Duvall in mix for vacant LF spot

Slugger working to cut down K's, improve defense

Duvall in mix for vacant LF spot

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Throughout his career in the Minor Leagues, Adam Duvall has demonstrated he has power that can clear the fences. If Duvall can prove able to do that in the Major Leagues for the Reds on a consistent basis in 2016, he could emerge as their regular left fielder.

Duvall, 27, came from the Giants in the Trade Deadline deal for pitcher Mike Leake. This spring, he is part of a large pool of candidates seeking either the vacant starting spot in left field or a place on the bench.

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Piniella returning to Reds as senior adviser

Piniella returning to Reds as senior adviser

CINCINNATI -- The last manager to win a World Series with the Reds is back with the club in a consulting role. It was announced Friday that Lou Piniella will be a senior adviser to baseball operations, and he is expected to spend some time with the team during Spring Training.

Piniella, 72, spent 23 seasons as a Major League manager following his playing career and posted a record of 1,835-1,713.

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Hoover to get $1.4M in arbitration decision

Righty reliever went 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 67 games last season

Hoover to get $1.4M in arbitration decision

CINCINNATI -- For the first time in more than a decade, the Reds on Thursday argued in an arbitration hearing against one of their players in reliever J.J. Hoover. On Friday, the arbitration panel ruled in favor of Hoover.

The right-hander will receive $1.4 million in his one-year contract for 2016. The club had submitted a figure of $1.225 million. The last time the Reds went to an arbitration hearing against a player was 2004, when they won their case against pitcher Chris Reitsma.

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Reds' Duran suspended 80 games

Reds' Duran suspended 80 games

CINCINNATI -- Reds outfielder Juan Duran received an 80-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday for testing positive for performance-enhancing substances that are in violation of Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program.

Duran, who was suspended without pay, tested positive for the drugs Drostanolone, Stanozolol and Nandrolone.

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Backup Barnhart preparing as if he's starting

Reds expect Mesoraco to resume full-time role after missing most of '15

Backup Barnhart preparing as if he's starting

CINCINNATI -- Tucker Barnhart is expected to be the Reds' No. 2 catcher this season, but conducted an offseason workout program of a No. 1 catcher.

Barnhart isn't making a bid to knock Devin Mesoraco off as Cincinnati's regular catcher. But attrition at the position, and recent history, dictates a readiness for anything.

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Reds run 'pitching summit' to prepare prospects

Cincinnati assembles to better equip young arms for 2016

Reds run 'pitching summit' to prepare prospects

CINCINNATI -- No matter who makes up the Reds' pitching staff this season, it will be comprised of many young pitchers with high ceilings and unfinished development.

Reds manager Bryan Price, his pitching coaches and the front office wanted the team's young pitchers to be as prepared as possible heading into 2016, so for a few days in mid-January, the club assembled several of its prospects at the team complex in Goodyear, Ariz., for what was called a "pitching summit."

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Take 2? Jocketty recalls ill-fated Cards trade

Take 2? Jocketty recalls ill-fated Cards trade

CINCINNATI -- Rarely are there do-overs in life, but Bill Murray's 1993 film "Groundhog Day" offered a scenario in which a person received multiple chances to get a day right before moving forward.

What if Major League Baseball general managers were offered a do-over? What day would they like to have back so they could make a trade or a signing better the second time? For Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty, that would be Nov. 10, 1997, when he was general manager of the Cardinals.

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Price: Phillips to be Reds' second baseman

Price: Phillips to be Reds' second baseman

FLORENCE, Ky. -- A couple of weeks ago, Reds general manager Dick Williams said it would be up to manager Bryan Price to determine how much second baseman Brandon Phillips would play. An heir apparent to Phillips --talented prospect Jose Peraza -- was acquired in a December trade from the Dodgers.

When asked about Phillips on Sunday, Price let it be known that he had no plans to bump the veteran infielder to a lesser role as a youth movement takes hold. Price expects Peraza to get some time in camp at three positions -- second base, shortstop and center field.

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Billy vs. the kid: Reds star races young girl

Billy vs. the kid: Reds star races young girl

FLORENCE, Ky. -- Throughout Reds Caravan this week, kids have wanted a piece of center fielder Billy Hamilton. During the question-and-answer sessions at each stop, youngsters have often asked Hamilton how fast he really is or how many bases he thinks he can steal.

On Sunday, during the Caravan finale at Florence Mall in Northern Kentucky, a young girl threw down the gauntlet on Hamilton. Holding a microphone in front of several hundred of her fellow Reds fans, she asked him if he would like to have a race.

