Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday's batch of Reds news and notes

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The commencement of spring training games has brought quite a bit of noteworthy Reds nuggets to report. So let's get right down to it, shall we? Hopefully your household is stocked up on milk and bread because the weather isn't look so great in Reds Country. Stay warm and stay safe.

+ Much has been made over the finances related to the club moving forward. However, there really hasn't been a thorough examination of this area until John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer published one on Saturday. Fay caught up with owner Bob Castellini to discuss how the Reds will be able to pay their bills in 2014 and beyond. Namely, how a small market franchise can afford shell out $362 million worth of guaranteed money to Homer Bailey, Joey Votto, and Brandon Phillips. In short, Castellini is optimistic that things will work out just fine in the finance department. It's a good read and I recommend that you have a look.

+ Fay says Billy Hamilton should be a definite defensive upgrade in center field over Shin-Soo Choo. But can he match the production Choo posted with the bat?

+ Mike Leake was scratched from his start on Sunday after experiencing pain in his abdomen. The decision to scratch him is being viewed more as a precautionary measure than anything.

+ Slow and easy is the mindset the Reds are taking with Sean Marshall's shoulder this spring. The southpaw spent most of last season on the disabled list and the club doesn't want a repeat in 2014.

+ Video of Brandon Phillips chatting with the "Baseball Tonight" crew on Friday. Also, here's video of the crew (John Kruk, Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian) breaking down what they saw from the Reds while visiting Goodyear Ballpark.

+ What do you think about Cincinnati's black uniforms they've been wearing? Love them? Hate them? I attempted to solve the great debate in this post from Saturday.

+ Bryan Price talked with MLB.com's Mark Sheldon about the perils of travel involved in Major League Baseball. Price also reflected back on his time traveling as a minor league coach and how much better the MLB accommodations are nowadays.

+ Here's a nice piece about how fan favorite Corky Miller is teaching prospect Tucker Barnhart the ropes about big league catching.

+ Only 29 more days until Opening Day!

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