November 2011

Updates on Phillips, Francisco

Not sure, yet, what to make of this tweet from @DatdudeBP himself, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips:

“GoodMorning… Today is the day I find out my future w/ the @Reds! Either it’s going to be a GREAT day or BAD day… #FingersCrossed”

That was sent at 11:32 am Wednesday. Seems as if he is getting briefed by his agents on the negotiations for a multi-year contract. It could certainly be an in between day since negotiations have a way of progressing before getting to serious, serious talks. We’ll see…and I gather that Phillips will provide some sort of update later.

In other news, there were reports this morning that Reds 3B Juan Francisco was robbed at gunpoint by four assailants on Tuesday night in the Dominican Republic. Francisco was not harmed in the attack.

Redsfest attendees

In a release  from the Reds:

Among those confirmed to attend FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest, presented by PNC on December 2-3 at Duke Energy Convention Center downtown are current players Yonder Alonso, Bronson Arroyo, Bill Bray, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Chris Heisey, Jeremy Horst, Mike Leake, Sam LeCure, Devin Mesoraco, Logan Ondrusek, Scott Rolen (Friday only), Drew Stubbs, Chris Valaika, Joey Votto (Friday only) and Travis Wood; manager Dusty Baker and coaches Mark Berry, Brook Jacoby, Bryan Price, Chris Speier and Mike Stefanski; alumni Todd Benzinger, Jack Billingham, Tom Browning, Leo Cardenas, Clay Carroll, Eric Davis, Doug Flynn, George Foster, Wayne Granger, Chuck Harmon, Tommy Helms, Tracy Jones (Saturday only), Jim Maloney, Lee May, Ron Oester, Jim O’Toole, Ted Power, Chris Sabo and Mario Soto; top prospects Tucker Barnhart, Brad Boxberger, Yasmani Grandal, Billy Hamilton, Drew Hayes, Ryan LaMarre, Josh Smith; and broadcasters Jeff Brantley, Marty Brennaman, Thom Brennaman (Friday only), Jim Day, Jim Kelch, Jeff Piecoro and Chris Welsh…updated information can be found at reds.com/redsfest.

Checking in on Cordero

I am back to work after a very needed and relaxing vacation. Hope you haven’t forgotten about getting Reds news here.

I will have a more detailed story on Reds.com/MLB.com later today on the Reds and their closer situation, which is in limbo pending the outcome of where free agent Francisco Cordero lands.

There are a lot of closers on the market right now … one less now that the Phillies formally announced a four-year, $50 million deal with ex-Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon.

“We’ve had probably seven or eight teams inquire with interest, a couple of more since Papelbon’s deal,” Cordero’s agent, Bean Stringfellow, said on Monday. “It’s all ongoing and it’s still early.

“There’s been strong interest, including from the Reds.”

Other closers out there include Ryan Madson, Heath Bell, Joe Nathan, Francisco Rodriguez, Frank Francisco, Matt Capps, Jonathan Broxton and Brad Lidge.

Cordero is still interested in returning to the Reds, Stringfellow said. But if he doesn’t, I can’t see the free agent averse Reds spending a truckload to get one of the big names on the market.

Stay tuned…

On vacation…

Now that Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto have won Gold Glove Awards…I shall be moving on to some quiet time.

As Jim Brockmire might say…”put me in some kind of Italian boat because I am gone-doe-la.” Yep, I am on vacation. There will be no blog posts or Tweets coming from me. However, there will be stories that I’ve left behind you will hopefully enjoy. Others will handle breaking Reds news on the site.

See you again on Nov. 14.

Johnny Bench Way

Four new signs that mark Johnny Bench Way are now up on the streets around Great American Ball Park.  Johnny Bench Way signs are located at the following spots:

*Corner of Second Street and Joe Nuxhall Way

*Corner of Mehring Way and Broadway Street

*Two signs at the corner of Pete Rose Way and Second Street

Besides having a statue unveiled in his honor on Sept. 17, the city revealed the surprise of the ceremonial naming of the streets around GABP.

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