We're now in full swing when it comes to spring training and that means there's been no shortage of Cincinnati Reds news lately. So let's get you caught up on things:
+ Despite taking a vow of silence with the media this spring, Brandon Phillips decided to open up with FOX19 to talk about trade rumors, among other topics. If you watch the short video, you will see that Jay Bruce and Bob Castellini had nothing but complimentary things to say about him. Meanwhile, Phillips said he would really like the opportunity to retire as a Red.
+ Remember how the Reds reportedly tried to acquire Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner in exchange for Phillips? Well, New York has signed Gardner to a contract extension worth $52 million over four seasons. Ironically, that's the exact same contract Phillips currently has with the Reds. In my opinion, it's going to be extremely interesting to see how each of their careers pan out during that span.
+ The debate has and will likely continue to rage on about Joey Votto's lack of RBI. Some argue that his low RBI total is a detriment to the team while others point toward on-base percentage and other sabermetric statistics to counter that claim. With that said, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com writes how Votto is not concerned about the way people perceive his play, saying he just wants to take advantage of every opportunity he is given in order to help the team.
+ C. Trent Rosecrans has revealed who is set to start Wednesday's spring opener.
Alfredo Simon will start #Reds Wednesday's Cactus League opener. They'll stretch him out, just in case, and pull back near end of camp+ Mat Latos' recovery from knee surgery continues to go well. On Monday, Jim Day of FOX Sports Ohio observed the big right-hander throwing from 150 feet and tweets Latos could throw off the mount by week's end. So, that's definitely encouraging!
— ctrent (@ctrent) February 24, 2014
Latos just long tossed from 150 feet, arm strength and knee look good. I’m told he could be throwing off mound by end of week. #reds+ Chien-Ming Wang is blazing the comeback trail with the Reds, writes MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. At age 34, and after battling various shoulder and foot ailments, Wang's best years are probably behind him. But that's not to say he can't help Cincinnati at some point down the road.
— Jim Day (@JimDayTV) February 24, 2014
+ "Selfie" was named the word of the year in 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries. Unless you've been in a coma, you've probably heard the term used by now. With that said, the Cincinnati Enquirer has a priceless photo gallery of Reds player taking selfies.
+ On Sunday, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick published a feature piece on Billy Hamilton as it pertains to the switch hitter's development into becoming Cincy's everyday center fielder.
+ Jason Bourgeois is one of the non-roster players in spring training hoping to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster, writes Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. As Sheldon notes, Bourgeois has had some success in the National League Central Division before with the Astros and Brewers.
+ Major League Baseball has instituted Rule 7.13 just in time for the new season. What's Rule 7.13? Well, it has to do with collisions at home plate and you can read all about it right here.
+ Top prospect Robert Stephenson turned 21-years-old today.
+ In case you missed it, here are news and notes from Sunday.
+ Only 35 more days (five weeks) until Opening Day.
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