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Reds lose Rhodes to Rangers

All fall and winter, it seemed like the Reds retaining LHP Arthur Rhodes was a formality. He wanted to return and the club wanted him back.

But on Thursday night, Rhodes had agreed to a one-year contract with the Rangers — according to a pair of baseball sources. Terms were not immediately known. The deal has yet to be announced by Texas.

The 41-year-old Rhodes was a key late-inning set-up man for the Reds the past two seasons. In 2010, he posted a 2.29 ERA in 69 games – his most appearances since 2001. That included a stretch where he tied a Major League record with 33-straight scoreless appearances – over 30 innings. He was also an All-Star for the first time in his 19-season career.

Complicating matters for the Reds was that other lefty relievers were getting larger deals than Cincinnati was willing to offer Rhodes. For instance, Scott Downs got three years and $15 million from the Angels while Pedro Feliciano received a two-year, $8 million deal from the Yankees. Rhodes had better seasons than both of those guys.

During the Winter Meetings, GM Walt Jocketty mentioned Rhodes was seeking a multi-year deal — which with him at 41, the Reds weren’t willing to do. AOL Fanhouse reported that Rhodes’ deal includes a vesting option for 2012. 

Without Rhodes, the Reds still have lefties Aroldis Chapman and Bill Bray in the fold. As for Dontrelle Willis, who signed a minor league contract last month to reboot his career as a reliever, his chances to make the team just got a whole lot better.

Rhodes was a Type A free agent but the Reds did not offer him arbitration earlier this month. That means they get no compensation picks as a result.

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Reds had interest in Bartlett

And your 2010 Winter Meetings are over.

Outside of the re-signing of Miguel Cairo, it was supremely quiet on the Reds front. It appears they did have interest in trading for SS Jason Bartlett but the Rays moved him to the Padres in a deal that hasn’t been made official yet.

“In the end we decided against it,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “I didn’t want to give up the players and I didn’t know how big of an upgrade it was.”

Expected to make $5 million and seeking an extension, Bartlett was also quite a bit more expensive than Paul Janish, who is near the big league minimum. I agree with Jocketty that Bartlett wasn’t a better solution than Janish for shortstop. 

There has been no movement towards the re-signing of LHP Arthur Rhodes as well.

The Rule 5 Draft came and went without the Reds picking a player and for the first time I can remember, they did not lose a player either.

And now comes the day taxi drivers around Orlando have craved — the mass exodus of baseball executives, scouts, reporters, businesses and manufacturers from the Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

I will have a more complete wrap going on and later today.


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Cairo re-signed to two-year deal

The first transaction was completed by the Reds on Wednesday as free agent utility infielder Miguel Cairo was re-signed to a two-year contract. The terms aren’t known, but GM Walt Jocketty said ‘it’s less than market.”

The deal was agreed to on Tuesday night.

“Miguel played a big part in the success of our club this year,” Jocketty said. “He had a very good year. He’s a veteran player that keeps himself in great shape and is always ready to play and fills in a lot of ways. He’s instrumental in the makeup of the clubhouse. He wanted a two-year deal. We talked about it. The price was right so we did it.”

In 90 games with the Reds, Cairo batted .290. He made 38 starts at four positions (26gs at 3B, 9gs at 1B, 2gs at 2B, 1gs at RF).

In other news — talks are ongoing with the agent for Arthur Rhodes.The two asides are still divided on money.

“We met with his agent again today. We made some progress but we’re a ways a part,” Jocketty said.

It appears that LHP Denys Reyes is headed to the Phillies, which were reportedly taking a look at Rhodes too. That lessened his options a bit. At 41, Rhodes was seeking a multi-year deal.

“He is but he’s not going to get it from us,” Jocketty said. “I think he is OK with that.”

Talks were held with Joey Votto’s agent. The Reds will offer a mult-year contract but nothing is expected to get done here.

“They weren’t really ready to talk about it,” Jocketty said.

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Quick Winter Meetings update

Some quick notes from a session with Reds GM Walt Jocketty.

*The Reds have had talks with the agent for Miguel Cairo. Jocketty was optimistic Cairo could be re-signed this week. It would be for a big league contract.

*Talks are planned this week with the agent for LHP Arthur Rhodes

*Joey Votto’s agent, Danny Lozano, is here at the hotel. But Jocketty did not indicate talks were set up yet. As for getting deals done with Votto, Jay Bruce or other arbitration eligible guys…

“I don’t see anything happening on any of that stuff here,” Jocketty said.

