On hiatus…

I will be taking some time off for vacation and won’t be back until the June 23 for the road trip to Pittsbugh and New York.

As always, go to Reds.com and MLB.com for all of the latest news game reports and information.

It will be interesting to see where things are with the Reds when I return.

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Mark: LooK for a power hitter during your well deserved time off…..Good Luck and be safe…

seriously. All we do is hit home runs. We need someone to get on base. We need guys that dont strike out. I care nothing about home runs. We have Votto, Frazier, an Bruce who are all power hitters along with Mez when he returns. I think we are ok for the moment.

Agree. We seem to live or die by the HR. Hitting a bunch of them this year and still 11.5 games out. Need to develop the attitude of get em on, get em over, and get em in. That would be much more exciting to watch.

BIGblu: I have to agree with you….per ESPN stats: Out of 15 NL teams:
Reds are as follows: 14/15 in number of at bats; 13/15 in number of Hits; 9/15 for OBP; AND 8/15 for RBI’s . #2 IN TEAM HOME RUNS AND #5 IN TOTAL BASES!…

We need hitters I will conceded on that… Runs do win the games….cant score or drive in runs without guys on base!

Ok Neb, time to come back. Can’t have both you and Mark gone at the same time. I’ll go into withdrawl symptons.

Game 59 lineup:
Dejesus – 2b
Votto – 1b
Frazier – 3b
Bruce – RF
Pena
Domingues – LF
Suarez – SS
Lorenson – P
Negron – CF

I say it won’t be pretty by the time you come back. Cardinals loose their Ace, Starting firstbaseman and leftfielder and don’t skip a beat and still win. Reds loose a few players and are done. Sucks losing Cozart. But looking like the window will FINALLY close and I doubt they do nothing but make the injury excuse. You won’t see the Cardinals do that. They go get help. Walt won’t ever get help just like 2012 and 2013. He would rather play shorthanded than go get help. I hate to think 1990 is the last World Series I will ever have seen a World Championship in Cincinnati. And my kids have yet to experience what that feels like. Just sucks thinking this team will go backwards just like 1983.😦

Injuries are not an excuse they are a reality.

Agree. In a few days time Reds lost Hamilton and Phillips for a few games and Cozart for the season. One game is too soon to say Reds are done. The Cubs bullpen was spectacular; 6 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 BB.
I didn’t agree with leaving Adcock in the game after the Cubs loaded the bases, but no harm done.
Don’t understand Cozart on 15 day DL instead of 60 day. Gotta be a reason.

injuries are a reality but the Reds are the only ones who will blame bad season after bad season and use them as a crutch .

Game 60 Lineup:
Schumaker, LF
DeJesus, 2B
Votto, !B (I don’t like Votto out of #2)
Frazier, 3B
Bruce, RF
Pena, C
Suarez, SS
Cueto, P
Hamilton, CF

Why is Votto moving again? Why does he continue to do that? Ok so Cueto is going to last a while so the Hamilton batting 9th makes no sense here because there wont be a pitch hitter. Blahhhh this is where Price makes no sense.

SO we are saying we want Schumaker and DeJesus getting more ab’s than Votto and Frazier our two best hitters????? I am confused.

Need Skip and his .225 to get more ABs than Hamilton and his .222 as well as Votto and Frazier. You’re confused, I’m baffled. I’m sure we’ll get straightened out though.

No, we are saying we want them on base when our power hitters hit homers.

@HoosierVirg. So, in spite of the fact, supported by statistics, that Votto hits a lot moe HRs, drives in a lot more runs, and hits for a higher average in the first 60 games in the #2 hole and not in the #3 hole, you have no problem with Price’s decision in this matter.

Yes most managers put their “table setters” ahead of their sluggers. Not unique to Price. As I have said before IMHO there are many more important problems than Price’s managing. John Fay just wrote article on that today.

Big win by Reds in 10. Big saves by Chapman…AND Bruce.

…and great snag by Schumaker…

Bruce was the game saver. No 10th inning without his catch. Thought Price made a bad decision not bringing in Chapman in the 9th after Hoover got in trouble, but he dodged the bullet thanks to Bruce’s catch.

I was happy to see Price use Chapman in that situation . I’ve said for a long time that best bullpen pitcher should be used when the game is on the line , not hope it gets to the last .

The window closed on the Reds last year. This year should have been a rebuild effort from the time we were out of contention last year. This is why Joketty scores low points when it comes to GM review.

Sorry TOW. I got that backwards . My bad .

No problem.

Game 61:
Shumaker, LF
Suarez, SS
Votto, 1B
Frazier, 3B
Bruce, RF
Negron, 2B
Barnhart, C
Leake, P
Hamilton, CF

Todd Frazier stats:
#3 hole 11HR, 28RBI, .310/.365/.634/.999
#4 hole 7HR, 11RBI, .258/.346/.562/.908

Joey Votto stats:
#2 hole 12HR, 29RBI, .336/.460/.720/1.081
#3 hole 1HR, 6RBI, .240/.311/.323/.634

Game 62:
Phillips, 2B
Votto, 1B
Frazier, 3B
Bruce, RF
Pena, C
Suarez, SS
Negron, LF
Desclafani, P
Hamilton, CF

Isn’t DeJesus hot?Time to cool the guy down?

Not important. ‘Anyone should hit in any spot of the lineup and on any given day’, ‘Hot batters should be able to take a few days off and return hot’ – Price.

Read that this morning, PDoc did his usually great job in doing that story.

Yeah – great job.

The beat goes on:
1/12 RISP
9 LOB
Bases loaded 0 outs = 0 runs
2 on, 0 outs = 0 runs
Chapman well rested from non use in last 2 games.

REDS GM–make moves to help team now. REDS need hitters in the worst way. REDS have 2 very valuable pitchers that other teams want and should bring a lot in return. But make the trade NOW, not later. There are a few outfielders in the minors that could help, if given a chance. Bring them up to play, not sit. PLUS trade the 2
pitchers as REDS have already stated they couldn’t sign them, so why let them walk without getting something in return. And the relief pitching from the 6th inning on is
awful. So a big shakeup is due there. Do something now Mr. GM to help the team..
Each game the REDS play they fall further behind in the standings. So please do some things to improve the team NOW, there is no time left to keep putting it off. Do
trades, call ups NOW to help the team. Right now they are not contenders. I have followed the REDS now for over 60 years, this team has no spirit, no get and go they
need some new faces NOW!

In my opinion – even what we have, has not been utilized. Why not use DeJesus some last nite? Suarez a big blank last nite. What’s the stat on one run games this year – atrocious no doubt!

The Cubs lead the NL in one R games.
Cards – 12-10
Pirates – 10-11
Cubs – 17-11
Reds – 9-12
Brewers – 7-7

Last night, when Billy Hamilton stole third the second time, I decided that if I rubbed a magic lamp and the genie gave me three wishes, I’d use one to give Billy a .385 on base average. (The other two had to do with Kate Upton and whipped cream but they’re private). Then I wondered what you guys might do for the Reds with one of your wishes. To keep things positive, your genie has a rule – he can’t kill or injure or fire anyone.

Re-enact ‘Groundhog Day’. Price will play the role of Bill Murray and the alarm and Sonny and Cher song will continue. (Sophia Vergara and whatever is left over in your can of whip cream…)

Unlike Bill Murray, Price will never figure it out and it would go on ad infinitum.

Hamilton is losing one full AB when hitting 9th. When he gets on base he makes pitchers whine and catchers cry. He causes complete and utter chaos with all the IF.
What is truly amazing…he is getting smarter and better when attempting a SB.

