Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Getting up to speed on all the latest Reds news and notes

The 2012 season is nothing but a distant memory at this point as the frigid air of the offseason begins to take its grip on Reds country. And to make things even worse, spring training doesn't commence for another three months. Festive holiday gatherings, football, and snowy weather are what Reds fans have to look forward to between now and then, but hopefully this blog post full of Reds-related news and notes will satisfy your craving for Reds baseball...for now at least.

+ The Reds are considering switching to a dynamic pricing model for tickets which could make prices rise and fall, writes Business Courier reporter Steve Watkins.

+ Tyler Duma of the Bleacher Report suggests seven free agents who the team may be wise in trying to sign this winter. One of them is a Cincinnati native.

+ The staff at Sporting News recently published an offseason to-do-list for the 2012 NL Central Division champs. See what they had to say by following this link.

+ The Reds may have to look elsewhere for a left fielder if they can't come up with a deal to allure Ryan Ludwick back to the Queen City. Joshua Ramsey of the Bleacher Report lists five players who they might go after if Ludwick walks.

+ In case you missed it, the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) announced its Manager of the Year voting results from both leagues on Tuesday night. Cincy skipper Dusty Baker finished second behind Washington's Davey Johnson. Here's the RR story.

+ On Monday night, the BBWAA also announced its choices for AL and NL Rookie of the Year. Washington's Bryce Harper edged out Arizona's Wade Miley to take home the hardware in the NL. Reds third basemen Todd Frazier finished third. Here's the RR story.

+ There is some good news for the Reds on the awards front, though. Jay Bruce won his first career Silver Slugger award last Thursday after earning the nod as the NL representative in right field.

+ Reliever Bill Bray and infielder Wilson Valdez refused minor league assignments and elected to become free agents late last week, writes MLB.com beat writer Mark Sheldon.

+ ESPN.com's Christina Kahrl recently broke down the offseason agenda of all six five teams in the NL Central. Take a look for yourself to see what she wrote about the Reds.

+ Are you planning to attend Redsfest 2012? If so, here's an updated list of all the players, coaches, and broadcasters who are scheduled to attend as well. We are now just 23 days away from the epic fan gathering at the Duke Energy and Convention Center.

+ Are you already wanting to get a good look at next season's schedule? Well, you're in luck. Here's a link to the 2013 slate. The Reds will open the season at home against Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, April 1st.

+ Speaking of next year, the oddsmakers in Vegas already have 2013 World Series odds out. The Reds are currently sitting at 14/1, which is tied for seventh-best among all MLB teams. See where everyone else stands by clicking here.

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