Reds deal Straily to Marlins for trio of prospects

Reds deal Straily to Marlins for trio of prospects

CINCINNATI -- The Reds went with a buy-low, sell-high move with starting pitcher Dan Straily. On Thursday, they traded Straily to the Marlins for right-handed pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice and outfielder Isaiah White. Cincinnati also designated outfielder Steve Selsky for assignment.

According to MLBPipeline.com, Castillo was Miami's fifth-rated prospect, while Brice was ninth and White ranked 16th. Talks on the deal first began in November during the General Managers Meetings.

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Legendary groundskeeper Schwab honored

Cincinnati's longtime park superintendent to enter MLB Groundskeeper Hall of Fame

Legendary groundskeeper Schwab honored

CINCINNATI -- Mathias "Matty" Schwab began tending to the fields at the Reds' home ballparks way back in the 19th century, but his contributions to the game and groundskeeping so long ago have not been forgotten.

Schwab, who was the Reds' park superintendent from 1903-63, will be the recipient of the Gary Vanden Berg Award as the 2017 inductee into the Major League Baseball Groundskeeper's Hall of Fame. There will be a ceremony this weekend in Clearwater, Fla., during the annual meeting of the groundskeepers from all 30 clubs in MLB.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds announce Minor League coaching staffs

Reds announce Minor League coaching staffs

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' Minor League affiliates announced their 2017 coaching staffs on Friday, with familiar faces returning to their posts.

Delino DeShields, the father of Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields, will be back for his third season as manager for Triple-A Louisville. DeShields, who has a 135-153 career record for Louisville, is entering his ninth season as a manager or coach in the Reds' organization.

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5 former Reds miss HOF election, fall from ballot

5 former Reds miss HOF election, fall from ballot

CINCINNATI -- Several former Major League players with Reds connections did not come close to being elected as members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in results that were revealed on Wednesday.

Orlando Cabrera, Mike Cameron, Edgar Renteria and Arthur Rhodes were on the ballot for the first time, but all failed to garner the minimum 5 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers' Association of America required to return to the ballot next year.

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Suarez shows signs of hitting to all fields

Statcast breaks down Reds third baseman's 2016 season

Suarez shows signs of hitting to all fields

CINCINNATI -- As a player learning to be an everyday player in the big leagues for the first time, Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez demonstrated a full spectrum at the plate. Suarez flexed some power with 21 home runs. He was also streaky, going into and out of extended funks.

But in an encouraging sign for a young batter of 25 still learning his way, Suarez showed he can hit to all fields. And because of the tools offered via Statcast™ and baseballsavant.com, we might have an idea why.

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Inbox: What to expect from Reds' rotation?

Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers questions from Cincinnati fans

Inbox: What to expect from Reds' rotation?

There's now less than a month to go before Reds pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Goodyear, Ariz., on Feb. 13. As anticipation builds, let's dive into another edition of the Inbox.

When the Reds had the rotation of Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake, Cincinnati had some great seasons of pitching. With the Reds' new staff and new prospects, how close are they to getting back to a staff as good as the past?
-- Louie S., Cincinnati

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Garrett No. 6 on Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Hader leaps from No. 6 to top of list, Groome slides into No. 2 spot

Garrett No. 6 on Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Exactly half of last year's Top 10 left-handed pitching prospects list graduated off of prospect lists during the 2016 season. The top three -- Julio Urias, Blake Snell and Steven Matz -- all had large impacts, with Urias even pitching in the postseason. Four of the other five are still on the list, including new No. 1 Josh Hader.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds avoid arbitration with all 4 eligible players

Cozart, Hamilton, Wood, Cingrani agree to 1-year deals

Reds avoid arbitration with all 4 eligible players

CINCINNATI -- The Reds avoided arbitration with all four of their eligible players on Friday, the club announced.

Dollar figures were not made public by the club, but according to a source, shortstop Zack Cozart will get a one-year contract worth $5.325 million. Center fielder Billy Hamilton agreed to a one-year, $2.625 million contract. Right-handed reliever Blake Wood settled on a one-year deal worth $1.275 million, while lefty reliever Tony Cingrani also got a deal done for $1.825 million.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moscot follows epic trip with journey to recovery

Reds righty travels to Jerusalem with Team Israel before setting sights on return from TJ surgery

Moscot follows epic trip with journey to recovery

CINCINNATI -- Pitcher Jon Moscot had just packed up his car Thursday morning and begun the journey from his Southern California home to the Reds' Spring Training complex in Goodyear, Ariz. That drive came on the heels of what could be described as a transformative trip to Israel for Moscot.

