marmol is "serious" about a comeback attempt.

He's pitched both in the Dominican and Venezuelan Winter Leagues this offseason. Marmol, 32, posted an 8.10 ERA over 15 appearances with the Marlins last season before being released. He then made three appearances for the Reds' Triple-A affiliate before leaving the team without permission. While he's a poor bet to ever be an impact bullpen arm again, someone will be willing to give Marmol a shot on a minor league deal.
Jan 12 - 7:57 PM

Reds claimed RHP Keyvius Sampson off waivers from the Padres.

Sampson was designated for assignment by the Padres last week. The 23-year-old posted an ugly 6.68 ERA and 1.74 WHIP across 91 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level last season, but Cincinnati is willing to take the chance on a rebound.
Jan 8 - 4:03 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports the Reds and Johnny Cueto have made no recent progress on a possible contract extension.

The Reds approached Cueto's agent at the Winter Meetings regarding an extension, but it appears those talks haven't gone anywhere. Cueto's agent, Bryce Dixon, is on record as saying the pitcher won't negotiate an extension during the season, so the two sides have until Opening Day to hammer something out. Cueto, 28, will be a free agent after this season, so any pre-free agency deal will be expensive.
Jan 7 - 7:42 PM


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