Player News - Reds

Date: Team: Pos:

Reds and LHP Tony Cingrani avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.825 million contract.

The lefty was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. Cingrani held a 4.14 ERA while recording 17 saves for the Reds in 2016 and will enter 2017 in a setup role.
Jan 13 - 1:20 PM

Reds and SS Zack Cozart avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.325 million contract.

It's a big raise for Cozart in what is his final year of arbitration eligibility. He'll enter 2017 as the Reds' starter at shortstop, although they could turn the job over to Jose Peraza at some point.
Jan 13 - 1:04 PM

Reds and RHP Blake Wood avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.275 million contract.

Wood, who was arbitration-eligible for the second time, held a 3.99 ERA with a strikeout per inning for Cincy last season. He'll help set up in 2017.
Jan 13 - 12:05 PM

Reds and OF Billy Hamilton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.625 million contract.

It's a big raise for the speedy outfielder in what was his first year of arbitration eligibility. Hamilton batted .260/.321/.343 with 58 stolen bases for the Reds in 2016 and will function as their center fielder and leadoff man in 2017.
Jan 13 - 11:42 AM

Reds signed RHP Louis Coleman to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

This confirms what was reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. After adding Drew Storen last week, the Reds continue to try to bolster their bullpen. Coleman, who turns 31 in April, has compiled a 3.51 ERA over 213 relief appearances in the majors. There's a decent chance he'll end up winning a bullpen spot in the spring.
Jan 10 - 1:47 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Reds have signed Louis Coleman to a minor league contract.

The deal presumably includes an invitation to major league spring training, but it hasn't been officially announced by the team. Coleman was non-tendered by the Dodgers last month after posting a 4.69 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 45/24 K/BB ratio over 48 innings. He could earn a spot as a middle reliever in the spring.
Jan 10 - 12:33 PM

Reds signed C Adrian Nieto to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old backstop spent the 2016 campaign in the Marlins' organization where he slashed an anemic .195/.287/.257 with one homer and 19 RBI in 129 plate appearances. He's nothing more than minor league catching depth for the Reds at this point.
Jan 8 - 9:38 AM

Reds signed RHP Deunte Heath to a minor league contract.

The 31-year-old hurler hasn't pitched in the big leagues since the 2013 season with the White Sox. After a pair of seasons in Japan, he spent the 2016 season pitching in the Mexican League, where he posted a 3.11 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 51/11 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings. He'll add to the Reds' minor league bullpen depth.
Jan 8 - 8:44 AM

Reds signed RHP Geoff Broussard to a minor league contract.

Broussard had a rough go of things in 2016, registering a 6.50 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 64/25 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels' organization. He'll add minor league bullpen depth for the Reds.
Jan 8 - 8:40 AM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that "there is still a possibility" Brandon Phillips could be traded to the Braves.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported Thursday that Phillips vetoed a trade to the Braves back in November, noting that the second baseman would want the Reds to address "certain, unspecified issues" before waiving his no-trade rights. Bowden is reporting something similar, saying the Reds "acknowledge that they made promises and assurances to Phillips that they are not living up to." While it's unclear what those issues may be, it sounds like he could still be dealt if they're ironed out. Worth noting is that Phillips is from Georgia and owns a home in Atlanta, so he could be tempted to approve a deal to the Braves even though they're unlikely to contend.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 6 - 10:09 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Brandon Phillips vetoed a trade to the Braves in November.

This is the third time in the last two offseasons that Phillips has exercised his 10-and-5 rights, as he blocked deals to the Nationals and Diamondbacks last winter. Phillips is from Stone Mountain, Georgia and owns a home in Atlanta, so Rosenthal writes that the Reds were surprised that he rejected the deal. Of course, it's within his right to do so. According to Rosenthal, Phillips would want the team to address "certain, unspecified issues" before waiving his no-trade protection. It's an awkward situation, especially as the Reds try to find playing time for Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera in their middle infield. The Braves were in talks with the Reds at the same time they were pursuing Sean Rodriguez. They cooled on Phillips after signing Rodriguez and it's unlikely talks will be revived at this point. Phillips, 35, has one year and $14 million remaining on his contract.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 5 - 9:42 PM

Reds GM Dick Williams said the team's closer will be determined at spring training.

Raisel Iglesias has to be considered the frontrunner after putting up a 1.98 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 50 innings as a reliever in 2016 and finishing out the year as the Reds' ninth-inning man, but newcomer Drew Storen is also apparently going to get a shot. Tony Cingrani and Michael Lorenzen may be in the running here too. It's something we'll be tracking throughout the spring.

Reds signed RHP Drew Storen to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the contract terms. The deal includes $1.5 million in performance bonuses and a $500,000 assignment bonus if he's traded. Storen has extensive closing experience, but he's coming off a shaky year where he posted a 5.23 ERA and 48/13 K/BB ratio over 51 2/3 innings between the Blue Jays and Mariners. He was better after joining the Mariners, though he also missed some time with shoulder inflammation. He'll now try to get his career back on track in Cincinnati's bullpen, likely in a set-up capacity.
Jan 3 - 3:50 PM

Bravos de Margarita manager Stu Cliburn says the Mets are among the teams that have scouts buzzing about how Jose Arredondo has pitched in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Arredondo, 32, holds a 3.45 ERA and 28/16 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 relief innings so far for the Bravos. The righty hasn't appeared in the majors since 2012 and has pitched only in winter ball and independent ball the last few years. However, he could potentially be an interesting bullpen arm in some team's spring camp as a non-roster invitee.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:29:00 AM

Joey Votto will not play for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

"I have decided to decline this year's WBC event," Votto said Wednesday in a statement released by the Reds. "There were some aspects of my performance in 2016 that I have decided were lacking. I would like to use 2017 spring training for preparation. I am thankful to the Baseball Canada program for inviting me to join the team. It is an honor to represent my country. I made this decision with much reflection because of the pride I have wearing the Canadian flag on my uniform. I look forward to cheering the team on and watching them win the 2017 event." Votto, a native of the Toronto area, participated in the WBC for Team Canada in 2009 and 2013.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:29:00 AM


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