Frazier ranks in jersey sales

Perhaps because strong season, or his thrilling Home Run Derby victory in the All-Star festivities at GABP, Todd Frazier is ranked among players for top jersey sales. The Reds 3B came in at No. 15, in his first time on the list.

The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from, the official online shop of Major League Baseball, between Opening Day 2015 and the 2015 All-Star Game.

Here is the top 20:

1. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants2. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

3. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

4. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

5. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

6. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants

7. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

8. Matt Harvey, New York Mets

9. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

10. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

11. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

12. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

13. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

14. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

15. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds

16. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

17. David Wright, New York Mets

18. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

19. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

20. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers


Reds won’t be impulse sellers at Deadline
By Mark Sheldon
The green light was given by CEO Bob Castellini to make the necessary trades in order to rebuild. What is unclear, beyond the expected departure of Johnny Cueto, is just how many veteran players Cincinnati will make available.
“If it makes sense, but we’re not going to give away players,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said.
It had been quiet around the Major Leagues until the Astros acquired Scott Kazmir from the A’s on Thursday.
One of the most-watched sellers because of both the quality and volume of their movable assets, the Reds could certainly enter the dealing frenzy early by making one of the first moves. However, nothing appears to be close. Jocketty said he’s been on the phone with other clubs and in contact with his scouts who are looking at players around the country.
“We’ve been talking with a lot of different people, but we haven’t been receiving offers that have us wanting to commit,” Jocketty said.
For Jocketty, it’s an unfamiliar position to be in selling mode. In past years, he sought to make additions for a playoff push or stood pat. With a 42-51 record, which has the team 8 1/2 games out of the second National League Wild Card spot, Cincinnati’s end game for this year’s Deadline is to retool for 2016 and beyond.
“It’s different, but we get a chance to look at other team’s players,” Jocketty said. “We’re looking for younger players with longer control. … We’re building for the future. We’re looking at the long term and the short term.”
Leading the list of players who will be coveted on the market is Cueto, a free agent after the season who is being largely viewed as a rental for the rest of the year. Cueto has had some brilliant outings, like his two-hit shutout of Washington on July 7, but him missing a start in May with right elbow stiffness has also reportedly been a concern for some scouts.

The Reds are playing a sort of poker with their pitchers. The level of return for Cueto could be diminished if fellow ace starters like Tigers ace David Price, Yovani Gallardo of the Rangers or the Phillies’ Cole Hamels, who are all reportedly available, are traded first. That didn’t seem to concern Jocketty, though.
“Not really. I don’t think so,” the GM said.
Starting pitcher Mike Leake will also be a free agent at season’s end, and his dependability could attract some suitors as well. Right fielder Jay Bruce, who is signed through 2016 with a club option for ’17, has been in many rumors lately, and he’s been connected to the Orioles and Angels, as both clubs need corner outfield and offensive help.
The Deadline to make trades without waivers is 4 p.m. ET on July 31. Deals can be made afterwards, but it requires the players to clear waivers, which means other teams can block deals by putting in a claim on a player.
It would still be possible for Cincinnati to move some more players, such as soon-to-be free agents Marlon Byrd, Brayan Pena and Manny Parra.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

All that says is Jocketty is incompetent. He’s trying to figure out which thumb to pull out of his backside first .

From MLB Trade Rumors…
An executive of a club with interest in adding a hitter says the Reds are giving the impression that they are looking to “save money” wherever possible, Jayson Stark of reports on Twitter. That seemingly speaks to the availability of outfielder Jay Bruce, who recent reports indicate is very much in play.
I am happy that Jocketty will not make a trade just to make a trade. If it does not help the Reds overall, he won’t make it; this has been stated more than once. In this way, waiting closer to the deadline won’t make the trade any more likely if the incoming beef isn’t what the Reds need or want. This kind of mentality will allow the Reds to get back at it sooner, rather than later.

Agreed. I think many in baseball forget that Bob C is not afraid to spend 100 mil plus and is not trying to make money but to win. So he will not make a trade just to make one to get rid of payroll. Their payroll will reduce enough just from all these starting pitchers heading out. If we cant get a top level prospect for each Leake and Cueto then wait and just get the supplemental pick which is basically a first rounder anyway. So no reason to back down on trades.

Brewers to Pirates…
Veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez is set to be traded from the Brewers to the Pirates, Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed.

