Boesch signed, Minor League deal

The Reds have signed veteran outfielder Brennan Boesch to a Minor League contract and invited him to big league camp at Spring Training. According to transactions, this signing was completed on Nov. 21.

Boesch, 29, is a career .256/.309/.412 hitter over five seasons for the Tigers, Yankees and Angels. His best year was with Detroit in 2011 when he batted .283/.341/.458 with 16 homers and 54 RBIs. A lefty hitter, he has struggled at the big league level the past three seasons.

Last season was spent mostly in the Minors. Boesch hit .332/.381/.636 with 25 homers and 85 RBIs in 95 games for the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate in 2014.

Incidentally, Boesch and another recent Reds signing, infielder Josh Satin, both attended Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles.


I sure hope they are aiming higher than that for a Left Fielder with a bat !

Reds Notes: Promotions, Free Agents, Frazier, Leake

By Steve Adams [November 26, 2014 at 2:07pm CST]

Earlier this month, the Reds made their front office addition of Kevin Towers official, but that’s far from the only change they made. As’s Mark Sheldon reports, the Reds have also promoted VP of baseball operations Dick Williams to VP/assistant general manager, giving him a larger role in the club’s decision-making process. Presumably, he’ll assume some of the responsibilities of well-regarded veteran AGM Bob Miller, who is now with the Nationals. Promoted to senior director positions were Nick Krall (baseball operations) and Sam Grossman (analytics). As for Towers’ official title, he will be a special assistant to GM Walt Jocketty, as will fellow new hire Jeff Schugel, who worked with Atlanta in a similar capacity last year.

Here are some more Reds notes…
•In a second column, Sheldon examines some free agent outfield options that are on the Reds’ radar or at least should be, in his eyes. Sheldon lists Nori Aoki, Mike Morse, Torii Hunter, Colby Rasmus, Alex Rios and Chris Denorfia as potential fits, though he notes that sources have indicated to him there’s been no contact with Hunter or Denorfia to this point. Interest in Aoki and Morse has been confirmed by Jocketty, but it’s unclear whether the Reds have touched base with Rasmus or Rios.
•John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer looks at how the Mariners’ reported extension of Kyle Seager has increased the price of a potential extension for Todd Frazier. Both third basemen are arbitration-eligible for the first time (or Seager was, prior to his extension, at least). Frazier is a year older than Seager but the two posted very similar batting lines in 2014, have good defensive marks and are comparable in terms of WAR. I’d think Frazier’s case is a bit weaker due to a less consistent offensive track record and the age difference, but the two are certainly comparable. Seager’s extension is said to be worth $100MM over seven seasons.
•In this week’s edition of the MLBTR Podcast, site owner Tim Dierkes chatted with host Jeff Todd about speculation surrounding the Reds and Red Sox as trade partners. The Reds could theoretically benefit from Cespedes’ bat and have comparably priced pitchers to trade, leading some to wonder about a potential deal with Cespedes and Mat Latos. However, Tim posits that Mike Leake could be a safer option for the Red Sox as a centerpiece in a Cespedes trade, given his clean injury history. Leake’s taken a step forward over the past two seasons, pitching to a combined 3.54 ERA in 406 2/3 innings in Cincinnati’s very hitter-friendly stadium. Latos made just 16 starts and lost nearly two mph off his fastball. Tim and I have discussed this scenario as well. We both agree that Leake, who would hit the market at the young age of 28 next offseason, could net his 2015 club a draft pick assuming he isn’t traded midseason and is capable of turning in something in the vicinity of the 104 ERA+ he’s notched over the past two seasons.

Great info , they will have to pay Frazier no doubt , pull the trigger on Cespedes for Leake or Latos and or Simon !

Surprised there has been no contact with Hunter yet.

