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Arroyo extension close?’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Bronson Arroyo’s extension could get completed this week and be for two years. Including the option that was picked up on Thursday, the three-year total of the deal could be worth $36-$39 million. Rosenthal did not indicate whether he had a source that provided this information.

As many of us know, this extension has been in the works since early October, as GM Walt Jocketty indicated during the playoffs. The amount sounds in line with what Arroyo has been earning the past couple of seasons.

Talking to Arroyo’s agent, Terry Bross, Monday morning, there was no tipping of the hand that the deal would be done soon. In fact, he said very, very little but here is the quote anyway.

“There have been discussions but I wouldn’t say I’m optimistic or pessimistic,” Bross said. “It’d be premature to comment that anything is imminent or not imminent.”

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No surprises on Reds options

The Reds picked up the $11 million club option for 2011 on RHP Bronson Arroyo and the $1.75 million option on OF Jonny Gomes Wednesday. Not picked up were the $4 million option on SS Orlando Cabrera ($1M buyout) and the $12.75 million option on RHP Aaron Harang ($2M buyout). Both Cabrera and Harang become free agents.

None of these moves come as a shocker. Arroyo has been one of the Reds’ most consistent pitchers since he joined the club in 2006. He won a career high 17 games this season and has 200 innings pitched in six-straight seasons.

Gomes drove in a career-best 86 RBIs while batting .266 with 18 homers.

I have a call into the voice mail of GM Walt Jocketty. I expect he will still pursue Cabrera at a lower price, which he indicated he’d do when asked last month. There’s no word yet on progress towards a contract extension on Arroyo.

As for Harang,who was 18-38 in the last three seasons after he was 32-17 over 2006-07, this is the expected end of the line of his long tenure in Cincinnati. He certainly seemed to see this coming as he was emotional following a final start on the last day of the season.

UPDATE — I just got off the phone with Jocketty about the different decisions. Here are some of the quotes:

On Arroyo:

“We’ll certainly continue to work on doing a multi-year extension with him. I don’t want to go into the season negotiating. We’ll try to [get it done] before the start of the season.”

***I got a text back from Arroyo, who said he was “definitely” optimistic an extension could still get done with the Reds.

On Cabrera:

“It was a tough decision. We’re trying to protect ourselves with payroll and all the arbitration guys we have and the things we need to do. We’re not ruling out the possibility of bringing him back but it will be a while before we know.”

Jocketty said that Paul Janish stands to be the regular shortstop at this point, but obviously that would depend partially on what becomes of Cabrera.

***I talked to Jonny Gomes, who is at his home in Arizona. He was very pleased to know he would be returning to the Reds

“This saves my forehead,” Gomes said. “Last off-season, I banged it into every wall of my house being confused.”

Gomes was referring to being non-tendered and unemployed all of last winter until he signed the day the full squad reported to Spring Training.

“I have six years in [the Majors] but last year was my first time with 500 at-bats,” Gomes said. “Hopefully, I get another opportunity to do back-to-back years. It’s looking like it. Every year has been a battle with nothing guaranteed. I’ve always had a camp invite or a split contract. I’ve had pretty good numbers and success without a job guaranteed. I will battle for a spot at Spring Training and keep putting the pedal to the metal.”

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Arroyo for 2011 and beyond?

The Reds will pick up the $11 million option for pitcher Bronson Arroyo, GM Walt Jocketty said on Saturday afternoon.

“We’re definitely picking up the option,” Jocketty said. “We’ll try to extend him but I don’t want the focus on that right now.”

More later on…

Here is the full story, with quotes from Arroyo:



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Errors sting big time, down 0-2

The Reds gave away their 7-4 loss to the Phillies in Game 2 of the NLDS, no bones about it. They had a 4-0 lead. They had knocked out their nemesis in Roy Oswalt. They had control of the game. It slipped out of their hands.

Seven unanswered runs — five were unearned because of four errors. It’s the salt that stings the defeat all the more.

The Jay Bruce missed catch on Jimmy Rollins’ fly ball in the seventh was the big one. Bruce catches that ball and the Reds can still hang on.

