Cingrani ready to take advantage of second chance

After tough injury-plagued 2014, lefty will get another shot with Latos, Simon gone

Cingrani ready to take advantage of second chance

CINCINNATI -- Last season, young Reds left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani was viewed as ready for a full-time spot in the rotation and a central piece in the club's plans. It enabled Cincinnati to bid farewell to Bronson Arroyo and feel good about its starting five.

Then Cingrani struggled early in the year and missed most of the season with a shoulder injury. Before the Winter Meetings last week, he appeared to be on the outside looking in -- the sixth man on the depth chart for the rotation.

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After playing a lot in '14, Pena stays home this offseason

Reds backup catcher usually at winter ball, but spending down time with family

After playing a lot in '14, Pena stays home this offseason

CINCINNATI -- Reds backup catcher Brayan Pena is usually a lock to play winter ball during his offseason, but that isn't the case during this particular offseason. Pena has decided to skip it this year -- pretty much.

"I'm not saying I won't play winter ball. But I'm 99 percent sure," Pena said. "It's just taking care of my family a little bit. I want to give my body some rest and some time to recover. I played a lot this year. I wasn't expecting to play that much. I'm preparing myself much better this year because you never know in this game."

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Reds announce 2015 promotional schedule

On Monday, the Reds unveiled their full promotional schedule for 2015, which is highlighted by 14 fireworks shows and nine bobblehead giveaways. Also included in next year's schedule is a new kids' poster series, which will feature a new player poster to be given out at every Sunday home game.

Current players Todd Frazier (April 11), Billy Hamilton (May 30), Brandon Phillips (June 20), Devin Mesoraco (Aug. 1) and a Reds player selected for the All-Star Game (Sept. 26) will be among the bobbleheads handed out next season. The Reds will also feature a "Stars of the Queen" City bobblehead set, which will feature Johnny Bench (May 16), Barry Larkin (June 6) and a player to be named later (Sept. 12).

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Former Red finds new career at UYA

Ohio native never made it to Majors, but now offers kids shot to succeed in baseball, life

Former Red finds new career at UYA

CINCINNATI -- On a recent weekday evening, former Reds Minor League outfielder Cameron Satterwhite is sitting on a bucket inside an indoor batting cage flipping one toss after another to a hitter.

The hitter is 15-year-old Elijah Fegan, a participant at the P&G MLB Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn, a northern section of Cincinnati's city limits.

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Reds' Meetings moves open door for future additions

Club trims payroll by dealing Latos, Simon on final day; bat, bullpen depth on winter list

Reds' Meetings moves open door for future additions

SAN DIEGO -- It was a busy Winter Meetings around baseball, and by the time it was all wrapped up on Thursday, the Reds were right in the middle of the action.

It had been five years since the Reds made a trade during the Winter Meetings. Then they completed two deals within one hour by sending starting pitcher Mat Latos to the Marlins and fellow starter Alfredo Simon to the Tigers. Both trades brought young talent in return.

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Reds acquire 4 players in dealing Latos, Simon

Club gets DeSclafani, Wallach from Miami for Mat; Suarez, Crawford arrive from Detroit for Alfredo

Reds acquire 4 players in dealing Latos, Simon

SAN DIEGO -- Shaving payroll to clear space in order to make other moves that can help improve the roster was viewed as paramount by Reds general manager Walt Jocketty during the Winter Meetings. On the final day of the Meetings on Thursday, the Reds finally did what they came to do.

It required moving two starting pitchers, though. First, the Reds traded All-Star starter Alfredo Simon to the Tigers for right-handed pitcher Jonathon Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez. A short time later, the Reds announced they had also dealt power arm Mat Latos to the Marlins for 24-year-old right-hander Anthony DeSclafani and catcher Chad Wallach.

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Reds gain 2, lose 2 in Triple-A phase of Rule 5 Draft

The final day of the Winter Meetings began with the annual Rule 5 Draft. Teams were only able to make a selection if it had space on its 40-man roster.

