Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday's mixed bag of Reds news and notes

The Reds (8-14) plated five runs in the fourth inning to help propel themselves to a 10-6 win over the White Sox on Tuesday. Chris Heisey fueled the offense with a homer and four RBI. Jay Bruce added a solo homer, while Derrick Robinson pounded out three hits and scored three runs. Homer Bailey got the start and allowed five runs (four earned) in 4.1 innings.

Wednesday marks the last off day of spring training for the Reds as they won't receive another one until the day before their regular season opener on April 1.

They are set to play host to the Oakland A's on Thursday in an afternoon tilt.

In the meantime, here are some news and notes to keep you occupied.

+ Billy Hamilton and Drew Hayes were reassigned to the minor league camp by Dusty Baker on Tuesday. This means the Reds roster now stands at 37. They must get it down to 25 by Opening Day.

+ features former Arizona State standout Mike Leake and how he is approaching this season with a more assertive attitude. Leake seems to feel a little disrespected that nobody is really giving him a chance to earn the fifth spot in the rotation. I'm not ready to count the young right-hander out. He is a talented athlete and was arguably the Reds most reliable starter in 2011.

+ Trent C. Rosecrans caught up with Brandon Phillips to discuss his experience playing in the World Baseball Classic. Phillips says it was the "highlight of my career" and that he would like to compete again when the next WBC rolls around in 2017.

+ Not too many folks expected the Reds to re-sign Ryan Ludwick this offseason. It wasn't because the Reds didn't want to, but rather it was believed that his monster 2012 season (.275/26/80) had priced the Reds out of the market for his services. In a twist of fate, Cincinnati and Ludwick somehow managed to strike an accord to the tune of two years and $15 million. Ludwick was represented at the negotiations table by Dan Horwits and the Beverly Hills Sports Council. In a recent interview with MLBTR, Ludwick explains his relationship with Mr. Horwits and why he chose the agency. It's an inside look on the business side of Major League Baseball...a side the fans don't normally see.

+ Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter has been the subject of a lot of scruff from Reds fans over the past handful of years. But the 37-year-old may not have to endure such heckling any longer as it appears his playing days may be over. He visited the St. Louis camp on Monday and didn't sound too confident about the possibility of another return. The club has already announced that he will miss the 2013 season after missing nearly all of 2012. Injuries have plagued Carpenter throughout his 15-year career, but hate him or love him, he has proved to be a clutch pitcher throughout the years.

+ Could MLB owners be conspiring to cut pensions for all non-uniformed employees? Adam Rubin of ESPN breaks down the scary reality of such a possible decision.

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