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 Reds.com/MLB.com throughout the day.
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 Reds.com/MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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
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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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.
Reliever Burke Badenhop was signed Saturday by the Reds to a one-year, $1 million contract with a $4 million mutual option for 2016. If either side declines the option, it can be bought out for $1.5 million. He can also earn $250,000 in performance bonuses.
Also, veteran right-gander Kevin Gregg agreed to a Minor League deal with an invite to big league camp.
A groundball specialist that turns 32 on Sunday, Badenhop posted a 2.29 ERA in 70 games last season for the Red Sox. Over 70 2/3 innings, he had a 61 percent groundball rate with 70 hits, 19 walks (five intentional), 40 strikeouts and one home run allowed.
One of better arms remaining on the free agent market, Badenhop has a lifetime 3.71 ERA in seven seasons in the big leagues with the Marlins, Rays, Brewers and Red Sox.
“He’s able to pitch a lot,” Jocketty said. “He has very good numbers. He is a groundball pitcher that throws a lot of sinkers and sliders. He’s a very good fit for our ballpark.”
A specific role for Badenhop was not identified.
“We can use him a lot of different ways,” Jocketty said. “I think he can do anything. We will see how he fits. He is very versatile.”
Gregg, 36, pitched in 12 games with the Marlins last season after signing in June. He struggled, though, allowing 10 earned runs in nine innings. Gregg was better in 2013, when he saved 33 games and posted a 3.48 ERA in 62 appearances with the Cubs.
In a corresponding roster move, left-handed pitcher Ismael Guillon was designated for assignment.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty appeared on MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” Thursday morning. Topics ranged from the status of Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, the feasibility of re-signing Johnny Cueto and the offseason in general.