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Games a welcomed sight

Today’s 1:05 intrasquad game is scheduled for five innings.

Team White:

Sappelt 8
Cozart 6
Lewis 7
Francisco 5
Hermida 9
Heisey DH
Alonso 3
Valaika 4
Miller 2
Wood 1

Team Gray:

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Mesoraco DH
Frazier 5
Janish 6
Hanigan 2
Ondrusek 1

Scott Rolen, Edgar Renteria and Ramon Hernandez are not playing in the scrimmage. Miguel Cairo will replace Votto at first base.

“You notice the common denominator here? Age,” manager Dusty Baker said. “If I play them today, do I start off two days in a row with Renteria, Hernandez or Rolen? I don’t think so.”

Baker is trying to program the camp for his veterans to get enough rest to be fresher, longer during the regular season.

*Also scheduled to pitch today:

RHP Daryl Thompson, RHP Jerry Gil, RHP Matt Klinker, RHP Logan Ondrusek, RHP Jordan
Smith, LHP Philippe Valiquette and LHP Jeremy Horst.

The games are generally a welcomed time for players, coaches and writers alike. You get excited for the first workouts to get here and just when you’re getting itchy to get beyond that, the exhibition games start. And just when that seems to get tedious, it’s time for the regular season to open.

“Like anything else out here, you get used to the monotony and you’re ready for a change,” center fielder Drew Stubbs said. “We’ll still obviously have the same workouts we’re doing now but we’ll start mixing in some games. We’ll start seeing some new faces on the other side. It keeps everything fresh for us.”

Some people often ask me how a player “looks” during the early workouts or bullpen session. I’m not a scout or coach so I don’t often pick up on mechanical issues with deliveries or swings. There’s not much to tell from one live BP or a bullpen session. But in a game, you can begin to judge outcomes and how they fare in competition.

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Renteria, Phillips at complex

Good morning from Goodyear and it’s the first gray day I can remember having here so far. A whole bunch of rain is supposed to move through Saturday I’m hearing. Yes, it does rain out here from time to time.

A few notes —

*Edgar Renteria arrived to camp today and talked to reporters. Dusty Baker said he would keep him at shortstop for the early part of spring before even thinking about moving him around.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play second base,” Baker said. “It’s a totally different thing when you have to have your back to the guy coming in vs. all those years you could see him coming.”

Renteria said he took a lot of grounders at second base last season to get prepared. He has never really played anywhere but shortstop though. Renteria is also prepared to back up Paul Janish at shortstop.

“You guys know my position is shortstop but I will play whatever the skipper wants me to play,” Renteria said.

*Brandon Phillips also arrived today and I think he shook hands and/or hugged everybody in the room he saw — whether he knew them or not. I later spoke to him for a couple of minutes and we patched up some things that were between us from last year. I am glad to know we’re moving forward. I’m not sure if you noticed or not, but he was not freuqently quoted on most of last season.

*Incidentally — when Renteria does appear at shortstop this season, he will be the 19th different one Phillips has been paired with since he arrived in 2006. Here is the list of the other 18, courtesy of Rob Butcher:

Orlando Cabrera, Miguel Cairo, Paul Janish, Drew Sutton, Chris Valaika, Alex Gonzalez, Jerry Hairston, Adam Rosales, Jolbert Cabrera, Juan Castro, Jeff Keppinger, Danny Richar, Enrique Cruz, Pedro Lopez, Rich Aurilia, Royce Clayton, Felipe Lopez, Ray Olmedo.

*I did an interview with Yonder Alonso today and will have a story on him later. He’s working every day in left field and right field with coach Billy Hatcher. Hatcher has been pleased with both the progress and Alonso’s work ethic.

*From my personal count — only Joey Votto, Scott Rolen, Jonny Gomes and Miguel Cairo are not here yet. The report day for the full squad is Saturday. I’m sure all will be present and accounted for.

*Also — a note from Cardinals camp: Jim Edmonds announced his retirement today before reporting. Edmonds was hobbling badly on his Achilles tendon at the end of last season with the Reds.

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Renteria contract breakdown

Greetings after a week away on “Staycation.”

Although off, I got to enjoy all the trappings of last week’s snow (or white death) in Cincinnati. The school closings, the roads, the frigid temperatures, etc.

A flight to Arizona is just around the corner though.

Still waiting on the Johnny Cueto contract situation to be resolved after he appeared to agree to terms on a four-year, $27 million deal as reported by I’m also going to check in and see what’s up with Edinson Volquez.

It’s amazing that for all the heat the Reds had taken from fans for standing pat much of the off-season, they still allocated $151 million on four players in Bronson Arroyo, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto and Cueto. And they still could add even more with Volquez.

Add in the salaries spent on Ramon Hernandez, Miguel Cairo, Edgar Renteria and Fred Lewis and the Reds weren’t all that idle.

I have a salary breakdown that might interest you on Renteria, realizing it’s kind of late but I got it while I was out…

Base salary: $2.1 million with $600,000 deferred without interest.

Bonus opportunity:

$100,000 for 300 plate appearances
$100,000 for 350 plate appearances
$125,000 for 400 plate appearances
$150,000 for 500 plate appearances
$250,000 for 550 plate appearances
$25,000 for All-Star game
$50,000 for Gold Glove
$50,000 for Silver Slugger
$50,000 for LCS MVP
$100,000 for World Series MVP

$20,000 to be donated to the Reds Community Fund.

Basically, Renteria is being paid handsomely, but relatively modestly, to back up for Paul Janish. However, if he’s needed to step up and play regularly, he knows he will be compensated accordingly. 

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Lewis, Renteria signed

A busy January continued for the Reds Monday as they checked off another item off of the wish list by signing Fred Lewis to a one-year big league contract worth $900,000, plus incentives.

Cincinnati was in search of a left-handed hitting outfielder for the bench and a potential leadoff hitter and the club gets both with the 30-year-old Lewis.

The club also announced the official signing of SS Edgar Renteria. Both players completed their physicals today. Renteria will earn $2.1 million in base salary with $900,000 in incentives based on plate appearances.

And with that, it appears the Reds are done making transactions. Their 40-man roster is now full.

“I think I’m done,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “These are a couple of pieces we felt we needed.”

Of course, the Reds could sign players to Minor League deals. But it seems like the Reds have filled the holes they identified when winter started.

I just filed my story, which can be found on, and it will have more quotes from Jocketty and others in an updated version. Ultimately, the club went with Lewis over Scott Podsednik for a couple of reasons.

“We felt we had more upside with Lewis, both with his age and in having control over him for a longer period of time,” Jocketty said. “We liked his all-around game.”


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Burton to avoid arbitration

The Reds are expected to wrap up a one year contract today with RHP Jared Burton that will avoid arbitration — according to a baseball source. Burton made $810,000 last season. Terms of the new deal are not yet known.

**5:47 pm update — Reds announced that the deal is done.

Burton spent most of last season in the Minors and spent time on the disabled list with a hypothyroid condition and later, an oblique injury.

As a September call-up, Burton made four appearances for the Reds and worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

**As for the ESPN Chicago report on the Reds signing SS Edgar Renteria — I’m working to confirm that.


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