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Encarnacion signs two-year deal

The Reds avoided arbitration with third baseman Edwin Encarnacion on Tuesday by agreeing to a new two-year contract. Terms were not immediately available.

Encarnacion’s arbitration hearing was scheduled for Tuesday in Arizona.

When numbers were exchanged last month, Encarnacion was seeking $3.7 million while the club offered $2.55 million.

“The aftermath is never nice,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of arbitration hearings. “I’m glad they came to an agreement. It’s good for Edwin and good for us.”

Update:

The deal came together at 2:30 am ET, general manager Walt Jocketty said. Encarnacion’s hearing was scheduled for 9:30 am Phoenix time. The Reds had assistant GM Bob Miller in Arizona to head their case.

“It was inevitable it’d go right to the end,” Jocketty said. “It seemed like there were a lot of guys in that class that were kind of negotiating until the end for whatever reason. Anyhow, we’re glad to get it done.”

The Reds have not gone to arbitration with a player since they won a case over pitcher Chris Reitsma in 2004.

 

 

On the ground in Sarasota

I just landed less than an hour ago — the Florida air feels good at first contact when walking out of the airport.

I made a bee-line for the Reds complex and picked up my credential, said hello, etc. The report date for pitchers and catchers is Saturday and for position players, it’s Tuesday — but there were a bunch of players already ready to go.

Jay Bruce got to camp on Thursday and I talked t him for a little bit — it’s going to be a different camp for him. Last year he was trying to make the team and knew his chances weren’t great once Corey Patterson was signed. This year, he is the right fielder.

Chris Dickerson, Francisco Cordero and Bill Bray are also here and I saw prospects Todd Frazier, Matt Maloney and Devin Mesoraco. The first workout on Saturday is at 1:30 p.m. ET after the physicals.

One thing that struck me as weird was walking into the clubhouse and not seeing the big black trunk that belonged to Ken Griffey Jr., even though it’s been gone since July 31. He was the only one that had it and he sat on it everyday to talk and poke fun of people. Griffey was the only player at camp to get two lockers — now everyone has one.

The report day is usually without drama, but not always. During my first spring of covering the Reds in 2006, the late Josh Hancock was cut on the first day because the club said the reliever came in overweight. 

Everything gets rolling Saturday — hopefully you will check in here from time to time to get updated.

 

 

Reds on TV

From Fox Sports Ohio — the three-game Reds television schedule from Spring Training:

Thursday, March 19                 Reds vs. Red Sox – 7:00 pm
         Friday, March 20                      Reds vs. Astros – 1:00 pm*
         Saturday, March 21                  Reds vs. Pirates – 1:00 pm
                                                            (*replayed in primetime at 7:00 pm)

All times are Eastern. The 2009 regular season TV schedule will be released soon.

 

Spring Training think tank

We’re three days from Reds pitchers and catchers reporting and I’m two days away from heading to Sarasota….

Spring Training always has interesting storylines and subplots — some we know already while others develop after a few weeks. What are some of the potential Reds stories at camp that will interest you?

Is it position battles — left field, fifth starter, bench spots? Is it Alex Gonzalez and whether he is healthy enough to play shortstop regularly? Is it the plan to try to win with speed, pitching and defense over the power/home run approach that hasn’t worked? Or the core of younger players that will be expected to carry the team?

I have a few thoughts of my own but I’d love to take a few of your ideas to Florida. It could be a suggestion of a player profile or something broader. Go ahead and chime in here please.

 

Chance for Opening Day tickets

A press release from the Reds:

 

In a continuing effort to make Opening Day tickets available to as many fans as possible, the Reds have announced the annual online ticket opportunity for the April 6 game vs. the New York Mets.
 
Now through Thursday, Feb. 12 at noon, fans can register at reds.com for the opportunity for the chance to purchase up to four Opening Day tickets.

There are a limited number of tickets available through this opportunity.

Applicants must complete and submit the registration form only on Reds.com to participate in this opportunity for the chance to purchase Opening Day tickets.

Winners will be selected at random from the pool of registrants.

Winners will be notified via email and will have the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day.

On the web: http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ticketing/opening_day.jsp

Who's in LF?

So the Reds identified acquiring a right-handed hitting, run-producing left fielder as a top priority in the off-season. You’re probably wondering ‘what happened?’

The choices weren’t great and in my mind, no one out there really was someone that could catapult the Reds into an instant World Series contender.

Now it appears left field will be by committee (er…platoon). The choices are Chris Dickerson, Jerry Hairston Jr., Jonny Gomes, Norris Hopper and Jacque Jones.

Who do you like and why? Who will win the job?

 

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