Travieso gets AFL honors

Reds prospect and RHP Nick Travieso was named the Arizona Fall League’s Pitcher of the Week.

Here is some info, courtesy of the AFL:

Travieso —’s No. 6 Cincinnati prospect
struck out nine with no walks in nine innings pitched
over two starts without a decision.

In three solid Fall League starts to date, the 6-2,
225-pound Pembroke Pines, FL product was 1-0
with a 1.50 ERA. Over 12 innings pitched, he has
fanned 14 hitters without walking a batter.

Through three weeks, the Reds’ 2012 first-round
(14th overall) draft choice went 6-6 with a 2.70
ERA in 19 games at Single-A Daytona in 2015.

In his four-year professional career, Travieso is
27-17 with a 3.43 ERA in 70 outings.


impressive, we can add another name we will be hearing about for the next 5 years but never see because he be one of the not ready for prime time prospects. ones we keep hearing how great and highly ranked they are but will just not be ready for years if the reds keep him. add his name to the list with stephonson, winker and the others.

Double AMEN!

AMEN !!!!

Alleuia. Dick Williams is our new GM. Make some changes Sheriff Williams

Yes indeed !!!!!

Not so sure promoting from within this organization is going to change much. Williams has been Jocketty’s assistant for 10 years. To me that doesn’t bode well for change. Also, Jocketty still holds the reigns.

I was hoping no one would bring that up . Lol

Agreed. Seems to be more of the same. Why?, I assume that Jocketty will need to approve any moves for the next year; thereafter may be a consultant. In any event, it would have seemed to be more prudent and more important for an evolving team to hire an outsider with some moxie, talent and commensurate abilities. Above all, now would have been the time to do it, while a ‘rebuild’ is on. But it seems to me that an outsider with complete authority and responsibilities would have been the wiser choice, rather than attempting to spoon feed and hand hold a 10 year team assistant, the prior GM and the failing Manager. Far too much mollycoddling going on with this team; mistakes are accepted too readily from top to bottom. For a comparison we need only look at a team like the Royals this past season. They did it with a team that was committed, executed and the words ‘never give up’ were seared into each and every ball players skull.

Maybe he was the brains behind Jockettys moves. Some of these trades and signings were really good ones. Finding Chapman and Iglesias seem like steals. So far what we received for these pitchers seems like steals. The only thing that I have questioned has been what I perceive as business move. The Vet Signings. I believe our minor league pitching is going to surprise people next year when they all hit the big leagues.

RIP Eddie Milner. You will be missed.

Eddie Milner passed? Prayers for him and his family. I remember a time when the players were all older than me. Now, they’re all half my age and the one’s from my generation are dying. Everything about baseball is bittersweet. It’s a bittersweet sport.

Aoki is available. If we can get him for less than 5 mil, the reds have to jump on that. Its exactly what they need in our new and improved wish it could happen rotational/match up outfield. Or just trade Bruce and get Aoki. That swap could change the line up in flash. Aoki batting in front of Votto is ridiculous.

2016 age 34 San Francisco Giants *$5,500,000
*$5.5M Team Option, $700k Buyout

Although SF declined his option, would be nice to think we could sign him
for around $5.5m.

Nice pickup for two year contract;
amazing lead-off hitter and can still play with the glove.
At minimum, excellent bench player.
4 year average: .287/.353/.386/.740

All of the Reds hitting prospects are in AA and pitching is in AAA. So its coming. We have Winker, Ervin, Blandino, and Bream. That works perfect in the next year or two to fill in for Blank in LF, Bruce, Frazier, and Phillips. Winker and Blandino could come up next year and fit in well hitting.

“If they’re ready “

Amen. Please no more 34 year olds. Let’s stick with the youth movement and for once see what we have.

Can’t have a rookie pitching staff and rookie lineup…and attempt to contend
for the sake of playing them. There is no AAA team I know of that can contend
for an entire season at the major league level. Some mix is necessary, especially
if the Reds let loose of several vets.