No details, including what Milwaukee would receive in return, were provided.

The 37-year-old Ramirez remains a viable starter. He boasts a decent slash line of .247/.295/.430 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games and is 10-for-26 during that stretch.

Oddly, Ramirez was dealt from the Pirates to the Cubs on this date in 2003.

Odd the Brewers would make a trade that would, theoretically, help the Pirates.

If this doesn’t put the last nail in Price’s coffin, nothing will…
Reds 42-51 .452
Brewers 42-53 .442

Unfortunately, I no longer think anything will.

The Reds are on the verge of reaching their goal of last place in the NL Central. I guess with only two major league starting pitchers and one major league reliever with the rest being AAA or even AA what can we expect ! I don’t know the game like Neb, but the lineups and in-game decisions seem AAA, too. Reds fans are being shortchanged big time. Hard to understand the reasonably good attendance; maybe all these ticket buyers are helping perpetuate the stand-pat attitude of management and coaching.

Just like this board, everyone has an opinion on how it should be done. The reality is, unfortunately, what we, the fan, doesn’t see or understand is the dialogue and maneuvering that occurs in closed door meetings between Castellini, Jocketty and staff. We have no appreciation for dollars and sense of the company, other than what we read. In other words, we are looking from the outside of the fish bowl, trying to understand what is happening on the other side of the fish bowl. I think it is fair to say, though, that Castellini and Jocketty are attempting to field a contentious and contending team, however being in a small market just doesn’t allow us to sign n’ keep quality players forever. This is one reason it has been so frustrating over the last 3-4 years, as we have had quality and talented players yet their time, due largely to ballooning salaries has timed out; we had our chances in more than one season. However we should be very happy overall as Castellini is far and away a better owner than Lindner was; we were literally locked in purgatory with that guy. And so it goes…

I say finish dead last. Get that top pick. what does it matter if you dont get to the playoffs. Get a top hitter or pitcher in the draft, these guys have been ready in 1 or 2 years lately so we will be good to go. You can go last to first in the league now. Just ask the Cubs, Astros, and Red Sox.

A partial from MLB Trade Rumors…
Health concerns are another reason to wonder if the Blue Jays will seriously pursue Johnny Cueto or not, he adds. While the Blue Jays may be warming to the idea of a rental arm, they can’t afford to have their acquisition miss any time, and Cueto’s had a pair of minor elbow issues in 2015.

Pair???? I remember one and then they kept him out to help heal the ONE elbow issue. Its not like any other pitcher doesnt have injuries in their history.

More from MLB Trade Rumors…
The asking price on Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is currently said by one American League executive to be “exorbitant,” tweets ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Other clubs doubt that Reds owner Bob Castellini is open to allowing Chapman to be moved in a trade, according to Stark. This isn’t the first time that Castellini’s name has come up as a potential road block in trades. Peter Gammons recently noted that the Castellini remains reluctant to authorize a sale, even in late July, and others have reported similar feelings from Castellini over the course of the summer. Retaining Chapman would make some sense if the Reds felt they have the pieces in place to make a run in 2016, but he’s already earning $8.05MM (and that figures to jump into the $12MM range this offseason) and is only controlled for one more season.

Hey Jocketty…get on with your bad self! Love the ‘no giveaways’ thoughts…all kidding aside, we have him through next season; we could keep the kid and restart the idea of letting him go next July. Also, he’s no..’just another trade piece’…he is arguably in the top 3 closers of all time; however, time will need to validate that thought.

That’s right . They’ll be in the same boat they’re in with Cueto . Giving something away and waiting until there isn’t any good options left is two different things . Jocketty and company tend do the latter , which is part of the reason the Reds are in the mess they’re in now . They’re always a day late and a dollar short .

Chapmans value can only go down from this year. Won’t get what they can next year as a rental. Chapman is one of the best I’ve seen in the 60 years I’ve been a baseball fan, but what good is the best closer if you don’t have the necessary talent to compete for the “dance”.

Another from MLB Trade Rumors…
As they approach the deadline and look ahead to free agency, the Cubs have some limitations on their spending capacity but will nevertheless try to add David Price (at least once he hits the open market). Meanwhile, the team has at least some interest in Reds starter Mike Leake as a trade piece but are somewhat hesitant to pursue rental options. While the Giants have plenty of rotation options, they too have considered Leake.

Well said TW .

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