This is my game story

Here are some quotes:

“It was in the lights the whole time. I tried to stick with it to see if it would come out. It never did. It’s pretty helpless. It’s embarrassing. I take a lot of pride in my defense. There’s really nothing I can do about it. I wish for my team more than anything that it didn’t go into the lights or that it came out and I could have caught it. It didn’t happen.” — Jay Bruce

“Well, you could tell it was in the lights, because Jay’s played Golden Glove outfielder, and he didn’t come close to catching that ball.  From being an outfielder, you can tell when the ball gets in the lights.  Yeah, definitely that ball got in the lights at the wrong time.” — Dusty Baker

“It’s hard to give a lineup like that four extra outs and not expect to get beat.” — Bronson Arroyo

“Things happen. This team has battled the entire year. We play such great defense. It’s unfortunate. We are trying our best. It seemed like we’re swinging the bats better. Hopefully on Sunday we can bounce back.” — Orlando Cabrera

“You leave the door open that many times to those guys and they’re going to keep putting pressure on you. Then things start happening. The balls were hit to us. We had plays and we didn’t make them.” — Scott Rolen

Postgame notes —

*Orlando Cabrera left after the fourth inning with a sore left oblique. He hoped to be able to play on Sunday.

“I saw the doctor and he said it didn’t look that bad. We’ll see tomorrow how I feel,” Cabrera said.

*The debacle of the seventh inning started when Chase Utley acted his way through a hit-by-pitch from Aroldis Chapman. The pitch was 101 mph, Utley didn’t sell it that well but it was enough to be awarded first base.

“I don’t think at any time that the ball hit him. I don’t think he ever got hit,” Chapman said.

“It was pretty close,” Utley said. “At first I thought it was going to hit me in my head.  Fortunately, it didn’t.  And he throws so hard.  I felt like I thought it hit me, so I put my head down and I ran to first.”

 Q.  Did it hit you?  CHASE UTLEY:  “I’m not sure.” 

*Scott Rolen is 0-for-7 with five K’s in the two games so far.

*Brandon Phillips’ leadoff home run in the first inning ended a 30-scoreless innings streak at

Citizens Bank Park going back to July 9. Phillips had only the second leadoff postseason homer in Reds history. Pete Rose also did it in World Series Game 5 at Oakland on 10/20/72.

*The six errors were a League Division Series record. The Reds four errors tied the record for most errors in a single LDS game.

See you Saturday from Cincinnati. Workout at GABP in the afternoon.

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Arroyo press conference

Here is the transcript of Game 2 starter Bronson Arroyo’s press conference: 

Q.  A lot of people make a big deal about having postseason experience when you get to the playoffs, particularly for starting pitchers.  In your mind, how much of an advantage is it to have been there before?

 BRONSON ARROYO:  I think just a little bit.  I think it’s overplayed a little bit.  Because at the end of the day after you get through that first inning, everything kind of settles down, you get into your comfort zone.  You feel like it’s a normal game for the most part until you get into a couple of sticky situations.

 But as long as you can control your emotions and your adrenaline level early on in the ballgame, you’re going to be fine.  I think a guy like Roy’s been playing the game for a long time.  I don’t think he’s going to have any problems dealing with the environment.

 Q.  Kind of a follow up to that question.  On the other side, the Phillies are here for the third year in a row.  It’s kind of old hat for them.  A lot of you guys are excited.  Does that help, too, the enthusiasm that maybe some of the newer guys will bring?

 BRONSON ARROYO:  You hope it does.  We’ve obviously got a pretty young club from top to bottom.  We’ve got a lot of guys with fresh legs that aren’t too far removed from college, actually.
 You hope that enthusiasm brings you positives on the field.  I mean, in the Cardinal series when we had the fight, it obviously didn’t bring too many positives to us.  We lost three ballgames with that emotion and that angst coming out in the middle of a ballgame.  So it can work both ways, and you just hope these guys can harness it and use it in a way that’s positive.

 Q.  You’ve been with the Reds for a while, and now you’re a couple of days away from starting a playoff game.  Personally how satisfying is it going through maybe some of the leaner years and here you are two days before starting a playoff game?

 BRONSON ARROYO:  Yeah, I’ve said over the last couple days, I think it’s going to be hard to top ’04 for anything I do in my career again.  But as far as just getting to the playoffs and feeling that you’re a bigger part of the ballclub, this is definitely sweeter for me.

 In Boston I was flying under the radar, I was riding on the coattails of Curt Schilling and Derek Lowe and Pedro Martinez.  And they just expected me to go out and pitch five or six innings and give them a chance to win.  Where on this club for the last four or five years, I’ve been in the front of the rotation, and I’ve had to shoulder a lot more responsibility.
 So I think going through the last four years and being able to grind from the back of the pack and being a team that wasn’t expected to be here at this point in the season, for me, it’s definitely been gratifying.

