Rookie season out of sight, out of mind for Reed

Rookie season out of sight, out of mind for Reed

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When he was at home during the offseason, Reds pitcher Cody Reed could tell people were a little uncomfortable asking him about his rough first big league experience in 2016. So with a dash of self-deprecation, Reed let people know it was OK.

A prospect that arrived with high expectations, Reed went 0-7 with a 7.36 ERA in his 10 starts last season.

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Jennings looking for fresh start with new club

Jennings looking for fresh start with new club

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- For the first time in his professional career, Reds outfielder Desmond Jennings found himself with a new organization.

After being selected by the Rays in the 2006 Draft, going through their system and spending seven big league seasons with Tampa Bay, the end of his time there was marred by injuries, leaving Jennings hoping for a fresh start.

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Reds to go with four-man rotation at closer

Reds to go with four-man rotation at closer

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- How the Reds finish games this season is a question that will not be resolved during Spring Training, and that is by design. Manager Bryan Price isn't looking to have a dedicated closer as the club tries to be more innovative in the mid-to-late innings.

Price wants his back-of-the-bullpen relievers to get fewer appearances but deliver multiple innings. As has been telegraphed during the offseason, the job will be shared among Raisel Iglesias, Drew Storen, Michael Lorenzen and Tony Cingrani.

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Price: Reds' bench situation is wide open

Veteran acquisitions Jennings, Raburn have opportunity to help ballclub

Price: Reds' bench situation is wide open

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Bench spots are often the farthest from the spotlight, but having the right people who can face some of the toughest relief pitchers in baseball is essential in the later innings.

The Reds were thin with veteran bench candidates until adding Desmond Jennings last week and Ryan Raburn on Friday. Both have Minor League deals with invites to camp, and both are expected to arrive on Sunday. Otherwise, the battles are wide open for the remaining spots.

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Shoulder issue keeps Travieso a bit behind

Reds' No. 17 prospect has been able to throw from 75 feet

Shoulder issue keeps Travieso a bit behind

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Nick Travieso would like nothing more than to be among the fleet of young Reds pitchers to show what they have from the mound this spring. But Travieso is behind schedule, slightly, because of a shoulder issue.

During the offseason, Travieso's scapula was pushing against his right shoulder, causing an impingement and discomfort. That's now behind him and he's catching up.

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Iglesias happy to pitch in any role out of 'pen

Iglesias happy to pitch in any role out of 'pen

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- If it's a nice day in downtown Cincinnati, and the Reds are at home, there's a good chance this season you might notice reliever Raisel Iglesias cruising along on his electric scooter toward Great American Ball Park.

The easygoing Iglesias, 27, has enjoyed his time with the Reds since he defected from Cuba in 2013 and signed with the club in 2014.

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Raburn signs Minors contract with Reds

Raburn signs Minors contract with Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds moved to add more bench depth when they agreed to terms with veteran outfielder/infielder Ryan Raburn on a Minor League contract on Friday.

Raburn, who officially joined big league camp as a non-roster player on Sunday once he passed his physical, will earn a $900,000 base salary if he makes the team.

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Winker's battle uphill, but not impossible

Reds' No. 3 prospect has a shot to crack Opening Day roster

Winker's battle uphill, but not impossible

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Can prospect Jesse Winker wedge his way onto the Reds' roster amid a crowded outfield? Even if the odds look longer on paper, manager Bryan Price doesn't rule him out. Price wants Winker to compete hard for a spot.

"As much as we talk about our particular set of circumstances right now, things can change: Things can change through the performance of others, things can change through injuries," Price said Friday. "There's a lot of different ways for these guys to find their way onto the team and into the lineup."

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Seasoned Votto embracing new wave of players

Seasoned Votto embracing new wave of players

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A former National League Most Valuable Player, one of the game's best hitters and at 33 years old, Reds first baseman Joey Votto is also one of the club's longest-tenured players. Votto realizes that might prompt a fleet of younger, newer teammates to feel like they need to give him deferential treatment.

Votto doesn't want that, however.