BTW…I detest this stat…CS. Hamilton has been “CS” on 4 occasions. The reality is that they throw in ‘picked off lst base’ with CS. Of the 4 times he was CS; 2 of them were due to him being picked off lst base. Seems to me there is a difference between CS and picked off; in one case, CS is due largely to the C talent. In the two times Hamilton was picked off lst base, the C had nothing to do with the play,
save a possible sign. Also, CS implies that he was in fact, caught stealing or the C threw him out at 2nd base attempting to steal. However, being picked off typically results in a run-down or out by inches of lst base. In any event, I will keep the stat separate for my own amusement.

Cubs on Hamilton…
“I am certain he’s going to do that again,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Hamilton’s quintet. “He’s an extremely unique talent when it comes to speed. He should play in the NFL in the offseason.”
Obviously, the key to stopping Hamilton is to keep him off the basepaths.
“It doesn’t matter how quick you are to home plate, it doesn’t matter how many times you throw to first, he flat-out out-runs a baseball,” Lester said. “There’ s nothing you can do about that. You can’t defend it, you just hope he either doesn’t get a great jump or slips or something, and the catcher throws the ball right at the bag and he slides into the glove.
“A guy like that, you just worry about the hitters and not give up base hits to those guys,” Lester said. “He’s going to run around the bases. It is what it is.”

From MLB Trades…June 14th…
Despite the Reds‘ struggles, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer doesn’t think manager Bryan Price’s job is in jeopardy. “It would be hard and foolish to fire Bryan Price given all the injuries” the Reds have had to deal with, Fay writes.
Most scouts feel that the Reds wouldn’t trade Aroldis Chapman “if push came to shove” and they became deadline sellers, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports. There hasn’t been any indication that the Reds are willing to deal Chapman, though his name has at least been floated in talks with the Nationals.
Also from Cafardo, some scouts following the Reds have mentioned Brandon Phillips, but while he’s having a good season, Cafardo feels the second baseman’s large contract is still a deterrent to a trade.

More from MLB Trades…June 14th…
The Yankees had a scout watching Johnny Cueto‘s last start, and George A. King III of the New York Post reports that same scout (Jeff Datz) also saw Mike Leake pitch the next day for the Reds. King adds that Cincinnati has also been scouting the Yankees’ farm system, and he speculates that prospects like Mason Williams, Ramon Flores and Bryan Mitchell could interest the Reds as part of a package for one of the two starting pitchers. The Reds are sure to ask about top prospects Luis Severino and Aaron Judge, though King doubts the Yankees would move either for Cueto or Leake since both hurlers are free agents this winter.

Giants Scouting Reds’ Mike Leake
By Zach Links [June 14, 2015 at 2:25pm CDT]
Over the weekend, we learned that Giants executives Brian Sabean and Lee Elder were on hand at Wrigley to watch the Reds take on the Cubs, ostensibly to take a closer look at Reds starter Johnny Cueto. It turns out that they stayed in Chicago on Saturday night too in order to scout fellow Reds starter Mike Leake, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links).

The Giants saw Leake give up five hits and three earned runs with one strikeout over the course of five innings. It wasn’t Leake’s best start of the season, but the right-hander has been pretty decent on the whole, pitching to a 4.35 ERA with 5.2 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 13 starts this season. The 27-year-old had even stronger numbers prior to this year. From 2010 to 2014, Leake posted a 3.92 ERA with 6.2 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9.

The Reds are staring at a sizable 12.5 game gap between them and the first place Cardinals, leading many to speculate that they will be sellers in July. Cueto and even Aroldis Chapman have been mentioned in trade rumors, but Leake could also make sense for a contending team such as the Giants.

One AL scout recently told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that Leake should be able to “pitch in either league with no problem.” That same scout speculated that there could be more bites on Leake than any other hurler at the deadline, but that remains to be seen. Leake is earning $9.775MM this year and will be eligible for free agency after the season, making him a possibility for a short-term rental or more. The Reds did not try to sign Leake to an extension this offseason and that reportedly did not sit well with the pitcher.

The Pirates and the Cubs are currently #1 and #2 for the WC; Reds are 6.5 games back of them. The Pirates are playing lights-out baseball, having gone 17-5 over the last 22 games. The Cubs are 9-5 over the last 14. The Cards are out of sight and not even worthy of a discussion, having the best record in all of MLB at 41-21 (.661), followed by the Dodgers at 37-26 (.587). In summary, we have spit the bit and will not make the playoffs, save a complete collapse of either WC team. Therefore, anything we do in the office will be for next season and beyond; this season is toast. This means that trades will be coming and only the All-Star game could prevent any major transactions until then. I personally would start the re-facing of the Reds team as value deals are achievable and agreed upon; but then again, I am not Castellini.

“…we have spit the bit and will not make the playoffs, save a complete collapse of either WC team.” What the heck am I saying. I should have said, if we want any chance of entering the WC discussion, the first thing that must happen is that the two run-away teams need to start losing. Of course there is another part to that equation that need take place…we need to start winning!?* End of discussion…

First of all, welcome back. So much commented on. Don’t have time now, but will get back on later. The one thing I’ve gotten from articles about the Reds is that Castellini appears to not be willing to do anything right now. We’ll see.

Padres fire manager Bud Black…
They were looking great through 15 games, too, sitting 10-5. Since then, the club has sputtered and currently sits 32-33, losers of four of their last six.
Black, 57, was in his ninth season as Padres’ skipper. He was the 2010 NL Manager of the Year, when his club won 90 games and missed the playoffs by a game. He took over a team that made the playoffs two consecutive seasons and hasn’t made it once. His tenure ends with a 649-713 record.

So Boesch can’t hit AND can’t field? Jeez…Can I play?

Yeah – and still not playing DeJesus…Man hard to watch anymore of these injuries. Poor Moscot.

I am not sure why Moscot attempted to single-handed, run down a player between 2nd and 3rd, when both Phillips and Suarez were standing between the runner and 2nd base. This judgement resulted in Moscot being hurt; another fundamental play that was not handled fundamentally… and I’d bet buttons to bulldozers that Moscot would be the first to admit his brain-fog. Yet, they practice this routine run down play 1000x before they ever reach the bigs. I am really sick and tired of watching this team violate nearly every conceivable basic fundamental aspect of baseball; I lay it at the feet of the current management and it permeates the entire franchise from A ball to the Reds, from batting to running the bases to the BP. Unfortunately, this team reminds me of the saying…’the inmates are running the asylum’, and it’s getting very hard to watch the Reds fundamentally fail every other night.

Cingrani…
The Reds placed left-hander Tony Cingrani on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder, the club announced Monday afternoon.

Appears to be another injury prone player. If and when he comes back, for how long until the next time. And how many times do you go through it. I don’t see any alternatives but a complete overhaul of the BP, because the overall talent is not there.
On a side note, I thought, once again, Price let his RP(this time Adcock) hang himself in the 6th by not being ready to make a change.

With the way the Reds were batting, a game like this is critical to keep ‘close’. I also wondered about Price and allowing Adcock to go it alone. To me, based on the way the game was unfolding through the 6th, the Reds could ill afford to give up any more R.,,but they did.

Yeah – agree re fundamentals. That was one of the things that was cool in the Rose interview. Showed how the father instilled the fundamentals. Not like it is now.

Only one other thing shocks me more than the Reds lack of fundamental baseball is when I see a team play error free (mind, body and glove) fundamental baseball.
You really gotta wonder what’s going through Castellini’s mind.

I wish they could just start trading and put us and the team out of its misery. It aint happening this year. Lets see what we can get and build to next year. The longer they wait the less they will know about these incoming prospects from trades. I loved Vottos bunt on the shift. Now if Bruce would just do it. I mean the dude cant hit right now and needs anything to get on base. Why cant we teach Hamilton to hit the ball on the ground every time?

