*Today is the deadline for eligible players to file for arbitration. The Reds have six such players in starting pitcher Homer Bailey (3rd year), closer Aroldis Chapman (1st year); outfielder Chris Heisey (2nd year), right-handed starter Mike Leake (2nd year); and right-handed relievers Sam LeCure (1st year) and Alfredo Simon (2nd year). On Friday, the club and players exchange salary figures. As in past years, I expect the Reds to sign all of these guys to at least one-year contracts to avoid the hearing — which run from Feb. 1-20.
*The Reds announced that outfield great Eric Davis has been added to Western leg of the Winter Caravan, which begins on Jan. 23. For all the details about Reds Caravan, please click here. I plan on hitting a couple of stops but don’t know where just yet.