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Reds' Tyler Stephenson: Expected to play 140-150 games
Reds manager David Bell said Friday that he wants Stephenson (collarbone) in the lineup for 140-150 games this season, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
That helps to explain why the Reds have stacked up an experienced cast of veteran backup catchers -- Curt Casali, Luke Maile, Austin Romine -- over the course of the winter. Stephenson is expected to see a lot of time at DH and first base to aid in ensuring that he can handle a larger overall workload. The 26-year-old was limited to 50 games in 2022 due to a range of different ailments. It was a broken collarbone that officially ended his season in August. He's averaged an .823 OPS with 15 home runs and 73 RBI for every 162 games played when healthy.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Tejay Antone: Slowed by forearm issue
Antone's offseason throwing program has been slowed by a right forearm injury, per MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.
The good news is the issue is not thought to be related to Antone's elbow, which required Tommy John surgery more than two years ago and gave him a lot of trouble in the aftermath. The 29-year-old reliever will be eased into action at Reds camp this spring with the hope that he might be ready to be used in high-leverage situations at some point in the early part of the 2023 season. Antone posted a 2.48 ERA with 87 strikeouts over his first 69 major-league innings over the 2020 and 2021 seasons.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Joey Votto: Likely to be delayed this spring
Votto (shoulder) is likely going to be delayed at the start of spring training, Reds general manager Nick Krall said Monday.
"Probably not," Krall said when asked of Votto's potential readiness for the beginning of camp. "I think he's going to be a little delayed there. That was expected at the beginning, from when he had surgery, that he wasn't going to be unlimited, full-go at the beginning. We'll just have to see where he comes in and go from there." Additionally, manager David Bell said of Votto's recovery from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and torn biceps, that "it's been a tougher rehab than he anticipated." The skipper did note that it still wouldn't surprise him if Votto is ready to go on Opening Day but that more will be known once spring training gets underway. Votto has always been lauded for his work ethic, but he's also a 39-year-old coming off major surgery, so we can't count on him avoiding an injured list stint.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Derek Law: Back with Cincinnati
Law re-signed Monday with the Reds on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to MLB spring training.
Law elected free agency in November after the Reds dropped him from their 40-man roster, but he'll be rejoining the organization in 2023 and will get the chance to battle for a spot in the big club's Opening Day bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander made 17 appearances in the majors in 2022 between Cincinnati and Detroit, logging a 4.12 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 17:8 K:BB across 19.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Matt Reynolds: Outrighted to Triple-A
Reynolds cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville by the Reds on Thursday.
Reynolds has accepted the outright assignment and will be in major-league camp as a non-roster invitee. The 32-year-old has a career .630 OPS over parts of five seasons at the big-league level.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Alex Young: Signs NRI with Reds
Young signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Tuesday.
The deal includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Young appeared in 24 games with the Giants last year, and registered a 2.39 ERA with a 20:11 K:BB ratio over 26.1 innings pitched. He'll have a chance to win a spot in the Cincinnati bullpen with a good showing in the Cactus League, but he shouldn't be on a fantasy radar to begin 2023.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Richie Martin: Lands NRI deal from Reds
Martin signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Tuesday.
The deal includes an invitation to major-league spring training. Martin, 28, has never found his footing at the big-league level, producing just a .572 OPS over parts of three seasons. He didn't hit much at Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles organization in 2022, either, with a .721 OPS and two homers in 80 games.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Alfredo Duno: Deal official
Duno signed with the Reds on Sunday for an undisclosed amount, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
The international market has produced several premium catching prospects in recent years, and Duno, along with Padres signee Ethan Salas, has a chance to follow that path. He is already very physical for a player who turns 17 in a couple days, measuring in at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. The Venezuelan catcher is athletic for his size, but it's his arm and raw power that are the monster tools in the profile. He will need to hit pro pitching and keep his body in check.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Matt Reynolds: Designated for assignment
Reynolds was designated for assignment by the Reds on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
After the Reds signed Luke Weaver on Friday, Reynolds was moved off the 40-man roster to open up a spot for him. The 32-year-old utility man slashed .246/.320/.332 over 272 plate appearances last season. His defensive versatility could draw interest from a team in search of bench depth.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Lucas Sims: Avoids arbitration
Sims (back) signed a one-year, $1.27 million contract with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Sims' season was cut short in 2022 after undergoing season-ending surgery on his back, and the 6.2 innings he managed to pitch early in the year weren't pretty (9.45 ERA, 1.65 WHIP). It's possible he'll work his way back into the closer role Cincinnati had planned for him going into 2022, though it may take a while before he gets there.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Kevin Newman: Settles with Cincy
Newman signed a one-year, $2.662 million contract with the Reds on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Newman turned in his best season at the plate since 2019, hitting .274 over 288 at-bats last year. However, walks and extra-base hits were few and far between for the 29-year-old infielder, limiting him to a .688 OPS. He will most likely be used as the Reds' everyday shortstop in 2023, but his offensive production is unlikely to surge.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Luis Cessa: Avoids arbitration
Cessa signed a one-year, $2.65 million contract with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
After logging a 2.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP season in 2021, Cessa took a considerable step back during his first full season with the Reds. The 30-year-old reliever turned in a 4.57 ERA and 1.29 WHIP through 80.2 frames while also missing nearly a month due to back problems. Cessa failed to strike batters out at a particularly high rate and struggled with walks quite a bit. If these issues continue, high-leverage opportunities may be hard to come by next season.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Tejay Antone: Settles with Cincy
Antone (elbow) signed a one-year, $770,000 contract with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Antone missed the entirety of 2022 due to Tommy John surgery, but back-to-back seasons with a sub-3.00 ERA and a strikeout rate north of 30 percent in 2020-21 is more than enough reason for the Reds to keep him around. He will likely have to slowly work back into high-leverage situations, but if he's able to return to his pre-injury form, he could take over as the Reds' closer during the season.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Luke Weaver: Signs with Cincinnati
Weaver signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Reds on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Weaver struggled to get going in 2022, logging a 6.56 ERA and 1.82 WHIP between Arizona and Kansas City. While it's unlikely Weaver will return to his 2019 form (2.94 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) he should still be able to contend for a spot in the back end of the Reds' rotation.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Nick Senzel: Avoids arbitration with Cincy
Senzel (toe) signed a one-year, $1.95 million contract with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
Senzel's 2022 season ended in September with a fractured toe that later required surgery when it didn't heal properly. His status for the start of spring training is in question and it's fair to wonder at this point whether a breakout will ever happen for the 2016 No. 2 overall pick.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Justin Dunn: Inks one-year deal
Dunn and the Reds agreed on a one-year, $900,000 contract Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
The right-hander started seven games with Cincinnati in 2022, producing an inflated 6.10 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with 21 punchouts over 31 innings. Due to the lack of proven arms on the Reds, Dunn will likely earn a spot in the starting rotation to open 2023.... See More ... See Less
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