 Q.  You’ve pitched at Yankee Stadium in the postseason where the fans are extremely intense and harsh to put it mildly.

 Q.  Philadelphia fans have a reputation for backing their team in a similar manner.  What are you expecting in terms of reception?  And how do you mentally prepare yourself for that type of fan reaction?
 BRONSON ARROYO:  Yeah, I expect a very Yankee Stadium esque environment.  Especially warming up in the bullpen.  It’s always these guys are right on top of you here in this bullpen.  It gets a little crazy sometimes just during the regular season much less here in the postseason.  I know these fans here are serious about the game.  They’ve been touted for a long time, especially in the NFL, as some of the craziest in the game.
 So you prepare yourself mentally to deal with all the raw emotion and excitement that’s going on around.  You try to suppress it as much as possible not to burn off too much excess energy before you get out there on the mound and get deep in the ballgame.  But I’ve always enjoyed it.  I loved playing in the stadiums when guys are screaming obscenities about my mother, you know what I mean (laughing)?  I have a good time.  Because I know at the end of the day I’m the one standing on the mound that gets to control what’s going on.
 It’s fun.  It’s all part of the game.  As long as something outlandish doesn’t happen in the stands to your family or something, it’s all part of the game.

NLDS rotation set

The Reds NLDS rotation, against whoever they may face is:

Game 1 — Edinson Volquez
Game 2 — Bronson Arroyo
Game 3 — Johnny Cueto

Travis Wood and Homer Bailey are available from the bullpen.

“Wood gives us potentially four lefties in the bullpen,” manager Dusty Baker said. “And both of them could be potential Game 4 or Game 5 starters if we needed them to. This was predicated upon Philadelphia initially.”

The full 25-man playoff roster has not been revealed yet but the Reds will go with 11 pitchers.

If the Reds draw the left-handed hitting heavy Phillies as originally expected, Wood would have been a potential problem for them. He took a perfect game into the ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park in July.

“That was the first time they saw him, too. Not to take anything away from him,” Baker said. “They didn’t have Utley. They didn’t have Polanco. They didn’t have Ruiz. And they were scoring runs at the time. He’s a gutsy kid but he and Homer are probably the least experienced too. If we can get him a game, he’d be more prepared to start the next time if there is a next time.”

Arroyo was put between Volquez and Cueto to have a softer thrower between two power arms. Arroyo, a 17-game winner and the most veteran pitcher of the rotation, said he wasn’t disappointed about not getting Game 1.

“Either way, I don’t care. It doesn’t matter to me,” Arroyo said. “I’ll toe the rubber some time.”

Also — here is Sunday’s final regular season lineup

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Stubbs 8
Hernandez 2
Harang 1

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Postgame: Big night for Bruce

Lots of storylines surrounding Reds’ 7-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

*A huge night for Jay Bruce in his return after 12 games out with a sore right side. He was 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs.

*In his last five games, Bruce is 11-for-19 (.579) with seven homers and 12 RBIs. It could be big for the offense to have a red-hot Bruce slugging these last three weeks heading into the postseason

“It was a big day for Jay,” manager Dusty Baker said. “That was a big day for us. We needed that today.”

*Bronson Arroyo notched his 15th victory, tying a career high. Arroyo has 15 wins in three-straight seasons now. At 197 2/3 innings, he is closing in on 200 innings for the sixth-straight year. That’s amazing consistency. He pitched six innings without feeling sharp. After two homers in the second, he shut Arizona down.

*The Reds (82-62) got win No. 82 to guarantee their first winning season since 2000.

*With a St. Louis loss, the Reds’ NL Central lead is seven games again. The magic number is 13.

*The announced attendance of 12,061 fans was the lowest this season at GABP.

More quotes —

“It helped me be more relaxed. That’s the biggest thing about hitting. You need to be relaxed up there. I guess that’s how I’m supposed to feel all the time. Hopefully I can feel that, know what it’s like and repeat it.” — Jay Bruce on his hitting approach while returning from his injury.

“That was a gutsy performance by Bronson. He didn’t look like he had it at all early. All I saw were some 83s and 84s up there. We were wondering if the radar gun had slowed.” — Dusty Baker

“I just didn’t have stuff. I came out of the ‘pen knowing it was going to be a war. You feel sluggish sometimes and don’t have a lot of zip on anything. Fortunately, I had some command. If you don’t have one, you hope you have the other.” — Bronson Arroyo

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Postgame: Are you worried?

Wednesday’s 9-2 loss made it four straight defeats and a 1-5 road trip with one game left. Obviously that places even more importance on Thursday’s finale.

Here are some things to ease the concerns — the Reds usually find a way to bounce back from these types of things. They’ve done it most of the season.

*The Reds haven’t lost four in a row since being swept at Philadelphia just before the All-Star break. Right after the break, they were unbeaten in the next seven series (6-0-1).

*The Reds haven’t dropped five in a row since April 14-18.

*The Cardinals were 8-1 losers at Milwaukee tonight which kept the Reds’ National League Central lead at six games and lowered the magic number to clinch to 19.

