Saturday, January 25, 2014

A definitive review of Reds-related news, notes, and links from the week that was


Whether you would like to believe it or not, this past week has been relatively busy for the Reds. Not necessarily because the team has been overly active adding or subtracting pieces to its roster. But rather because there has been an assortment of Reds-related news, notes, and reading material which has surfaced throughout the week.

Here is my attempt to give you a rundown on everything notable that happened:

+ On Sunday, it was reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that the Reds were in "advanced talks" with free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore. By Wednesday, it was evident that signing Sizemore was not going to happen, according to general manager Walt Jocketty. And the executive's words turned into prophecy when the Boston Red Sox announced the signing of Sizemore to a big league contract worth $750,000 guaranteed, with the potential to make upwards of $6 million in incentives. Apparently, Sizemore had a change of heart at the last minute.

+ On Thursday, Cincinnati announced the addition of two more assistants to its 2014 coaching staff. Namely, the addition of Lee Tinsley as assistant hitting coach and Sean Marohn as the club's new strength and conditioning coach. Tinsley is a native of Kentucky while Marohn has been in the organization since 2005.

+ The Redlegs will be back in black next season! This is because the team will once again have the option of wearing an alternative cap they haven't used in their uniform rotation since 2006. C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first to report the news.

+ The Reds Caravan has been in full swing over the past couple of days and will continue through Sunday. The annual tour includes stops throughout the massive geographical area of Reds Country. Here is a recap of the action from day one, as written by Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.

+ Where do the Reds rank regarding television revenue among all MLB teams? The answer to that question may surprise you. And not in a pleasant way.

+ A senior editor at BuzzFeed recently wrote that he believes the Louisville Bats have the best-looking ball cap in all of minor league baseball.

+ ESPN's Jim Bowden is stating the obvious here, but he writes that Homer Bailey is among five pitchers slated to receive huge pay days come 2015. Bailey is expected to pursue free agency at the end of the 2014 campaign.

+ According to ESPN's David Schoenfield, Cincinnati's rotation ranks among the top 10 in baseball. With a group like Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Tony Cingrani, and Bailey, I would sure hope that folks think highly of the starting rotation.

+ Would you believe me if I told you that demand for Reds season tickets is on the rise? Despite a lackluster offseason, fans continue to gobble up season ticket packages like pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.

+ Billy Hamilton was recently ranked as the 8th-best outfield prospect in the sport by MLB.com. He and right-handed pitcher were also included in MLB.com's list of top 100 prospects, released Thursday evening. Stephenson occupied the No. 19 spot while Hamilton claimed position No. 37. A total of 19 prospects in the rankings reside in the National League Central Division.

+ Our very own Dan Howard provides us with some frozen news and notes in his weekly column from Thursday. Dan's always got an interesting take on current events and he also has one of the most in-depth historical perspectives into Reds history that I've ever encountered.

+ On Friday, Cliff Corcoran of Sports Illustrated gave a scathing review of Cincinnati's offseason. I believe most of what Corcoran pens in his piece is begrudgingly accurate. But for those of you who tend to get heated easily whenever anyone talks bad about the Reds, I wouldn't recommend reading the piece, unless curiosity gets the best of you.

+ Latos was recently dubbed the starting pitcher on baseball's "all-underrated" team. The fantasy squad was the brainchild of Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com and features 11 players.

+ Countdown Tracker: Only 20 days until pitchers and catchers report, 32 days until the first spring training game, and 65 days until Opening Day against the Redbirds!

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