ROUND 1
1. Arizona Diamondbacks: C Oscar Hernandez, Rays
2. Colorado Rockies: IF Mark Canha, Marlins
3. Texas Rangers: OF Delino DeShields Jr., Astros
4. Houston Astros: RHP Jason Garcia, Red Sox
5. Minnesota Twins: RHP J.R. Graham, Braves
6. Boston Red Sox: RHP Jandel Gustave, Astros
7. Chicago Cubs: SS Taylor Featherston, Rockies
8. Philadelphia Phillies: IF David Herrera, Rangers
9. Miami Marlins: LHP Andrew McKirahan, Cubs
10. New York Mets: LHP Sean Gilmartin, Twins
11. Atlanta Braves: RHP Daniel Winkler, Rockies
12. Seattle Mariners: LHP David Rollins, Astros
13. Baltimore Orioles: RHP Logan Verrett, Mets

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How does Lester's deal affect Reds with Cueto?

How does Lester's deal affect Reds with Cueto?

SAN DIEGO -- The Cubs winning the sweepstakes to sign free-agent pitcher Jon Lester late Tuesday night should have a lasting effect on the Reds -- in more ways than one.

Of course, Reds hitters will now have to face Lester five to seven times a season as he becomes the ace of the Chicago rotation. And Lester's reported six-year, $155 million deal also gives the Reds' front office a sense where the market begins for its own ace -- Johnny Cueto -- who can become a free agent after 2015.

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Reds may listen to offers for Aroldis

With Marlins seeking pitching, flamethrower lives in South Florida; Cincy looking to shift payroll

Reds may listen to offers for Aroldis

SAN DIEGO -- The Reds appear willing to listen to trade proposals for All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, a source told MLB.com on Tuesday.

If available, Chapman could draw considerable interest on the market. A possible destination could be the Marlins, who are seeking pitching. However, there's been no serious discussion with any specific teams.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. 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.

Winker named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Most Valuable Player Greg Bird leads young stars following AFL season

Winker named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The Arizona Fall League on Wednesday announced its 2014 Top Prospects Team, highlighted by league Most Valuable Player Greg Bird and baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton.

The 22-man Top Prospects Team includes at least one player from 16 Major League organizations. The Fall League managers and coaches voted on the team, taking into consideration the players' performances during the fall and their projected future in the Major Leagues.

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Young looks to get slimmer 'meat hooks' into coaching

13-year big leaguer seeking job in player development at Winter Meetings

Young looks to get slimmer 'meat hooks' into coaching

SAN DIEGO -- A tall, lanky man leans against a pillar in the lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel. Another man hurries by, makes eye contact, and literally stops in his tracks.

"I didn't even recognize you, man!" he said. "Where's the rest of you?"

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

Reflecting on first year, Reds' Price talks improvements

Manager says he could take more risks in '15, isn't worried about lineup at this early juncture

Reflecting on first year, Reds' Price talks improvements

SAN DIEGO -- Once October came and the Reds had nowhere to go but home for the offseason, there was plenty of time for manager Bryan Price to reflect about his first season on the job.

There was certainly plenty of room for improvement, and that did not exclude Price. He fully realizes he needed to learn from this past season and make his own adjustments.

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Reds' on-field package part of charity auction

Bid for chance to hang out with Bruce, Frazier, Mesoraco during BP, take home bat, batting gloves

Reds' on-field package part of charity auction

SAN DIEGO -- Ever dream of hanging out at Great American Ball Park as the personal guest of a Reds player to watch batting practice? Are you a memorabilia fan who craves game-used Reds player items for your collection at home?

The opportunity to do all of it, and simultaneously benefit a great cause, is before you.

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Reds among teams interested in reliever Axford

Reds among teams interested in reliever Axford

SAN DIEGO -- Free-agent reliever John Axford already has pitched for three National League Central teams during his career, and it's possible that the Reds could become the fourth.