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Cozart optimistic despite playing in limbo

Cozart optimistic despite playing in limbo

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds shortstop Zack Cozart knows from the first day of camp in 2017, he is in the same unsettled situation former right fielder Jay Bruce was in during 2016. Cozart, who can be a free agent after this season, could be traded at any time by his rebuilding club.

"I didn't know what to expect this offseason, whether I was going to get traded or not," Cozart said on Thursday as Reds position players reported to Spring Training. "It just so happens that the shortstop market is not that great right now. I'm glad to be back with the Reds. I want to win with the Reds. I've won here before. I've been on teams that won. It's fun. I want these young guys to feel that."

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Arroyo out to prove he has something left

Now back with Reds, 39-year-old hasn't pitched in Majors since 2014

Arroyo out to prove he has something left

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When Bronson Arroyo took the mound for his bullpen session Wednesday, many of the Reds coaches, manager Bryan Price and the front office watching him were familiar faces. After all, Arroyo pitched for the Reds from 2006-13 and won 105 games for the team.

"It's nice to be in a place where people understand you and know you, and they're not like watching your bullpen and scrutinizing you next to a guy throwing 95 and being like, 'Oh, man, if he can't get up to that, then he can't pitch,'" Arroyo said. "You don't have that here, because they understand that I've been able to be successful with kind of alternative stuff. It's comforting."

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Newly acquired Bonilla will get chance to start

26-year-old one of two pitchers Reds recently claimed off waiver wire

Newly acquired Bonilla will get chance to start

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- In the past two days, the Reds have claimed two former Pirates right-handed pitchers, Lisalverto Bonilla and Nefi Ogando, off the waiver wire. Both were immediately added to the mix Wednesday to compete for spots.

Bonilla will be stretched out this spring as a starter.

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Stephenson looks to use rookie lessons in '17

Right-hander takes positives from difficult results last season

Stephenson looks to use rookie lessons in '17

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The eight big league starts Robert Stephenson made for the Reds last season, especially the six in September, were not wasted opportunities, even though the right-hander often struggled. For Stephenson, the experience was valuable and something he's taken into Spring Training this year.

"I think I learned a lot about myself, confidence-wise," Stephenson said on Tuesday before Reds pitchers and catchers held their first workout. "I just need to be more relaxed and stay positive. There were times I tried to do too much and impress everyone. That's when I really struggled. I pitched tight. I wasn't relaxed and loose. I pitched a lot better when I was more free."

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Feldman ready to embrace leadership role

Right-hander signed one-year deal with Reds in January

Feldman ready to embrace leadership role

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - During his 12 seasons in the big leagues since 2005, Reds right-hander Scott Feldman has had Texas, Baltimore and Houston among his home ballparks. All are known for being hitters' parks where misplaced pitches can often be launched over the fence.

His new home, Great American Ball Park, is known as one of the most hitter-friendly, but that doesn't scare Feldman.

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Reds looking to keep Spring Training fresh

Reds looking to keep Spring Training fresh

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The routine stretching, warm-up exercises, drills and the unmistakable pops of catcher's gloves receiving pitches in the bullpen. It must be the start of Spring Training workouts.

Reds pitchers and catchers held their first formal workout on Tuesday, and while camp will have all the familiar nuances, manager Bryan Price also wants to mix things up.

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Peraza looks like starter at second for Reds

Peraza looks like starter at second for Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- For the first time since 2006, someone besides Brandon Phillips will be the Opening Day second baseman for the Reds. On Monday, as the club opened Spring Training, manager Bryan Price took the mystery out of who would be replacing Phillips.

Jose Peraza will likely get the nod over Dilson Herrera, who could still make the team in a role that Peraza was expected to have if Phillips stayed -- as a utility player who plays four games a week. Phillips was traded to the Braves on Sunday for two Minor League pitchers.

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Reds put Bailey on 60-day DL, claim Ogando

Veteran right-hander recovering from recent elbow surgery

Reds put Bailey on 60-day DL, claim Ogando

The Reds have claimed right-handed pitcher Nefi Ogando off waivers from the Pirates, while simultaneously placing veteran right-hander Homer Bailey on the 60-day disabled list.

Ogando, entering his third big league season, made 14 relief appearances for the Marlins last season, allowing four earned runs while striking out eight over 15 2/3 innings. The Pirates previously selected the 27-year-old off waivers from Miami in December before placing him back on the waiver wire.

