Peraza refining skills in winter ball in Venezuela

Infielder went 2-for-4 in first game for Magallanes on Tuesday

Peraza refining skills in winter ball in Venezuela

CINCINNATI -- While many of his teammates are getting settled in for their offseason and resting their bodies after the grind of a 162-game schedule, Reds infielder Jose Peraza took very little time off.

Peraza joined his Venezuelan winter ball club, Magallanes, on Saturday and played in his first game on Tuesday. He was 2-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base and a run scored.

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Finnegan 'completely healed,' ready for 2018

After injuries to both shoulders, Reds lefty looking forward to 'normal offseason'

Finnegan 'completely healed,' ready for 2018

CINCINNATI -- Despite having injuries on or near both shoulders and being limited to four starts in 2017, Reds left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan went into his offseason with optimism.

"I will just have a normal offseason. I'm completely healed, both sides," Finnegan said late in September. "I've got more rotation in my right shoulder than I had before I got hurt. That's a good thing. I'll start working out in November and throwing in December. I'll keep up with my running, and that's it."

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Inbox: Will Reds bring back Cozart for 2018?

Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers fans' questions

Inbox: Will Reds bring back Cozart for 2018?

Given the season he had and the fact that he wasn't traded in 2017, is there any chance shortstop Zack Cozart is re-signed in the offseason?
-- Kevin Y., Noblesville, Ind.

There is a chance, but it's not something I would bet the farm on. The Reds could extend their longtime shortstop a one-year qualifying offer -- worth somewhere around $18 million -- and that would mean they would get a compensation pick in the 2018 Draft from the team that signed him as a free agent. That would also likely deter a club from trying to sign him, but the Reds would then be on the hook for $18 million to keep Cozart in 2018.

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Votto attends visitation for 6-year-old fan

Reds first baseman joins mourners of young cancer patient

Votto attends visitation for 6-year-old fan

CINCINNATI -- Six-year-old Walter "Superbubz" Herbert's smile and upbeat attitude during his cancer battle was one that had an entire city cheering and rallying for him -- including Reds first baseman Joey Votto.

Herbert died on Oct. 6 after two years of battling neuroblastoma. On Thursday night, according to WLWT-TV, Votto was among the hundreds of mourners who paid his respects to the family during a visitation. A family friend told the TV news station that Votto refused an offer to move to the front of the long line and waited his turn. He also brought flowers for Herbert's parents.

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Rotation, relievers are Reds' top 2018 priority

Cincinnati in need of workhorse starters to transition out of rebuild period

Rotation, relievers are Reds' top 2018 priority

CINCINNATI -- Although the Reds exhibited patience during a rebuild that has consumed all of three seasons and part of a fourth, they would like to shed that mode and transition into legitimate contenders in the National League Central.

Three-straight 90-plus-loss seasons means there is still much work to be done by general manager Dick Williams and the front office. Manager Bryan Price had his 2018 option exercised, and his entire coaching staff was invited back. They hope they can see their work with a young team pay off by contending again -- something that hasn't happened since their 2013 NL Wild Card berth.

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Italy's Seminati flourishing at instructs

Italy's Seminati flourishing at instructs

Because of the rules on international spending, the Reds can't sign a player for more than $300,000 during this signing period due to having gone over their spending allotment last year. That hasn't kept them from scouring the globe for talent.

Nearly all of the players they have signed since the period opened on July 2 come from Central and South America, all but one to be precise. The outlier is also the one who received the Reds' largest bonus of $135,000, and he happens to hail from Italy.

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Reds prospect Davis undergoes hip surgery

Reds prospect Davis undergoes hip surgery

CINCINNATI -- Reds pitching prospect Rookie Davis underwent right hip surgery on Monday to repair the labrum and remove a bone spur. The right-hander is not expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training 2018.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York. Kelly is the same surgeon who did both labrum repair operations on Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco in 2015 and '16.

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Mahle, Senzel named Prospects of the Year

Mahle, Senzel named Prospects of the Year

CINCINNATI -- Pitcher Tyler Mahle's performances in 2017 were too good to not give him his first big league promotion to the Reds. Third baseman Nick Senzel could give the organization a similar scenario next season. Both clearly have bright futures ahead.

Mahle was named the Reds' Minor League pitcher of the year, and Senzel was named the team's Minor League player of the Year by MLBPipeline.com.

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Votto, Gennett among Reds' highlights in 2017

Cincinnati takes some positive steps as rebuild continues

Votto, Gennett among Reds' highlights in 2017

CINCINNATI -- The Reds hoped that in their 2017 season they would transition out of their rebuilding phase and into one where the club was more competitive and taking significant steps forward.

Ultimately, the organization learned it still has a ways to go before it will once again be a contender in the National League Central. The young pitching talent remains promising, and the lineup did its part, finishing in the top half of the Majors in runs, homers, on-base percentage and stolen bases. But this season also underscored the importance of depth and experience when an injury arises or a young player does not meet performance expectations and the club struggles to fill many of those gaps throughout the season.