A source told MLB.com at the Winter Meetings on Monday that the Reds have interest in signing Axford. No deal is close as of yet, as the right-hander is also believed to be drawing interest from four other clubs.

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Howsam comes up short in Golden Era Committee HOF vote

Oliva, Allen fall one vote shy; Kaat misses by two

Howsam comes up short in Golden Era Committee HOF vote

SAN DIEGO -- No one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday by the museum's Golden Era Committee. Tony Oliva and Dick Allen came the closest, each receiving 11 of 16 votes, one shy of the 75 percent needed for election.

Jim Kaat received 10 votes, followed by Maury Wills with nine and Minnie Minoso with eight. The remainder of the candidates -- Gil Hodges, Ken Boyer, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and the late executive Bob Howsam -- each received three or fewer votes.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cueto takes home MLB.com's GIBBY for Bounceback Player

Cueto takes home MLB.com's GIBBY for Bounceback Player

CINCINNATI -- It's hard to believe now, after the 2014 season he had, but there were actually some questions back in the spring about whether Johnny Cueto would be durable enough to get through the year healthy for the Reds.

That's because Cueto was limited to only 11 starts in 2013 because of three separate stints on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle. This season, all such issues were put in the past in stunning fashion, as the Cincinnati ace turned in one of the best seasons in franchise history. Perhaps that was why voters turned out to give Cueto MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award for Bounceback Player of the Year.

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Frazier's mind is focused on baseball, Redsfest

Third baseman not worried about his own contract situation

Frazier's mind is focused on baseball, Redsfest

CINCINNATI -- Redsfest is often a time when both fans and players get back into thinking and talking about baseball for the first time during the offseason. That isn't the case for Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, who found himself watching video of his hitting while at home in New Jersey.

"I saw the home runs I hit last year. Why not look at that stuff and get excited?" Frazier said. "I'm getting the itch a little bit. I watched some old timers on MLB Network the other day hitting home runs. It's exciting. It's something you always dream of, playing baseball."

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Bailey spending offseason rehabbing from surgery

Reds righty working his way back from procedure to repair torn flexor tendon in elbow

Bailey spending offseason rehabbing from surgery

CINCINNATI -- Most offseasons, it's hard to locate Reds pitcher Homer Bailey because he's usually way off the grid. Bailey, an avid outdoorsman and bow hunter, often travels to remote outposts of the country for weeks at a time.

Not this offseason. Bailey, who had Sept. 5 surgery to repair a torn flexor mass tendon near his elbow, has remained home in La Grange, Texas, and works with a physical therapist at his local hospital for rehabilitation.

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Leake curious, but not worrying about trade rumors

Leake curious, but not worrying about trade rumors

CINCINNATI -- Reds pitcher Mike Leake knows he's in a situation that's not unique to his team -- or the starting rotation. Leake, who is arbitration-eligible for the third and final time, is one of four starting pitchers on the club who are a year away from becoming free agents.

It's not yet clear what the Reds might do. They would like to retain Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Leake and Alfredo Simon beyond 2015 but also know budget limitations might prevent it. Speculation has been that one or more of the four could be traded this winter.

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Finding a left fielder of utmost importance to Reds

Club kicks off Redsfest at Duke Energy Center as players look ahead to 2015

Finding a left fielder of utmost importance to Reds

CINCINNATI -- On the Redsfest main stage Friday night, over 80 Reds players from past and present were introduced to an enthusiastic crowd at the Duke Energy Center. But there was one player missing who doesn't even have a name because no one knows just yet who exactly it will be.

The Reds still need a starting left fielder. Finding one is general manager Walt Jocketty's top priority during an offseason that's already nearing the halfway point. Expect his search to continue next week at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Just like the media and fans, Reds players can only watch for developments and rumors.

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Bruce not concerned with rumors, committed to Reds

Bruce not concerned with rumors, committed to Reds

CINCINNATI -- Trying to fully rehabilitate his surgically repaired left knee and put the worst season of his Major League career behind him, this was already shaping up to be a different kind of offseason for Reds right fielder Jay Bruce.

