Thursday, February 13, 2014

Reds news and notes from around the web

Can you believe that the beginning of spring training is nearly upon us? You should because Reds pitchers and catchers are due to report to the hot desert sands and cactus-infested lands of Goodyear on Friday. After a brutal end to the 2013 season, which included four straight losses to the Pirates, in addition to a long and snowy offseason, the time for baseball has come. Rejoice!

And now for some news and notes from around the worldwide web...

+ In case you missed it, the Reds added RHP Brett Marshall to the fold yesterday by claiming him off waivers. Unfortunately, that meant the demise of INF Henry Rodriguez, who was designated for assignment to make room for Marshall on the roster.

+ Jonah Keri of ranked Jonathan Broxton's contract as the 11th-worst in baseball. In my opinion, it could have easily been included among the top 10.

+ Big Red Machine legend Dave Concepcion will serve as the Grand Marshall for the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade this year. As always, it should be a festive occasion.

+ At the time of this writing, nearly 50 percent of you who voted on the poll question (top right side column) believe that Jay Bruce will smack roughly 35 home runs this season. Another 23 percent say 30 home runs, 21 percent say 40 or more, and only 5 percent think he'll club 25 or less. Me? I'm with the majority here and say the Beaumont Bomber will crush about 35 balls over the fence in 2014.

+ The Chicago-Tribune published a nice little report on the state of Cincinnati's team entering the spring. It doesn't go too in-depth, but it does provide a formidable summary.

+ Stan Gardner of USA Today Sports gives a position-by-position look at the Reds ahead of spring training. You may notice that Gardner's piece includes a mention of Rodriguez possibly playing second base at some point during the season. This was obviously written before yesterday's transaction news.

+ I'm a little late to the party on this one, but former Reds catcher and current Tampa Bay Ray Ryan Hanigan now boasts a Best in Breed dog after his canine won a ribbon at the Westminster Dog Show.

+ Mark Sheldon writes that the Reds and Homer Bailey hope to settle their contract dispute soon. I would venture to say that's a sentiment shared by many around Reds Country.

+ On a non-related Reds note, longtime New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter officially announced plans to retire at season's end. It goes without saying, but Jeter's career in the major leagues has been simply remarkable. Longevity, class, production, and leadership are just a few ways to describe his playing days. Although I grew up despising everything about the Yankees, I have always respected and admired Jeter. A consummate professional through and through, Jeter has served the game well. He will be missed.

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