Monday, February 17, 2014

Rounding up Reds news, notes from Monday

Monday's biggest news story was undoubtedly the fact that Homer Bailey confirmed that he and the Reds were "close" to reaching a long-term contract extension. Once thought to be impossible, Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes broke the story last night that something could be in the works. Reds beat writers flocked to Bailey Monday morning to seek confirmation and the right-hander pretty much gave it to them, but did note that nothing was finalized just yet. The terms of the contract are rumored to be in the ballpark of six years and $100 million. Although there is no timetable to get a long-term deal done, both sides have until Thursday to reach a pact for 2014. At the time of this writing, Bailey and the Reds had yet to come to terms with a contract for the upcoming season.

With the Bailey news aside, here are other Reds notes from Monday....

+ In your light-hearted news of the day, the AMI, or the esteemed American Mustache Institute, is not on board with Bryan Price's new facial hair policy. This is news you need to know, folks.

+ Chief operating officer Phil Castellini had a Q&A session with Mark Sheldon. The interview shed some light on goals, expectations, and new manager Bryan Price, among other issues. It was part of a league-wide thing for President's Day where reporters interviewed team executives. To be honest, most of it is sugar-coated executive talk in regards to tickets sales and such, but it's definitely worth a read. Especially when Castellini talks about how the team is preparing to host the All-Star Game in 2015.

+ Jesse provided a preseason preview of the Chicago Cubs this morning. As usual, the Lovable Losers project to spend a good portion of the season in the bottom of the standings.

+ The Eye On Baseball crew over at CBS Sports are having an MLB mock draft this week. Check out which pick Joey Votto was taken at. I'm of the opinion that he dropped too far.

+ Kyle Newport of the Bleacher Report presents Cincinnati's spring training to-do list. One of the items on his list is for the team is to get healthy. I can agree with that sentiment.

+ Mark Sheldon of published a nice feature piece on the Reds' new skipper. The piece gives some background on Price's life and how he is preparing for his first year at the helm. It'll be intriguing to see if there are any noticeable differences between the way the Reds play under Price as compared to Dusty Baker.

+ Hal McCoy of Fox Sports Ohio says Tony Cingrani is ready to thrive as the club's fifth starter. This is really good to hear because the Reds will definitely need him to. I don't think I'm alone in admitting that I like the way Cingrani approaches pitching. He is absolutely fearless and that's entertaining to watch.

+ Will Billy Hamilton evolve into a player capable of more than stealing bases? Adam Wells of the Bleacher Report recently pondered this question in his column. Spoiler alert: Wells doesn't seem to be among those who believe Hamilton can be anything more than a stolen base threat. 

+ David Schoenfield of ESPN gives us a breakdown of the offensive units within the division. Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but is anyone else concerned about Cincy's offense right now?

+ One of the players who will be counted on to produce runs is Ryan Ludwick. He told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday that "it was good to feel strong again." That's a promising sign.

+ We're now 42 days away from Opening Day. That's six weeks, guys.

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