Then Bruce became the subject of trade rumors over the past few weeks. Although he's been a member of the organization since he was a first-round Draft pick in 2005 and is a core player in the lineup, he was not upset about hearing he could be moved.

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Votto making progress with rehab from quad injury

Manager Price says at Redsfest that he expects slugger to be ready for spring

Votto making progress with rehab from quad injury

CINCINNATI -- As he gathered and mingled with his Reds teammates after the team was introduced at Redsfest on Friday night, it was clear that first baseman Joey Votto wanted to say little about the topic everyone wants to know more about -- his health.

Votto was limited to only 62 games last season because of a distal strain of the left quadriceps near his knee. He did not play a game after July 5 and spent the time rehabilitating, which he has continued during this offseason.

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Cueto takes home top honors in Reds' awards

Cueto takes home top honors in Reds' awards

CINCINNATI -- Amid the festivities of Redsfest on Friday night, the Reds announced their 2014 team award winners.

Rotation ace Johnny Cueto was named the Reds' Most Valuable Player and Most Outstanding Pitcher. Cueto, who finished second in National League Cy Young Award voting, was 20-9 with 2.25 ERA over a league-leading 34 starts and 243 2/3 innings.

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Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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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.

Reds acquire Magill from Dodgers for Heisey

Club declines tender offers to relievers Ondrusek, Partch

Reds acquire Magill from Dodgers for Heisey

CINCINNATI -- Shortly before Tuesday's deadline to tender contracts to players on their 40-man roster, the Reds traded reserve outfielder Chris Heisey to the Dodgers for Minor League pitcher Matt Magill.

Cincinnati also did not tender contract offers to right-handed relievers Logan Ondrusek and Curtis Partch, making them free agents. Heisey and Ondrusek were two of nine Reds eligible for arbitration this winter. Partch was still under club control, but he had not reached arbitration status.

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DeShields to manage Triple-A Louisville

DeShields to manage Triple-A Louisville

CINCINNATI -- The Reds completed some coaching-staff moves on Monday, which included the naming of Delino DeShields as the manager at Triple-A Louisville.

DeShields, who managed Double-A Pensacola last season, replaced Jim Riggleman after he was promoted to be the Reds' third-base coach. Pitching coach Ted Power and hitting coach Tony Jaramillo are returning to Louisville as well.

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NL Central active in Hot Stove, with plenty more to come

NL Central active in Hot Stove, with plenty more to come

The first few weeks of the Hot Stove season have been busy, but there is still plenty more action to come.

The Cardinals are the only National League Central club that has been particularly active thus far this winter, but that was partially out of necessity, as they made a trade to fill the void created by the tragic death of right fielder Oscar Taveras. The Cubs, because of their impressive stable of young talent, will be mentioned in all sorts of trade rumors, while the Pirates must replace their departed All-Star catcher.

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Reds Community Fund helping youth throughout the year

P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy one example of group's efforts

Reds Community Fund helping youth throughout the year

CINCINNATI -- The non-profit Reds Community Fund is largely in the business of creating opportunities for inner-city youth to play baseball and softball that otherwise wouldn't have a chance. Because of the recently opened P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, business is good -- very good, in fact.

Completed about a year ahead of schedule, MLB's fourth Urban Youth Academy in the nation held a star-studded grand opening at the Roselawn Sports Complex in August. Besides having four outdoor state-of-the-art playing fields, the $7.5 million complex also features a 33,000-square foot indoor facility. The Reds and community have wasted no time breaking it in.

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Reds sign Boesch to Minor League contract

Reds sign Boesch to Minor League contract

CINCINNATI -- In a move that added depth to the pool of outfielders, and potentially their bench, the Reds signed Brennan Boesch to a Minor League contract and invited him to big league camp at Spring Training.

Boesch, 29, is a career .256/.309/.412 hitter over five seasons for the Tigers, Yankees and Angels. His best year was with Detroit in 2011, when he batted .283/.341/.458 with 16 homers and 54 RBIs.

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