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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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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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Reds looking at Isringhausen?

I’m back on the case after an extended All-Star break.

Former All-Star reliever and free agent Jason Isringhausen told radio station KFNS in St. Louis that he is scheduled to throw for GM Walt Jocketty and the Reds this week.

Isringhausen last pitched in the Majors for the Rays in June 2009 before his elbow blew out and he had Tommy John surgery. Jocketty is very familiar with the ex-closer because he had him with the Cardinals from 2002-08 (including the World Series winning 2006 season) as he posted 217 saves with a 2.98 ERA. He told the radio station he’d likely need a couple of weeks in the Minors before he’d be ready for the big leagues again.

The Reds just signed former Cardinals reliever Russ Springer on Thursday. It’s clear Jocketty wants to supplement the bullpen but perhaps this is a sign the prices are too high for Cincinnati to trade for a reliever as the deadline nears.

UPDATE at 5 pm. –  Jocketty told me this afternoon that the signing of Springer and the upcoming look at Isringhausen is a reflection of what he’s seeing lately out there in terms of relievers and bullpen help.

“There’s not a lot available on the market,” Jocketty said. “I know these guys. I know what they can do if they’re healthy and still able to perform at the level they were. They’ve been through it. They know what it’s all about. It fits in a little bit with our plan.”

Isringhausen will throw for the Reds in the “next day or so,” Jocketty said.

“He requested an opportunity to throw for us and I honored that request. He says he’s fully recovered and ready to go. We’ll see. If he’s healthy and can still pitch, he might be able to help us. But I think he’ll have to go out and pitch a while [in the minors] if we’re interested.”

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Springer signed, Reds working out

The Reds signed veteran reliever Russ Springer to a Minor League contract on Thursday and will assign him to Triple-A Louisville.

Springer, 41, last pitched in the big leagues last season, splitting time with the Rays and A’s. He had a 4.11 EEA in 74 appearances.

“He probably won’t be activated for a couple of days,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We want to work him out and see where’s at.”

Springer pitched before a Reds scout on Monday before the signing was done.

Jocketty isn’t likely done searching the market for another reliever before the July 31 Trade Deadline.

“I think probably what I’d be looking for more than anything is probably a little more experience in the bullpen, bullpen depth,” Jocketty said on Thursday. “I still like our club the way it is. We have some guys coming back, [Edinson] Volquez coming back, we still have [Aroldis] Chapman trying to get ready to go out of the bullpen. So it may not be that critical of a need but if there was one area, Chapman could be a help, but he still doesn’t have the experience. That’s part of the reason we signed Russ Springer today to a Triple-A contract. He was going to retire and then decided to come back.”
 

*Jocketty also didn’t express much optimism about the state of the trade market.

“I talked to a few GMs during the break and there’s a lot of talk right now,” he said. “There’s not a lot of guys that are available. Part of the problem is I see talking to different clubs is no one wants to take on money and no one wants to take the money even if you trade prospects. Financially it might be tougher this year than it has in the past.”

**Other items of note as the Reds hold their post-All Star break workout on the field at GABP 

*Bronson Arroyo will start on Friday vs. the Rockies. Edinson Volquez will return to the big leagues and make his 2010 debut on Saturday. Manager Dusty Baker hasn’t revealed the rotation beyond that.

“Its my turn in the rotation anyway so it just kind of makes sense,” Arroyo said. “I dont know where everybody else was but Tuesday, Wednesday I was the only guy here probably.” 

*Aaron Harang is still stiff and hasn’t thrown yet. His return date is still up in the air.

*The Reds four All-Stars — Scott Rolen, Joey Votto, Arthur Rhodes and Brandon Phillips were excused from today’s workout.

*The Reds also caught a break. They will miss All-Star 15-game winner Ubaldo Jimenez, who will not be pitching for the Rockies in the upcoming series this weekend.

 

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