By Ken Rosenthal:

It’s bad enough that the Reds never extracted full value out of Aroldis Chapman by using him as a reliever and not a starter. Now they aren’t even extracting full value out of Chapman as a reliever.
Consider the Reds’ weekend series at Wrigley Field, in which the Cubs won the final two games on walk-off hits, the second in 11 innings.
Chapman did not pitch in either game.
The Reds’ Bryan Price is not the only manager who avoids using his closer in tie games on the road, but he has yet to ask Chapman for more than three outs this season (Chapman had five such outings last season).
On Sunday night, Price had to know that the Cubs’ bullpen was tired. Chapman warmed up several times, presumably for a save situation. But Price had a perfect opportunity to use him in the 11th after Chris Coghlan’s one-out double, and did not take it.
The Reds could have walked Starlin Castro, who followed with the game-winning hit, and then inserted Chapman to face two left-handed hitters, Mike Baxter and Miguel Montero. The Cubs already were down to right-hander Brian Schlitter, whom they had just recalled from Triple-A. The longer the game went, the better the Reds’ chances would have been.
Still, this is not simply about Price; in fact, I agree with the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay, who wrote over the weekend that it would be pointless to fire Price given all of the Reds’ injuries. This is about the Reds’ handling of Chapman over the years, and how they have not taken full advantage of such a valuable asset.
FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reported over the weekend that the Nationals have had preliminary trade discussions about Chapman with the Reds. But as I said in my Full Count video, Reds owner Bob Castellini still is not willing to concede and authorize the trades of Chapman, Johnny Cueto and others.
Castellini needs to relent, particularly with Chapman. If the Reds aren’t going to deploy the game’s most dangerous bullpen weapon properly, they should just trade him.

Last nights announcers were saying Holmberg could be brought up easily because he’s on the 40 man roster. I looked at the 40 man roster and noticed we have 3 players on the 15 day DL that in my mind shouldn’t be. Moving them to 60 day DL would free up 3 more slots to add players so they could also be moved easily.
Byrd – does anyone believe he will be back from a fractured wrist before August 2.
Cozart – out for year.
Mesaraco – good article by C. Trent with a quote from Delino DeShields:
“”He’s not going to be the player they want him to be with a bad hip,” DeShields told the Courier-Journal Sunday. “I don’t care where you put him. … The main thing for him, right now, is to get healthy. It’s obvious, to me, that he’s injured, and he’s not going to get better. It was even hurting him on his swings the other night in Columbus. I just want to see him get healthy, if it’s surgery or whatever it is.”

My point is move him to 60 day DL and force his hand to get surgery now and be able to be FULLY ready for 2016. Quit playing around like something magical is going to happen with him.

Am I missing something?

Donovan Hand. Well not exactly what I was expecting here…

FBI investigating Cardinals for allegedly hacking into Astros files
By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
June 16, 2015 11:24 am ET
The St. Louis Cardinals organization is under investigation by the FBI and Justice Department for allegedly hacking into the internal network of the Houston Astros, as noted in a lengthy report in the New York Times. The investigation has been confirmed by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, via nytimes.com:

Major League Baseball “has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database,” a spokesman for baseball’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, said in a written statement.
The Cardinals also released their own statement:

The St. Louis Cardinals are aware of the investigation into the security breach of the Houston Astros’ database. The team has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so. Given that this is an ongoing federal investigation, it is not appropriate for us to comment further.
No Cardinals officials involved have been punished to this point, as MLB waits for the government investigation to come to fruition.

Why the Astros? Again, the nytimes.com story has offered up a reason:

Law enforcement officials believe the hacking was executed by vengeful front-office employees for the Cardinals hoping to wreak havoc on the work of Jeff Luhnow, the Astros’ general manager who had been a successful and polarizing executive with the Cardinals until 2011.
One might recall that internal discussions about a possible trade by the Astros were leaked in the past, though we can’t be sure the matters are related. This is, however, why the Astros contacted the FBI, per the Times report. When the investigation began, it was found that the data breach came from a house connected to at least one Cardinals employee. This is when the investigation started to focus on the Cardinals front office.

The Astros released their own statement as well:

The Houston Astros are actively cooperating with an ongoing federal investigation. We cannot comment on this matter.
Jeff Lunhow worked for the Cardinals in their scouting department from 2003 to 2011. He was hired as the Astros general manager in December of 2011.

What about Jocketty? “…who had been a successful and polarizing executive with the Cardinals…”.
Oh, nevermind.

This is disappointing. While I hate the Cardinals as Red’s competition, I have a lot of respect for their organization.

…and baseball in general. Reminds me of the Pat’s stories; I feel the same way there as well. I have a tremendous amount of disdain for cheaters/cheating.

Not sure I even believe the story…

Latest On Investigation Into Astros Computer Breach
By Jeff Todd [June 16, 2015 at 11:09pm CDT]
11:09pm: Apart from whatever criminal charges could arise, the league’s punishment of the Cardinals (if any) will depend upon “how high knowledge of [the] breach reached,” according to Passan (links to Twitter).

If the investigation reveals only a single “rogue employee,” there may not be any significant repercussions for the organization, says Passan. But severe penalties could result if top officials are shown to have acted improperly. The timeline of league action will be slowed by the fact that the FBI investigation remains private, Passan adds.

10:50pm: The FBI investigation into the breach of the Astros’ computer systems is in its final stages, according to the Houston Chronicle’s David Barron and Evan Drellich. A source tells the Chronicle that “the suspects [have] been narrowed to a group of four to five individuals within the Cardinals organization.”

Per the report, in addition to the 2013 breach discussed in the New York Times piece that broke the story of the investigation, impermissible access to the system also occurred in March of last year. That would seem to coincide with a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports indicating that the computer which gained entry to the Astros’ systems had been traced to a house in Jupiter, Florida — the Spring Training home of the Cardinals — which was occupied by multiple St. Louis employees. (Notably, also, the information released publicly appears to line up with the timing reported by the Chronicle.)

The Cardinals have conducted internal interviews with their personnel regarding the matter, Drellich adds on Twitter. St. Louis released a statement earlier today indicating that the club “has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so.”

As things stand, it remains unreported precisely which Cardinals personnel are suspected of involvement with the actual computer breach — let alone what involvement organizational higher-ups may have had in the infraction, the public disclosure of information, and/or events subsequent. Needless to say, regardless of who is ultimately deemed to have committed the breaches, those questions will remain a source of intense interest going forward.

Fox Sports
Nathaniel Grow
In the aftermath of yesterday’s shocking news that the FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly illegally accessing the Houston Astros’ computer network without authorization, many fans have begun to speculate as to what sort of penalty the Cardinals might face from Major League Baseball. MLB has already suggested that some form of punishment is forthcoming, issuing the following statement yesterday in response to the New York Times’ initial report:

Major League Baseball has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database. Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly.

In particular, as others have noted, MLB’s reference to the incident as an “illegal breach” – as opposed to an “alleged” illegal breach – is especially noteworthy. MLB isn’t denying that employees of one of its teams may have illegally accessed the Astros’ computer network, nor is the league holding off judgment on the veracity of the reports until the federal investigation is complete. Instead, the league office is explicitly acknowledging that an illegal breach has occurred.

So the Cardinals are almost certainly facing some form of MLB-imposed punishment on top of any potential criminal charges the government may pursue. The question now is just what type of punishment MLB and Commissioner Manfred will seek to impose.

Given the unprecedented nature of the incident, initial speculation has ranged anywhere from a steep fine or the loss of draft picks to a potential postseason ban for the Cardinals. However, while Commissioner Manfred certainly has broad authority to govern the sport under his “best interests of baseball” powers, his authority – asNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has learned in recent years – is not absolute. Instead, MLB’s league constitution and collective bargaining agreement both impose some real constraints on the commissioner’s ability to punish the Cardinals.

Postseason Ban

One suggestion in the aftermath of the hacking scandal has been that MLB should ban the Cardinals from the playoffs for one or more years. It appears unlikely that Commissioner Manfred would have the authority to institute such a penalty, however. Not only is such a power not assigned to the office of the commissioner under the MLB Constitution, but it would also run contrary to the terms of MLB’s CBA.

