Sunday, February 9, 2014

A batch of weekend Reds news and notes


For the first time in nearly a decade, Reds fans woke up this morning to realize that Bronson Arroyo plays for another team. The veteran's pact with the Diamondbacks on Friday officially ended any and all hope, as slim as it was, that the guitar-playing pitcher with gold locks would return to Cincinnati in 2014. I think I speak for most fans when saying Reds Country wishes Arroyo nothing but success in Arizona.

And now for a batch of weekend Reds news and notes...

+ Jesse wrote a nice parting piece about Arroyo's career as a Red.

+ Arroyo figures to join a starting rotation that includes Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley, Brandon McCarthy, and Trevor Cahill in Phoenix. His addition also means that the D'backs won't have to rush top pitching prospect Archie Bradley. The Reds will travel to Chase Field for a series against the D'backs from May 29 to June 1, but won't host Arizona until July 28-30. Perhaps we will see Arroyo on the GABP mound again?

+ John Fay wrote a nice piece about Arroyo in Sunday's edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Fay says Arroyo will be missed by the media due to his honesty and candidness.

+ Remember Ryan Madson? He was the guy expected to be the Reds closer in 2012 before suffering a season-ending injury in spring training. The same thing happened to the right-hander with the Angels last season, too. Now, he's trying to make a comeback and auditioned for roughly 15 teams on Friday. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports that Madson was throwing 93 mph consistently. Will he get another shot with a major league team? 

+ There are a lot more responsibilities that come along with being the manager of a major league team. Bryan Price is quickly finding that out and is continuing to adjust, writes Mark Sheldon of MLB.com

+ Should the Reds trade Homer Bailey and get value in return while they still can? It's a question that's been asked several times this offseason. Mike Petriello of ESPN Insider is among those who believe the Reds should deal Bailey sooner rather than later. Namely, because Bailey's trade value will decline the deeper we move into the season. Petriello argues that Cincinnati should act now while they still can in order to maximize their return. From a long-term perspective, I'm not sure I disagree with him.

+ Furthermore, MLBTR.com reports that the Reds and Bailey remain extremely far apart in contract extension discussions, which isn't surprising, but noteworthy news nonetheless.

+ David Miller of Rant Sports posits five questions the Reds must answer during spring training. According to Miller, one of the biggest question marks revolve around Billy Hamilton.

+ Tickets for the Double-A Pensacola-Reds exhibition game sold like hotcakes.

+ According to the Havana Times, Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr. landed in Cuba on Saturday for a surprise visit. The pair will be in the country until Thursday as they visit training areas, donate equipment, and visit with officials from the Cuban Baseball Federation.

+ Just a handful of days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training...

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