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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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No non-tenders

Ahead of tonight’s 11:59 pm ET deadline, the Reds tendered contracts all of their players. This includes the six arbitration eligible guys — Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, Bill Bray and Jared Burton.

I had written yesterday that Burton could be a candidate for being non-tendered. I was apparently wrong.

“It’s tough to find quality arms,” general manager Walt Jocketty said. “Burton was healthy at the end of the year. It’s not that much of a financial burden. It made sense to tender him.”

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Reds acquire Bloomquist from KC

A couple of moves….

The Reds acquired Willie Bloomquist from the Royals for cash or a player to be named later. Bloomquist was hitting .265 for the Royals this season with three homers, 17 RBIs and eight steals.

With the Reds strapped for healthy outfielders, the 32-year-old Bloomquist can do that and play the infield. He’s played every position this season except pitcher and catcher.

Bloomquist will wear No. 9. I will double check later to be absolutely sure, but he should be ineligible for the postseason roster since he was acquired after Aug. 31.

*To make room on the 40-man roster for Bloomquist, RHP Enerio Del Rosario was designated for assignment.

*Also, the Reds recalled reliever Jared Burton from Triple-A Louisville. Burton hasn’t been up all season and was 3-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 33 games for the Bats.

Monday lineup vs. ARI

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Stubbs 8
Hanigan 2
Heisey 9
Arroyo 1

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Could Chapman be summoned?

RHP Russ Springer is headed to the doctor for a MRI test later today because of a sore hip flexor. If he needs to go on the DL, it’s possible Aroldis Chapman could be the guy called up from Triple-A Louisville.

“Maybe,” general manager Walt Jocketty said. “There are two or three guys down there pitching well. We just have to decide, looking at the matchups and who we’re playing, which guy is available and the best matchup.”

RHP Jared Burton is also pitching well at Louisville and could be one of the other candidates. Springer said he was still sore on Friday morning.

“It’s discouraging because my arm feels great,” Springer said. “Hopefully, it’s just a little hiccup. It was a long road to get back to the big leagues and two outings in, it grabbed me like that.”

*OF Chris Dickerson was recalled from his rehab assignment at Louisville but has not been activated from the DL yet. Dickerson was in California to be a funeral.

“We can either bring him back here or option him [to Louisville],” Jocketty said.

*The Reds set their rotation for the upcoming Cardinals series. It will be Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo. Leake will be pitching in his normal turn, and facing St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter. There was no discussion of moving things around.

“Whoever is throwing the best, you can’t just match it up for St. Louis and maybe lose games before you even get to St. Louis,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Quite frankly, our rotation has been set since the 26th of July until the 22nd of August.”

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Bullpen help, Votto back

The Reds have bullpen reinforcements for Tuesday’s game vs. STL.

RHP Mike Lincoln went to the disabled list with a straight right latissimus dorsi muscle (on his side). RHP Carlos Fisher was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Both guys got pummeled yesterday and Lincoln allowed 12 runs over his last 7 2/3 innings. 

Recalled from Louisville were relievers Enerio Del Rosario and Logan Ondrusek

1B Joey Votto is back in the Reds lineup as well…

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

*Dusty Baker said that Lincoln had been dealing with this injury for a while.

“He doesn’t complain, alibi or cry about anything,” Baker said. “Last year, he had that neck problem. He had been on the DL so much in his career, that’s the last thing he wanted to do. When he gets healthy, he still has good stuff.”

*Ondrusek had eight of his last 10 outings at Louisville be scoreless but was roughed up for four runs in the two other games. He believed he made some adjustments to be back better this time.

“It’s just making sure I’m locating the fastball early, and getting ahead,” Ondrusek said. That’s the  big thing where I got hurt here. I was falling behind and having to throw more over the plate. Guys just started crushing me.”

*It was asked why Jared Burton wasn’t considered for the call-up. Burton had four-straight scoreless outings for Louisville…but had only had five outings since coming off the DL.

“Burt is throwing the ball but they thought he needed some more time,” Baker said. He hasn’t been back that long. It might have been Burt if he was pitching more. He has to get his endurance up. They say he’s looking pretty close to where he was last year. We want him all the way back.”

*Homer Bailey threw from 120 feet today. He is scheduled to have a bullpen session on Thursday. He hoped to return to start when he is eligible to come off the DL June 8.

*Sam LeCure was amped for his start on Wednesday, his second in the big leagues. He grew up a couple hours away in a small town near Jefferson City, MO. He already has 20 tickets set aside for family, and expected more people to attend.

“I even thought to myself after the first one, I might even be a little more nervous for the second one,” LeCure said. Growing up in this area – not that I was necessarily a Cardinals fan – it was always a dream to play in this stadium.”

*Here’s some interesting info — Baker’s teams are 88-90 all time vs. Tony LaRussa, entering today.

SF vs STL, 34-32
Cubs vs STL, 37-34
CIN vs STL, 17-24

Overall, 88-90

*In the 2002 NLCS, the Giants defeated the Cardinals, 4-1, which pushes Baker ahead 92-91.

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Finally, the Brewers

The Reds have already played the Cardinals nine times…but tonight is the first time they get the Brewers. Interesting.