Specifically, Article V, Section A of the CBA states:

Following completion of each championship season, ten Clubs shall qualify for Post-Season play: the three Division Champions in each League and the two other Clubs in each League with the highest percentage of wins in the championship season (Wild Card Clubs).

Thus, the eligibility of teams to appear in the playoffs is not a matter left simply to MLB’s discretion. Instead, the formula for playoff qualification is clearly laid out in the CBA.

This means that if MLB were to seek to impose a playoff ban on the Cardinals, the Major League Baseball Players Association would have to sign off on the punishment as well. And while we are certainly in uncharted territory here, it is hard to see the players’ union signing off on any such prohibition for several reasons.

As an initial matter, the Cardinals’ players have a financial stake in qualifying for the playoffs. As Wendy Thurm has previously explained, the CBA guarantees players on playoff teams a certain share of their franchise’s postseason revenue. Consequently, the MLBPA almost certainly would not agree to any postseason ban without MLB agreeing to compensate the Cardinals’ players for any potential lost playoff revenue they would have been in line to receive.

But even if MLB were to reimburse the Cardinals’ players, however, the union would still be unlikely to sign off on a plan that would deny some of its members an opportunity they had earned to compete for a championship. So given the restrictions imposed by the CBA, it appears quite unlikely that MLB would be able to impose a postseason ban on the Cardinals.

Loss of Draft Picks

Alternatively, MLB could potentially try to strip the Cardinals of future picks in the amateur draft. Unlike a postseason ban, Article II, Section 3(f) of the MLB Constitution specifically permits the commissioner to take away draft picks from a team that has engaged in conduct detrimental to baseball. Nevertheless, it is somewhat unclear whether MLB would actually have the power to unilaterally strip the Cardinals of its draft picks.

As with a postseason ban, the MLBPA could potentially argue that it must sign off on the Cardinals’ loss of any draft picks. Because the union has specifically agreed to the draft structure, and included rules directly relating to free agent compensatory draft picks in the CBA, the MLBPA could contend that it has a voice in the matter. Indeed, to the extent that any loss of draft picks affected the size of the Cardinals’ domestic amateur signing bonus pool, the union could assert that it has a direct vested interest in the punishment, since the penalty would reduce the amount of money flowing to potential future union members.

Whether or not a court or arbitrator would agree with the MLBPA on the issue is uncertain. While the NFL has relatively frequently stripped its teams of draft picks, this would appear to be the first time that an MLB commissioner has exercised his authority under the league constitution to do the same.

In fact, to the extent there is any prior precedent on the issue, it does not favor MLB. Back in 1976, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to strip the Atlanta Braves of a draft pick for tampering with free agent Gary Matthews, only to have a court overturn the penalty because the commissioner had not yet been granted such a power under the league constitution. Now that the owners have officially given this power to the commissioner, however, it is unclear how a court or arbitrator would respond.

Of course, it is also possible that the MLBPA would not object to the Cardinals losing some future draft picks, especially if the punishment did not affect the amount of money that the team could spend on its remaining picks. At the same time, though, allowing the franchise to retain its full bonus pool would certainly reduce some of the sting of the punishment. But if MLB did try to reduce the Cardinals’ bonus pool in addition to stripping the team of its draft picks, then the union might very well contest the penalty.

All in all, then, it is uncertain whether Commissioner Manfred would actually be able to take away any of the Cardinals’ future draft picks should he choose to go that route.

Suspension of the Employees Involved

Another potential penalty arising out of the hacking scandal would be for MLB to suspend any Cardinal employee involved in the incident from working in professional baseball, on either a temporary or permanent basis; I think it’s fair to assume the individual(s) will be fired by the Cardinals, but MLB could restrict another team from hiring them as well. Along these lines, Article II, Section 3(c) of the MLB Constitution grants the commissioner the power to suspend or remove any employee of an MLB team who has engaged in conduct that was not in the best interest of baseball.

Assuming that no Cardinals players were involved in the hacking – although what a bombshell that would be! – these suspensions would not implicate the CBA, and therefore not require the signoff of the MLBPA.

If MLB were to suspend some of the Cardinals’ employees from baseball, it is always possible that the affected individuals could sue the league for some sort of unlawful collusion. Ordinarily, an agreement by all of the competitors in an industry not to hire a particular employee would violate the nation’s antitrust laws. MLB, however, has an antitrust exemption, so any such case would likely have slim odds of success.

Therefore, it is quite likely that any Cardinal employee involved in the hacking – and especially those in the lower-levels of the organization – could be facing a suspension from baseball.

Monetary Fine

Finally, perhaps the most likely penalty for the Cardinals is some sort of monetary fine. Once again, however, the MLB Constitution imposes a significant limitation on Commissioner Manfred’s ability to punish the Cardinals in this regard. Under Article II, Section 3(f) of the league constitution, the commissioner cannot fine an MLB team more than $2 million for any single offense.

Of course, should it turn out that Cardinals employees accessed the Astros’ computers on more than one occasion, then MLB could assert that each separate incident should trigger a separate $2 million fine. Alternatively, it is always possible that the rest of the MLB clubs would be willing to make an exception to the normal rule in this case due to the severity of the allegations.

But otherwise, unless the MLB Constitution has been amended in recent years to allow the commissioner to impose a much higher fine on one of the league’s franchises, it appears unlikely that MLB will be able to assess the Cardinals a truly significant monetary penalty – something on the order of tens of millions of dollars – in this case.

11th-round pick Brantley Bell has agreed to terms with the Reds for $400k, according to Mayo. Bell, a JuCo shortstop out of State College of Florida Manatee, did not place on any prospect lists.

I guess being a MLB coaches son has it’s rewards. It’s OK, Reds have money to burn and it’s only $400,000.00.

It’s the last 7 words that hints of nepotism.

Does anyone else wonder at the necessity of the FBI investigating the Cardinals? A good use of our federal law enforcement resources? And has anyone else speculated if this had been the Patriots hacking the Jets? My God, 24/7 coverage on all sports radio outlets, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, the NFL network and CNN! And it’s not because football’s more important or more popular – it’s because the NFL requires year-round coverage, and only melodrama can provide that – stories blown way out of proportion and strung out long past their normal shelf life. Colin Cowherd and Rich Eisen would kill for a Patriots hack Jets story. When it’s a baseball story, except for the FBI involvement, it just seems like another corked bat incident to me. Am I missing something?

I am not sure of this but I think the FBI is called in when the subject is “computer hacking” as it could lead to other nefarious attempts, acts, etc. What I find perplexing as well is that the nucleus of the supposed event is explained as a ‘way of getting even with a past employee’. That, within itself, seems to be a very immature and childish problem, although computer hacking is far from immature and childish, as we have all read about incidents since the inception of the web.

It is. A federal crime to use telecommunication equipment (phone or internet) to commit illegal activities. That is why the FBI is involved. Espionage – political or business – is a federal crime. And a felony. I. E. Federal prison time.

Football is the obsessive sport choice of a nation long gone wayward to material shallowness and over-militarization.

Suprised no one has questioned why Price would have Dejusus in LF and Negron at SS last night. Price considers Negron his defensive LF and DeJesus has never played LF in his professional career until last week. Wouldn’t it had made more sense to have Negron in LF and DeJesus at SS since he is a utility IF. Happy for the win, but Price once again dodged the bullet thanks to the HR. Dejusus’ error could have cost the Reds bigtime.

You, above anyone else on this board is questioning why Price assigns positions that don’t make 100% sense to the everyday fan on an everyday basis?

DeJesus is a good looking ballplayer. Too bad he isn’t allowed to play in his natural position, but not with this manager where his motto is…’everyone plays everywhere and all bp must pitch 1 inning’. Sarcastic? Yes, I am. I am also getting extremely bored at watching the Reds games this season; they are as predictable as a re-run show on TV. The only thing not predictable is the ‘daily lineup’.