Among 10 Jewish-American pro ballplayers from Team Israel's 2017 World Baseball Classic squad, Moscot enjoyed a six-day trip meant to connect the Middle Eastern country with the players who will be representing it in the March tournament.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vincej looking to build off breakout season

Reds' farmhand expecting big things in 2017

Vincej looking to build off breakout season

Zach Vincej is used to being overlooked.

The Reds' farmhand wasn't drafted until the 39th round in 2012 and isn't on the club's Top 30 Prospects list either.

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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.

Reds Caravan to visit 5 states Jan. 26-29

4 tours to make 17 stops, where fans can engage in Q&A, autograph sessions

Reds Caravan to visit 5 states Jan. 26-29

CINCINNATI -- Four Reds buses, five states, 17 fan stops and 3,300 miles combined. It all adds up to another edition of the popular annual Reds Caravan.

The Reds announced Tuesday that their 2017 Caravan will be on the road Jan. 26-29 with stops in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Tennessee. Fans will have an opportunity to see and interact with current and former players, Minor League prospects, front office staff and broadcasters.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds, Coleman agree to Minor League deal

Right-hander expected to compete for bullpen spot in Spring Training

Reds, Coleman agree to Minor League deal

CINCINNATI -- The Reds made another move with hopes of fortifying their bullpen Tuesday when right-handed reliever Louis Coleman was signed to a Minor League contract. Coleman was also invited to big league camp at Spring Training, the club announced.

Last season, in his lone year with the Dodgers, the 30-year-old Coleman had a 4.69 ERA over a career-high 61 appearances. In 48 innings of work, he had a 1.438 WHIP and 45 strikeouts. He dealt with shoulder fatigue in August and struggled down the stretch, carrying a 10.80 ERA over his final 11 games.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

The following are the first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs. 

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Start Trek: Reds could add vet to rotation

Experienced starter would add insurance, healthy competition

Start Trek: Reds could add vet to rotation

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' Hot Stove season is entering its final month before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 13. There are still numerous areas the club would like to bolster before it gets to camp.

One prediction: The Reds will land a veteran starting pitcher from the free-agent market to compete for the lone vacancy in the rotation.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Does Phillips' vetoed trade resonate with GMs?

Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers fans' questions

Inbox: Does Phillips' vetoed trade resonate with GMs?

We're just over a month away from Reds pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Ariz., so it's a great time to tackle another set of your questions about the season ahead.

Will the news of Brandon Phillips' blocked trade influence MLB general managers to trade players before they reach the 10-and-5 benchmark?
-- @theplaceofgrace via Twitter

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds hoping to add veteran catching depth

Cincinnati could benefit from having experienced backstop fill part-time role

Reds hoping to add veteran catching depth

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' offseason shopping list includes adding catching depth behind Devin Mesoraco and Tucker Barnhart. But for that spot to be filled, a potential third catcher might have to take a leap of faith and have a willingness to be flexible.

That's because the playing time any new catcher will receive is unknown heading into Spring Training. The X-factor is Mesoraco, who has been limited to catching 18 games over the past two seasons because of injuries. The 28-year-old had labrum surgery on each of his hips and another on his non-throwing shoulder in that span.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: Phillips blocked trade from Reds to Braves

Second baseman invoked 10-and-5 rights to remain in Cincinnati

Source: Phillips blocked trade from Reds to Braves

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have been trying to move Brandon Phillips and have found takers for their longtime second baseman in each of the past two offseasons. But Phillips has again invoked his no-trade privileges.

A source confirmed to MLB.com that Phillips blocked a potential trade from the Reds to the Braves in November, as first reported Thursday by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds sign reliever Storen to 1-year contract

Indiana native to be in mix for closer role

Reds sign reliever Storen to 1-year contract

CINCINNATI -- Quiet all offseason, the Reds did not wait long after the holidays to make their first big league contract signing of the winter. On Tuesday, they addressed their bullpen by signing veteran reliever Drew Storen to a one-year, $3 million contract.

There are additional bonus incentives worth up to $1.5 million, and Storen will also get a $500,000 assignment bonus if he is traded.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Momentum has Reds optimistic for 2017

Momentum has Reds optimistic for 2017

CINCINNATI -- Normally following a 94-loss season -- such as the one that the Reds had in 2016 -- there might be a lack of optimism or the feeling that there are too many needed upgrades to count.