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Jocketty fields fans' questions at Caravan stop

Mesoraco, Reed among other panel members

Jocketty fields fans' questions at Caravan stop

HAMILTON, Ohio -- Certainly by the final stop on the third day of Reds Caravan with the north leg of the tour, Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty knew what would be coming his way during the question-and-answer session with the fans.

After all, Jocketty was acutely aware that the trades of two of his most popular players -- Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman -- were unpopular decisions among many of those fans.

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Reds place 5 on Top 100 Prospects list

Winker (34) and Stephenson (35) lead way as Cincy system booms

Reds place 5 on Top 100 Prospects list

CINCINNATI -- A positive sign in the burgeoning effort by the Reds to improve their farm system and rebuild at the Major League level came on Friday. It was revealed that the Reds have five players listed in MLBPipeline.com's 2016 preseason Top 100 prospects.

The rankings returned outfielder Jesse Winker to being Cincinnati's top prospect and No. 34 overall. Winker was followed by right-handed starting pitcher Robert Stephenson (No. 35), left-handed starting pitchers Cody Reed (No. 66) and Amir Garrett (No. 69) and second baseman Jose Peraza (No. 71).

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Reds sign lefty Sanchez to Minor League deal

Eight-year veteran threw no-hitter for Giants in 2009

Reds sign lefty Sanchez to Minor League deal

CINCINNATI -- The Reds signed left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to a Minor League contract on Friday with an invitation to Spring Training as a non-roster player.

Sanchez, 33, is a veteran of eight Major League seasons, but he has not appeared in a big league game since 2013 with the Pirates. He spent '06-11 with the Giants and split the '12 season between the Royals and Rockies. Lifetime, Sanchez has a 39-58 record and 4.70 ERA in 194 games, including 137 starts. In 2009, he threw a no-hitter for San Francisco against the Padres.

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Caravan highlights Reds-Louisville connection

Players embrace Cincy's top Minor League city, and vice versa

Caravan highlights Reds-Louisville connection

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Most Reds players working their way up the organization have one more stop to make before they can reach the Major Leagues. That would be with Triple-A Louisville.

While they hope the stay with the Bats is as short as possible, it doesn't mean there isn't a fondness for the city, its people and its ballpark -- Louisville Slugger Field. A Reds Caravan yearly tradition, the south tour made a stop at the stadium on Thursday night.

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Reds may tinker with roster before Spring Training

Reds may tinker with roster before Spring Training

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- As Spring Training gets closer, the less likely it seems that the Reds will make any further additions or subtractions during what's left of the offseason. At the same time, transactions remain possible, especially with several free agents still available.

The Reds made an unsuccessful run at free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who was interested in returning to his former team. Arroyo received a better offer from the Nationals and signed a Minor League contract on Tuesday.

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Reds Caravan is off and running

Five-state tour runs through Sunday

Reds Caravan is off and running

CINCINNATI -- Cold days, but warm receptions. That can be anticipated for just about every edition of Reds Caravan.

While the degree of chilly weather can fluctuate, the turnout of fans is always solid. As the 2016 Reds Caravan set off Thursday morning from the Reds Hall of Fame, the team is bracing for a rebuilding season following two disappointing years. Nevertheless, radio broadcasting icon Marty Brennaman expected large gatherings at each of the fan stops through Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Tennessee. 

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Hamilton on schedule for Spring return

Shoulder pain-free after offseason surgery

Hamilton on schedule for Spring return

CINCINNATI -- Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is just about ready for Spring Training after an offseason of rehabilitation for his surgically repaired right shoulder.

"The rehab is coming along well," Hamilton said Thursday morning at the kickoff for 2016 Reds Caravan. "I'm not 100 percent yet, but close to it. We had a schedule to be ready right around Spring Training. As of right now, we're on track to make that happen."

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Cincinnati to host RBI World Series in '16, '17

Program gives kids from underserved communities a chance to play ball

Cincinnati to host RBI World Series in '16, '17

CINCINNATI -- When the Reds and CEO Bob Castellini set out to construct an Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati, they envisioned the opportunity to host jewel events for young ballplayers.

That became a reality Wednesday when it was announced the Reds will host the 2016 and '17 RBI World Series tournament.

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Mesoraco's hip feeling good in recovery

Reds catcher has had no setbacks since surgery to repair labrum, remove spur

Mesoraco's hip feeling good in recovery

CINCINNATI -- Reds pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training at Goodyear, Ariz., in about three weeks on Feb. 18. Catcher Devin Mesoraco has every expectation that he will be healthy and ready to go from the first day of camp.

