Jay Bruce’s catch saved Coco Cordero’s ass last night. “With the Reds’ magic number down to 10 and their first playoff appearance in 15 years approaching, it has to be encouraging for Cincinnati fans to see Bruce rebounding from his recent stay on the DL for a strained abdomen. On Monday, he powered the Reds with two homers in just his first game back. Then this catch happened on Wednesday.” [Big League Stew]
There’s a lot out there about the Reds dealing some veterans in the offseason. MLB Trade Rumors makes some sense of it:
SI.com’s Jon Heyman reported yesterday that the Cincinnati Reds might field offers for Brandon Phillips, Francisco Cordero, and Bronson Arroyo.
We’ve heard plenty of speculation that the trade market will be more vibrant this offseason than the free agent market, with so few big names available through free agency. Phillips and Cordero would each match up well with the best free agents available at their respective positions, and even Arroyo posted a 3.84 ERA in 220.1 IP this season. Teams may be more inclined to inquire about their price tags than to dish out long-term contracts to similar or lesser free agents.
The Reds once again finished below .500 last year in the NL Central, and are looking up at the Cardinals, Cubs, and Brewers, who all seem more likely than Cincinnati to add an impact talent this winter. The Reds are not a large-market team; their 2009 payroll sat at $73MM, and we heard earlier this week that it’ll be even smaller in 2010. It makes sense that they would explore the return on a few of their bigger contracts and attempt to rebuild around players like Jay Bruce, Edinson Volquez, and Joey Votto (or top first base prospect Yonder Alonso).
Cordero, Arroyo, and Harang are guys I would try to move. They’re not going to help the Reds make a significant playoff push; by the time we’re ready to compete these guys will either be too aged and ineffective or ready for their contract to expire.
Now Phillips, I don’t trade. At least not in this offseason. Let him come back at an age in which he should be at his prime and see if he can have a career season. We don’t have many run producing hitters that are right handed. I don’t care what kind of stud you think Todd Frazier will end up becoming. Phillips is valuable still to the Reds. You’re not going to recover a bonafide, sure-fire MLB talent in a trade for Phillips. He’s not a malcontent or anything. So keep him around. We had enough trouble scoring last year and they’re kicking around the idea of bringing back Johnny Gomes. Unless you’re desperate for right handed hitting pop, you’re not talking about bringing back Johnny Gomes.
The three pitchers above, I deal yesterday for prospects. I don’t care what Arroyo’s second half ERA was and I don’t care how many innings he and Harang can eat together. ‘Innings eaters’ is just another way of saying that the guys are worthless in every other way. Now we won’t go as far as saying these two guys are worthless, but the days of them being 1-2 in this rotation should be over since we have Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto waiting to take those roles.
Plus, we like the idea of freeing up all that money to lock up the Votto’s, the Bruce’s and the other young studs who arrive on the scene in Cincinnati the next couple years.
Done, and done.
The Reds mustered only 9 hits on the night, and the only scoring blow was a Joey Votto bloop job that scored the suddenly torrid Chris Dickerson. Dickerson’s average is up to .283 on the year; and he and Votto were the only Reds to collect multiple hits in the game.
Here’s a sneak preview of where we were sitting last night. This was the 9th inning before Grady Sizemore went up to the plate and got smoked by 96 mph at the knees heat by Coco Cordero. Reds were leading by what would turn into the final score; 3-1 already at that point.
Back to the park tonight. Won’t be in as good of seats; but at least Homer Bailey is on the bump (like that’s honestly a good thing).
The Cincinnati Reds avoided being swept at home with an 8-6 win in a business day special ballgame that began at 12:35 AM ET this afternoon.
Joey Votto once again ignited the Reds offense for the second day in a row by hitting a 3-run home run, becoming the first Reds player since Ken Griffey Jr. with back to back games with a 3-run homer. It has been almost 3 years since the feat was last accomplished. Votto had 3 hits for the second consecutive day and drove in 4 runs.
Bronson Arroyo was not fabulous as the starter but was good enough to get the victory. The Reds got on the board with a single by Darnell Mcdonald in the third inning that scored Ryan Hanigan. That made it 3-1 and Votto’s blast gave them a lead they’d never fully relinquish.
The Mets tied the game at 4 briefly but a 2-out 2-run single by Paul Janish in the 5th inning gave the Reds the lead for good. Francisco Cordero struck out the Mets’ side in the 9th inning to earn his first save.
The Reds fucking lost again last night, in 10 innings. We missed it because we were playing NHL 2008 on XBOX with a buddy, and it’s a good thing. Francisco Cordero: I’d really like you to stop this shit. Ever since that game in Florida when you let Cody Ross ruin our season single-handedly, you haven’t been the same. Please, please get your shit together or get the fuck out.
And really at this point who gives a shit? It’s how we feel as a fan — (we attended a football game earlier in the week and it was quite refreshing) and it’s how the Reds look like they’re playing. They don’t deserve attention right now from their fans. They deserve to be ridiculed. It’s acceptable to lose but not to go out and play out a string because you’re millionaires and you can. Where’s the fucking passion? The love of the game? And hell no, Ken Griffey Jr. isn’t missed. So glad that ass pimple was popped when it was.
Four years and $46 million dollars to land the top free-agent closer on the market, Francisco Cordero. The Cincinnati Reds have searched for years; since the late 90′s to find a dominant closer. I remember in 1998 it was Scott Williamson (NL ROY, Power Closer) and Danny Graves who fueled the Reds run to a near wild card berth.
Now it appears the Reds have a horse to really go out and anchor their bullpen. No one can say that this Reds ownership group headed by Bob Castellini is tight; or that what is needed to spent isn’t being spent. This is clearly a bookend signing that will allow the Reds a player who will anchor their bullpen for years to come. Cordero is 32 but at an age where he still throws gas. His 44 saves last season in Milwaukee were the second most of his 9 year career.
It wasn’t like Milwaukee didn’t wanna keep this guy; he was reportedly offered 4 years, $42 million dollars to stay in Milwaukee. This is a time when I am glad the player spurned an offer to go with the highest bidder, and props to the Reds for taking yet another step in the right direction to becoming a contender.