Links ahead of the white death

Yet another snow storm (aka “The White Death”) is approaching Greater Cincinnati. That means more school closings, messy roads, cabin fever and plenty of TV news live shots from salt piles and icy highways. The playbook hasn’t changed much since I worked at a TV news assignment desk. Every snow storm, we sent reporters to the salt pile, highways and groceries for “stocking up on supplies.” Thankfully, those days are behind me.

In a few days, winter will be behind me as well. I just returned from GABP where clubhouse manager Rick Stowe had the team’s equipment truck loaded for Goodyear, Ariz. The truck leaves Thursday and it will take three days to reach its destination. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 14 and I will be there. Click here for my story on the truck load on Reds.com/MLB.com.

*Because of tonight’s expected snow storm, the Reds announced that the Hot Stove show will be held in-studio instead of at the Holy Grail on the Banks.

*Evening baseball and softball clinics at the Reds Urban Youth Academy are canceled because of the approaching weather.

*Everybody stay safe if you have to go out tonight or Wednesday.

Some links:

*Anthony Castrovince ranked MLB’s top 10 rotations. The Reds made the cut, as they should have.

*You may remember reliever Nick Masset, who had the misfortune of shoulder injuries keep him out for the past two seasons. This week, Masset signed a Minor League deal with the Rockies. Hopefully he can get his career back on track.

*MLB.com Angels beat writer Alden Gonzalez is doing an overview of all six divisions in baseball on his blog. That included his look at the NL Central.

*Over on Fangraphs.com, Dave Cameron takes a look at the free agent class of starting pitchers for next winter. That group, of course, includes Homer Bailey.

*On The Hardball Times, a really good accounting about what the life of a baseball beat writer can be like. Trent Rosecrans from the Enquirer was one of the writers who participated in the well-written piece. I can relate to much of it — both the good and bad. Even as I enter season No. 14 as a beat writer (No. 9 covering the Reds), I am very grateful to have this job and still very much enjoy it.

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HERE’S HOPING WE HAVE YOU FOR NINE MORE—INCLUDING THE
BIG ONE———–WE MAY NEED–. SOME REAL HELP THIS YEAR
FOUR OR FIVE GUYS HAVE A CAREER YEAR WE’LL BE JUST FINE.
LESS K’S —HEALTHY PICTURES—-SOME SPEED -TIMELY HITTING–
HELL WE COULD WIN IT ALL-

Snow-news stories: Google ‘horse man Baltimore news’ for a video of a newswoman who missed a story right behind her while doing her usual snow standup. Worth checking out. I always laugh when local news has to send a truck out to a fire. Yep, the house is on fire – never seen that before. I think that’s why I like Brandon Phillips – he gives you plays you’ve never seen before. That’s a treat in any aspect of life. Cannot wait for spring training! I wouldn’t care if they were bringing back the ’84 team. Time for baseball and time for spring!

2013 season against NL Central (W-L):
St. Louis – 8-11
Pittsburgh – 8-11
Milwaukee – 10-9
Chicago – 14-5
Thanks to the Cubs, we went 40-36 for a .526 win percentage;
good for a one-game playoff for the WC.
And this record was with superb SP and a superb BP; including
Bronson and Choo.
With the team we will be fielding this coming season, can we
improve on these numbers?

In Dave Cameron’s story, he suggests Homer will get between 4y/$70M and 5y/$90M. Do you think those numbers are accurate, and if so, do you think the Reds will be the ones to pay it? I’d like to keep Bailey, but I must say, 17 to 18M per year is a little more than I was expecting the Reds to have to spend on him.

I don’t know how it will shake out, but that seems to be in the right area code for Bailey. It’s going to be expensive… even more so next winter if he signs another one-year deal and has a season like his previous two.

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