The conclusion of last night's Super Bowl may have signified the end of football for awhile. But it also marked the unofficial beginning of baseball season and that is certainly a glorious realization, my friends.
So, here we are, on the first unofficial day of baseball season, with roughly 10 days to go until Reds pitchers and catchers report to Arizona for spring training. I suppose there is not much to do at this point but wait and present to you this Monday edition of Reds news and notes.
+ Baseball Prospectus pulled the cover off its rankings of top 10 Reds prospects today. Robert Stephenson and Billy Hamilton topped the list, of course. But to see who else made the cut, check out our post from earlier today.
+ Bronson Arroyo continues to have trouble finding a contract that meets his demands. So, what exactly is the holdup? Well, apparently it's over Arroyo's desired length of contract. He still wants three years and teams remain unwilling to give the 37-year-old what he wants.
+ Percy Chao of Rant Sports presents five Reds storylines to follow during spring training. Actually, Chao features five players instead of storylines, but who's keeping track?
+ For those of you who dabble in fantasy baseball, this article by Steve Gardner of USA Today Sports may interest you, as Gardner takes an in-depth look at the projected fantasy values of Joey Votto and Hamilton.
+ Our friends over at Blog Red Machine produced an interesting article today, asking whether or not Cincinnati's window of contention is closing. As much as it pains me to say it, I do think this perceived window of opportunity is closing a bit, but that doesn't mean things can't change. However, the team's finances and ability to retain emerging stars look to be about maxed out.
+ Newly signed catcher Brayan Pena has been drawing rave reviews this winter from folks in and around the organization. In this article by Mark Sheldon, Pena deflects some of that praise to fellow Cuban Aroldis Chapman, instead. Needless to say, Pena is excited to play alongside Chapman.
+ Yahoo Sports is ranking every team in Major League Baseball from 30th to 1st until spring training arrives. On Monday, the Reds got their time in the spotlight after being tabbed the 9th-best team in the league. Check out the piece as Tim Brown dives into Cincy's 2014 outlook.
+ Last, but not least. It's not Reds-related news, but I still think you guys might be interested. Russell Wilson still has plans to attend Texas Rangers spring camp despite winning the Super Bowl last night. The Rangers own the rights to Wilson (MLB-wise) after taking him away from the Colorado Rockies in December's Rule 5 Draft. Wilson previously spent a couple of seasons in the minors with the Rockies as a second basemen. However, he struggled for the most part and turned his attention to football. I'd say that was a good move.
There you have it, folks. The internet's best compilation of Monday's Reds news and notes all in one convenient place. Perhaps we can do this again some time.