Player News - Reds

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Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

MLB Network's Jon Heyman hears the Reds believe the Orioles have the prospects to swing a deal for Jay Bruce.

That bit of information is almost certainly a follow-up to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal's report Wednesday that the Orioles would have interest in a trade for Bruce but it was uncertain that the O's could pull off such a deal. The Orioles are looking at a number of different options for adding a bat, including signing a free agent like Dexter Fowler or Pedro Alvarez, and it's unlikely that they would look to acquire more than one. While the O's seem to have a lot of plates in the air, the market for Bruce has been quiet for much of the winter.
Feb 11 - 10:40 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jay Bruce is a possible trade target for the Orioles.

Rosenthal adds, however, that it's uncertain whether the O's would actually have the prospects -- or being willing to deal the prospects -- to get a deal done. In early December, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that the Reds had only received "a couple" feeling-out calls regarding the 28-year-old Bruce. In 580 at-bats last season, Bruce hit .226/.294/.434 with 26 homers and 87 RBI. After notching batting averages above .250 in five of his first six seasons, he's failed to crack .230 in either of his past two campaigns.
Feb 10 - 5:27 PM

John Lamb required disc surgery on his back in December.

The procedure was unreported until now. The expectation is that Lamb will be a bit behind at the start of spring training and will likely get a late start on the season. The 25-year-old southpaw posted a 5.80 ERA and 58/19 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings after coming over from the Royals last July in the Johnny Cueto deal.
Feb 9 - 2:31 PM

Reds signed INF Angelo Gumbs to a minor league contract.

Gumbs, a second-round selection from the 2010 draft, was released by the Yankees in late January. The 23-year-old hit a troublesome .176/.224/.213 with one homer and one steal in 59 games at High-A Tampa in 2015. He'll function as organizational depth for the Reds.
Feb 6 - 9:53 AM

Major League Baseball suspended Reds OF Juan Duran 80 games for testing positive for Drostanolone, Stanozolol and Nandrolone.

That's quite the cocktail of performance-enhancers. Duran, 24, is on the Reds' 40-man roster but has yet to reach the majors. He batted just .256/.290/.438 with six home runs over 238 plate appearances at Double-A last season.
Feb 5 - 5:11 PM

JJ Hoover won his arbitration case against the Reds and will make $1.4 million in 2016.

There was only a $175,000 difference between figures exchanged by the two sides last month, but they were unable to avoid a hearing and Hoover wound up being victorious. The reliever is the favorite to serve as the Reds' closer in 2016, so his arbitration cost is going to rise rapidly if he hangs on to that job.
Feb 5 - 12:45 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday that there have been no recent trade discussions regarding Brandon Phillips and the club is preparing to enter the season with him entrenched as the starting second baseman.

That's bad news for Jose Peraza, who is believed to be ready to handle a regular role at the big league level but has no position to play with Phillips blocking his path. The 35-year-old Phillips has twice vetoed trades this offseason that would have sent him elsewhere, and it seems his desire is to remain in Cincinnati for the remaining two years on his contract. He is still owed $27 million from the rebuilding club.
Jan 31 - 5:26 PM

Reds signed LHP Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 33-year-old southpaw hasn't pitched in the big leagues since the 2013 season. It's a nice low-risk signing for the Reds who needed to add organizational depth for their youthful pitching staff. Sanchez owns a career 4.70 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over 786 1/3 big league innings.
Jan 29 - 8:50 PM

Keyvius Sampson (elbow) said Thursday that he'll enter spring training at 100 percent.

Sampson indicated that he never felt 100 percent in 2015, as he began the year on the disabled list with an elbow issue and had surgery to remove loose bodies from the elbow three days after the end of the season. "It was all year, so I just gave what I could," Sampson said. "I still got up here (to the big leagues), luckily enough. This year I’ll be 100 percent so I can show people my best stuff and give myself a better chance." Sampson will likely begin the season in Triple-A Louisville's rotation.
Jan 29 - 9:55 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday that JJ Hoover is "certainly a front-runner" to become the team's closer, but the job won't be handed to him.

Hoover was the club's best reliever not named Aroldis Chapman last season, so it stands to reason that he'd slide into the ninth inning with Chapman no longer around. However, Price indicated that there would be a competition for the gig. "I’m going to wait and see," Price said. "I think he’s certainly a front-runner for this opportunity, but I don’t think I’m quite ready to be assigning roles for on the team just quite yet. We’ll see what the final roster looks like coming out of spring training. He’s absolutely in contention for the position." Jumbo Diaz is another potential option to close for the Reds, but Hoover looks like the clear favorite.
Jan 29 - 9:50 AM

The Reds are considering a number of options in left field including Jake Cave, Adam Duvall, Yorman Rodriguez, Scott Schleber and Kyle Waldrop.

Minor league outfielders Juan Duran, Tyler Holt and Jesse Winker will also be at Reds camp next month. Marlon Byrd and Skip Schumaker got most of the reps at left field for Cincinnati last year but neither is with the team anymore. Duvall was acquired in the Mike Leake trade last summer and might be the team's best short-term option at left field. The 27-year-old has never hit for a high average but his power is intriguing. Between Triple-A and the majors, Duvall crushed 35 homers in 561 at-bats in 2015.
Source: reds.com
Jan 28 - 10:12 AM

Billy Hamilton said his injured shoulder still isn't 100 percent.

He underwent surgery in late September and is still on the mend. However, Hamilton expects to be healthy for the start of spring training. Hamilton has already begun hitting, throwing and lifting weights. Fantasy owners know what to expect from Hamilton at this point—game-changing speed with a low batting average and little to no power. The 25-year-old is the ultimate one-trick pony.
Jan 28 - 9:06 AM

Devin Mesoraco (hip) indicated that he's participating in catching drills without physical discomfort.

So far so good for Mesoraco, who said in December that he expected to be ready for spring training. He's still on track for that. The 27-year-old backstop underwent left hip surgery in July of 2015 after hitting just .178/.275/.244 in 23 games. His time in the wilderness is made all the more frustrating given that he was coming off a career year in 2014, slashing .273/.359/.534 with 25 homers and 80 RBI across 384 at-bats. He could make for a nice sleeper option in mixed leagues if you're willing to gamble on him carrying that power through following the surgery. Just keep in mind that there's no guarantee that he returns to 2014's level of productivity. And durability should remain a concern, if only because we've yet to see how he holds up post-surgery.
Jan 27 - 5:39 PM

Yankees released INF Angelo Gumbs.

Gumbs was a second-round pick of the Yankees in 2010 out of a high school in California, but he hasn't come close to meeting the hype. The 23-year-old infielder batted just .176/.224/.213 with one home run and one stolen base in 59 games last season at High-A Tampa.
Jan 25 - 10:26 AM

Reds signed INF/OF Alden Carrithers to a minor league contract.

Carrithers batted .286/.379/.344 with one home run and eight RBI in 46 games last season for the Triple-A affiliate of the Athletics. The 31-year-old corner infielder and outfielder has never appeared in a major league game. He'll have a better shot of changing that with the rapidly-rebuilding Reds.
Jan 25 - 10:16 AM


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