Monday, January 2, 2012

Links: Questions for 2012, Marshall/Phillips Extensions, Larkin's HOF bid & More


Given all the holidays that just came and went, today may mark the most difficult day of the year to muster motivation and head back to work/school. To help everyone make that transition here are some Reds-related links to give you a morale boost:

* Mark Sheldon of MLB.com takes a look at 10 pressing questions for the team heading into the 2012 season. They include questions about the rotation, left field, Aroldis Chapman and more. LINK.

* The Redlegs are reportedly making an effort to sign the newly-acquired Sean Marshall to a contract extension beyond next season, writes Dan Mennella of MLBtraderumors.com. LINK.

* Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay took some time to chat with GM Walt Jocketty recently. You can read the questions and answers to their converstation through the following LINK.

* Brandon Phillips and the club made no progress toward a contract extension over the holidays as the two decided to "table it" until January, according to a staff report by Sporting News. LINK.

* Cliff Eastham of the Bleacher Report recently penned an interesting article discussing the massive turnover of the roster from 2007 to present. To see which players were on the '07 team and are still in Cincinnati now, click on this LINK.

* Eastham also suggests five free agents the Reds should consider in one of his recent pieces. However, each of the five would likely be to pricey for the team anyway. Take a look for yourself. LINK.

* A detailed and insightful document highlighting Single-A Dayton's major achievement and awards this past season can be viewed here. LINK.

* David Schoenfield of ESPN.com argues that homegrown, Cincinnati product Barry Larkin deserves a Hall of Fame nod. You can view his reasoning by clicking on this LINK.

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