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More to Phillips' legacy than his infectious smile

Braves' new second baseman hailed for all-around impact

More to Phillips' legacy than his infectious smile

Brandon Phillips probably signed more than 30,000 autographs during 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, and that's not an insignificant part of his legacy.

Phillips also contributed both time and money to a variety of community projects around Cincinnati, including the Reds Urban Youth Academy. In the dead of winter, he would join the Reds Caravan for stops in West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana.

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Mesoraco ready to bounce back behind plate

Mesoraco ready to bounce back behind plate

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Following three major surgeries in two years, Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has put in the rehabilitation and all of the work to this point to get himself ready for Spring Training. However, Mesoraco didn't want to just talk-the-talk anymore, he also wanted to walk-the-walk.

"I feel really good," Mesoraco said on Monday as pitchers and catchers reported to camp. "Catching-wise, I feel like I can get into a deeper squat, which should help. I feel agile and really good back there. Honestly, all this stuff, until I get out into games and until I start playing, it's somewhat meaningless."

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Bailey remains optimistic after latest surgery

Bailey remains optimistic after latest surgery

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds right-hander Homer Bailey's latest elbow surgery last week, an arthroscopic procedure to remove bone chips, has him hopeful that his injury woes might finally be behind him. But Bailey also knows his own recent history all too well.

"Round 3? Sure. Yeah, we're bound to get it right this time," Bailey joked on Monday as pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training. "Trust me, I'm as frustrated as everybody, but it's not going to do any good. You just try to go forward and do what you can."

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Reds hope young arms progress in spring

Reds hope young arms progress in spring

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Even if they are not viewed as potential contenders for 2017, the Reds would be very pleased to move out of the rebuilding phase and become a team that is more competitive for the upcoming season.

Cincinnati hoped to set that tone beginning on Monday, when its pitchers and catchers reported to open Spring Training. There were no formal workouts, but players underwent physicals with the first formal workout that is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Reds deal Phillips to Braves for 2 pitchers

McKirahan, Portuondo acquired as veteran goes to hometown team after 11 seasons in Cincy

Reds deal Phillips to Braves for 2 pitchers

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Brandon Phillips' previous refusals to waive his no-trade rights both this winter and the previous one left Reds general manager Dick Williams with little hope of moving the team's longtime second baseman. But it happened on Sunday, when the Reds sent Phillips and cash to the Braves for two Minor League pitchers.

Because the Reds will be paying all but $1 million of Phillips' $14 million salary for 2017, the Commissioner's Office had to approve the trade. Phillips, who gained his no-trade rights as a 10-and-5 player, waived them to clear the way for the Stone Mountain, Ga., native to play for his hometown club.

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Questions left to answer on Reds' 25-man roster

Rotation, bullpen and bench have open spots to fill before Opening Day

Questions left to answer on Reds' 25-man roster

Editor's note: With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Reds squad each day this week. Today's topic - Predicting the 25-man roster. This is an updated version of a previously published story that reflects that Brandon Phillips was traded to the Braves on Sunday.

CINCINNATI -- Every Spring Training, Reds manager Bryan Price keeps his entire camp roster written out on a dry-erase board next to the desk in his office. As the days go on, the names on the board gradually become fewer and fewer.

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Reds sign OF Jennings to Minors deal

Reds sign OF Jennings to Minors deal

CINCINNATI -- The Reds completed a deal to add bench depth Thursday, agreeing to terms with veteran outfielder Desmond Jennings on a Minor League contract with a Major League Spring Training invite.

If he makes the team, Jennings will earn $1.5 million and can earn up to an additional $1 million in incentives for games played. He can opt out of the contract at the end of Spring Training should he not earn a spot on the club.

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Young players hope to make an impact

In rebuilding phase, Reds looking for top prospects to take leap in 2017

Young players hope to make an impact

Editor's note: With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Reds squad each day this week. Today's topic: The perfect season.

CINCINNATI -- When a team like the Reds is trying to finish a rebuild and become more competitive, the definition of what might be viewed as a perfect season requires more nuance and realism than just saying "World Series or bust."

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