Mesoraco has been rehabilitating his left hip since undergoing season-ending surgery June 29 to repair a torn labrum and remove a spur.

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Winker makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 OF Prospects list

Twins' Buxton tops list, Rangers' Brinson and Mazara follow

Winker makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 OF Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

For the third (and likely the last) time, this Top 10 -- the final by-position ranking unveiled prior to the Top 100 Prospects list -- is headed by the Twins' Byron Buxton. He may not have taken the world by storm during his big league debut, but neither did Mike Trout. And, let's face it, Buxton's tools across the board are unparalleled.

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

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Jonathan Mayo

Peraza, Blandino on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

Boston's Moncada leads list, followed by Reds' Peraza at No. 2

Peraza, Blandino on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

There has been quite a bit of turnover from last year to the 2016 edition of the Top 10 second-base prospects, with six new names joining the list, thanks to two graduations and four who dropped off the list.

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

Peraza, Reed among 6 to watch at Reds camp

Outfielder Rodriguez, righty Stephenson could crack Opening Day roster

Peraza, Reed among 6 to watch at Reds camp

CINCINNATI -- Many of the players the Reds have moved out over the past year -- Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Todd Frazier, Marlon Byrd and Aroldis Chapman -- were well-known quantities with high expectations attached to their performances.

When Reds Spring Training convenes Feb. 18 in Goodyear, Ariz., some of the faces in the clubhouse will not just be new. They also will be young and unproven in the Major Leagues. And don't forget about the prospects that already were in the organization who will have their first realistic shot at a big league job.

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Arroyo chooses to sign with Nats

Arroyo chooses to sign with Nats

CINCINNATI -- Free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo will not be getting back together with the Reds, but he will be reunited with a central figure from his old team. Arroyo agreed to a Minor League contract with the Nationals on Tuesday that will have him pitching for former Reds manager Dusty Baker.

If Arroyo makes the team out of Spring Training, he would receive a base salary of $2 million. The incentive-filled contract can earn Arroyo up to an additional $6 million if he makes at least 32 starts.

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For this year only, Trade Deadline to be Aug. 1

Adjustment made because July 31 falls on a Sunday

For this year only, Trade Deadline to be Aug. 1

This is a leap year, and for Major League Baseball, it will mean a one-day leap in the annual non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The non-waiver Trade Deadline this season will be moved to Aug. 1 from the traditional July 31 -- which in 2016 falls on a Sunday. The deadline is 4 p.m. ET, and on July 31, there are seven games scheduled to begin between 1-1:30, five between 2-3:30 and three at 4. There are only eight games on Aug. 1, all of which are night games.

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Stephenson on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 Catching Prospects list

Cubs' Contreras tops list, Yanks' Sanchez leaps to No. 2

Stephenson on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 Catching Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday, Jan. 29, on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

MLBPipeline.com's list of the top 10 catching prospects last season featured six players who went on to reach the Major Leagues and become part of a legendary rookie class. Needless to say, the turnover at the position means this year's crop of top-ranked backstops has a much different look.

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

Reds Caravan to wrap up in Florence

Reds Caravan to wrap up in Florence

CINCINNATI -- The Reds announced an added destination and conclusion for the 2016 Caravan on Thursday. All four caravan tours will descend at Florence Mall in Florence, Ky., on Jan. 31.

Doors at the mall will open at 9 a.m. ET, with a question-and-answer session scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in the center court area. From 12-2 p.m., current Reds players and manager Bryan Price will sign autographs (time permitting) while Minor Leaguers and Reds alumni players will pose for photos with fans.

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Reds looking at how Peraza will fit into lineup

With 2B Phillips remaining with Cincinnati, club analyzing how top prospect will develop

Reds looking at how Peraza will fit into lineup

CINCINNATI -- The Reds' front office highly coveted infield prospect Jose Peraza, and as it commenced a rebuilding project, it very much liked the idea of having his glove, bat and speed on the roster.

That was why Peraza was a big part of the three-way trade from the Dodgers that sent third baseman Todd Frazier to the White Sox last month. Peraza, who turns 22 on April 30, is viewed as the second baseman of Cincinnati's future and seems Major League ready right now.
 

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Reed, Garrett on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Dodgers' Urias again takes top spot, but Rays' Snell closes gap

Reed, Garrett on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday, Jan. 29, on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Just how high in demand is left-handed pitching? Six of the 10 pitchers on this year's Top 10 left-handed pitching prospects list are relatively recent acquisitions by their organization. Two come via the 2015 Draft, but four of the southpaws on this list have been traded. Three of those four deals happened at last July's Trade Deadline.

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