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Workout pics

Much of the daily developments from Reds camp and tidbits will be migrating to the main site at from here on out. I will continue to blog things here when I can and give additional things or immediate breaking news.

For now, here are some pictures from the first day of workouts on Thursday:





The pitcher throwing in the bullpen is Raisel Iglesias.

MLB Network televising 3 games

MLB Network announced Wednesday that it will be televising three Reds spring games. That brings the total of Reds games on TV this spring to seven with the four Reds-Indians games being carried by Fox Sports Ohio.

Here is the MLB Network slate:

Friday, March 20 – Reds at San Francisco Giants – 9:00 p.m. ET
Monday, March 23 – Reds at Texas Rangers – 9:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 4 – Reds at Toronto Blue Jays – 1:00 p.m. ET

MLB Network’s annual “30 clubs in 30 days” shows will be back as well. The Reds will be featured on Saturday, March 14 at 10 p.m. ET.

Camp open, Bailey update

Good morning from Goodyear…

Spring Training is here as Reds pitchers and catchers report to camp Wednesday. It’s not a formal workout day (that’s Thursday), but several players are here. I’ve seen Homer Bailey, Sam LeCure, Sean Marshall, Paul Maholm, Raisel Iglesias and Dylan Axelrod, among the players in the clubhouse.

Bailey, who is coming off of surgery to repair a torn flexor mass, said things are going well but that he is still a little behind from his usual schedule.

“I haven’t gotten off the mound,” Bailey said. “Usually, l like to get off the mound a few times before I come. But I can catch back up real quick. It’s more getting used to the throwing everyday stuff.”

Bailey noted that he has not had any setbacks to this point.

More to come on throughout the day.

Reds stuff is in Goodyear

The Reds’ equipment made the 1,800-plus mile trek from Cincinnati and arrived in Goodyear on Saturday. The clubhouse staff unloaded it all ahead of pitchers and catchers reporting on Wednesday.

I will be flying out to Arizona on Tuesday and the stories/posts on will be plentiful. Be sure to check there every day for fresh content. I will also try to have some blog extras and breaking news on here as well.

Guillon clears, outrighted

LHP Ismael Guillon cleared waivers, and was outrighted Friday to Triple-A Louisville.

Guillon will be at big league camp in Spring Training as a non-roster invite. He was designated for assignment last Saturday when the Reds signed free agent reliever Burke Badenhop.

Chapman avoids arbitration

The Reds and Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year contract with terms not yet known.

Chapman was the final arbitration case pending for Cincinnati, which has not gone to a hearing since 2004 when the club won a case over reliever Chris Reitsma.

In the exchange of salary figures last month, Chapman wanted to make $8.7 million while the Reds counter-offered with $6.65 million. Slated to turn 27 on Feb. 28, he was second-year arbitration eligible.

UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that Chapman will make $8.05 million, which is $400,000 above the midpoint between the two sides’ figures.

Four spring games on TV

Fox Sports Ohio announced that four Reds Cactus League exhibition games will be televised.

All are vs. the Indians on the following dates:

March 4 at 3 p.m. ET
March 5 at 3 p.m. ET
March 17 at 4 p.m. ET
March 26 at 4 p.m. ET

Truck loaded for Goodyear

Another sign Spring Training is right around the corner…

The Reds began loading their truck of equipment for Spring Training on Tuesday morning. I will have a story and video later on, but here are a couple of pictures for now.

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Two-year contract for Frazier

The Reds and All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier avoided arbitration on Sunday by agreeing to a two-year, $12 million contract.

Frazier, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, will earn $4.5 million this season and $7.5 million in 2016, and will have one year of arbitration eligibility remaining at the end of the deal.

When he filed for arbitration last month, Frazier was seeking $5.7 million while the club’s counter offer was $3.9 million.

“We went back and forth with all of the options. My agent thought this was the best one,” said Frazier, who is represented by CAA Sports and agent Brodie Van Wagenen.

Frazier turns 29 on Thursday, which was also the day his arbitration hearing was scheduled.

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Viciedo unlikely for Reds

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty downplayed a report that his club was pursuing free agent outfielder Dayan Viciedo, who was released by the White Sox earlier this week.

“We talked to his representative but I don’t know if we have a fit for him,” Jocketty said. “They’re looking for more playing time. With our outfield the way it is, I don’t see it as a good fit.”

Viciedo, 25, could have been a fit in other ways. He would still under club control for three more years and would be a right-handed power bat off the bench that hit 25 home runs in 2012. He hit 21 homers last season for Chicago but batted .231/.281/.405 in 145 games.

*Talks are continuing with the two remaining Reds arbitration players — 3B Todd Frazier and closer Aroldis Chapman.

“We’re going to keep working on it this weekend and see if we can make some progress,” Jocketty said. “Until it’s over, we don’t really know.”

*Jocketty wasn’t expecting any more signings before the Reds open Spring Training on Feb. 18.

“I don’t think so. I think we’re pretty much done,” he said. “We’ll see if things pop up here the last week or so but I think we’re pretty well set.”

*If you care about uniform numbers, Badenhop was assigned No. 25 and Gregg will get No. 37. Paul Maholm, signed earlier in the week, was given No. 46.

Update: Skip Schumaker switched from No. 25 to 55.


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