Circle the calendar 

The Reds announced on Tuesday that pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training on Feb. 18.
<P>
The first workout will happen the same day. Position players are slated to report to camp in Goodyear, Ariz., on Feb. 23, with the first full-squad workout coming that afternoon.

<P>
Also announced was a 33-game 2016 Cactus League schedule that begins with three-straight games vs. the Indians from March 1-3 at Goodyear Ballpark.

<P>
Among the highlights of the home schedule in Goodyear:

<P>
The Reds will host the World Series champion Royals on March 15, the Giants on March 4, the D-backs on March 20 and the Cubs on March 22.

<P>

Cincinnati and Cleveland will play one more game to conclude the Cactus League slate on March 31. A final Reds exhibition game will be played vs. the Pirates on April 2, at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

<P>
Group ticket sales for Reds games at Goodyear Ballpark begins on Nov. 23. Individual game sales start on Dec. 12.

<P>
For more information, go to reds.com/spring.

16 Comments

Its November 17 Bat Man and Robin. AKA Dick and Walt.
Where is that first block buster trade to get us stoked to buy tickets ?
Waiting and waiting some more.

It will happen at the end of spring training and they’ll get what’s left from the scrap heap .

Between now and Dec.12. I really don’t think they’re going to disappoint us this time.

I hope you’re right , but would it surprise you if you’re not ?

Unfortunately, Old Jim, I would not be surprised.

From MLBTR:
By Jeff Todd | November 18, 2015 at 3:17pm CST

3:17pm: Reds GM Dick Williams tells Fay that the team would only have interest in Arroyo if he can first demonstrate that he’s back to full health after Tommy John surgery (Twitter link).

2:48pm: Righty Bronson Arroyo was in Cincinnati today to meet with Reds manager Bryan Price and discuss a possible return, John Fay of WCPO Cincinnati reports. The veteran free agent said that he’d “love to come back” to the club.

Arroyo, 38, enjoyed a solid eight-year run with the Reds before departing for the D’backs via free agency after the 2013 campaign. He contributed nearly 1700 innings in that stretch, carrying a 4.05 ERA with 5.9 K/9 against 2.3 BB/9.

It’s been a while since Arroyo took the hill, as he missed about half of 2014 and all of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He bounced between organizations as part of the salary-swapping elements of a pair of trades, but is now formally a free agent.

Arroyo indicated that he expects to be ready to go for the spring. “My elbow finally started feeling 100 percent five days ago,” he said. “There was a little spot in there. The scar tissue finally broke up or something.”

It’s somewhat unclear at present exactly how much interest the club has in a reunion. Cincinnati is, after all, entering a rebuilding phase and may not want to beat the market. But there is both need and opportunity in the rotation, too, as MLBTR’s Charlie Wilmoth explained in breaking down the club’s offseason. The Reds relied very heavily on young arms down the stretch and could certainly stand to add the innings and presence of a veteran such as Arroyo to an inexperienced staff.

He would be the perfect guy for the young pitchers to look up to and learn from.

Bronson would be another has been that we’ve seen time and time again. He needs to retire and come aboard as a coach and not take up a roster spot

K-rod signed by Detroit.

That’s 2 teams (I think) that were supposedly interested in Chapman gone by the boards. Most experts agree that Chapman gets more in return if traded before season starts. We shall see. I wonder what our GM Jocketty thinks of this. Oh I mean Wagner I think.

Like I said . The Reds will wait until the last minute and get the left overs .

MLB Trade Rumors…
Reds Hope To Move Chapman Before Winter Meetings
By Steve Adams | November 18, 2015 at 8:51pm CST

8:51pm: In a full column, Rosecrans has transcribed the entire quote from Jocketty:

“Boston was probably a player in it, we talked to them, but we didn’t get close to anything. We’ve been talking to clubs, but I don’t think there’s anything that’s close. Hopefully we get something done with somebody before the Winter Meetings. We’d like to get moving on some things.”

8:29pm: Aroldis Chapman‘s name has been frequently mentioned in rumors over the past few months, and he figures to become a more pressing issue in the coming weeks. C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets that president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty says there’s “nothing close” with Chapman at this time. Jocketty, though, hopes to get something completed before the onset of the Winter Meetings, according to Rosecrans. This year’s Winter Meetings take place from Dec. 7-10 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Tigers, Red Sox, Astros, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays and Nationals have all been mentioned as potential trade partners, though the Tigers and Red Sox have, of course, already picked up late-inning relief help, which could remove them from the market. (Detroit acquired Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers this morning while Boston landed Craig Kimbrel from the Padres in a weekend blockbuster.) Considering the caliber of arm in question, it’s highly likely that other clubs will enter the mix and have already done so while going unreported.

With one year of club control remaining at a projected $12.9MM rate, Chapman isn’t a long-term piece. But, he’s the type of overpowering arm that a team expecting to contend could acquire to significantly boost its playoff hopes, even if said team already has a closer in place. There’s a very strong case that Chapman is the best relief pitcher in baseball (he’s certainly among the top five or so), and adding him to a bullpen doesn’t remove the incumbent closer, but rather a team’s seventh-best reliever. The difference between Chapman and any club’s most disposable big league reliever, of course, is sizable.

Any club acquiring Chapman now likely feels that it’s acquiring a 2017 draft pick as well, considering the fact that Chapman is the rare reliever that represents an easy call when it comes to a potential qualifying offer. So long as Chapman doesn’t blow out his arm in 2016, it feels like a given that he’ll be worthy of a QO next November. Trading him this winter, then, would be Cincinnati’s best bet at maximizing a return for the soon-to-be 28-year-old Chapman, who owns a 1.90 ERA with 16.1 K/9, 3.8 BB/9 and 145 saves over the past four seasons with the Reds.

Is Wagner the GM or not? Almost every Reds article quotes Jocketty.

Do you mean Williams ?

OOOOOOPPPS ! Thanks. So I ask, is Williams GM or is it just pretend.

I think he’s just a figure head until Jocketty leaves . The promotion was just a publicity ploy to save face with the Reds’ fan base . They think that promoting Williams will satisfy those calling for Jocketty’s ouster . It’s just more smoke and mirrors .

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: