Friday, January 4, 2013

Reds links and notes for the weekend

Happy Friday, everyone! Here is a bundle of Reds links and notes to kick-start your weekend...

+ The Reds didn't have a lot of wiggle room in regards to payroll for 2013, so they were forced to get creative, writes John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Hint: Cincy will be making payments to current players well after they are no longer here.

+ Upstate rival Cleveland recently scored a new television contract from FOX Sports to the tune of $400 million spread over 10 years. Could this be good news for the Reds? Fay explains in this post.

+ There is still no word from Scott Rolen. The 37-year old has been pondering whether or not he should retire since the end of last season. The club has expressed interest in welcoming back in some form or fashion, but Todd Frazier is expected to take over the full-time job at third base.

+ It's still unknown which Reds players will compete in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Canadian native Joey Votto says he will play for his home country if healthy, while Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips may be asked to represent Team USA. Johnny Cueto is a near lock to represent the Dominican Republic if he desires. Newcomer Shin-Soo Choo will not play for South Korea after asking to be removing from the roster so he can focus on adjusting to his new team (Reds).

+ Only 36 more days until pitchers and catchers report to Goodyear for spring training on Feb. 12.

+ Now that the holidays are over, Cincinnati is back to re-working long-term deals for Mat Latos and Homer Bailey, among other players.'s Mark Sheldon has the story.

+ In light of Fraizer's stellar rookie campaign, Tyler Duma of the Bleacher Report took the time to rank the "Top 10 Rookie Seasons in Reds History".

+ Are the Reds done with making any more major moves this winter? GM Walt Jocketty gives us the scoop through Sheldon.

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