Hot links for a frozen day

Good Monday afternoon…got some news, notes and links for the time being.

*’s Jerry Crasnick tweeted a little while ago that the Reds are nearing a deal with free agent infielder Chris Nelson. I’d suspect that it would be a Minor League contract with an invite to big league camp. Nelson, who has played mostly second base and third base in his parts of a four-season big league career, is a former first-round Draft pick of the Rockies in 2004 (ninth overall) and played for the Yankees and Angels last season. His first career stolen base came in a heartbreaker for the Reds. On Sept. 9, 2010, at Coors Field, Nelson stole home for the Rockies’ winning run against Nick Masset. If and when Nelson signs, I will have more information.

*Reds pitcher Homer Bailey talked about his contract situation on Sunday. Click here for the story.

*In NL Central news, the Brewers improved their rotation by signing Matt Garza to a four-year contract.

*Did you know that former Red Adam Dunn played a part in the film, “Dallas Buyers Club” ? I have yet to see the movie but it’s on my list. White Sox reporter Scott Merkin has a notebook item on Dunn.

*And over on Jamie Ramsey’s blog, he is correct by saying this is the most bizarre video you will see today.


I like the depth guys the Reds are adding. Nelson/Schumaker are multi-position guys with some success in their history. It still feels difficult to believe that we will be a better team than last season after losing Choo and Arroyo. BHam should help defense immediately and maybe we’re underrating that. The bench is stronger so maybe Reds hope that, plus a new regime in Price, will be enough to go to the next level. Maybe BPhillips plays better with a healed wrist. But I don’t see Frazier and Cozart becoming better overall hitters and it’s a ? as to whether Ludwick can get his swing back to 2012 standards. Just lots of questions. do you think they could still trade Homer if he declines an extension ?

Dunn a movie star? What next?

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