The Cincinnati Reds shook up the roster a bit Tuesday as they made multiple moves.

“They brought up pitchers Carlos Contreras and Donovan Hand from Triple-A Louisville. They optioned outfielder Brennan Boesch to Triple-A Louisville.

“Jon Moscot was put on the 15-day disabled list, and Zack Cozart was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL,” the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote.
(hey Mark…we need some scratch paper!?*)

Today’s lineup:
B: Brandon Phillips
2.LF: Ivan De Jesus
3.3B: Todd Frazier
4.RF: Jay Bruce
5.C: Brayan Pena
6.1B: Chris Dominguez
7.SS: Eugenio Suarez
8.SP: Johnny Cueto
9.CF: Billy Hamilton

Sad that we don’t have an actual OF in our system to call up.

At game tonight good pitching matchup.

One last thought on Redbird-Gate and then we’ll let it go: I get that hacking is a felony, and so forth. Still, it’s hard to take this incident seriously. Hacking just one team doesn’t get you much competitive advantage, so the affair looks more like a prank than an attempt to really accomplish some nefarious purpose. Let’s invent a scenario: Your boss at the Cardinals, we’ll call him A, gets you to write some stat management software for the organization. Then A leaves for the Astros, and appears to have taken a copy of your software with him for his new team to use. Maybe you’re pissed that A’s using your proprietary program, or maybe he never gave you credit for it in the first place. For sure, he doesn’t know about the ‘back door’ you built into the program for easy access. So, you decide to see if what the Astros are using is the fruit of your labor, and it goes on from there. A crime, I get it. But hardly the crime of the century. Electronic sign-stealing. And, Denny, your comment about the NFL was spot-on! On another topic – the Reds can trade 24 players, but not Mr. Frazier!

MAX the “crime of the century or not” we as citizens of the greatest country in the world, have a fundamental right to privacy…That’s why the Edward Snowden/NSA thing has blown up all over the world.
How would you like to find out that someone (you pick the worst case scumbag that you have ever experienced in your life) has been eavesdropping on all of your communications, phone, computer, maybe even in your own bedroom, bathroom or kitchen…. Sound like the Gestapo? CIA ? NSA? Hitler? Putin?
That’s the issue here……not Baseball. Someone is going to be going to a federal country club farm for awhile….however short the visit may be, and they deserve it.

Jayson Stark, Senior Writer, ESPN.com
Trade speculation excerpts…
Johnny Cueto, RHP, Reds

Cueto threw a scare into the pre-deadline shopping crowd by missing a start last month with a tender elbow. But he has a 2.84 ERA in four starts since, with a 26/4 strikeout/walk ratio. So if he keeps that up for the next month, he’ll be a huge attraction with the rent-an-ace crowd.

A bunch of teams that have checked in report the Reds are hanging on to Cueto and their other prominent trade chips until the All-Star Game has come and gone. But after that, they’re looking for what one NL exec described as “big-time, top-of-the-heap prospects” in return. And given that the Rays didn’t even get that sort of haul last year for David Price, who had a season and a half of control remaining, it’ll be interesting to see if someone is willing to pay that freight.

Our prediction: Cueto lands with the pitching-hungry Dodgers on July 28.
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Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Reds

Since we’re on a closer roll, we can’t overlook the best of them all. On one hand, Chapman is the only closer out there whom other teams drool over. And unlike Papelbon, who can block deals to 17 teams, Chapman has no control over where he ends up. So it won’t be just clubs looking for pure closers that have interest.

On the other hand, the Reds have all major deals on hold for another four weeks, until after the All-Star Game. So teams in need of immediate help might not be able to wait that long. Nevertheless, he’s a dominator who can’t be a free agent until after 2016. And “he’s on the short list of the very best guys out there,” said one of the execs quoted earlier. So next to Hamels, he might be the biggest difference-maker on the shelves next month.

Our prediction: Gets traded to the Dodgers to form a scary, late-inning, swing-and-miss tag team with Jansen.

Releasees from May 1 – June 18th:
May 11th – Cincinnati Reds released RHP Kevin Gregg
June 3rd – Cincinnati Reds released 1B Donald Lutz
June 7th – Cincinnati Reds released RHP Matt Magill
June 10th – Cincinnati Reds released RHP Jason Marquis

Hopefully we will be looking at trades soon.. This team crazy as it seems has a lot of trade pieces if they think big. Cueto, Leake, Chapman, Parra, Philips, Bruce, Frazier, Bird. I mean it is kind of amazing they are this bad. If they traded a few of these guys like the rebuild could be quicker than many think.

ok didnt mean to put “like” in there. Started a different thought and didnt finish it.

If they let Frazier go, I will go.

No it won’t be any quicker.

Frazier would net the Reds two top prospects in baseball right now. Think Kyle Schwarber or Kris Bryant and possibly another top prospect. The Mets need a guy like Frazier and have some really good top talent pitching coming through. Cueto or Chapman could net Joc Pederson or that stud SS they have. So the Reds would look very similar to the Cubs this year. Its exciting to think how some shrewed moves could quickly turn things around especially if these guys continue to play well. I just hope Bob and Walt dont worry about the Allstar game too much.

Frazier is 29 and not a FA until 2018. If the Reds traded him, and it’s been said that they won’t, they could not gain anything; there is nobody out there thought to be better than him. The main players (heavy contracts) that I have read that could be traded are:
Cueto
Leake
Chapman
Bruce
Phillips
The untouchables were:
Mesoraco
Votto
Frazier
Hamilton
I have never seen Cozart on either list.

Reds manager Bryan Price told reporters the 23-year-old will need surgery and it’s “probable” he won’t return to the rotation in 2015. (from CInti Fox 19)

Moscot that is…

He is out for the year.

Moscot said in an interview…”I should have thrown the ball”.

Tonights lineup: both Frazier and Bruce not in it:
1.LF: Skip Schumaker
2.3B: Ivan De Jesus
3.1B: Joey Votto
4.2B: Brandon Phillips
5.RF: Chris Dominguez
6.SS: Eugenio Suarez
7.C: Tucker Barnhart
8.SP: Mike Leake
9.CF: Billy Hamilton

That’s the reward for yesterday’s big hitters Bruce & Fraz I guess. Unless someone expects more extra innings today.

They were scheduled for a rest and As Todd Father said last night his body was toast. Somebody with a higher than manager ranking took care of the resting problem anyway tonight he rested everyone.

Scheduled day off or not. Frazier had hit 4 homers in 2 games and Bruce is on fire for the first time this year! WHAT AN ABSOLUTE IDIOTIC MANGERIAL MOVE. GOOD LORD! I MEAN AND I WRONG? That is honestly the Dumbest thing I have ever seen. Thank god the game got cancelled. Just pure stupidity. Go ask Jay or Fraz if they wanted to be out of the lineup yesterday. The ball is looking like a beach ball to those guys right now. WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE!

Fox Sports
Manger’s odds of getting fired
By Joe Lucia

On Monday, the third MLB manager of the 2015 season was canned as the Padres dumped Bud Black after nine largely mediocre years. Black joins Ron Roenicke and Mike Redmond on the unemployment line, and I can’t remember the last time we saw three managers get canned in a season before the first day of summer.

That got me thinking about the other 27 managers across the game. Who else might get canned this year? I decided to set odds on the firing of the other 27 managers across the game, excluding the replacements for the three fired managers. Who is most likely to get fired? Who is least likely to get fired. Without any further ado…

Brad Ausmus – 75:1. Maybe a bit low, but the Tigers’ window is closing, given their salary commitments in the future and their aging core. Ausmus won the AL Central with the club last year, and was summarily swept out of the playoffs by Buck Showalter’s Orioles. If this Tigers team, with David Price and Miguel Cabrera lighting up box scores every night, can’t make the playoffs, I think Ausmus may need to worry about his job.