MLB free agents: Players available in the 2015-16 offseason
USA TODAY Sports 1:13 p.m. EST November 4, 2015

Players sorted by 2015 team:

Atlanta Braves
Ross Detwiler
Edwin Jackson
Peter Moylan
A.J. Pierzynski
Arizona Diamondbacks
David Hernandez
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Baltimore Orioles
Wei-Yin Chen*
Chris Davis
Darren O’Day
Gerardo Parra
Steve Pearce
Matt Wieters
Boston Red Sox
Craig Breslow
Rich Hill
Chicago Cubs
Trevor Cahill
Chris Denorfia
Dexter Fowler
Dan Haren
Tommy Hunter
Austin Jackson
Jason Motte
Fernando Rodney
Chicago White Sox
Matt Albers
Gordon Beckham
Alexei Ramirez
Jeff Samardzija
Geovany Soto
Cincinnati Reds
Burke Badenhop
Sean Marshall
Manny Parra
Brayan Pena
Skip Schumaker
Cleveland Indians
Mike Aviles
Gavin Floyd
Ryan Webb
Colorado Rockies
Kyle Kendrick
Justin Morneau
Detroit Tigers
Alex Avila
Rajai Davis
Tom Gorzelanny
Joe Nathan
Alfredo Simon
Randy Wolf
Houston Astros
Scott Kazmir
Oliver Perez
Chad Qualls
Colby Rasmus
Tony Sipp
Joe Thatcher
Kansas City Royals
Johnny Cueto
Jeremy Guthrie
Ryan Madson
Franklin Morales
Alex Rios
Chris Young
Ben Zobrist
Los Angeles Angels
David Freese
Chris Iannetta
Matt Joyce
Matt Latos
Shane Victorino
Wesley Wright
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brett Anderson
Zack Greinke
Howie Kendrick
Jimmy Rollins
Miami Marlins
Don Kelly
Jeff Mathis
Casey McGehee
Milwaukee Brewers
Kyle Lohse
Minnesota Twins
Blaine Boyer
Neal Cotts
Brian Duensing
Torii Hunter
Mike Pelfrey
New York Mets
Jerry Blevins
Yoenis Cespedes*
Tyler Clippard
Bartolo Colon
Kelly Johnson
Daniel Murphy
Eric O’Flaherty
Bobby Parnell
Juan Uribe
New York Yankees
Chris Capuano
Stephen Drew
Chris Young
Oakland Athletics
Edward Mujica
Barry Zito
Philadelphia Phillies
Chad Billingsley
Jeff Francoeur
Aaron Harang
Cliff Lee
Jerome Williams
Pittsburgh Pirates
Antonio Bastardo
Joe Blanton
A.J. Burnett
J.A. Happ
Corey Hart
Aramis Ramirez
Sean Rodriguez
Joakim Soria
San Diego Padres
Clint Barmes
Josh Johnson
Shawn Kelley
Ian Kennedy
Brandon Morrow
Bud Norris
Justin Upton
San Francisco Giants
Jeremy Affeldt
Alejandro De Aza
Tim Hudson
Mike Leake
Tim Lincecum
Marco Scutaro
Ryan Vogelsong
Seattle Mariners
Joe Beimel
Franklin Gutierrez
Hisashi Iwakuma*
St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Belisle
Jonathan Broxton
Randy Choate
Jason Heyward
John Lackey
Mark Reynolds
Carlos Villanueva
Tampa Bay Rays
Asdrubal Cabrera
John Jaso
Grady Sizemore
Texas Rangers
Yovani Gallardo
Colby Lewis
Mike Napoli
Ross Ohlendorf
Drew Stubbs
Will Venable
Toronto Blue Jays
Mark Buehrle
Marco Estrada
Jeff Francis
LaTroy Hawkins
Munenori Kawasaki*
Mark Lowe
Dioner Navarro
Cliff Pennington
David Price
Washington Nationals
Ian Desmond
Doug Fister
Casey Janssen
Nate McLouth
Denard Span
Matt Thornton
Dan Uggla
Jordan Zimmermann

*Eligible per contract terms

I love Zobrist. Here’s his 10-year average line stats: .265/.355/.431/.786
He made $7.5m last season but won’t stay a FA for very long; far too
talented. Somebody will pay him up and pick him up.

We have a team loaded with Vets. Votto, Phillips, Frazier, Cozart, Bruce, Mez. We wont have any Vets pitching but every year you have to decide are you going for it or are rebuilding. If you are rebuilding why waste money to bring in a guy. We have leadership. If they go for it bring in Cueto, Aoki, and Zobrist. If not you pay at most 5 mil for a vet. But even that is a waste if the minor league guys cant get at bats. If they are ready to play in the majors then put them in, take the lumps and be ready fr the next year.

