Game 95: Reds at Rockies

Phillips 4
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Bruce 9
Pena 2
Byrd 7
Suarez 6
Cueto 1
Hamilton 8


Is Walt Jocketty alive ?

On life support

Good one. LOL.

142 hours until trade deadline.

This is a showcase game for Cueto…could be a no-hitter performance; at minimum, it should be one of his best,

Hammels no hit Cubs today.

From MLB Trade Rumors…
Closer Notes: Nationals, Papelbon, Chapman
By Charlie Wilmoth [July 25, 2015 at 5:15pm CDT]
The Phillies and Nationals recently discussed a trade involving Jonathan Papelbon, but a deal between the two teams does not seem likely, Jake Kaplan of the Inquirer writes. Papelbon would need to approve a trade to Washington, but his preference is to remain a closer, and the Nats already have an excellent one in Drew Storen. Here are more quick notes on relievers.

Rival executives think that if the Nationals do make a move this week, it will be a big one, ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweets. Stark speculates that could mean a pursuit of the Padres‘ Craig Kimbrel or the Reds‘ Aroldis Chapman. Neither of those pitchers have no-trade restrictions. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi wrote last month that the Nationals and Reds had discussed Chapman.
Trading for Chapman might be tricky, however. Stark also tweets that the Reds have asked other teams for three “higher-level” prospects in return for their closer. The significance of that information depends on how good those higher-level prospects are, but it appears they’re in no rush to part with him lightly. The Reds could certainly wait to deal Chapman, who isn’t eligible for free agency until after next season.

Central Notes: Cueto, Twins, Benoit, Kelley, Fiers, Cubs, Samardzija

By Brad Johnson [July 25, 2015 at 10:14pm CDT]

The Royals nearly acquired Reds ace Johnny Cueto earlier tonight, report Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter). One of the players headed to Cincinnati did not check out medically per Rosenthal (via Twitter). Cueto pitched tonight, going eight scoreless innings at hitter friendly Coors Field. Ostensibly, there is nothing stopping the two clubs from consummating a new deal with slightly different parameters.

Tonight at Coors Field, Cueto tossed eight scoreless innings in what might have been his final start in a Reds uniform. The deal with the Royals was apparently close enough that Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen had been warming up before the game, prepared to take Cueto’s place. Cueto was not happy, later telling reporters, “I don’t want to use a bad word in this location, but it was really bad how I found out what happen.” Mark Sheldon and Dargan Southard of quoted catcher Brayan Pena describing Cueto, “I’m telling you, today he was on a mission. I saw something in his eyes that I never saw before.”

John Fay …
10 minutes before the start. “It’s going to happen. They’re going to trade me.”
John Fay …
Cueto was upset because he found out from Lorenzen before the game that he might be traded.

Excerpt from CBS Sports…
‘He knew that he needed to step it up because the last couple starts, they weren’t too good for him,” Reds catcher Brayan Pena said. ”He said, `Pena, today you’re going to see something different. I’m going to be me.’ And that’s exactly what he did. When he’s on, he’s a game-changer.”

Cueto (7-6), whose name has come up repeatedly in trade-rumors, put on a dominating display in hitter-friendly Coors Field, limiting the power-hitting Rockies’ lineup to four singles before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He struck out five and walked one in a performance sure to heighten attention ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.

”He’s one of the best pitchers in the business, one of the best I’ve faced this year,” Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez said. ”He’s one of those guys that you won’t feel very comfortable (facing) at the plate because if you try to do too much he’s really smart and he will get you out quick.”

Boy are they keeping the Cueto failed trade with KC a secret. I can’t find any site that reveals whom they proposed to Cueto for…or who failed their physical. I understand why it is kept clandestine, however I would still like to know.

The only 411 I could uncover from CBS Sports…
“It’s unclear who the Royals were going to send to the Reds in the trade. Two of Kansas City’s top pitching prospects — righty Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) and lefty Sean Manaea (hip, abdomen) — have had a lot of injury issues, so perhaps it was one of them. Just to be clear, it is only my speculation Zimmer or Manaea could have been involved.”