When asked whether his reception to inquiries about Yonder Alonso are affected by Votto’s status…

“I think right now, Yonder is a guy that still figures in the organization,” Jocketty said. “It gives us protection. He believes that he’s working this winter to come in and compete for a spot on the bench next year to play some first and left field and be a left-handed hitter off the bench.”

*Asked about speculation of the Reds interest in Royals ace Zack Greinke:

“I haven’t had any discussions with them,” Jocketty said.

Otherwise, the Reds suite at the Swan & Dolphin Resort Hotel hasn’t been too busy.

More later…

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No arb offers to Rhodes, Cabrera

One surprise, one went as expected.

Before the midnight deadline, the Reds did not offer arbitration to free agents Arthur Rhodes and Orlando Cabrera. I expected Rhodes, a type A free agent, to get the arbitration offer since he could have yielded draft picks as compensation by going elsewhere. Cabrera is a Type B free agent and I didn’t expect he’d get the offer.

Even though arbitration was not offered, both players are still eligible to re-sign with the Reds.

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Free agency begins

And so it begins…the Hot Stove season.

At the very moment of Brian Wilson recording the final strikeout to give the Giants the World Series win over the Rangers, 142 players automatically became free agents late Monday night. Under new rules, they no longer have to file for it…it just happens.

The new rules also shorten the exclusive negotiating period for free agents from 15 days to five days. After the fifth day, free agents can negotiate and sign with any club.

As expected, these are the Reds free agents from the list provided by the MLBPA:

Bloomquist, Willie               
Cairo, Miguel                      
Edmonds, Jim                       
Hernandez, Ramon                
Lincoln, Michael              
Rhodes, Arthur               
Springer, Russ

From this list, expect the Reds to make attempts to bring back Hernandez, Cairo and Rhodes. Edmonds was contemplating retirement but I could envision his potential return if he wanted to keep playing and was healthy enough to give it a go. 

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Rest for Votto, Rolen

Sat lineup vs. MIL

Stubbs 8
Cabrera 6
Phillips 4
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Alonso 3
Hanigan 2
Bailey 1

*Joey Votto, who is 1-for-7 with two walks and a sac fly the past two games, got a rest.

“He looks a little bit slow, a little bit off,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He’ll play [Sunday]. I’ll try to play everybody five innings today, the same tomorrow.”

*Scott Rolen was rested for the last four innings of Friday’s game and isn’t getting a break today.

“I’ll try to play some of the guys, especially guys that have a chance to play on the playoff roster and get them some at-bats,” Baker said.

*Arthur Rhodes and Aroldis Chapman aren’t expected to be available today.

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One surprise, one non-surprise

A few days ago in Denver, I talked to outfielder Jim Edmonds and came away with the impression his chances of returning from a torn right oblique muscle this season were remote. Imagine my surprise when we learned Edmonds was activated from the disabled list Friday.

Turns out, Edmonds and Dusty Baker didn’t see the move coming too.

“I really wasn’t expecting to come off today,” Edmonds said. “[Walt Jocketty] told me and that’s a good thing. Nobody wants to be on the DL anyways. I’m here if it’s needed.”

“I was surprised myself,” Baker said. “Walt informed me. I saw him moving around pretty good in the outfield. I haven’t seen him hit. So far he’s been hitting off the tee.”

The Reds have played with only three healthy outfielders for 10 days since Jay Bruce went down with a sore right side. There is no Minor League outfielders on the 40-man roster and no room on the roster at the moment to open space up.

“He figured he could take me off [the DL] right now and be in case of an emergency, I’m sure,” Edmonds said. “We’re kind of short right now. Whatever it takes.”

*In a non-surprise, Edinson Volquez was told Thursday that he would be the Reds starter on Saturday. This seemed like it was coming once Harang was lifted early from Monday’s start after only 2 1/3 innings at Colorado.

*Aaron Harang will move to the bullpen and be available as a long reliever. Baker said Harang handled the news professionally.

“Usually his nemesis inning is the third or fourth inning,” Baker said. “He can give us a couple of innings, which we’ll need hopefully in long relief or middle relief. It’s a very unusual situation for him and us.”

*Mike Leake was also activated from the DL, but not to pitch.

“Leake will fit in to pinch-hit, pinch-run, pinch-bunt. Pinch everything,” Baker said. “He told me two months ago if I needed an emergency outfielder, he could do that too. That’s a real emergency. He’s not ready to pitch. He wasn’t supposed to pick up a ball for two weeks.”

*SS Orlando Cabrera (left oblique) likely will be rested through the weekend, Baker said.

*Bruce is not available today off the bench. He is still not rushing a return.

*LHP Arthur Rhodes was not available Thursday because of a sore foot. It’s not clear yet if he’s available tonight.

