Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Tuesday edition of Reds news and notes

REDS-HOT

As Mother Nature continues to make her wrath felt across a good part of the country, including Great American Ball Park and the Queen City, what else is there to do except take refuge inside a warm home and read up on the latest Reds news, notes, and links that the web has to offer?

Don't let that wintry weather dampen your spirit. Grab you a cup of hot cocoa, sit back, relax, and delve into some Reds reading material to pass the time.

+ In your daily dose of Bronson Arroyo rumors, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Dodgers remain in "active talks" with the free agent pitcher. I suppose Arroyo potentially signing with Los Angeles would be an easier pill to stomach than if he signed with the division rival Cubs.

+ One team who won't be signing Arroyo to a pact this season is the Padres. Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego made that clear in his column on Tuesday, citing a team source that says the Padres are maxed out financially, and have no room to take on additional salaries. Sound familiar?

+ What might Cincinnati's World Series odds look like at this point in the offseason? If you're curious, have a look for yourself to see the team's odds, as well as Vegas odds for the other 29 MLB teams, too. Hint: The Reds are tied with three others in having the 9th-best odds in baseball.

+ Speaking of odds, Tyler Duma of the Bleacher Report took a look at Cincy's top five non-roster invitees, and listed their odds of making the 2014 roster. Hey, if Cesar Izturis can make last year's Opening Day roster, I'm now a believer that anything is possible.

+ As C. Trent Rosecrans points out over at the Cincinnati Enquirer, MLB Network did not include Reds second basemen Brandon Phillips among its top 10 players at the position. The network justified its omission of BP through the use of a statistical analysis system called "The Shredder," which is meant to take an objective look at crunching the statistics of players.

+ Have you ever wondered why the logo of Mr. Red running (pictured at the top of the post) features the No. 27 on his jersey? If so, Todd Radom appears to have solved the mystery behind the matter, and the reasoning behind the No. 27 may or may not surprise you.

+ This should surprise nobody around Reds Country, but Jorge L. Ortiz of the USA Today listed the Reds as one of five teams he claims have been the "winter's biggest losers." Ortiz isn't alone in observing Cincy's lack of hustle this winter. About 99.9 percent of Reds fans have taken notice, too.

+ Lastly, only nine more days until pitchers and catchers report to Arizona!

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