Wednesday odds and ends

Good afternoon…here are some mini-bits of news and links to keep you enriched, Reds-wise:

*The Reds announced their truck of gear and supplies for Spring Training is leaving GABP for Arizona on Feb. 6. Camp is right around the corner, folks.

*On SportsonEarth.com, the case is made that the Reds should trade Homer Bailey to upgrade the team offensively.

*On Fangraphs, the 2014 ZiPS projection for the Reds.

*ESPN announced that will carry the Reds’ Opening Day game vs. the Cardinals. It’s at 4 p.m. ET on March 31. I would expect that Fox Sports Ohio will also have it.

That’s it, for now.

11 Comments

Can someone tell me what does “WAR” stand for? There’s some others, but I’ll get to those later on.

WAR = Wins Above Replacement

I understand the “wins”, but what does replacement mean?

Thanks Mark, I think. I guess I’ll have to thoroughly read the link you provided to truly understand that and others.

I sent the link because I hoped it would better explain the stat than I could. Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus are probably two of the best sabermetric web sites.

thanks again

Reds need to see what they can get for Cueto , Ludwick or Heisey. I think Cueto has seen his best days . He is injury prone and the space between his ears are a problem ! Get Cruz if at all possible !

I believe there is little doubt that Bailey will be pitching his last game in 2014. This will probably be his best year because he’ll be performing for the best offer when he goes into free agency. The Reds will get a first round pick in the draft. I think you’ll see Cueto bounce back this year and he’s still a young pitcher who is still learning his craft. Ludwick and Heisey are key members of the team for 2014. Just check the stats for the left fielders at the end of 2014 season.

MLB TradeRumors
By Charlie Wilmoth [January 10 at 10:47pm CST]
Homer Bailey says he does not want to leave the Reds, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports. “To say that I ‘want out of Cincinnati’ is not true,” says Bailey, who is eligible for free agency after the season. “If I am in the organization’s future, my priorities are that things make sense for me on the business end, that we are a team that continues to be a highly competitive team in the league and a team that plays the game the right way.” Reds GM Walt Jocketty says that extension negotiations with Bailey are on “hold,” and Rosenthal writes that they may not pick up until there’s more clarity on the free-agent pitching market. Here’s more from throughout the big leagues.

Excerpt from Mark’s article on MLB.com; re: SS backup…
CINCINNATI — The Reds have yet to make a transaction that adds an impact player to their roster, but they have made free-agent signings that brought in complementary players. They addressed the utility spot, backup catcher and left-handed reliever.

Still missing is someone who could back up Zack Cozart at shortstop.

January is often bargain season for the winter free-agent market, and Cincinnati could very well shop for a utility player who plays shortstop and is willing to take a Minor League deal.

This market isn’t thick with options, however. Free-agent players include Ramon Santiago, Alexi Casilla, Elliot Johnson, John McDonald and three former Reds — Paul Janish, Alex Gonzalez and Cesar Izturis. Another free agent, Jamey Carroll, signed a Minor League deal with the Nationals on Thursday. The Reds never pursued Carroll, though.

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