Jeff Banister – 500:1. This is probably low. The Rangers were supposed to stink this year after losing Yu Darvish during Spring Training, but Banister has them right in the thick of the AL West race. As a first year manager, he’ll get more leeway than some others, too.

Bruce Bochy – 5000:1. Bochy’s only leaving San Francisco if he wants to leave.

Kevin Cash – 1000:1. Look who’s at the top of the AL East…yup, it Cash’s Rays. Joe Maddon’s replacement has done a fantastic job at the helm of Tampa Bay this season, despite his team getting slaughtered by injuries. Drew Smyly, Alex Cobb, and Desmond Jennings have been non-factors this year…and the Rays are seven games above .500.

Terry Collins – 75:1. Collins is in lame duck mode for the Mets, but guess what? They’re something more than mediocre this season! New York hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006, but through 65 games, they’re at the top of the NL East. If New York falls apart in the second half, he’s gone. But if they keep their heads above water and all of their young talent stays healthy, I think Collins is a lock to stay.

John Farrell – 10:1. This is John Farrell’s fifth season in charge of an MLB club. He’s finished above .500 once, and that was the year the Red Sox won the World Series. 2013 was the only season in which a Farrell-managed team finished higher than fourth in the AL East standings. With the Red Sox off to another slow start following their offseason spending spree, he’s the most logical person to get the blame for their struggles.

Terry Francona – 200:1. Francona’s been great with Cleveland, and I doubt they dump him. But expectations were high for the Indians this season, and so far, they haven’t lived up to those expectations. Would a sub-.500 season after getting World Series buzz in the offseason be enough to send Francona to the unemployment line?

John Gibbons – 20:1. That 11 game winning streak may have saved Gibbons’ job, as it pushed the Blue Jays back into the thick of the AL East race. Toronto revamped their club before the 2013 season with Gibbons at the helm, and they stumbled to a last place finish. They performed better in 2014 despite no major additions, and revamped their squad again this offseason with the playoffs in mind. If Gibbons can’t take this team, with an MVP candidate in Josh Donaldson, a top-tier catcher in Russell Martin, and elite power bats in Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, to the playoffs, he’ll be looking for a new job sooner rather than later.

Joe Girardi – 100:1. Girardi should be safe. He’s one of the best managers in baseball. Unfortunately for him, he’s the manager of the Yankees, and expectations are through the roof. He’s the main reason that the Yankees are even playing as well as they are this season. But could the storied club and their fans really deal with a third straight year without 90 wins, let alone without a playoff berth?

Fredi Gonzalez – 40:1. Gonzalez is probably the most difficult manager to predict on the board. He’s proven time and time again that he’s not a good tactical manager. He’s in his fifth year with the Braves, and has one playoff win to show for himself. But the front office (specifically Bobby Cox, who hand-picked Gonzalez as his replacement) reportedly loves him, and the Braves aren’t as much of a disaster this year as many expected. Gonzalez probably *shouldn’t* be employed … but I think he’ll be safe, barring a major collapse.

Chip Hale – 1000:1. I give the Diamondbacks crap on a weekly basis, but I’ll once again give them credit – Hale, Tony La Russa, and Dave Stewart have this team in a great position to contend in the future. They’re a game under .500 and just two games back of the Giants in the NL West standings, despite a mediocre rotation and some black holes on offense.

AJ Hinch – 5000:1. First place Houston Astros. Unbelievable.

Clint Hurdle – 500:1. Two straight NL Wild Cards for the Pirates, and Pittsburgh is sitting pretty for a third this year. But if the Pirates falter, could Neal Huntington pull the trigger on a new manager? I think the chances are minuscule, but hey … stranger things have happened.

Joe Maddon – 5000:1. After what the Cubs went through to get Maddon this offseason, they’re not going to cut bait on him after one season. Plus, the Cubs are … you know …. good.

Mike Matheny – 500:1. Matheny hasn’t been the best tactical maanger in baseball since his appointment after the 2011 season, but he hasn’t missed the playoffs in his three seasons, won the 2013 NL pennant, and his Cardinals have baseball’s best record this season. Fun fact – Mike Matheny has the best career winning percentage of any manager since Earl Weaver left the Orioles in 1986.

Don Mattingly – 200:1. It’s time to crap or get off the pot for Mattingly and his Dodgers, but he’s looking pretty safe. Los Angeles has improved their win total in each of his first four years on the job, and has won the NL West title in each of the past two seasons. If Mattingly gets into the playoffs and faces off with the Cardinals once again, he needs to take the series…if only for his own sanity.

Lloyd McClendon – 12:1. The Mariners won 87 games last year and were eliminated from the Postseason race on the final day of the regular season. This offseason, they added Nelson Cruz and a cadre of solid outfield options, looking to make the leap into the AL West’s premier team. It hasn’t gone so well, and many of the fingers are pointing at the man at the helm of the team. Yes, the AL West is a solid division this season, but Seattle needs to do better than fourth place, given the amount of money spent by the front office this winter.

Bob Melvin – 40:1. Melvin is well-liked by the A’s players and front office, and has reached the playoffs in three straight seasons. But he was at the helm of last season’s ugly second half collapse, and has managed this team to the worst record in the American League this season after an ambitious offseason rebuild by Billy Beane and company. If the A’s can start playing up to their run differential over the season’s last 90+ games, there’s no way Melvin will be canned. However, if they keep underachieving…

Paul Molitor – 1000:1. Another first year manager experiencing plenty of success with a team that hasn’t won much of anything in recent years. Molitor is safe … unless Torii Hunter goes ballistic again and causes a full-scale incident in the clubhouse, of course.

Bryan Price – 12:1. Should Bryan Price be fired? The Reds are off to another bad start, and are falling further behind the top three teams in the NL Central. Cincinnati should probably start selling off their best assets, but won’t do it until after they host the All-Star Game next month. It’s a tough situation with Price, because his team has been doomed by injuries over the last two years…but their window is likely closing with the impending departures of Johnny Cueto and possibly Mike Leake and Aroldis Chapman. So again I ask … should Bryan Price be fired? I’m not sure if he’s the right guy to lead a rebuild in Cincinnati, and that’s where it looks like they’re heading.

Ryne Sandberg – 4:1. Sandberg performed admirably in 2013 following the ouster of Charlie Manuel, disappointed in 2014 as the Phillies finished in last for the first time since 2000, and has been an unmitigated disaster this season during what could be Philly’s worst season in the last half century. I honestly can’t see any way he survives this season – the team hasn’t won, developed young talent, and he hasn’t shown any signs of being a top-tier manager. That’s not a good combination.

Mike Scioscia – 50:1. I don’t think Mike Scioscia will ever actually go away. He’ll just sort of keep fading away into less and less prominent roles. The Angels won 98 games and the AL West title last year, but were swept out of the playoffs by the Royals. Scioscia’s club is off to a .500 start this year, and looks every bit as mediocre as they did from 2010-2013. Anaheim has won just one playoff series since 2006. That 2002 World Championship seems like a long time ago, but Arte Moreno loves Scioscia. I think it would take a complete disaster for Scioscia to get canned … think something like a 90-loss season. That’s not impossible, but it’s not exactly likely either.

Buck Showalter – 300:1. This might be low. Showalter is beloved in Baltimore, and his Orioles are relevant for the first time since Cal Ripken retired. Could he get canned by the team? Sure, it’s conceivable, but I doubt it…unless their rotation continues to struggle and the O’s limp to a 90 loss season. Then, his future could be in question.

