Reds sign Satin, De Jesus to Minor League deals

Reds sign Satin, De Jesus to Minor League deals

The Reds have added a pair of experienced infielders to the organization, signing Josh Satin and Ivan De Jesus to Minor League contracts.

Satin, who turns 30 next month, has spent time with the Mets in each of the past four seasons. A right-handed hitter with experience at first and third base, he appeared in a career-high 75 games in 2013 and hit .279/.376/.405 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 221 plate appearances.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Agent: Bruce wants to 'remain a Red for life'

Outfielder declined two extension offers from club during season

Agent: Bruce wants to 'remain a Red for life'

Reds outfielder Jay Bruce's agent affirmed his client's "desire to remain a Red for life" amid a report that the team is open to trading the two-time All-Star after he declined a pair of offers for a contract extension earlier this year.

A source told FOXSports.com this week that the Reds have had preliminary discussions about trades involving Bruce, who will make $12.042 million in 2015 and $12.542 million in 2016, with a club option for 2017. The report says the Reds have spoken with the Padres, one of the clubs with pitching available to trade.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Reds put Garrett, Waldrop on 40-man roster

Pitcher, outfielder now excluded from Rule 5 Draft eligibility

Reds put Garrett, Waldrop on 40-man roster

The Reds added a pair of Minor Leaguers to the 40-man roster Thursday, including top 20 prospect Amir Garrett, a move necessary to protect the left-hander from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

Outfielder Kyle Waldrop was also added to Cincinnati's roster, which is now full. Had Garrett and Waldrop not been added before midnight ET, they would have been exposed to other teams at the end of next month's Winter Meetings in San Diego.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Winker ranks among top prospects from AFL

Winker ranks among top prospects from AFL

The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects.

That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a top 25, up from the typical 20. The list was compiled by Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Teddy Cahill, along with feedback from a number of scouts who covered the league this fall. This list is more about long-term potential, but AFL performances were certainly taken into account.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bill Bavasi to be named director of MLB Scouting Bureau

Bill Bavasi to be named director of MLB Scouting Bureau

Bill Bavasi, the son of a Major League general manager, became one himself and has spent a lifetime in baseball. Now, he's taking on a new challenge within the game.

The former Angels and Mariners GM is set to be named as the new director of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau (MLBSB), leaving his job as vice president of scouting, player development and international operations for the Reds, MLB.com's Jim Callis has confirmed. The move was first reported by Baseball America.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Reds seeking economical bullpen solutions

Cincinnati aiming to bolster relief corps without breaking bank

Reds seeking economical bullpen solutions

CINCINNATI -- If there's a lower-priced reliever on the free-agent market that could fall into the low-risk, and potentially high-reward, category, there's a very good chance the Reds will at least be taking a look this winter.

While some Reds relievers had individually strong 2014 seasons, the bullpen as a whole proved a pricey liability. Its 4.11 ERA ranked Cincinnati 14th out of 15 National League bullpens. The group had a 1-17 record and 4.49 ERA in the second half alone.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Search for left-field pop brings challenges for Reds

With expense of free agency among several options, trades could make more sense

Search for left-field pop brings challenges for Reds

CINCINNATI -- If they didn't know it already, last week's General Managers Meetings in Phoenix made the Reds and GM Walt Jocketty aware that finding a free-agent left fielder -- even of the non-superstar variety -- is not going to be cheap or easy.

A stunner came when Michael Cuddyer, whom Jocketty was targeting, declined a qualifying offer from the Rockies to sign a two-year, $21 million contract with the Mets. A second move came on Monday, when the Braves dealt right fielder Jason Heyward to the rival Cardinals. It is certainly possible, however, that Atlanta could also move left fielder Justin Upton as the Braves, under new GM John Hart, look to rebuild a team that is no longer flush with prospects.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Votto 'doing great' with offseason rehab work

Votto 'doing great' with offseason rehab work

CINCINNATI -- While the Reds search to add offense during the offseason, they know they will still need their best hitter -- Joey Votto -- to be healthy and ready for next season.

So far this winter, Votto appears to be progressing in the right direction after missing most of the 2014 season with a distal strain of the quadriceps near his left knee.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015

Cubs expected to re-emerge, making group of clubs toughest in Majors top to bottom

NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015

As we speak, the most balanced, deepest and quite possibly toughest division in baseball is the National League Central.

You can search for a truly weak link in this group, but the search will be in vain. With the emergence of the Cubs as a force to be reckoned with, the division no longer contains a soft spot, a rest area or the expectation of a walkover anywhere within its borders.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Reds release righty reliever Marmol

Reds release righty reliever Marmol

In what amounts to a procedural move, the Reds released reliever Carlos Marmol on Monday a few months after he left the team's Triple-A affiliate in Louisville.

