Saturday, January 11, 2014

A jam-packed edition of weekend Reds news and notes

Greetings, Reds Country. And happy Saturday!

Well, it's the middle of January and that pretty much means baseball rumblings are harder to find than a gallon of milk before a Cincinnati snowstorm. There just isn't much news to speak of right now.

However, that doesn't necessarily mean there isn't any good reading material. In fact, a quick browse of the web pulls up several Reds-related pieces that may pique your interest. For your convenience, I have taken the liberty of populating those aforementioned pieces in the remainder of this post. Enjoy.

+ Bronson Arroyo continues to remain available via free agency. The 37-year-old has yet to find a team to play for in 2014, but the Twins, Orioles, and Rangers have been rumored to be interested.

+ In case you missed it, country music star Jason Aldean is set to grace his presence at Great American Ball Park.The home of the Reds will play host to one of Aldean's "Burn It Down" Tour concerts this summer.

+ Results for the Hall of Fame voting were revealed on Wednesday. Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and Frank Thomas earned the necessary 75 percent needed for induction. Meanwhile, former Red Sean Casey failed to muster a single vote from a BBWAA writer. Hey, at least he made the ballot!

+ Speaking of the voting, writer Dan Le Batard will no longer be able to cast a ballot in future elections as he was banned for life after selling his vote to Deadspin. Both Deadspin and Le Batard conspired to let readers decide which players he would vote for in an effort to make a mockery of the process. I'm not sure this was the most effective way to go about it. But if attention is what both parties wanted, they now have it.

+ The Reds will partake in their annual Reds Caravan tour between Jan. 23 and Jan. 26. More information on this traveling event can be found here

+ Will the Reds end up deciding to trade Homer Bailey? That remains to be seen. But Jason Martinez of the Bleacher Report highlights five teams who may be a potential fit for the right-hander if traded.

+ Speaking of Bailey and trade rumors, he seems totally unfazed by the speculation. The Texan recently went on the air with MLB Network Radio and said he wasn't worried at all about the possibility of being dealt.

+ Matt Snyder of CBS Sports wrote an interesting piece regarding supporters of Pete Rose and their perceived notion of "selective morality" when it comes to Hall of Fame worthiness.

+ Snyder's colleague, Dayn Perry, also wrote a column about Rose that may or may not upset some Reds fans. Basically, his message in the article is that Rose is not among the elite of the elite players of the game's history.

+ And because no player is more fun to talk about this time of the year than Rose, former MLB outfielder and current Fox Sports contributor Gabe Kapler added his two cents on baseball's all-time hit king, too. Except, Kapler takes a much harder stance against Rose than Snyder and Perry. 

+ Countdown Tracker: 34 days until pitchers and catchers report, 46 days until the first spring training game, and 79 days until the Reds host the rival Cardinals for Opening Day.

+ On the subject of Opening Day, ESPN has announced its plans to nationally televise the National League Central battle. Don't worry, Fox Sports Ohio fans. FSO will televise the game as well.

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