“We’re kind of the walking wounded right now,” Baker said.

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PGX: Big win for many reasons

Wednesday afternoon’s 4-3 Reds win over the Phillies on Jay Bruce’s two-run home run in the eighth was big in many ways.

*They took two of three to claim the series

*It meant a 4-2 home stand before beginning a tough 11-game, three city road trip heading into the All-Star break.

*The Reds beat Roy Halladay, who pitched a complete game. They’ve now beaten two pitchers that have thrown perfect games this season, incidentally. (Dallas Braden at OAK was the other)

“It is a big win because those are the type of guys were going to be facing if we make it to the playoffs,” Bruce said. “It was big for us to come back and [for] everyone to put the at-bats together that they did to get that win.”

*It was the Reds’ MLB leading 25th come-from-behind win and their 14th win in the final at-bat, which tied the Braves for the MLB lead. Cincinnati was trailing 3-0 after four innings.

“You want to leave before this road trip on a high note. It doesn’t get any higher than this game today,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It was a very well-played game in all respects.”

The good —

*Joey Votto moved into a tie for the NL lead with 18 homers when he hit a 1-2 pitch into the right field bullpen. It was a tough pitch low and inside. Not many dudes could have done that there with that location. Votto has reached base in a MLB season-high 38-straight games.

*On the heels of his rare bad night and 33-scoreless appearance streak ender, Arthur Rhodes got the win when he pitched a 1-2-3 top of the eighth — striking out Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and getting Raul Ibanez to fly out.

“It was good to see Dusty get me out there today against the same guys and me have a 1-2-3 inning,” Rhodes said.

*After Jonny Gomes leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth, Bruce completed the comeback when he smoked a first-pitch into the right field seats. It was a no-doubter.

The not-so-good —

*Starter Aaron Harang’s one blemish was a big one. Dane Sardinha, the former Reds prospect and a .130 career hitter in the big leagues entering the day, hit a first pitch for a three-run homer with two outs in the fourth and Halladay on deck.

*The Philadelphia seventh and eighth hitters were a combined 10-for-17 with three homers in the last two games. Whether it was Brian Schneider, Sardinha or Wilson Valdez, all of them were playing because a regular is injured.

“Aaron made just one mistake to Sardinha,” Baker said. “The bottom of the order here, they killed us. We held their big boys in check pretty good. But the seventh and eighth hitters hit three three-run homers in two days.”

News —

After the game, the Reds optioned LHP Daniel Ray Herrera to Triple-A Louisville. Herrera has been inconsistent this season while going 1-3 with a 3.91 ERA in 36 games. He had 11 of his 39 inherited runners score and retired 23 of 36 first batters faced.

“We sent him down there to get his act together and find his control,” Baker said. “Usually he’s a guy that can throw wherever he wants to throw it. It seems like the last couple of months, he’s been in and out with control and location. He will be back.”

More quotes —

“It’s important to anybody, I don’t care who you are. Arthur was the first one to come in here and say ‘thanks for getting me back out there.’ I really didn’t need that. I was going to get him back out there no matter what. It’s apropos that he got the loss last night and got the win today.” — Dusty Baker on getting Arthur Rhodes back on the mound after Tuesday night.

“We had some opportunities with runners on third and less than two outs. You just pray those don’t haunt you. You could tell that very good pitchers, they seem to bear down and know how to get out of those situations. He reached back. He had his best velocity and location when he was in trouble.” — Baker on Halladay.

“I made bad pitches in the eighth. I left two balls up that cost me.” — Phillies starter Roy Halladay

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Hernandez in lineup

spaceneedle 061910.jpgSat. lineup vs. SEA

Cabrera 6
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes DH
Bruce 9
Nix 7
Hernandez 2
Stubbs 8

LeCure  RHP

*The Reds waited until after batting practice to post the lineup to see how Ramon Hernandez felt. Hernandez was a late scratch Friday because of a sore lower back.

“I think it was from sleeping or the flight maybe,” Hernandez said before BP. “I’ve had it for a long time. I always take care of it but some days are better than others.”

*During his scoreless eighth inning, reliever Arthur Rhodes had to be looked over by trainer Paul Lessard and pitching coach Bryan Price. Rhodes has been bothered by a sore right foot.

“I caught my spike on the mound,” said Rhodes, who is fine.

Rhode’s 28-scoreless inning streak is the longest for a Reds reliever since Ted Abernathy pitched 30 scoreless innings in 1967. As expected, Rhodes wanted nothing to do with a discussion about his streak.

“I don’t have a streak. I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Rhodes said, probably only half-joking.

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