I say rebuild and the let the kids play. I still have not given up on Hamilton offesively. Let’s go another year with him or trade him to another team that has an effective player development program.

And I believe it to be a balancing act, even as we go through a ‘rebuilding’. With the vets we now have be there opening day? I think the word rebuild implies that some of them won’t; none of them are what we know as a “leader”; actually haven’t had one since Rolen. If the Reds retain the players/vets you named, the Reds only have 1 position open…LF. that isn’t what I would call a rebuild. And, I would definitely sign an Aoki to resolve not only LF, but lead off ala Choo, if and only if he would sign for what we previously talked about…around $5m, but that isn’t going to happen; he’ll sign for more elsewhere. The Reds have already said that they are interested in signing a veteran SP, and if money was no object Cueto would be a super-sign. But I envision a much lessor money sign for a SP. What I do is a balancing act…trade off a few more veterans; especially Chapman, Phillips and Bruce which would make room for a few rookies, while keeping an eye on a full time LF with lead off capabilities. A rebuild year is essential for the Reds, but not at the expense of becoming a team that has zero chance of being contentious in each and every game. I think the Reds would agree.

BTW…I didn’t say anything about the bull pen because we literally went through
everyone we have or had in the organization and failed miserably. This is a
position that must be rebuilt via trade or FA. And having the premiere reliever
on a rebuilding team that never did threaten in the late innings was and is totally
ridiculous. Chapman will be long gone by July 2016.

I agree they wont go total rebuild because that is not how Bob operates. He like you said wants at least an outside chance to win. They will waste millions on a SP that cant do anything, a reliever that we all hate because he will blow multiple games to begin the year before he is released, and a batter that hits for power. Why? I dont know. But maybe just maybe with this new GM, we get to see our young talent continue to develop and played throughout the season with our current vets. If I was the Reds and going with the youth, I would sign Aoki, trade Chapman, and one of either Bruce or Frazier. If I want to win, I sign Aoki, bring up Winker as 4th outfielder to rotate in, sign Cueto, and move left over young pitcher to fight it out in teh bullpen aka (Lorenzen, Finnegan, Lamb and Garret). Starting pitching would be Cueto, Iglesias, DeSclafani, Stephenson, and Lamb or Finnegan before Bailey get back. They already have options in Chapman, Hoover, Diaz, Villarreal, Cingrani, and maybe Conreras in the bullpen. If you sign Aoki to leed off or bat second before Votto and a solid number 1 pitcher, the Reds are not that far off. I put no stock in the bullpen because there are enough young pitchers to rotate in. That is how KC built theirs.

The wildcard in this “rebuilding” the Reds are going through is truly the increase in revenues at the end of this coming season that they will be negotiating (ie; new cable deal). Some numbers being thrown around are $35-$50m more per season for a number of seasons. Whatever the numbers are, the Reds will have availability
to increase their salary base in the future, should they elect to do so. And, with Castellini’s MO relative to the subject of salaries, he certainly isn’t similar to how Lindner used to operate…thank goodness. He, Castellini, may well surprise us moving forward, although it has been said that the Reds want to keep the team salary total for 2016 at the same level as last season…or there about.

Nothing, but nothing can turn a fan off more so than when a team fields a non-contentious team that just goes through the motions, the players are lethargic and
the results are entirely predictable. I even found myself turning off a number of games in the second half of last season. Castellini would never allow a team to just ‘take the year off’ in order to allow for a “rebuild”…never happen. We certainly won’t make it to the dance in October, but we also won’t lose as many games as we did this last, miserable, embarrassing and pathetic, season. Ergo: the very reason for the re-build and house cleaning.

Williams expects to have busy GM Meetings

By Mark Sheldon / | @m_sheldon |
CINCINNATI — Dick Williams may have formally been promoted to general manager of the Reds on Wednesday, but his first foray among his 29 other GM peers will begin Monday at the General Managers Meetings.

Williams and Walt Jocketty, who remains as president of baseball operations, will arrive in Florida on Sunday for the annual meetings. They expect to be very busy.