Happy Thanksgiving to all those that celebrate. Special thanks to Mark for all you do
for us and the Reds. Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy your time off; you deserve it. Neb

Just so we know, whether it will ever be relevant…
Bruce has an eight-team no-trade clause that would come into play were he shopped.
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of, Bruce can block deals to the Athletics, Blue Jays, D’backs, Marlins, Rays, Red Sox, Twins, and Yankees. That mix of small and large-market teams presumably shields Bruce from destinations he may prefer not to play in while affording him leverage if a big-spending AL East club were to come calling.

Neb. You have more information than Mark . The signing of Boesch is what the Reds do . They sign has beens and maybe will bes hoping to find lightening in a bottle . Sometimes it works , sometimes it doesn’t .

Most of the time it doesn’t.

Don’t kid yourself; Mark is a beat writer for the Reds, 24/7. I am a semi-retired
guy that floats like butterfly around the entire web, and have been doing it since
the early 90’s. It’s easy to gather what is already there; far, far harder to follow
a team in person, schedule interviews, conduct them and then write about them
in detail.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone !!!!!

Neb. I understand . I really enjoy and appreciate all the information you provide us . I don’t have the patience to look all that stuff up . Thank you . And you’re right . Mark does a great job .

We couldn’t be in on Thomas for what the d- backs paid? Kind of a shame for a young power hitter

Neb, I too appreciate the info. I want to be a butterfly checking out the web. I am retired but the sole caregiver to my wife and just can’t take the time. Thanks again.

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Todd Frazier enters his first year of arbitration this winter coming off a career year. In 660 PA, Frazier hit .273, stole 20 bases, smashed 29 home runs and collected 80 RBIs. The Reds’ third baseman has some solid pre-platform year numbers as well, having already accumulated 44 home runs and 155 RBIs before 2014, as well as 10 steals and a .249 average in 1186 PA. Several players have entered arbitration with similar numbers in recent years, but Frazier has somewhat of a leg up on many of them. As a result, my arbitration model projects him to get $4.6MM this winter. While I think that is more likely to be high than low, I do not think he is likely to miss this mark by much.

Rumor from ESPN…
The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly have inquired about Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. As Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun writes, “currently, the Jays are ready to open with a platoon of Andy Dirks and Kevin Pillar in left to replace free agent Melky Cabrera,” which could go long way towards explaining the interest.

Elliott says the Reds are looking to get “inexpensive major-league ready players” in any potential deal for Bruce, and he suggests that it might take lefty Sean Nolin and at least one other player for any agreement to be reached between the teams. The Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland Athletics are also both believed to have shown interest in acquiring Nolin from Toronto.’s Buster Olney says there are two problems with the Reds possibly dealing Bruce: “They already have a lineup hole in left field, and so adding another in right seems unlikely, particularly for an organization that generally moves deliberately. It’s going to be more simple for Cincinnati to get payroll relief by finding landing spots for one or two of their starting pitchers who are eligible for free agency after this season.”

And secondly, Olney adds, Bruce is “coming off the worst season of his career, and naturally, teams will be less inclined to make aggressive offers. If the Reds wait, then Bruce could bounce back from his knee surgery and have a good season, helping the Reds win while rebuilding his trade value.”

Agree with Onley. Trading Bruce just doesn’t make any sense right now.

Wow they grabbed Donaldson. Interesting trade. The athletics are always pulling something like this off. They have such an interesting organization.

A .256 BA makes him a stud on this team.

Week In Review: 11/22/14 – 11/28/14

By Charlie Wilmoth [November 29, 2014)

Here’s a look back at this week at MLBTR.

Key Moves
•The Blue Jays acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Athletics for infielder Brett Lawrie, pitchers Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman, and shortstop Franklin Barreto.
•The Diamondbacks agreed to terms with Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas on a six-year deal.
•The Red Sox signed Hanley Ramirez to a four-year deal with a vesting option and third baseman Pablo Sandoval to a five-year deal.
•The Mariners agreed to terms with third baseman Kyle Seager on a seven-year extension.

