December 4th, 2013 at 3:39 PM
By Cody Dalga
As the new manager of the Cincinnati Reds, Bryan Price finally made the first big announcement of his tenure. Today he announced the club's Major League staff for the upcoming 2014 season.
Earlier this offseason, Price announced the hiring of bench coach Jay Bell, hitting coach Don Long, and pitching coach Jeff Pico. Today Price announced Mack Jenkins has been named as the bullpen coach, Steve Smith will serve as the first base coach and Freddie Benavides will join the coaching staff as well. First base coach Billy Hatcher and catching coach Mike Stefanski will remain with the team in the same roles.
Jenkins, 48, served as the assistant pitching coach last season for the Reds. He has been with the club for 24 seasons. Jenkins also played for Cincinnati after he was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 1986. He pitched in the minors for three seasons as both a starter (23 starts) and a reliever (39 apps.).
Smith, 61, has been around professional for almost four decades. He's spent time with the San Diego Padres (1984-19890, Seattle Mariners (1991-1999), Texas Rangers (2002-2006), Philadelphia Phillies (2007-2008), and most recently the Cleveland Indians (2010-2012).Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 4th, 2013 at 12:52 PM
By Cody Dalga
On Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Rays, and Arizona Diamondbacks were involved in a three-way trade that saw Ryan Hanigan get shipped off to Tampa Bay along with Heath Bell and the Cincinnati Reds received David Holmberg. Arizona received Justin Choate and a player to be named.
Hanigan, who was believed to be the odd man out after the Reds agreed to a contract with veteran catcher Brayan Pena, then signed a three-year, $10.75 million contract with the Rays.
"This gives Mesoraco the opportunity to develop into a No. 1, frontline catcher that we think he can be," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "Pena will be a quality backup and good bat off of the bench. It gives Devin the chance for more playing time."
Hanigan batted just .198 in over 70 appearances last season. Mesoraco, who will finally get a chance to be an everyday catcher, was the 15th overall pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.
Holmberg, who comes to Cincinnati after spending much of the past two seasons in Double-A Mobile, is a 22-year old lefty starting pitcher. He went 5-8 this season with a 2.75 ERA in 26 starts. In the lone Major League appearance of his career, Holmberg pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed three earned runs, six hits and three walks. Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 27th, 2013 at 1:16 PM
By Cody Dalga
The Cincinnati Reds and and left-handed pitcher Manny Parra agreed on a two-year, $5.5 million contract Wednesday.
The 31-year old from Carmichael, California was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2001 Draft. He made his debut in 2007 as a starting pitcher but control issues and injuries hurt his career. He made 72 starts for the Brewers compiling a 24-30 record and a 5.13 ERA. He started to come out of the bullpen during the 2012 season.
In February of 2013, the Reds signed Parra to a one-year deal. He appeared in 57 games going 2-3 with a 3.33 ERA. He struck out 56 batters over 46 innings pitched while issuing just 15 walks. The Reds are keeping hope that Parra can get through his past failures and keep working on the future.
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November 27th, 2013 at 10:09 AM
By Cody Dalga
For the first time, "The Mayor" will appear on this years Baseball Hall of Fame ballot alongside former MLB stars Moises Alou, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and many others.
Sean Casey was arguably one of the biggest fan favorites during his time in the MLB and more specifically while a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He spent his first season in Cleveland before his eight year stint in Cincinnati. During his tenure, he was named a National League All-Star three times ('99, '01, '04).
His best season statistically came in 1999 when he had career highs in average (.332), home runs (25), and RBIs (99). Casey was already inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
Players who do not get the 75 percent needed to be inducted will stay on the ballot for 15 years as long as they receive at least five percent each year. Writers must return their ballots by December 31st and the results of the voting will be announced January 8th.
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November 23rd, 2013 at 10:58 AM
By Cody Dalga
With the Major League Baseball Rule 5 draft quickly approaching, the Cincinnati Reds needed to complete their 40-man roster. That's just what the club did Wednesday when they selected the contracts of four players.
Catcher Tucker Barnhart, starting pitcher Chad Rogers, and outfielders Ryan LaMarre and Juan Duran rounded out the Reds roster.
Banrhart, 22, spent all of last year in double-A Pensacola. He appeared in 98 games batting .260 with three bombs and 44 RBIs. He was second on the team with 19 doubles and led the team in free passes with 45. Behind the plate Barnhart threw out 37% of runners attempting to steal to go along with his .990 fielding percentage. He was named a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star this season.
Rogers is a 24-year old right hander from Galveston, Texas. He spend last season in both Pensacola and Louisville. While in double-A, he started 13 games picking up a 3-2 record. His 2.20 ERA was one of the best on the team only allowing 17 earned runs in 69.2 innings He, along with Barnhart, was named a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star. In Louisville, he started 12 games going 5-5. In 70.1 innings Rogers allowed 33 earned runs while striking out 48 and walking just 19. Read more... Join the Conversation...