“Walt and I and a couple of other guys are headed down to Boca Raton to spend four days, we won’t get any sun, but we’ll be talking baseball with the 29 other teams,” Williams said. “That’s really the unofficial, official kickoff to the offseason. Things are starting to brew. People are starting to call. The World Series is over so the phone is ringing.”

Following back-to-back losing seasons, the Reds are trying to expedite a rebuild to get back into contention. Pitchers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake were traded in July and outfielder Marlon Byrd was dealt in August. All the deals brought in prospects.
Still likely to attract interest this winter are multiple veterans such as closer Aroldis Chapman and right fielder Jay Bruce. Both were heavily involved in Trade Deadline rumors during the summer. The payroll-locked Reds are looking to shed some salaries while likely bringing in young Major League ready talent that can be under club control.
Jocketty has spent 21 years as a GM with the Reds and Cardinals, including the past eight seasons in Cincinnati. Williams has 10 years in the baseball operations side of the organization following a career in the business world, but just one year as assistant GM.
Following the 2016 season of working closely with Williams, Jocketty is expected to step aside into more of an advisory role. Jocketty still wants to stay involved, but admitted there were “too many headaches” in the day-to-day tasks of being a GM.

As a practical matter for this offseason, who is the point person for the club when it comes to speaking with other clubs and agents?
“I’ll say this — Walt is staying in charge of this department this year, he’s the president of baseball operations,” Williams said. “When you get to the GM Meetings or the Winter Meetings, there’s so many points of contact. So many of us have been in the game so long now and we’ve developed relationships with other people. People are getting promoted every week now, it’s hard to keep up. As you can imagine, conversations can start at any level, whether it’s assistant GM or GM or president of baseball ops, it’s really evolved past the one point of contact.”
It would seem there is a fine line to walk this season for Williams, but he did not view it that way.
“Honestly, I feel lucky that it’s working out this way, that I get the opportunity to work with Walt for a year having a better understanding of what’s ahead of me and the timing,” Williams said. “It must be awfully difficult to walk in one day and boom — one guy is out and another guy is in. I think we’re very fortunate that Bob [Castellini, the Reds’ CEO] is making sure we have plenty of transition time.”
That transition begins immediately as Williams and Jocketty try to improve the Reds’ roster for the long term.
“We’re going to take stock of that here as we get into the GM meetings and starting talking to other teams,” Williams said. “Obviously, we weren’t where we wanted to be this year. A lot of that was due to injury and we had to trade away some key pieces.
“We expect some of our guys to come back healthy and make sure that’s the case. As we get into Spring Training, we’ll be able to really drill down on where the holes are.”

The Reds were offered a number of players/prospects for Chapman some time ago, but Jocketty refused the deal; it was said he wanted 3 front line prospects! Good for him. Chapman is arguably the best reliever in all of MLB and his talents are wasting away on the hapless Reds, including misuse of the pitcher and his talents. With that said, he is worth a great deal and should bring in a host of prospects and/or a reasonable SP with a reasonable salary level. Those kind of deals are hard to find
but sooner or later, we should find a team that is eager to sign the fire breathing
lefty. Does anyone really think we will trade Frazier? I dunno. Seems to me that Bruce and maybe Phillips are next on the list.

I like Frazier a lot. I want him to be closer to last years first half. My head says he is not, for the first time ever take a risk and trade when his level is high. I would trade him now

I think if the right trade comes down the pike, the Reds would support your view.

And not so long ago, the Reds publicly said that Mesoraco, Hamilton and Frazier were untouchables. Not so true today.

Dusty looked so happy yesterday it was nice to see that he is back in the game again.

Taking over a team that was picked to win it all last year, but failed, should provide him an opportunity to not fail.

See where Alex Blandino was chosen for the AFL Fall Stars game. His stats: .163/.250/.233/.483. Must be a lack of talent in the AFL this year. On the plus side Travesio has a 0.88 WHIP.

Hey, Bandino homered.