Belated question of the day: Sure, it’s premature but since you’re allowed to vote, I’m allowed to ask. If you could send one Reds player to the All-Star game right now, who would you send?

Right now, I’d have to think my vote is for Arthur Rhodes. Mike Leake and Joey Votto could certainly be worthy of consideration when the time comes to start naming rosters.

Monday’s lineup vs. MIL

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

*Laynce Nix, who missed the last few days, with back spasms is available and ready to go.

“It was spasming for a couple days and took a couple of days to heal up and get better. I’m swinging 100 percent and everything,” Nix said. “It happens now and then when I’m coming off the bench. I’m working around it. I’m fine now.”

*There was some chatting about the Reds going from first base to third base five times on singles Sunday vs. the Cardinals (bringing season total to 32). Bronson Arroyo did it on a Cabrera single to left field in the fifth inning

“It’s the only time you feel like a baseball player, running the bases from first to third,” Arroyo joked. “Pitching doesn’t count.”

*Walt Jocketty told me that RHP Jared Burton, who has been on the DL since April 8, is almost ready to rejoin Triple-A Louisville soon.

*It’s raining right now (5:11 pm) and the tarp is on the field. The Reds sent out an email earlier that it would be dry in time for the game.

*Every once in a while you see something new in a big league clubhouse. Today, I saw Mike Leake, Chris Dickerson, Jay Bruce and Ramon Hernandez kicking and juggling a soccer ball. Hernandez especially seemed to have some skills.

*Reds players were shooting PSA’s for next week’s “Bark in Park” night and the SPCA. “Bark in Park” is May 26 vs. the Pirates. In the picture below are Aaron Harang and Homer Bailey. Few players could resist petting the puppies.


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Postgame extra – bullpen help?

The Reds got another last at-bat win with a 10-8, 11-inning victory over the Marlins on Tuesday. But it put their bullpen into a bigger bind after it was used for five innings for the second-straight night with the high pitch-count prone Homer Bailey starting Wednesday.

There were no plans to add an extra arm before the game.

“We won’t,” general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”

“Hopefully, Homer can deal tomorrow. We need innings,” manager Dusty Baker said.

Nick Masset should be back after getting a break from three-straight days of work.

Logan Ondrusek pitched in Masset’s spot in the eighth tonight and got beat up for three runs and four hits in the two-thirds of an inning. That pushed his ERA to 16.20 in five outings, including two rough ones.

If you’re wondering about candidates at Triple-A Louisville, cross off Jared Burton. He’s on the disabled list because of “thyroid testng,” according to the Bats game notes. Enerio Del Rosario and Carlos Fisher are the only two 40-man roster relievers in Louisville. Jon Adkins would have to be added.

“We’re not sure what it is,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said of Burton. “He didn’t have a lot of strength or something. He’s had a lot of tests. We don’t know the results yet.”

Other notes:

*Bronson Arroyo’s bruised left calf from his last start didn’t play a part in his lackluster outcome. Arroyo had five earned runs and six hits with one walk allowed and three strikeouts in six innings. A four-run Marlins fifth inning came after Cincinnati had a 6-1 lead.

“It’s not feeling that good but it wasn’t really a factor in the game,” Arroyo said. “I just didn’t have a lot of zip on my fastball. The wind was straight in my face. I had a lot of movement on a lot of my pitches. Early on, I got a lot of outs on changeups and breaking balls. As I wore down a little bit, I didn’t have anywhere else to go but some places that would be obvious to the hitters. It hurt me a little bit.”

*With a 4-for-6, two-RBI game, Brandon Phillips raised his average from .185 entering the night to .273.

*Joey Votto was 3-for-5, and delivered the game winning hit in the 11th on a 2-2 pitch after being down 0-2 in the count. When asked about it being a matter of time before the offense came to life (16 runs, 24 hits last two games), Votto had a rather wry response.

“Ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s a matter of time,” Votto said. “It’s unfortunate they put the battng average up there so early in the season.”

*Jay Bruce became the second Red to have a home run overturned by replay. His drive to right field in the second inning was ruled foul after a five-minute look at the video by umpires. Baker wasn’t surprised.

“There was no argument. From where we were, we all thought it was foul,” Baker said. “It would have been a gift if it were a home run. The ball was so high, it was a tough call for the umpire. It was over the foul pole. If they had given us a home run, I would have been the happiest man in the world. So would Jay Bruce.”

*The Marlins’ Jorge Cantu became the fourth player since 1920, according to Elias, to have at least one RBI in each of his team’s first eight games. The others are Tony Oliva (1970), Willie McCovey (1969) and George Kelly (1921).

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What to make of spring numbers?

Often during lulls in spring games, press box conversations often drift into unlikely directions. Today was no different with topics of Carrot Top, Gallagher, Matt Stair’s new slim figure, Jamie Ramsey’s “nickel and dime” blog and other oddities popping up.

During the lengthy Tuesday game, lost by the Reds to the Padres by a 7-5 score, the press box conversation actually fell back into a good baseball topic. What can be made of some of these spring results by the Reds?

