A few signings

Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend…

A few things to catch you up:

*The Reds signed INF Emmanuel Burriss to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training. If Burriss makes the team, he will earn $750,000 in 2013. If he is not on the 25-man roster by June 1, Burriss can get his release and become a free agent.

*Also inked to a Minor League contract was Mike Hessman, a 1B/3B and PH-type of guy. Hessman, 34, has only 109 games of big league experience spread over three teams, most recently the Mets in 2010. He’s a .188 career hitter with 14 home runs. The 2011 season was spent playing in Japan and all of last season was in Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Astros organization. Hessman batted .231/.301/.531 with 35 homers and 78 RBIs in 2012. He would earn $505,000 if he is in the Majors and can get a release on July 1 if he isn’t on the roster.

*RHP Todd Redmond, who was the lone Reds pitcher to make a start that wasn’t in the regular starting five in 2012, re-signed with the club. It’s a Major League contract and pays $490,000 for one year.

*While none of those deals were eye-popping in any way, shape or form…here’s a deal that is: the Rays extended 3B Evan Longoria for an additional six years through 2022 in a deal worth $100 million. Longoria was signed to a six-year, $17.5 million deal that had him locked up through 2016. I mention this because I recently had a story on Jay Bruce, who is seeking an extension. Bruce is also signed through 2016 to a better deal than Longoria had, but the Reds were not looking to do a deal right now.

*Friday at 11:59 p.m. ET is the deadline to tender 2013 contracts to arbitration-eligible players. Now that Bill Bray and Wilson Valdez are already off of the roster, the Reds have seven players this deadline affects: RHP Homer Bailey (2nd year), OF Chris Heisey (super 2), RHP Mat Latos (1st year), RHP Mike Leake (1st year), RHP Logan Ondrusek (super 2), RHP Alfredo Simon (1st year) and OF Drew Stubbs (1st year).

*MLB announced the size of the 2012 postseason player shares. For making the NL Division Series, the share for the players pool was $2,124,312.75; with the value of each of full share: $37,865.12). The Reds awarded 45 full shares, 7.46 partial shares and 20 cash awards. Players usually have a vote on who gets full and partial shares.


Cool, thanks for the update Mark.
Still looking for the Spring Training schedule though. When does that thing usually come out?

Usually it’s out around this time. I can’t imagine it would be much longer.

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Hey Mark, do you think the Reds are leaning more toward Frazier at 3B or LF at this point? Sounds like Ludwick is NOT going to happen. What are your thoughts?

I wrote before Thanksgiving that Frazier is the man penciled in at 3B by the club. He’s preparing for that as well.

Mark, anything on Chapman moving to starters role? Would be nice to have another hammer in the rotation.

Does Redmond have options remaining?

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What’s up with the Love affair with Closers? Marshall, Chapman, Madson, & now Broxton?
How ’bout solving the real problem: a leadoff hitter ? Followed by a real number 4 hitter ?

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Ludwick is a 4 hitter…26/80 in 402 AB

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