Well, another Winter Meetings has come and gone with little to report about the Reds. I wish I had more to give you.
Fans sometimes get irritated when there are no moves. At the same, does it really matter who “wins” at the Winter Meetings? The Blue Jays made the biggest splash last year in Nashville. The Marlins did two years ago. Neither had fruitful seasons.
On the other hand, the Reds made no moves at either of those meetings but soon spun trades that brought Choo, Latos and Marshall.
So you have plenty to watch for in the coming days and weeks. The Reds still want a bat, possibly a short-term leadoff hitter and bench help at shortstop. The Brandon Phillips rumors will likely continue without resolution until something is either done or the club goes to Spring Training. Again, it will be tough to swing something. If they trade Phillips and lose Choo, as is expected, the void offensively would be tough to overcome.
More when I have something.
There are reports from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.com that the Yankees turned down a trade offer from the Reds that proposed sending Brandon Phillips in return for Brett Gardner.
I have confirmed through sources tonight that Reds GM Walt Jocketty and Yankees GM Brian Cashman did hold meetings and that Phillips was discussed. I also learned that the Yankees are among teams listed in Phillips’ limited no-trade clause on a contract that has four years and $50 million.
More to come when I learn more.
For the second-straight year, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was a winner of a National League Silver Slugger Award.
The results of the voting was announced on Wednesday and determined by the league’s managers and coaches.
Bruce, 26, batted .262 with 30 home runs and a career-high 109 RBIs over 160 games, also the most for his career. He was tied for second in the NL in RBIs, ranked third in homers and tied for third with 43 doubles. Among all Major League right fielders, Bruce led in homers, RBIs, doubles and extra-base hits.
More to come on MLB.com and Reds.com. Bruce is holding a conference call soon.
Who do you like for the World Series between Boston and St. Louis?
My prediction is probably predicated on having seen the Cardinals play in person so much but I’m picking them to beat the Red Sox in six games. I will forgo the analysis and leave it at that.
We shall soon see how right or wrong I am.
Please be sure to check out all of the great content and coverage of both teams on MLB.com.
Reds Lineup vs. Brewers
It’s the return of Reds ace Johnny Cueto today. Again. Yesterday, Cueto mentioned that it will be hard to keep the injuries off his mind, and Dusty Baker agreed today that getting over it mentally can be difficult. Cueto didn’t think he would have a pitch limit, but Baker said he’ll keep a close eye on him and not extend him too far. That’s easier considering Tony Cingrani was scheduled to pitch today and could fill in for a few innings.
“Hope he stays out of a big inning,” Baker said of Cueto. “You hope that Johnny didn’t lose much in his off-time. First time, he was kind of rough when he came back, but the second [game after that] he was excellent. Let’s just hope the layoff didn’t drain him too much. …
“The thing with injuries, you not only have to get over it physically, you have to get over it mentally, too. Every time you feel something, you wonder if it’s back. But the further you get away from an injury, the less and less you think about it.”
Pedro Villarreal was optioned back to Triple-A Louisville to make room for Cueto.
Standard off-day for Shin-Soo Choo, who said he does feel a difference in the amount of energy it takes to play center this season as opposed to playing in the corner like he has in the past. Baker said he had to tell Choo to come in late. Choo then had to ask fellow outfielder Jay Bruce what time to get to the clubhouse because he’s so used to coming in early.
Mark has the series against Colorado off, so I’ll be handling the blog and everything else for a few days. My name is Jeremy Warnemuende, and I’m the associate reporter here in Cincinnati for the season. I’ve got the lineup for today’s game below. As expected, Brandon Phillips is out. Cesar Izturis is starting in his place for the second day in a row, but Dusty Baker said today that Jack Hannahan could see some time at second or shortstop with Phillips out.
Reds lineup vs. Rockies
I took a quick trip through the Hall of Fame Museum after dinner…incredibly impressive. I fully understand why some memorabilia collectors take their hobby so seriously. Seeing the real things — whether it’s one of Babe Ruth’s uniforms, Hank Aaron’s locker stall or even Miller Huggins’ cardigan sweater with the interlocked ‘NY’ on the chest — it leaves me in awe that these legends actually wore or used these items.
For some reason, I took particular enjoyment from touching the cornerstone that was rescued from the demolition of Ebbets Field. I’ve never been a big memorabilia buff, but seeing these things does transport you to another time.
Here are some pictures from tonight…
Reds lineup vs Cubs
*On the road trip thus far, Yonder Alonso is 6-for-15 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs. Jay Bruce is 7-for-22 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs. Juan Francisco is also 6-for-15 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs. Edgar Renteria is 6-for-13 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. Brandon Phillips is 7-for-22.
*Lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, Ramon Hernandez is 7-for-18 (.389) with 1 HR and 4 RBIs.
Reds lineup vs. Marlins
*A rare day off for Joey Votto, his first since July 25. Since that breather, he was batting .356 (32-for-90, with 9 HR, 21 RBIs). This is a chance for Miami native and former Univ. of Miami star Yonder Alonso to start in front of his hometown at his natural position. When the clubhouse opens, I will of course make sure to see what’s going on with Votto.
(**Just checked that Votto is 3-for-13 or .231 lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco.)
*This week is the last time the Reds will be at the stadium known as Sun Life, Dolphin, Land Shark, Pro Player and Joe Robbie. Entering tonight, they are 37-34 there. The Marlins will open next season at a new ballpark on the site of the old Orange Bowl.
*The Phillies announced that LHP Cole Hamels was placed on the 15-day DL. Why should you care, Reds fan? The move was made retroactive so Hamels can start the Aug. 29 series opener vs. the Reds at GABP. Of course, Hamels is 7-0 with a 1.43 ERA in eight starts lifetime vs. CIN
*On Thursday, Reds Senior Director of Professional & Global Scouting Terry Reynolds will be inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame in St. Paul, Minn.
Reds lineup vs. Orioles
*Jay Bruce is 2-for-10 in the series so far, including a 0-for-5, 3 strikeout game last night. Not surprised he’s getting a break.
**UPDATE - Bruce is sick today. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt in the clubhouse and looking rather lousy. He was going to see the Orioles team doctor to find out what he has.
“I don’t feel good this morning,” Bruce said. “I felt perfectly fine last night. But when I got back to the hotel and went to bed, I caught a chill and couldn’t shake it.”
“We’re going to find a place to quarantine him if he’s contagious so he doesn’t get anyone else sick,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
*As expected, RHP Homer Bailey was activated from the 15-day disabled list to make the start today. To make room on the roster, Carlos Fisher was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
*In the last 18 games, Reds pitchers are 10-8 with a 2.82 ERA, with the starters 10-5 with a 3.03 ERA.
*Joey Votto became the eighth Canadian born playuer to reach the 100 career home run milestone last night. The other seven are: Larry Walker (383), Matt Stairs (165), Jeff Heath (194), Jason Bay (193), Justin Morneau (185), Corey Koskie (124) and George Selkirk (108).