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Reds love Heatherly's stuff, willingness to learn

Reds love Heatherly's stuff, willingness to learn

At the start of the spring, Jacob Heatherly looked like he might be one of the best high school left-handers in the Draft class of 2017. An uneven senior season in Alabama forced him to drop on Draft boards, something the Reds are now extremely grateful for.

After looking like a surefire first-rounder, Heatherly didn't hear his name called until the start of the third round, pick No. 77 overall. The Reds did give him just over $1 million to sign him away from his University of Alabama commitment, equal to second-round money and $300,000 above pick value.

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Reds' roster at 36; Farrell claimed, 3 outrighted

Reds' roster at 36; Farrell claimed, 3 outrighted

CINCINNATI -- The Reds trimmed their 40-man roster on Wednesday with four roster moves.

Right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell was claimed off of waivers by the Cubs, while fellow right-handers Nick Travieso, Asher Wojciechowski and Alejandro Chacin cleared waivers and were sent outright to Triple-A Louisville. The moves left the Reds' 40-man roster at 36 players.

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Howard, Crawford progressing in instructs

Howard, Crawford progressing in instructs

Once upon a time, Nick Howard and Jonathon Crawford were heralded pitching prospects from vaunted college programs. Howard was the No. 19 pick of the 2014 Daft, by the Reds, coming out of the University of Virginia. A year prior, Crawford was taken by the Tigers with the 20th overall selection out of the University of Florida and joined Howard in the Reds system in December 2014 in the Alfredo Simon trade.

Prior to the 2015 season, Howard was ranked as the organization's No. 3 prospect; Crawford was ranked No. 9. Then both fell off the radar due to a combination of command issues and shoulder injuries. But both are participating in instructional league play in Goodyear, Ariz., and are showing signs of perhaps heading back in the right direction.

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Ohtani tosses gem with scouts on hand

Japanese ace/slugger impresses in latest outing

Ohtani tosses gem with scouts on hand

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have never signed a player out of Japan but on Wednesday, general manager Dick Williams was in Sapporo to watch one of the more coveted players in the nation.

Shohei Ohtani, a pitcher and outfielder for the Nippon Ham Fighters, started on the mound and threw a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in a win over the Orix Buffaloes. He also batted fourth and got a hit. According to a club source, Williams was among those from the Reds who were on hand to watch. A large group of scouts and executives from around the Majors, including Dodgers vice president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos, was also reportedly in attendance.

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Votto's vow vaults him into NL MVP discussion

Well-respected Reds slugger posts big numbers, leads MLB in BBs, OBP

Votto's vow vaults him into NL MVP discussion

CHICAGO -- A year ago when he was disappointed with himself for letting parts of his game slip -- even after he batted over .400 in the second half -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto vowed to be better. Votto proved to be more than a man of his word in 2017.

To wrap up the season, Votto was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in the Reds' 3-1 victory over the Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field. The 34-year-old certainly deserves to be one of the leading contenders for the National League Most Valuable Player Award.

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In season finale, McGuire earns first win

In season finale, McGuire earns first win

CHICAGO -- Joey Votto hit a pair of doubles and Deck McGuire picked up his first Major League win in the Reds' regular-season finale, a 3-1 victory on Sunday at Wrigley Field over the Cubs, who started preparations for the postseason with an interesting in-game move.

Making his second big league start, McGuire held the Cubs to two hits over five scoreless innings and drove in a run with a groundout in the fifth inning as Cincinnati ended the season at 68-94.

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Cubs fan excited to get Votto's batting gloves

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Cubs fan excited to get Votto's batting gloves

Joey Votto has had an exceptional season. The five-time All-Star finished the year with a .320/.454/.578 line, 36 home runs and 100 RBIs. While the numbers are impressive, the Reds first baseman has had many other reasons to make him a loveable character to watch over the last few months.

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Draft order set; Reds to pick 5th

Giants, Phillies, White Sox and Reds follow Detroit in top five

Draft order set; Reds to pick 5th

Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

It came down to the final day of the season and both teams finished tied with 64-98 records. By virtue of the Tigers' .534 winning percentage in 2016 (the Giants finished that season at .537), they get the first pick. Detroit has had the No. 1 pick just once before, taking Matt Anderson in 1997.

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Reds can't get going, silenced by Cubs

Reds can't get going, silenced by Cubs

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester tuned up for next week's postseason play. Jackson Stephens is already looking ahead to 2018.

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Reds' 4-run 5th not enough in loss to Cubs

Reds' 4-run 5th not enough in loss to Cubs

CHICAGO -- In a game that had no bearing on their postseason situation, the Cubs still showed flair for the dramatic in the late innings on Friday afternoon. In the bottom of the eighth, Ian Happ's three-run home run off of reliever Michael Lorenzen propelled the Cubs to a 5-4 comeback win over the Reds at Wrigley Field.