Signed / Agreed To Terms

•Royals – re-signed P Jason Frasor to a one-year deal with a mutual option
•Rays – signed P Ernesto Frieri to a one-year deal
•Orioles – signed INF Rey Navarro to a big-league deal

•Marlins – acquired P Aaron Crow from Royals for P Brian Flynn and P Reid Redman
•Royals – acquired INF Ryan Jackson from Dodgers for cash considerations
•Dodgers – acquired P Juan Nicasio from the Rockies for a PTBNL or cash. The Dodgers also acquired P Mike Bolsinger from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations
•Orioles – acquired P Scott Barnes from Indians for cash considerations
•Athletics – acquired INF Ike Davis from Pirates for international bonus spending rights
•Indians – acquired P Charles Brewer from Diamondbacks for cash considerations

•OF Josh Willingham (link)

Designated For Assignment
•Athletics – P Josh Lindblom, 1B/OF Kyle Blanks (link), OF Andrew Brown (link)
•Rays – UT Sean Rodriguez (link)
•Red Sox – INF Juan Francisco (link), C Ryan Lavarnway (link)
•White Sox – P Scott Carroll (link)
•Dodgers – P Jarret Martin (link)

•White Sox – P Ronald Belisario (became a free agent – link)
•Braves – UT Ramiro Pena (link)
•Padres – P Blaine Boyer (became a free agent – link)
•Twins – P Anthony Swarzak (became a free agent – link)
•Giants – P Juan Gutierrez (became a free agent – link)
•Tigers – OF Ezequiel Carrera (became a free agent – link)
•Rays – P Michael Kohn (link)
•Angels – C Jackson Williams, OF Alfredo Marte (link). P Michael Roth was also outrighted and became a free agent
•Padres – OF Yeison Asencio (link)

•Rays – C Jose Molina, INF Cole Figueroa (link)
•Pirates – C Ramon Cabrera (link)

Meanwhile the Reds sign a has been and a never will be . Always a day late and a dollar short.

Yep Walt will introduce his new 3rd base coach and his 2 minor league signings and tell us he feels good about his team. GRRRRRRRRRRRRR. He is making me as a fan just wanting to save my money and buy a All-Star game ticket since really wanting to get to the next level is NOT important to the Reds ownership. Just making a lot of money from the All-Star game is their #1 focus this off season. They can finish last and they will blame injuries again for being below .500!!!!! And act like Reds fans are dumb and can’t see the obvious needs of this team.

I really don’t think Jocketty knows how to get the job done . He can’t adapt to the modern way of doing things . He still conducts business the way he did in St. Louis . Now you have another good ole boy in Kevin Towers to impede the process .

Definitely a good old boy fraternity. They can sit around and stroke one another about the successes of the days gone by.

From MLB Trade Rumors (November 30th):
•If the Red Sox sign Jon Lester, Cafardo can see them moving Yoenis Cespedes for a No. 2 or No. 3 starter such as Reds hurlers Mat Latos or Mike Leake. The Reds would have a need for Cespedes’s bat, but they would also probably have a need for shortstop Deven Marrero. Meanwhile, Johnny Cueto would cost Cespedes and maybe two top prospects, but it would be tempting for Boston.
•Last night we learned that Torii Hunter is considering the Rangers, Orioles, Mariners, and, to a lesser extent, the Twins. Today, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) adds the Royals to that mix and says others are in on the veteran.

Deven Marrero is of interest? Actually, it’s shouldn’t be a surprise when you notice that Marerro was a 17th round selection of the Reds during the 2009 draft. Marrero elected to attend Arizona State University and parlayed his college experience into being the 24th overall pick in 2012 when the Red Sox selected him.
It was mentioned earlier today that the Reds are looking to improve their offense, but not so sure how much of an upgrade offensively Marrero would be over Zack Cozart. Marrero’s minor league numbers are okay (.258/.338/.352, 10 HR, 109 RBI, 67-for-83 in SB), but nothing that would scream that this is a deal that must get done. Well, that is unless you’re one that wants Cespedes. And if you do, he’d most likely don a Reds uni for only one season.

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