Marmol, 32, signed with Cincinnati on May 28 and made three appearances with Triple-A Louisville before returning home to the Dominican Republic for the remainder of the season without club permission.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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At GM Meetings with Reds, Towers likely to be hired soon

Former Padres, D-backs general manager will fill yet-to-be-announced role with Cincinnati

At GM Meetings with Reds, Towers likely to be hired soon

CINCINNATI -- Reds general manager Walt Jocketty left the General Managers Meetings on Thursday without a new left fielder or bullpen help in the fold, but that would have been the exception rather than the rule if he did. These meetings were an opportunity to lay groundwork for the near future.

"I think we had productive meetings with clubs and we spoke to a few agents," Jocketty said while connecting flights back to Cincinnati from Phoenix. "I think we made at least some progress on a few things. But we're still a ways away from doing anything. We had a lot of dialogue with people face-to-face, which is always better initially. We'll see what happens in the next few weeks."

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cueto finishes second for NL Cy Young

Great season for Reds ace garners well-deserved recognition

Cueto finishes second for NL Cy Young

CINCINNATI -- No one can say that Reds ace Johnny Cueto wasn't great in 2014. Cueto had the performances and the numbers that checked off all the boxes for what qualifies as great. But when another finalist had one of the greatest seasons in recent history? Well, it's just too hard to top.

That's why voters in the Baseball Writers' Association of America ultimately determined that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was the unanimous choice for the National League Cy Young Award. It was Kershaw's second straight win and the third for his career. Cueto finished in second place.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Larkin the final candidate interviewed by Rays

Tampa Bay will likely cull list of managerial hopefuls in the coming week

Larkin the final candidate interviewed by Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- On Saturday, the Rays interviewed the final of 10 announced managerial candidates when they talked to Barry Larkin.

Larkin, 50, played shortstop for the Reds from 1986-2004, helping lead the team to a World Series win over the Athletics in 1990. He won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1995 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jocketty checks out left-field prospect Winker in AFL

Young power hitter could impact Reds' offseason strategy in long-term

Jocketty checks out left-field prospect Winker in AFL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The General Managers Meetings being sort of like a camp for Major League executives anyway, a lot of them went on a day-trip Wednesday to check out some of their brightest prospects in action for Arizona Fall League teams.

Reds GM Walt Jocketty was among those taking advantage of the AFL delaying the start of afternoon games from 12:35 p.m. local time to 2:35, to accommodate GMs busy with agenda sessions through the early afternoon.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hamilton finishes second in NL ROY Award vote

Hamilton finishes second in NL ROY Award vote

CINCINNATI -- Speedy Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton received some consideration, but was unable to run away with the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom was named the winner on Monday while Hamilton finished second.

Results from voters in the Baseball Writers Association of America showed that deGrom received 26 first-place votes on the 32 ballots cast, with four second-place votes, for 142 points in a 5-3-1 scoring system. Hamilton was given four first-place votes, 23 for second place and three for third place, for 92 points. Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong came in third after he received one second-place vote and 11 third-place votes for 14 points.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Reds add Riggleman to coach third base

Reds add Riggleman to coach third base

CINCINNATI -- The Reds promoted Jim Riggleman to third-base coach on the Major League team from his previous post as manager of Triple-A Louisville, it was announced Monday.

Riggleman, 62, will be the only new addition to manager Bryan Price's coaching staff. He replaces Steve Smith, who was not retained after one season with Cincinnati.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Redsfest tickets now available for Dec. 5-6 event

Admission to offseason celebration includes tickets to game vs. Cards

Redsfest tickets now available for Dec. 5-6 event

CINCINNATI -- Tickets went on sale Monday for the 2014 edition of Redsfest, the largest and most dynamic offseason event the Reds present each winter.

Fox Sports Ohio Redsfest, presented by PNC Bank, will take place at downtown Cincinnati's Duke Energy Center on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6. More than 50 current and former players and coaches -- including Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, Billy Hamilton, Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips -- are slated to attend. An updated list of attendees can be found at reds.com/redsfest.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Reds' Howard stretching arm with eye on rotation

First-rounder had 20-save season with Virginia en route to College World Series

Reds' Howard stretching arm with eye on rotation

MESA, Ariz. -- In each of the last two First-Year Player Drafts, the Reds have spent an early-round pick on a college two-way star and turned him into a full-time pitcher. Their intention with both right-handers is to change them from college reliever to big league starter, and they sent them to the Arizona Fall League to speed up their development.

Last year's project was supplemental first-rounder Michael Lorenzen, who shook off an 11.42 ERA with the Glendale Desert Dogs to perform well in Double-A this summer. This year, it's first-rounder Nick Howard, who has scuffled in five starts with the Surprise Saguaros, recording a 5.51 ERA, 10/9 K/BB ratio and .283 opponent average in 16 1/3 innings.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Elmore claimed off waivers by Pirates

Elmore claimed off waivers by Pirates

CINCINNATI -- Infielder Jake Elmore was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Friday, thus ending a brief tenure with the Reds.