Funny…when Cueto went down for a bit, we only need look at his # ptiches and realize that Price left him in too long…well over 100 pitches, somewhere around 125+. However, when he is about to be traded, he only goes 100 pitches even though he has a shutout going. Ahhhh, the inner Red redirect…

Made no sense at all. However, Diaz did make the game interesting.

It sounded like Zimmer was the issue from what I was seeing. That is funny how careful they are now with him.

I can’t believe how Cueto found out about the possible trade, this organization is a joke. Such respect for a home grown talent has really developed and performed

SUNDAY, 8:47am: The two sides are still discussing a deal that would send Cueto to Kansas City, Jim Bowden of tweets.

I wonder if Lorenzen will have to sit through an f-bomb tirade by Price for letting the cat out of the bag.

Hard to get into his face. They screwed up. You don’t tell one pitcher that another is about to be traded, and not tell the to-be traded pitcher. The saddest part to this recent saga is that it happened to a guy that has treated the Reds pretty dawgone good; his performance hasn’t been to shabby either. I have to wonder who told Lorenzen about the potential trade; I assume when he was asked to warm up that someone spilled the beans without thinking.

No excuse for it not to be relayed to Cueto by Reds management and Price in particular. Absolutely a joke that Price is a major league manager. Maybe someone should tell Price this isn’t fantasy baseball, it’s players livelihood.

So long Johnny…
Royals To Acquire Johnny Cueto
By Zach Links [July 26, 2015 at 10:44am CDT]
The Royals have struck a deal to acquire Johnny Cueto from the Reds, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

Cueto, 29, now sports a 2.62 ERA in 130 2/3 innings this year. He’s months from his first shot at free agency, and the fourth-place Reds have been heavily rumored to be shopping him. Along with the Royals, the Dodgers and Blue Jays were among teams that have been connected to Cueto. However, KC has come out on top.

Royals To Acquire Johnny Cueto
By Zach Links [July 26, 2015 at 10:56am CDT]
10:56am: Brandon Finnegan‘s name has been mentioned in talks with the Reds, but it’s unclear if he’s in the final deal, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweets.

10:44am: The Royals have struck a deal to acquire Johnny Cueto from the Reds, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

11:08am: Cueto has not been told that he’s been traded yet, a source close to the pitcher tells Jim Bowden of (on Twitter).

After yesterdays fiasco, I’m sure Cueto will be glad to be out of this second rate orginization, even though he is close to his teammates. I wish him the absolute best, he is a class act.

11:23am: Through a spokesperson, GM Walt Jocketty told reporters, including Mark Sheldon of (on Twitter), that there’s nothing to report at this time involving Cueto. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t an agreement in place.

11:50am: John Lamb is expected to be among the prospects going to the Reds in a Cueto deal, a source tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

12:12pm: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer (on Twitter) hears that the Reds are still working on medical reports.

12:40pm: Manager Bryan Price told reporters that there has been “absolutely no movement” on a Cueto deal, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets. Price also denied that Lorenzen was warming up as a Plan B on Saturday night in case Cueto was dealt (link).

1:15pm: Executives from teams interested in pitching have not received word from the Reds that Cueto is still available, sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

John Lamb…
Pitching for KC’s AAA team in Omaha.
25 years old
6’4″ – 205 lbs.
9-1, 2.67 ERA, 94.1 IP

Lamb, 25, was once considered to be a top prospect nationally. Rated as the No. 18 prospect in the country by Baseball America prior to 2011, the 25-year-old has ascended the ranks of KC’s farm system but has yet to make his big league debut. So far this season, however, he’s looking sharp in Triple-A Omaha, pitching to a 2.67 ERA with 9.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 17 starts.

KC Royals play a couple of games at GABP next month…

August 18th and 19th.

Sheldon tweets…
Price denied last night’s story. Said Lorenzen was never told he was going to pitch because Cueto was traded.

Another tweet from Mark…
Lorenzen went to play catch. Never went into bullpen to prepare for start.

Boy – smoothly done Jocketty! Must’ve thought it was a sure thing – meeting so overtly in the clubhouse – only to have another 24 hrs of uncertainty.

Glad that Cueto will be in the playoffs and looking at a potential world series ring. Time for phase 2 as trade deadline is 121 hours away.

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