Robin Ventura – 10:1. Ventura had no managerial experience when the White Sox hired him to replace Ozzie Guillen after the 2011 season. He won 85 games in his first year with the club, but the White Sox have underperformed since then, and are currently six games under .500 with an AL-worst -64 run differential despite adding Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche, David Robertson, and Jeff Samardzija this winter. Chicago is supposed to contend this year, but they’re not, and Ventura will probably end up getting sent through the Moon Door if the White Sox don’t get out of the AL Central basement soon.

Walt Weiss – 20:1. I have no idea how to evaluate Walt Weiss. Like Ventura, he was hired without any managerial experience. Unlike Ventura, the Rockies weren’t really expected to contend this year. But they…aren’t as bad as expected? And Weiss’s Rockies have been smashed with injuries during his time with the club? But there’s new leadership in Colorado following the hiring of Jeff Bridich, and he might want his own guy in there…despite being promoted from within. I think Weiss will stay on, just because the Rockies need a lot more help than just a new manager.

Matt Williams – 20:1. Another interesting one. Williams won 96 games with the Nationals last year, and his heavily favored team was thumped by the Giants in the playoffs. This year, they’re off to a slow start thanks in large part to a never-ending parade of injuries to key players. If the Nationals miss the playoffs this year after becoming offseason champions yet again, the sword has to swing at someone … and that someone will likely be Williams, despite his 2016 option getting picked up in February. With how weak the NL East is this season, there’s no reason for the Nationals to not crush the division.

Ned Yost – 300:1. After Kansas City’s miracle postseason run lats year, I’d assume Yost is safe. But let’s not forget that he was quite bad during his first three seasons with the Royals, had a largely mediocre run with the Brewers, and isn’t too highly thought of as a tactical manager. Kansas City has a cushion in the AL Central and Yost’s seat isn’t lukewarm, but it could get there if the Tigers, Twins, and Indians make it a race in the second half.

Latest On Federal Investigation Of Cardinals
By Steve Adams [June 19, 2015 at 8:55am CDT]
The Cardinals are currently under federal investigation for allegedly gaining illegal access into the Astros’ internal computer network, and Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports the latest wrinkle in the scandal. In addition to the previously known security breaches in 2014 and 2013, Drellich now has learned that the Cardinals accessed the Astros’ network as early as 2012, bringing light to a third and previously unreported breach.

Previous reports have indicated that the Cardinals employees in question gained access to Houston’s Ground Control system by utilizing a master list of passwords from when Jeff Luhnow and other execs were still with St. Louis, fueling speculation that Luhnow had neglected to update old passwords. The Houston GM told Ben Reiter of SI.com that any such speculation was “absolutely false,” continuing to add:

“I absolutely know about password hygiene and best practices. I’m certainly aware of how important passwords are, as well as of the importance of keeping them updated. A lot of my job in baseball, as it was in high tech, is to make sure that intellectual property is protected. I take that seriously and hold myself and those who work for me to a very high standard.”

In speaking to Reiter, Luhnow also addressed the supposed concern from Cardinals employees that he may have taken some proprietary information from St. Louis to Houston, denying that any such action took place and adding that he never cerived any sort of inquiry from the Cardinals on the matter. Luhnow says that his departure from the Cardinals was amicable, adding that many of his former colleagues were invited to and in attendance for his 2012 wedding.

Drellich has previously reported that the list of suspected Cardinals employees has been narrowed to four or five, and it seems at this point that the highest-ranking members of the Cardinals’ front office weren’t involved. Attorney Jim Martin, whose firm was retained by the Cardinals in February to perform an organizational review upon learning of the investigation, expressed confidence to the Associated Press that GM John Mozeliak and chairman/CEO Bill DeWitt, Jr. had no knowledge of the events. “With what we have done so far, I am 100 percent confident that this does not touch upper management,” said Martin.

Via Robert Patrick of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, DeWitt himself addressed the media yesterday and said that he was “shocked” and “in disbelief” when he learned of the allegations. “There was zero knowledge until the FBI launched their investigation and we became aware of it,” said DeWitt.

The Chronicle reported earlier in the week that the investigation was in its latter stages, and Drellich explained in a followup piece last night that it would be the commissioner’s office — not a civil suit — that would determine the punishment for the Cardinals and award potential damages to the Astros. As Drellich explains, Major League clubs cannot file civil suits against one another, despite the fact that a former Department of Justice attorney who specialized intellectual property and commercial litigation told him the Astros “could have a case for theft of trade secrets.” The Cardinals cannot be fined more than $2MM as an organization, and DeWitt and other employees cannot be fined more than $500K. However, the commissioner’s office can punish the Cardinals by way of both the Rule 4 Draft (the yearly amateur draft in June) and the Rule 5 Draft, in addition to “other unspecified actions as the commissioner sees fit.”

Hey Mark…how about “On Hiatus…page 2”.
Scrolling down is getting to be tedious.

Click on the most recent comment from the “Recent Comments” column and more often than not it will take you to the bottom. Works for me.

MLB Trade Rumors podcast…
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/cincinnati-reds
Aroldis Chapman discussed.

From MLB Trade Rumors…
The Reds aren’t expected to sell until after the All-Star Game and would be very open to shedding Brandon Phillips‘ contract, per Heyman, though I have a difficult time envisioning too many teams lining up to take on the remainder of that deal. Phillips is owed about $34.1MM through the end of the 2017 season and has seen his power more or less vanish. Heyman speculates that Everth Cabrera could be a fit in Cincinnati with Zack Cozart out for the year, and there’s some logic to that scenario, though they may first prefer to see what they have in Eugenio Suarez. The Mets aren’t interested in Cabrera, he adds later.

More from MLB Trade Rumors…
Reds right-hander Jon Moscot appears to be done for the season, writes MLB.com’s Robert Bondy. The rookie starting pitcher suffered a dislocated left (non-throwing) shoulder in his most recent outing while tagging out Anthony Gose in a rundown. Moscot will require surgery to repair what has been termed “significant” damage in the shoulder. Manager Bryan Price told Bondy and others that it would be “optimistic” to expect Moscot to pitch again in 2015, making the 23-year-old righty latest addition to a rapidly growing list of injured Reds. Homer Bailey is out for the season following Tommy John surgery, and Zack Cozart will miss the remainder of the year due to torn ligaments and tendons in his knee. Marlon Byrd is presently sidelined with a fractured wrist, and a hip impingement has prevented Devin Mesoraco from playing for nearly the entire season. In three starts this season, Moscot allowed six runs in 11 2/3 innings for the Reds, striking out six and walking five. With Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake looking like probable trade candidates, a strong early impression from Moscot could have potentially positioned him to remain in the rotation for the duration of the 2015 season. The good news for Moscot is that, according to Price, he’s expected to be ready for the 2016 campaign.

June 19th; 7:10PM-ET
1. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Marlon Byrd (R) LF
6. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
7. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
8. Mike Leake (R) P
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF

Will 4 Reds hit 25 HR this season?
Projected by ESPN…
Frazier – 54 HR, 113 RBI
Votto – 34 HR, 88 RBI
Bruce – 25 HR, 74 RBI
Byrd – 25 HR, 61 RBI

Was shocked to see Byrd back already. At his age to heal so quickly is amazing. I commented last week that I didn’t think he would be back until August.

He’s one tough cookie. When we got him this season, they said the guy was/is a gym rat and took exceptional care of his body. Although being his age and playing in LF (least played games of all three OF spots), he totes a very good FLD% of .994; his best FLD % among all three OF positions. If he gets into a groove at the plate, we could see some crazy numbers; we do have a short porch.

Excellent game. Great pitching both SP and BP. Fantastic defense. Timely hitting in the 8th. 4 games under .500 4.5 games out for WC. 3 in a row. Just maybe…………….

Back in 2013 when the Reds started their launch on Chapman to make him a SP, there was talk of who would replace him as closer; Hoover was the talk back then.
Thereafter he fell apart and the discussion never took largely due to Chapman’s program to become a SP being scrubbed. Now, with trade talk of Chapman, coupled with a more recent turnaround by Hoover, he may well be the air apparent once Chapman finds a new home.

