Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday's Reds notes: Homer Bailey update, Robert Stephensen interview, and more

+ In case you missed it, here are news and notes from Monday.

+ Top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson is a huge key in Cincinnati's future, writes John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. I agree 100 percent. In order for the Reds to continue their winning ways, Stephenson is going to have to reach the potential scouts see in him.

+ Speaking of Stephenson, Milb.com caught up with the youngster for a Q&A session recently. You can read the full transcript of the interview by clicking here. One of the quotes I thought was neat from Stephenson was when he was asked what he knew about the Reds when getting drafted in 2011.

"I didn't know a whole lot, really, besides the fact they're the oldest team in baseball. I knew there was a big history but wasn't too big on the specifics outside maybe the Big Red Machine.

But since, the biggest thing for me has been the fans. They really love this team and really love anything Reds as a whole. There are big crowds up there, and I saw a little bit of that when I went to Redsfest in December. They're pretty passionate about the game, and it shows."

I thought this was a nice compliment that should go over well with fans.

+ Fay also writes that communication is key for Devin Mesoraco. The Pennsylvania native has big shoes to fill taking over Ryan Hanigan.

+"Little things" continue to be the holdup in regards to a Homer Bailey contract extension. The two sides have until Thursday, the day of the arbitration hearing, to get something sorted out. The money and number of years have already been agreed upon, writes Fay.

+ For those of you in need of some extra cash, Sportservice, the food, beverage, and retail provider for the Reds at Great American Ball Park, is still hiring for the 2014 season. Hey, you get free admission at home games as an employee, right? The paycheck isn't a bad perk, either.

+ Joe Kay of the AP writes that Tony Cingrani is looking to shy away from being so fastball-dependent in 2014. The southpaw threw his heater 81.7 percent of the time last year. Only Oakland's Bartolo Colon (85 percent) relied on the fastball more among starting pitchers.

+ Are you looking to snag a bobblehead this season? The Reds are giving fans six different chances to do so throughout the year. You can view the giveaway schedule right here.

+ Staff writer Jon Davis featured the Milwaukee Brewers earlier today as part of our series previewing each team from the National League Central. Adding Matt Garza and getting Ryan Braun back from suspension should help the Brew Crew have a better record in 2014.

+ Jerry Burns of Rant Sports provided a preseason preview of Cincinnati's 2014 season. Without giving too much away, he believes the Reds are destined for the postseason, but does he think they will get there by winning the division or by claiming a Wild Card spot?

+ Joe Lemire of Sports Illustrated chronicles how former Reds manager Dusty Baker is adjusting to life outside the dugout. It's only the third season since 1967 that he hasn't been in uniform.

+ In case you missed it, Aaron Harang is now training in the same facility as the Reds. How? Well, the big right-hander signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. As fate would have it, the Indians just so happen to share Goodyear Ballpark with their interstate rival.

+ Former Red Francisco Cordero is also wearing new colors this spring. Like Harang, he too signed a minor league contract, but with the Boston Red Sox, instead.

+ We're now 41 days away from Opening Day against the Cardinals.

Photo Credit: Milb.com

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