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On Thursday, catcher Corky Miller and RHP Greg Reynolds were outrighted by the Reds and elected free agency.

Also, RHP Pedro Beato was claimed off of waivers from the Red Sox and added to Cincinnati’s 40-man roster.

Beato, 27, was 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 appearances this season for Boston and had a 2.98 ERA in 34 games with Triple-A Pawtucket. He has 81 career relief appearances in the Majors for the Mets and Red Sox.

Miller, 37, batted .251 in 17 games this season in the big leagues with the Reds — his first time up since 2010.

Reynolds, 28, was 1-3 with a 5.52 ERA in six games, including five starts.

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Rumor has it Corky is headed to the Red Sox, where he will show David Ross the right way to grow facial hair.

2014 Top 50 Free Agents With Predictions…

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

3. Shin-Soo Choo – Tigers. Choo posted a robust .423 on-base percentage this year, leading all free agents and ranking fourth in baseball. He’s another Boras leadoff man with a shot at $100MM, so you can be sure we’ll hear the agent talking about how leadoff hitters are the new 40 home run hitters. Despite playing center field this year, Choo fits best in an outfield corner. There are questions about his defense and ability to hit left-handed pitching, and as with Cano, Ellsbury, McCann, Santana, and others, a team will have to forfeit its highest available draft pick to sign him. The 31-year-old South Korea native should require a contract in excess of Hunter Pence’s five-year, $90MM deal, making a return to the Reds unlikely. The Tigers’ interest in signing Choo to play an outfield corner is unknown, but surely Boras’ relationship with owner Mike Ilitch will lead to a conversation. The Mets, Yankees, Rangers, Mariners, Cubs, and Astros are other potential matche

23. Bronson Arroyo – Mets. Arroyo is the only pitcher in baseball to make at least 32 starts per year from 2005-13. Arroyo, 37 in February, is the game’s most consistent innings-eater. It appears he’ll move on from the Reds after eight seasons, probably without a potentially budget-busting qualifying offer. I’ve pegged Arroyo at two years and $24MM, which could be palatable for the Mets, Twins, Giants, and several other teams looking to solidify the backend of their rotation.

From MLB Trade Rumors – November 1st…
Matt Eddy of Baseball America
“The Reds have signed 31-year-old outfielder Jason Bourgeois, Eddy reports on Twitter. Bourgeois saw limited time with the Rays last year. His career big league line stands at .259/.305/.326 in 515 plate appearances over parts of six seasons, including 51 stolen bases.”

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