The Reds had claimed the 27-year-old off waivers from the A's on Aug. 2. He was called up in September and went 2-for-11 in five big league games for Cincinnati.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cueto, Reds take home Defensive Awards

Cueto, Reds take home Defensive Awards

CINCINNATI -- While the Reds were not successful overall in 2014, they could certainly point with pride to their outstanding defense. Their efforts on the field were recognized on Wednesday when Cincinnati was named the Wilson Defensive Team of the Year.

Individually, Reds rotation ace Johnny Cueto won the Defensive Player of the Year Award for pitchers.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Reds' Howard stingy in Fall League victory

Cincy's No. 5 prospect threw four innings, allowed one run in win for Surprise

Reds' Howard stingy in Fall League victory

MESA, Ariz. -- Nick Howard's strong start and a four-run eighth inning led the way as the Surprise Saguaros defeated the Mesa Solar Sox, 5-2, Friday and maintained their half-game lead in the Arizona Fall League's West Division.

Howard, the Reds No. 5 prospect according to MLBpipeline.com, threw four innings and struck out three, allowing just one run on three hits.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Reds' Winker helps stage late rally in AFL play

Cincinnati's No. 2 prospect goes 2-for-4 with a double, drives in run in big eighth inning

Reds' Winker helps stage late rally in AFL play

Trailing Peoria by two runs entering the eighth inning Wednesday, Surprise began its rally at the bottom of its order. Luke Maile, the seventh hitter in the Saguaros lineup, led off the inning with a home run off right-hander Matt Lollis. Deven Marrero followed with a single, advanced to second on an error and, all of a sudden, Surprise was rolling.

The Saguaros turned their lineup over and leadoff batter Trea Turner drove Marrero in with a single. Another hit by Juan Perez brought Jesse Winker to the plate and Peoria manager Vance Wilson made the move to his bullpen for right-hander Louis Head.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Blue Jays, Reds to play exhibitions in Montreal

Two-game set will be second straight year Toronto plays at Olympic Stadium

Blue Jays, Reds to play exhibitions in Montreal

TORONTO -- For the second consecutive year, Major League Baseball is returning to Montreal.

The Blue Jays will host the Reds at Olympic Stadium on April 3-4 for a pair of exhibition games at the end of Spring Training. The two-game set was officially announced on Tuesday afternoon, and it comes on the heels of a very successful series between the Blue Jays and Mets earlier this year.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Iglesias already impressing Reds with AFL work

Iglesias already impressing Reds with AFL work

CINCINNATI -- The extremely early pitching results from prized Cuban signing Raisel Iglesias have been quite positive. The Reds have determined that Iglesias, who was signed in June to a seven-year Major League contract worth $27 million with a $5 million signing bonus, will remain in the Arizona Fall League rather than go to Puerto Rico for winter ball.

"We've had a change of plans there," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "It's easier to manage his workload here than it is over there. That's what we're most concerned with."

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Ringolsby: Howsam makes intriguing case for Hall of Fame

Howsam paved way for baseball in Denver during storied two-sport career

Ringolsby: Howsam makes intriguing case for Hall of Fame

Bob Howsam was the Architect of the Big Red Machine.

The success wasn't a happenstance. It was the residual of Howsam's good fortune as a young man to become associated with two of the great executives in baseball history -- Branch Rickey and George Weiss -- and his willingness to learn from both.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

No margin for error in heavyweight NL Central

Rising Cubs to provide additional intrigue in stacked division

No margin for error in heavyweight NL Central

The National League Central wasn't the only division in baseball last season to feature three winning teams (all three American League divisions can claim that). And it wasn't the only division in baseball to not feature a 90-loss team (the NL East can make the same boast).

But the NL Central was the only division to feature both qualities. And the fact that its last-place team (the Cubs) just hired one of the best managers in baseball (Joe Maddon) inspires belief that a division that was arguably already the most competitive in baseball because of those two aforementioned factors is about to get even more competitive -- and complicated.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Winker sits out Fall Stars Game due to cramp

Sidelined as precaution, outfielder replaced by fellow Reds prospect Waldrop

Winker sits out Fall Stars Game due to cramp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A calf cramp sustained on Friday by Reds outfield prospect Jesse Winker kept him from playing in Saturday's Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League.

Winker, ranked No. 40 on MLB.com's Top 100 and No. 2 on the Reds' Top 20 prospect lists, has been one of the better hitters in the AFL this season, sitting second in RBIs, third in slugging percentage and OPS and fifth in batting average.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Reds haul in slew of GIBBY nominations

Cueto, Aroldis, Hamilton among finalists for Greatness in Baseball Yearly nods

Reds haul in slew of GIBBY nominations

The 2014 season concluded without a return trip to the postseason, but the Reds' year still featured plenty of memorable moments, including a career season for Johnny Cueto, a solid rookie campaign for Billy Hamilton, a record-setting year for Aroldis Chapman and an offensive breakout for Devin Mesoraco.

And with voting now underway for MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, those individual performances -- along with several others -- are up for recognition.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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