After today’s outing, Aaron Harang has a 9.88 ERA and had lousy-looking lines in his last two starts. Jared Burton has a 5.63 ERA and a team-high four home runs allowed, including one on Tuesday. Aaron Miles, coming off of a bad 2009 season, is batting a paltry .143 while regulars like Brandon Phillips (.125) and Orlando Cabrera (.175) are struggling.

When do we stop saying “it’s just spring” and start worrying — if at all? 

Keep these 2009 statisitics in mind:

Francisco Cordero had a 12.10 ERA in spring. He saved 39 in the regular season with a 2.16 ERA.

Arthur Rhodes had a 5.63 ERA in spring and 2.66 ERA in regular season.

Bronson Arroyo had a 5.95 ERA in spring and a 3.84 ERA in the season with 15 wins.

On the flip side…

Micah Owings was lights out with a 1.52 ERA in spring and had a terrible season (7-12, 5.34).

OF Darnell McDonald batted .300 in camp to make the team and was sent out by May.

Jay Bruce had a nice spring with a .300 average and batted .223 when the games counted.

Do Burton’s numbers mean he’s no longer a roster lock, especially with Logan Ondrusek looking great and throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings? Is Harang headed for another tough year?

They say numbers don’t lie, but in spring, they don’t always tell the truth either. That’s why I try not to make a lot out of anything based on spring stats, unless it’s a position battle between two guys without much of a track record (ie: Stubbs and Dickerson for center field).  

When it came to Harang, Dusty Baker was not worried.

“I definitely look beyond [the spring numbers],” Baker said. “He’s throwing the ball with better velocity and coming inside, and using his legs. If you don’t get the results, you have to find some positives in there. The positive is he’s throwing the ball good.”

*Baker will be in Las Vegas with the Reds for their evening split-squad game on Wednesday night. The club was scheduled to fly out on Tuesday night. That means bench coach Chris Speier will manage the Wednesday afternoon game vs. the A’s in Phoenix. Pitching coach Bryan Price will be at both games because he wants to watch both fifth starter contenders, Mike Leake and Travis Wood, make starts. Price will fly to Las Vegas right after the A’s game.

*There were six errors committed during the sloppy game. Drew Sutton’s two at shortstop probably did not help his cause for the last couple of bench spots.

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Masset gets two-year deal

Nick Masset avoided arbitration on Saturday by agreeing to a new two-year contract with the Reds through 2011.

The deal is worth $2.58 million in guaranteed money. The reliever will get $1.035 million in 2010 and $1.545 million in 2011. The are performance-based incentives as well.

Masset went from falling way short of the fifth starter’s job in Spring Training to a indispensible right-handed set-up man for the Reds.

“It was important to get him signed,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We were glad to get a two-year deal. It gives him a little security and us some payroll security. He worked hard and deserved it. We’re happy to get it done.”

Reliever Jared Burton remains the lone Reds player up for arbitration. Numbers are exchanged Tuesday. Based on the previous post last night, odds are strong there will be an agreement before the two sides enter a hearing.

Jocketty also drew a line in the sand. If there isn’t a deal before the numbers are exchanged, there will be no willingness to settle before the hearing date.

“We are taking a little tougher approach,” Jocketty said. “We’re telling agents that we want to get deals done before the numbers are exchanged. Hopefully, it’ll be done by Monday. If not, we’re going to arbitration. We’re not messing around with it. Too many agents want to exchange numbers so they can inflate them. We’re not doing it anymore.”

Reds arbitration history

Relievers Nick Masset and Jared Burton both filed for arbitration on Friday. It was a formality and both can avoid a hearing if they reach agreements on contracts. Players and teams will exchange figures on Tuesday. Hearings are scheduled any time between Feb. 1-19.

Based on the Reds history, it’s a good bet hearings will be avoided with both players. Last year Edwin Encarnacion flew all the way to Arizona for his hearing but signed a two-year contract before it was time to go inside.

Here is the history of the Reds and arbitration through 2009:

2008 Salary               $3.3 million
Weathers                   $4.6 million
Team                          $3.0 million
Settled                       $3.5 million with
1/28/09                       club opt for 2010
                                    $400,000 buyout

2008 Salary               $450,000
Encarnacion             $3.7 million
Team                          $2.55 million
Settled                       2-year deal for
2/17/09                       $7.6 million

Phillips          Settled
Belisle            Settled

Beat Chris Reitsma

Beat Bruce Chen

Beat Danny Graves
Beat Osvaldo Fernandez
Lost to Sean Casey

Beat John Hudek

Lost to Joe Oliver

Lost to Bip Roberts

Beat Greg Swindell
Beat Glenn Braggs

Beat Randy Myers

Lost to Danny Jackson

Beat John Franco

Beat Ted Power

Lost to Dave Van Gorder
Beat Eddie Milner

Lost to Paul Householder
Beat Joe Price

Lost to Joe Price
Lost to Mario Soto
Beat Bruce Berenyi

Lost to Tom Hume
Lost to Mario Soto
Beat Frank Pastore

Beat Dave Collins
Beat Paul Moskau
Beat Mike Vail

Lost to Dave Collins
Lost to Ray Knight

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