*The Reds could go 12-11 over the last 23 games and get to 91 wins while St. Louis would need to finish its season 19-6 to reach that mark.

*After this trip, the Reds have only one more series against a contending team — San Diego (Sept. 24-26).

*The Cardinals start a four-game series next at Atlanta. The Reds have Pittsburgh at home this weekend.

A point of concern, however: The Reds have a 16-30 record against the six remaining real NL contenders – the Cardinals (6-12), Braves (2-3), Rockies (2-4), Phillies (2-5), Padres (1-2) and Giants (3-4).

Postgame quotes —

“This is the first year since I’ve been in this uniform that we’ve got something to play for. Regardless of what happens on the field for us personally, we have to put those emotions aside for the betterment of the team. We’re still in a good place. That’s all we can ask for.” — Bronson Arroyo

“Things didn’t go our way tonight at all – the last couple of days. It’s gone their way. That’s what happens when a team is hot and that’s what happens when a team is cold. Nothing lasts forever. We’ll come back tomorrow.” – Dusty Baker

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Reds seeking series win

Sunday lineup vs. LAD

Phillip 4
Cairo 5
Votto 3
Gomes 7
Heisey 9
Hernandez 2 Hanigan 2
Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Arroyo 1

Dusty Baker tipped yesterday that Rolen might not play and that Heisey would definitely play. But it’s an unexpected twist that Hernandez is catching since Hanigan is usually paired with Arroyo. Hernandez has been super hot at the plate of late (.379 with 17 RBIs, last 15 games) but it’s still worth asking.

**Sorry — there was a mistake is the info. Hanigan is the starting catching, not Hernandez. It’s not a scratch or anything.

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Postgame: 14 over .500

A 3-0 win over the Cubs put the 62-48 Reds a season-high 14 games over .500. They are 4-1 on the road trip, have won five of six and seven of nine. This was a nicely played game in all facets for the Reds, who got enough key hits, good pitching and terrific defense.

The good —

*It was another sterling performance by Bronson Arroyo, as he pitched seven scoreless innings with five hits, one walk and seven strikeouts for his 12th victory.

*Arroyo had a huge escape in the fifth inning. After having runners on second and third with no outs, he struck out pitcher Tom Gorzelanny, got Tyler Colvin to pop out and fanned Starlin Castro.

“Sneaking out of that fifth inning was huge,” Arroyo said. “It kind of deflates a team a little bit to get nothing out of that situation. It gave me an opportunity to pitch to the seventh with relative ease.”

*Arroyo said Gorzelanny’s quick innings and having to hit twice and run the bases took a lot out of him on a muggy afternoon.

“I didn’t get a lot of rest,” Arroyo said. “I got a pinch tired and started missing spots with my fastball. I was getting into some jams.”

*Defense was big today. Scott Rolen robbed Castro with a diving stop on a grounder in the fourth and threw him out from his knees. Jonny Gomes made a diving catch in left field to take a hit away from Geovany Soto in the seventh.

*One final defensive gem came on the last play of the game. With the tying run at the plate, Blake Dewitt hit a chopper back to the mound. Francisco Cordero made a nifty barehanded grab over his head and threw Dewitt out at first base, barely, to get his 30th save.

“That was a shortstop, Brandon Phillips type play,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I didn’t think he had a chance to get him at first base.”

*Not much offense but just enough. Ryan Hanigan hit his third homer with a two-run shot in the second inning. Brandon Phillips provided a big insurance run with his two-out RBI single in the seventh.

*For a guy who hates day games, Arroyo has thrown 13 scoreless innings vs. the Cubs in two winning starts at Wrigley Field this season.

*Rolen was 2-for-4 and is batting .483 (14-for-29) over his last eight games.

Roster move —

*During the game, the Reds revealed that IF/OF Drew Sutton was claimed off of waivers by the Indians. That leaves the 40-man roster at 39 players and opens a spot up for Chris Dickerson’s return from the 60-day DL. No word on what will happen to make room on the 25-man roster, if the Reds are ready to activate him.

*Baker said he and Walt Jocketty and the staff would likely talk about that potential move and the one possibly involving Russ Springer back at the team hotel later tonight.

More quotes —

“You look at the boxscore and you never see it show up. That kind of stuff right there, especially the first play on Castro from his knees, that changes the whole inning. I’m going through the meat of the order with Castro on first base, who is pretty fast, if he doesn’t make that play. I wound up being in a jam anyway.” — Bronson Arroyo on Scott Rolen’s defensive gems.

“We got a couple of runs today. The pitching was great and we played good defense. We were able to pull out a tight one.” — Ryan Hanigan

“We wanted some more [runs] but that was all we needed today. That was a big win for the first game of a series in Chicago.” — Dusty Baker


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