Here are the 16 pitchers who are on our 40-man (actually 34) as of today…

# Name B/T Ht Wt DOB
34 Homer Bailey R/R 6’4″ 225lbs 5/3/86
54 Aroldis Chapman L/L 6’4″ 215lbs 2/28/88
52 Tony Cingrani L/L 6’4″ 210lbs 7/5/89
53 Carlos Contreras R/R 5’11” 215lbs 1/8/91
28 Anthony DeSclafani R/R 6’1″ 190lbs 4/18/90
70 Jumbo Diaz R/R 6’4″ 280lbs 2/27/84
31 Brandon Finnegan L/L 5’11” 185lbs 4/14/93
76 Amir Garrett L/L 6’5″ 210lbs 5/3/92
60 J.J. Hoover R/R 6’3″ 245lbs 8/13/87
26 Raisel Iglesias R/R 6’2″ 185lbs 1/4/90
47 John Lamb L/L 6’4″ 205lbs 7/10/90
50 Michael Lorenzen R/R 6’3″ 205lbs 1/4/92
41 Ryan Mattheus R/R 6’3″ 220lbs 11/10/83
46 Jon Moscot R/R 6’4″ 210lbs 8/15/91
48 Keyvius Sampson R/R 6’2″ 225lbs 1/6/91
62 Pedro Villarreal R/R 6’1″ 235lbs 12/9/87
We have a hand full of prospects (not listed above) that we
can audition, but I cannot believe that we can create a well
founded BP without going outside the organization. Especially
if we trade Chapman before July. It was our achilles (left one)
last season and it will be again if we don’t acquire some sound
help. These guys stunk up the place last season and I don’t
expect that they will be acquiring ‘talent’ between now and
April. Let’s see what the 10 year shadow with 1 year experience
as “Assistant GM” do for us here.

I don’t think you can take last year and compare. Rookies and taxing a bullpen late in year will make anyone in that pen look bad. If the starters can last longer the bullpen will look better.

Top performing NL (of 15) Bullpens…
#1 Pirates, 31-16, 2.67 ERA
#2 Cards, 28-20, 2.82 ERA
#4 Cubs, 37-26, 3.38 ERA
#5 Brewers, 23-15, 3.40 ERA
#12 Reds, 22-31, 3.96 ERA
Bullpen has failed miserably the last two seasons…
ERA is unacceptable for any bullpen.
2015 – #12, 22-31, 3.96 ERA
2014 – #14, 11-31, 4.11 ERA
2013 – #4, 24-24, 3.19 ERA
2012 – #1, 31-22, 2.65 ERA

Good starters create a good bullpen. Pirates, Cards, and Cubs have the best starting pitching in the league too…


From Tim Dierkes at MLBTR 11/6 on top free agents value and where they may go. Johnny Cueto – Red Sox. Five years, $115MM. Cueto served as the Reds’ ace for many years until the Royals acquired him in July, removing his qualifying offer eligibility. Prior to the trade, he went two weeks between starts due to an elbow issue, but avoided the DL. Cueto was not the dominant force the Royals expected, as he posted a 4.76 ERA in 13 regular season starts and pitched poorly in two of his four postseason outings. The righty capped his season with a complete game to take Game 2 of the World Series. Cueto’s performance since August may have knocked down his free agent value, leaving teams wary of guaranteeing a sixth year. He could still be the ace the Red Sox are seeking, as predicted by five of seven MLBTR writers, or clubs such as the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks, Tigers, Astros, or Blue Jays could win the bidding.

MLB Offseason Dates
Nov. 7 Free agency begins
Nov. 9-12 GM meetings, Boca Raton, Fla.
Dec. 7-10 Winter meetings, Nashville, Tenn.
Dec. 10 Rule 5 draft
Jan. 7 Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 announced
Jan. 12 Salary arbitration filing
Jan. 15 Salary arbitration figures exchanged
Feb. 1-21 Salary arbitration hearings
Feb. 18 Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players
Feb. 23 Voluntary reporting date for other team’s other players
March 1 Mandatory reporting date
April 4 Opening Day

“Nov. 9-12 GM meetings, Boca Raton, Fla.”
Ok Mr. Williams…let’s see what you got. Think SP, LF and BP.

Free agent outfielder Nori Aoki is completely healthy after dealing with concussion issues late in the season, agent Nez Balelo tells Jon Heyman of The Giants’ decision to decline a seemingly affordable option on the veteran was motivated by a desire for flexibility, Balelo indicated, rather than Aoki’s ability to return at full speed. Aoki remains an often-underappreciated player, and he’ll be an interesting target for teams looking for value in the corner outfield.

I was hoping we could get Aoki to come here last year.

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