Back in Cincinnati, Mat Latos mum on return
Reds Blog
C. Trent Rosecrans, crosecrans@enquirer.com 7:43 p.m. EDT June 19, 2015
“It’s done and over with, really,” Latos said before Friday’s game at Great American Ball Park. “I said some stuff that was out of line and was under the assumption that it wasn’t going on the record. I won’t make excuses. There’s some stuff I said that really should not have come out of my mouth. You just take it in stride, do what you’ve got to do.”

In an interview with Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com in February, Latos made accusations about the Reds’ training staff, management and former teammates. Latos said the Reds rushed him back from a knee injury in his injury-filled 2014 before trading him to the Marlins.

Reds manager Bryan Price, who wasn’t happy the day after Latos’ comments were published this spring, also took the high road.

“I’m not going to get into any of spring training stuff,” Price said before Friday’s game. “We wish Mat well. He’s with the Marlins now. I have no ill will. It’s over now.”

The Reds will not get a chance to face Latos in this weekend’s three-game series. Latos pitched Wednesday’s game against the Yankees in New York, earning a no-decision in a 5 2/3-inning appearance. Cincinnati will play four games against the Marlins in Miami before the All-Star break, giving the Reds a good chance at facing Latos at least once this season.

Latos is 2-4 with a 5.37 ERA in 11 starts for the Marlins this season with a trip to the disabled list with inflammation in his left knee, the same knee that he had surgery on during spring training of 2014 with the Reds.

In his two starts since coming off the DL on June 13, Latos is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA. Latos struck out 11 and allowed just one run over seven innings against the Rockies in his first start off the DL.

“I battled through spring training with some ups and downs with the knee,” Latos said. “We seemed to have figured out what should be done to it to attack it and make sure the swelling doesn’t come back. I think once I came off the DL, it showed. The velocity went up. Everything (was better).”

Despite his public comments in the spring, Latos said he was happy to be back in town and see friends. His wife, Dallas, and his son, Landon, were in town at their house in Cincinnati for this weekend’s series.

Latos said the Marlins’ flight didn’t get into Cincinnati until after 3 a.m. on Friday morning and he didn’t get to his house until sometime around 4:30 a.m. Sleeping in his own bed, though, was worth it, he said.

“I got in, got in my nice comfy bed, passed out,” Latos said. “The baby waked me up around 11, 11:30. I’ve been up with him since then playing with him.”

A free agent after the season, Latos said his house here is on the market and he’ll be spending his offseason in Miami as he determines where he will play in the future. Beyond that, he said, there are no plans.

“I’ve got to give the 24 other guys in this clubhouse 110 percent here, I can’t be worried about that,” Latos said. “I’m healthy, I feel good, if I stay that way and pitch like I know I can, I’m a firm believer that things will just take care of themselves. We have to worry about winning ballgames here.”

And that includes moving on from any harsh feelings — or words — had about his former team and teammates.

Hope we beat his brains out when we do face him.

Notice how well he is doing after he left the Reds? My grip is that the guy left and threw rocks at his previous team; right or wrong, you just never do what he did. Also and equally immature, the guy had his wife make a statement about him leaving the Reds, not him. Yikes…never, ever, have I seen this level of immaturity in any sport or at any time, and I’ve seen a bunch…from MLB to NBA to NFL to NCAA to golf…etc. But, to be honest, there are some guys that you have to understand how they act as they were made millionaires overnight and are just an ultra talented 20+ year old with a 10 year old trapped inside their brain.

Today’s lineup – 6/20 – 7:10PM – ET
2B B. Phillips (R)
1B Joey Votto (L)
3B Todd Frazier (R)
RF Jay Bruce (L)
C Brayan Pena (S)
LF Marlon Byrd (R)
SS Eugenio Suarez (R)
P A. DeSclafani (R)
CF Billy Hamilton (S)

Don’t understand moving Byrd from 5th yesterday to sixth today, 2-5 are the power slots. Oh well, I was the one who said he wouldn’t be back until August. Glad he’s in there.

It’s because our coach is an absolute freaking moron.

The Reds have announced that Mesoraco will have surgery June 29. The surgery appears likely to end his season. Since the news that Mesoraco would likely need surgery, he made a handful of appearances as a pinch-hitter and DH. He has not, however, appeared in a game since May 20. He has hit .178/.275/.244 in 51 plate appearances this season.

Happy Fathers Day!
Red’s lineup – June 21st – 1:10PM-ET
1. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Brayan Pena (S) C
6. Marlon Byrd (R) LF
7. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
8. Michael Lorenzen (R) P
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF

Cincinnati Reds trade and free agent rumors from MLBTradeRumors.com.

Quick Hits: Castellini, Aiken, Rays, Brewers

By Mark Polishuk and Zach Links [June 21, 2015 at 11:24pm CDT]

Unless someone blows the Reds away with an offer, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer could see them rolling the dice, effectively staying pat, and hoping for a second-half turnaround. There are people in the organization willing to blow it all up, but Fay writes that owner Bob Castellini is an optimist. Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, and Aroldis Chapman could yield great returns for the Reds, but their owner might not be ready to call it quits on 2015. The Reds are 32-36 following today’s 5-2 win over the Marlins.

Let’s see…
12.5 G behind the best team in MLB
5.5 G behind the Pirates and Cubs for WC
(Pirates and SF playing very well these days)
I guess the question is…when do they press the GO button?

Rob Neyer mailbag…
When and how much do the Reds sell? Waiting until after the All-Star Game seems not wise. Wouldn’t they get more now?

– Trey Rice (via Twitter!)

No, not necessarily. Every spring we sort of assume that you can get more in May or June because your trading partner will have their shiny new toy for longer … but that seems almost perfectly balanced by the generally higher demand for shiny toys in July, after teams have a better idea for what they need and how badly they need it. Throw in the public-relations problem with giving up before July, and I’d guess it’s a wash, or very close.

All of which makes me think the All-Star Game isn’t actually a huge consideration here. Great American Ballpark’s going to be completely full, regardless of whether Johnny Cueto’s still a Red or not; granted, it would be a little weird if he showed up wearing another team’s livery, but we’re resilient and would survive even this.

How much should the Reds sell? Well, it’s pretty clear that Cueto must go, since he’s eligible for free agency after this season and the Reds pretty clearly aren’t going to try real hard to lock him up. Nor should they. Now, the Reds won’t get what the Royals got for Zack Greinke or the Indians got for CC Sabathia, because teams these days are generally a bit less willing to give up a couple of great prospects for a rent-a-pitcher. But the Reds should be able to get at least one really good prospect. Which is a hell of a lot more valuable to them than a dozen Johnny Cueto starts.

Otherwise, probably not a lot happening here. Votto’s having a fantastic season but his contract’s probably untradeable. Frazier’s been even more fantastic, which makes it that much harder to justify (to the fans) dealing him. Plus he’s still cheap (if not young). Maybe Jay Bruce? He’s been decent, is signed through next season (with team option for 2017) and might have some value to another club if Reds were willing to eat some of the money next season.

Finally, I know there’s been some talk about trading Mike Leake, which is understandable. After all, he’s going to be eligible for free agency in a few months, so why not? The only problem is that he hasn’t pitched so well this season, which means the Reds won’t get much for him. If they do trade both him and Cueto – and yes, they should – that rotation’s going to be pretty ugly in the dog days.

But sometimes you just gotta lose a few to win a few. In a division that includes the Cardinals and the Pirates and the Cubs, it’s probably time for the Reds to start over.

IMO the next 9 games (Pirates, Mets, Twins) will be an indication on whether we have traction for a playoff run or are just spinning our wheels. No Phillies, Marlins, or Brewers to play. If it ends up spinning our wheels, it’s time to push the Go button.

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