But the Reds don't put themselves into that category. A 36-37 record after the All-Star break didn't just bring enthusiasm -- it earned manager Bryan Price a one-year extension to keep the momentum going.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rebuilding Reds made strides in second half

With a healthy roster, Cincinnati went 36-37 after All-Star break

Rebuilding Reds made strides in second half

CINCINNATI -- The Reds weren't thinking about postseason aspirations in 2016, but they did want their rebuilding efforts to make forward progress. That glimmer of optimism eventually came, but not until some painful struggles on the field.

Amid injuries and poor performance, the Reds were 32-57 at the All-Star break. But after some players returned healthy, and others with improved play, Cincinnati finished one game under .500 in the second half at 36-37. It earned manager Bryan Price the opportunity to continue with a one-year contract extension with a club option.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Votto opts not to play in Classic for Canada

Votto opts not to play in Classic for Canada

CINCINNATI -- Citing a need to focus his attention on getting ready for the upcoming season with the Reds, first baseman Joey Votto declined his invitation to play for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Votto made the announcement Wednesday night in a statement released by the Reds.

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Williams tabbed Reds president of operations

GM takes on additional title; Jocketty named executive advisor

Williams tabbed Reds president of operations

CINCINNATI -- The Reds announced several front office promotions, new hires and title changes on Tuesday.

Among the moves was general manager Dick Williams taking on the additional title of president of baseball operations. Former president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty was named executive advisor to CEO Bob Castellini.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Most amazing National League games of 2016

Most amazing National League games of 2016

The 2016 season in Major League Baseball was one of inspiring feats of athleticism, ballparks packed with ecstatic fans and the undeniable drama that comes with America's pastime. At the end of the 162-game push and an amazing October, one team was standing: the Chicago Cubs, who broke a 108-year championship drought and won the World Series for the National League.

But 14 other NL teams played all season and had their own pinnacle moments. In consultation with each club's beat reporter, here is the game of the year for each club in the NL in 2016:

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

Inbox: Will roster allow Peraza to play daily?

Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers questions from Reds fans

Inbox: Will roster allow Peraza to play daily?

Assuming no trades involving Brandon Phillips or Zack Cozart, would you consider sitting Phillips more often to play Jose Peraza/Dilson Herrera?
-- @handrewmichael

It certainly wouldn't be the ideal situation, but multiple people may have to sit so Peraza can play at least four games per week. That could mean breaks for Phillips and Cozart, or even Billy Hamilton in center field, which Peraza also plays. Herrera would likely begin the season at Triple-A Louisville if no one is dealt. The club would like to use this season to evaluate and develop the talent it expects to contribute beyond 2017, and Peraza and Herrera are certainly two of those players.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ohlendorf signs with Japan's Yakult Swallows

Ohlendorf signs with Japan's Yakult Swallows

Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf is heading to Japan, having signed a one-year contract with the Yakult Swallows for $1.5 million plus a reported $400,000 in incentives.

"He is a full-time Major Leaguer," Swallows international scouting director Masayuki Okumura told The Japan Times. "Our target was to add a power pitcher in the rotation."

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

Reds claim Shaffer, Jenkins off waivers

Reds claim Shaffer, Jenkins off waivers

The Reds announced a pair of waiver claims on Friday, claiming infielder/outfielder Richie Shaffer from the Phillies and right-hander Tyrell Jenkins from the Rangers. In addition, Reds catcher Juan Graterol was claimed off waivers by the D-backs.

Shaffer had been claimed off waivers by Philadelphia earlier this month, but the team designated the 25-year-old for assignment on Tuesday. A first-round Draft pick by the Rays in 2012, Shaffer played the past two seasons for Tampa Bay and hit .250/.315/.438 with one home run in 20 games in '16.

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Du good: Christmas all about giving for Reds All-Star

Du good: Christmas all about giving for Reds All-Star

CINCINNATI -- Plenty of wishes seemed to come true for Reds left fielder Adam Duvall in 2016. Duvall not only secured a regular spot in the lineup during the season, he also became a first-time All-Star for the National League.

The 28-year-old Duvall, who hit 33 home runs with 103 RBIs last season, also got engaged over Thanksgiving to his girlfriend, Michelle.

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Senzel out to follow lead of top '15 Draft picks

Reds not rushing top prospect, who hopes to reach Majors year after pro debut

Senzel out to follow lead of top '15 Draft picks

CINCINNATI -- From the 2015 MLB Draft, No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson, No. 2 pick Alex Bregman and No. 7 pick Andrew Benintendi all reached the Major Leagues by '16, the season after they were drafted.

The Reds' top prospect per MLBPipeline.com, third baseman Nick Senzel, certainly noticed.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.