Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rounding up some Reds links from around the wide world web

While many people are scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping right about now, we here at Redlegs Review are scrambling to come up with some relevant Reds material. Times are currently slow and uneventful around the MLB landscape, but that doesn't mean there isn't any chatter about baseball, and more specifically, the Reds.

I have scoured the vast virtual surface of the internet to round up some Reds-related things worthy of reading. Here is the outcome of my research:

+ Scott Rolen is currently in the midst of deciding whether or not he wants to retire. If he does decide to come back, what could the 37-year old bring to the Reds? This question was posed by Bleacher Report's Tyler Duma in a recent article.

+ Duma's take on the current state of the Redlegs didn't stop there. He also penned typed this piece detailing why the team should utilize Mike Leake as spot starter next season, and not just a long reliever.

+ Did you know that Cincinnati has never had a pitcher win the Cy Young Award? It's true. However, one writer believes that Johnny Cueto will end that drought within the next three years. His prediction is just one of five bold predictions he has for the club over the next three years.

+ Former Reds pitcher Frank Pastore died on Monday from injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash in November. Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon has the complete story.

+ How will the batting order look like in 2013? That is one question Bleacher Report's Joshua Ramsey tackled during his post on Monday.

+ GM Walt Jocketty had a very productive week during the Winter Meetings, writes Cliff Eastham who authors fellow Reds blog Blog Red Machine.

+ Have the Reds checked in on veteran free agent pitcher Freddy Garcia? Yes, according to MLBTR and CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Does this shed any light on what the team plans to do with Mike Leake?

+ Looking for the Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Reds Fans? Boom.

+ Reds pitching prospect Mason Felt is listed in critical condition after a car he was driving crashed in Texas on Sunday. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 Draft. His father, age 51, was in the car with him and was pronounced dead at the scene. More on the story.

+ Are the Reds one of the most-improved teams this offseason? Or did they make the list of the top five least-improved teams? Or were they on the list at all? Find out for yourself.

+ ESPN recently published a series in which they unveiled the 'Hall of 100'. They attempted to rank the best players in baseball history without regard to race, scandal, alleged PED use, or anything else. See which Reds made the grade. Hint: There were eight of 'em.

+ We are now only 101 days away from Opening Day. And just 53 days away from the first day pitchers and catchers can report to spring training. Oh, and just four days away from Christmas. How do you like them apples?

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