Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday evening's Reds news and notes

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One week is all that remains between now and Reds pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. That's one week, or seven days, or roughly 168 hours. It doesn't matter how you slice it up. Spring training is nearly upon us, folks. And that's a really good thing for baseball fans.

Do you know what else is a good thing? It's having a pile of the latest Reds news and notes compiled in one place. Luckily, that is precisely what we have here. Enjoy them and enjoy the weekend.

+ The biggest story of the day was Bronson Arroyo's reported signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal ends a long offseason saga and closes the book on Arroyo's time in Cincy.

+ Fox Sports Ohio has announced that it will televise the March 24 exhibition game against the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, it is the only spring training game the network will televise. However, FSO does plan to air a 30-minute show ("Reds Live") every night beginning March 3.

+ For all of you who live around the Louisville area, like myself, here is a 2014 schedule for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. Jim Riggleman's club will begin the year on the road against the Toledo Mud Hens on April 4. Their home opener at Louisville Slugger Field will be April 10 versus the Columbus Clippers.

+ For those of you on Twitter, you may have already noticed the rash of "#JoeyVotto #FaceofMLB" hashtags. If not, get used to them this weekend, as Round 2 of the #FaceofMLB challenge is currently ongoing. Last year, Reds fans helped Votto win it all, and the team quite clearly wants to defend the title.
+ Matthew Pouliot of Hardball Talk ranked all 30 MLB bullpens and tabbed the Reds at No. 10. The Pirates (No. 8) and Cardinals (No. 6) both were given higher marks with the Royals taking the top spot.

+ Earlier this week, Pouilot also ranked every starting rotation in MLB. Cincinnati came in at No. 6 on that list. Furthermore, five of the top seven teams hailed from the National League, although the Tigers topped the rankings at No. 1.

+ Buster Olney says the Reds were "particularly motivated" to move Brandon Phillips last fall, adding yet more evidence that the team seems willing to part ways with the second basemen if the right offer comes along.

+ I hope this doesn't ruin your weekend, but David Schoenfield of ESPN.com dubbed the Cardinals as the best team in baseball as part of his MLB rankings series. In case you missed it, Schoenfield ranked Cincinnati ninth on Thursday.

+ If you're in the mood for a great feature piece of Aroldis Chapman, check out this one by Eli Saslow of ESPN The Magazine. Saslow gives us an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how The Cuban Missile is spending his offseason, and how he has coped with transitioning from Cuba to the U.S. The article will appear in the Feb. 17 issue. If you don't click on any other link in this post, this is the one you should. It's an outstanding piece.

+ CBS Sports has been taking a look at the fantasy values of MLB teams for quite awhile now. But it wasn't until today that Cincinnati's number came up. Nando Di Fino does his best to prognosticate how the season might go down for Reds players. Spoiler: He likes Tony Cingrani as the "breakout" player.

Alright, that's all for now, guys. Everyone have a great weekend.

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