Player News - Reds

Date: Team: Pos:

Reds designated OF Steve Selsky for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot in Cincinnati following Thursday's four-player Dan Straily trade. Selsky spent the majority of the 2016 season with Triple-A Louisville, batting .280/.363/.459 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 85 games. The 27-year-old outfielder could draw some interest on the waiver wire.
Jan 19 - 2:58 PM

Reds acquired RHPs Luis Castillo and Austin Brice and OF Isaiah White from the Marlins for RHP Dan Straily.

Castillo is the big catch here for the Reds, with some prospect-ranking sites calling him the Marlins' No. 2 prospect. The young right-hander out of the Dominican Republic posted a 2.26 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 103/25 K/BB ratio in 131 2/3 innings last year between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. He could debut in the Reds' rotation sometime in 2017.
Jan 19 - 12:51 PM

Reds acquired RHPs Austin Brice and Luis Castillo and OF Isaiah White from the Marlins for RHP Dan Straily.

Brice made his major league debut with the Marlins in 2016, and got shelled for 11 earned runs in 14 innings. The former ninth-round pick has experience as a starter in the minors -- and he's enjoyed some success in that role -- but there are prospect evaluators who believe he's better suited for right-handed relief at the MLB level. Brice could open the 2017 season in the Cincinnati bullpen.
Jan 19 - 12:45 PM

Reds acquired OF Isaiah White and RHPs Luis Castillo and Austin Brice from the Marlins for RHP Dan Straily.

White is the lesser of these three prospects, but the 20-year-old outfielder has good defensive skills and great speed and he adds an intriguing bit of athleticism to the Reds' minor league system. A third-round pick out of high school in 2015, White has batted .247/.312/.334 with 18 stolen bases in 87 pro games between rookie ball and Low-A.
Jan 19 - 12:40 PM

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


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