Reds break out brooms vs. Brewers to begin season

The Cincinnati Reds started the 2011 season in style with a 3-0 sweep of the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. It was important for two key reasons: It enables the Reds to get off to their best start since 2005, and gives them an early three-game lead over the team many believe (myself included) is Cincinnati’s biggest […]

Reds set rotation; Francisco makes team

The Cincinnati Reds have set their starting pitching rotation, and third baseman/left fielder Juan Francisco has made the 25-man roster to open the 2011 season. With Homer Bailey (shoulder impingement) and Johnny Cueto (shoulder inflammation) on the Disabled List to begin the campaign, the Reds’ rotation will be, in order: Edinson Volquez, Travis Wood, Bronson […]

Top 25 Reds prospects

The Cincinnati Reds have one of the top minor league systems in Major League Baseball. Yes, the organization has come a long way from the dark ages (which weren’t too long ago) of basically ignoring its minor league system and refusing to invest in players from the Caribbean/Latin America. The Reds appear to be set […]

The Yonder Alonso question; No platoon in LF?

For the Cincinnati Reds, one of the most encouraging things to come out of spring training thus far has been the defense of Yonder Alonso in left field. Considered exclusively a first baseman when the Reds selected him in the first round of the 2008 draft – just before Joey Votto exploded as one of […]

Reds Rapid Fire: Arredondo looks fully healed

* Early reports positive on Arredondo: Right-handed reliever Jose Arredondo is looking good already for Cincinnati. More than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, his fastball is topping out at 96 MPH and he is consistently in the 93-95 range. He also has a forkball, slider and change. Arredondo had an outstanding rookie year […]

Reds name Volquez Opening Day starter

I know Bronson Arroyo doesn’t like pitching day games – and has told Reds’ manager Dusty Baker he wants no part of pitching on Opening Day – but I still find it interesting that Edinson Volquez was named Cincinnati’s Opening Day starter on Tuesday. Volquez clearly has more upside than Arroyo, but it’s the latter […]

Reds’ 5 biggest question marks entering spring training

Let’s examine the five biggest question marks for the Cincinnati Reds as they get ready to convene for spring training: Who will win the final two spots in the starting pitching rotation? There are three locks (barring injury) with Bronson Arroyo, Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto. Then I think Travis Wood is pretty close to […]

What does Votto deal really mean for Reds?

At first glance, it appears like the Cincinnati Reds made a great move on Sunday when they signed National League Most Valuable Player Joey Votto to a three-year/$38 million contract. In this day and age in Major League Baseball, locking up a player like Votto for less than $13 million per season looks like a […]

Presenting Your 2011 Cincinnati Reds

Here is my very-early look at what the Cincinnati Reds’ roster, starting lineup and pitching staff will look like in 2011, including a prediction on their final record. A few notes before we start: * I have six starting pitchers listed and I think any of them could be headed for big years. One of […]

Final piece of puzzle arrives for Reds

The Cincinnati Reds signed outfielder Fred Lewis to a one-year contract on Tuesday, giving the team all the parts it feels necessary to repeat as National League Central champions. Lewis, 30, will likely start in left field against right-handed pitchers and will bat leadoff. In 2010 with the Toronto Blue Jays, Lewis batted .262 with […]

Reds land Renteria as starting shortstop

The Reds just signed the World Series MVP! OK, that sounds way better than it actually is, but I still like the inking of veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria to a one-year, $3 million contract. (UPDATE: The deal is actually one-year, $2.1 million, with the chance to earn $900,000 in performance bonuses.) Renteria, 35, takes the […]