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Romano closes out eye-opening rookie season

Once viewed as a bullpen arm, right-hander now firmly in mix for 2018 rotation

Romano closes out eye-opening rookie season

MILWAUKEE -- No, the bottom of the sixth inning did not work out for the Reds how manager Bryan Price or pitcher Sal Romano would have wanted. But it meant something to the rookie starter that he was even given the chance to continue in the game.

Romano had 94 pitches going into the sixth and got two outs before a walk and Brett Phillips' RBI double provided the difference in a 4-3 loss to the Brewers on Thursday at Miller Park.

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Reds rally, but can't curb Crew in rubber game

Reds rally, but can't curb Crew in rubber game

MILWAUKEE -- You can close the books on the Brewers' regularly scheduled 2017 home slate, but don't shutter Miller Park for winter just yet.

Brett Phillips and the Brewers kept their postseason hopes alive with a 4-3 win over the Reds in Thursday's regular-season home finale, with the rookie outfielder delivering the go-ahead run on a sixth-inning double moments after the Reds had rallied to tie, and relievers Anthony Swarzak and Corey Knebel closing it out.

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Bailey finishes his 2017 campaign on high note

Reds right-hander throws season-high seven innings in shutout win vs. Brewers

Bailey finishes his 2017 campaign on high note

MILWAUKEE -- On Aug. 7, 2014, Reds starter Homer Bailey threw seven innings against the Indians. Little did he know at the time, it would be more than three years until he went that deep in a game again. Bailey felt discomfort in his elbow after an at-bat that night and would soon require the first of his three elbow surgeries.

Wednesday marked the return of Bailey completing seven innings, as he finished his truncated 2017 season with his best outing of the year. The veteran right-hander did it without allowing a run in a 6-0 victory over the Brewers that also put a big dent in Milwaukee's postseason hopes.

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Votto-powered Reds back Bailey in shutout win

Votto-powered Reds back Bailey in shutout win

MILWAUKEE -- With a wire-to-wire win on Wednesday, the Reds dealt another blow to the Brewers' hopes of a postseason trip.

Joey Votto and Tucker Barnhart homered, Homer Bailey pitched a season-high seven innings and the Reds spoiled fan appreciation night at Miller Park with a 6-0 win on Wednesday. It pushed the Brewers further down the National League Wild Card standings on the same night the Cubs clinched the NL Central.

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Reds working on mechanical issues with Reed

Schebler proud of reaching 30-homer milestone Tuesday vs. Brewers

Reds working on mechanical issues with Reed

MILWAUKEE -- Reds left-hander Cody Reed hasn't pitched in a game since Sept. 21, but he hasn't spent the last week entirely idle. Reed's work has been happening behind the scenes and in side bullpen sessions, according to Reds manager Bryan Price.

The key objective has been to correct some of Reed's mechanical issues and ultimately restore his command and confidence.

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Cozart's swat provides Reds with spark in loss

Cozart's swat provides Reds with spark in loss

MILWAUKEE -- Reds shortstop Zack Cozart fouled off the first two pitches against Brewers reliever Josh Hader to get mired in a 0-2 count on Tuesday. Even with his team trailing by three runs and Hader being a tough lefty, Cozart had no plans to go down quietly.

In what became a 7-6 Reds loss, a one-run game that Milwaukee had to grind out to keep its playoff hopes alive, Cozart provided the at-bat of the game and the spark that got Cincinnati back in it. He turned that 0-2 count into a 10-pitch at-bat before slugging a solo home run to left-center field in the seventh inning.

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Schebler hits 1 of 3 HRs, but rally falls short

Schebler hits 1 of 3 HRs, but rally falls short

MILWAUKEE -- Domingo Santana and the Brewers had no illusions that the Reds would just roll over and let them march to a Wild Card spot.

Santana's three-run homer keyed a four-run first inning for the Brewers, who spent the rest of Tuesday night playing keep-away in a 7-6 win over the relentless Reds at Miller Park. Three times, the Reds pulled within a run. Three times, the Brewers held on -- and held their ground in the chase for a postseason spot.

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Storen undergoes Tommy John surgery

Right-hander not expected to pitch next season

Storen undergoes Tommy John surgery

MILWAUKEE -- Reds reliever Drew Storen had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Cincinnati, and the soon-to-be free agent is unlikely to pitch in the Majors again until 2019.

Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek performed the procedure on Storen to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

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Duvall catches Santana's dinger off the bounce

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Duvall catches Santana's dinger off the bounce

When a batted ball clears the outfield fence in between the foul poles and hits the stands, that's a home run. Everyone knows that. It's probably one of the most easily and widely understood rules in baseball.

If a ball has already become a home run, there is no reason to catch it if it bounces back onto the playing field. However, during Tuesday night's game between the Reds and Brewers, Reds left fielder Adam Duvall felt differently after Domingo Santana smashed a dinger in the first inning:

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