Player News - Reds

Date: Team: Pos:

Reds prospect Nick Senzel will work exclusively at shortstop and third base in camp.

Well, that's interesting. Senzel has even been working with Reds great Barry Larkin on adjusting to shortstop. Eugenio Suarez is in place at third base and remains under team control for another couple of years, so adding shortstop to Senzel's resume could put him in the best position to contribute soon. After hitting .321/.391/.514 between High-A and Double-A last year, he's clearly not far off. It will be an interesting situation to follow this spring.
Feb 20 - 11:38 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that the team's outfield will be "rotational unless performance dictates otherwise."

The Reds have four outfielders for three spots with Billy Hamilton, Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler, and Jesse Winker. It could be a little complicated initially, but a trade could clear things up at some point during the year. Either way, getting Winker at-bats should be the priority. The 24-year-old batted .298/.375/.529 with seven homers over 47 games during his time with the Reds last season.
Feb 19 - 11:14 AM

Scooter Gennett won his arbitration case against the Reds and will earn $5.7 million in 2018.

The Reds had countered his request with $5.1 million. Gennett had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .295/.342/.531 with 27 bombs and 97 RBI in only 141 games. He's locked into a spot in the middle of the Reds' lineup and could be poised for even bigger things in 2018.
Feb 17 - 12:01 PM

Dilson Herrera has fully recovered from his shoulder injury and is expected to be a full participant in spring training.

Herrera was the Reds' big return in the Jay Bruce trade with the Mets in August of 2016, but soon hurt his shoulder and has struggled to stay on the field since. He is now out of minor league options, meaning the Reds will have to keep him in the majors or risk losing him on waivers. Herrera was once a top prospect who reached the majors at the tender age of 20 and is still quite young (he turns 24 on March 3rd). He will battle for a utility role with the big club this spring but has the talent to eventually become a quality everyday starter.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Feb 16 - 7:26 PM

Reds prospect RHP Jacob Ehret was suspended 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer broke the news. The 24-year-old relief pitcher's performance regressed last year following a pair of strong campaigns in 2015 and 2016. Splitting time between Single-A Daytona and Double-A Pensacola he amassed a 7.62 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings.
Feb 16 - 7:01 PM

Reds released RHP Jeff Manship.

Manship did not pass his physical. He signed a minor league contract with Cincinnati earlier this month after spending the 2017 season with the NC Dinos in South Korea. The 33-year-old right-hander will try to get himself healthy and latch on with a different organization somewhere down the road.
Feb 15 - 12:32 PM

Reds signed INF Cliff Pennington to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's a split contract that will pay him a $1.5 million salary if he makes the Reds' major league roster and far less if he is relegated to Triple-A Louisville. Pennington batted just .235/.306/.330 with three home runs over 87 games with the Angels in 2017, but he can play all around the infield defensively.
Feb 15 - 12:17 PM

Reds prospect Nick Senzel has worked out at both second base and shortstop at the Reds' spring training complex.

Senzel arrived to camp a month before he was due to report, and he's used that time to work on his defense up the middle. He has spent most of his collegiate and professional career at third base, but with above-average speed, soft hands, and a solid arm, he has the skills to play just about anywhere. Eugenio Suarez is locked in at the hot corner for Cincinnati, so Senzel's best chance of getting early everyday action will come somewhere else. He could be a regular in the Reds' lineup before the summer is over.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Feb 14 - 7:00 PM

Brandon Finnegan (shoulders) will throw a bullpen session on Friday.

Finnegan underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in July, and he was also bothered last year by a shoulder strain in his left arm that didn't require surgery but did limit him to 13 major league innings. The 24-year-old southpaw pitched relatively well in 2016 with a 3.98 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 172 innings. If he's fully recovered, he should be in the middle of the Cincinnati rotation for the 2018 season.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Feb 14 - 6:26 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said that Cody Reed will be competing for a bullpen spot this spring.

Price believes Reed could still start in the long-term, but they believe it's the best fit for him right now. If healthy, Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani, Luis Castillo, and Brandon Finnegan figure to be in the rotation, with Robert Stephenson and Sal Romano the frontrunners for the No. 5 spot. Reed scuffled with the Reds last season, posting a 5.09 ERA and 17/19 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings while primarily pitching in relief.
Feb 13 - 11:58 AM

MLB.com's Mark Sheldon writes that Sal Romano has the "edge" for the fifth spot in the Reds' rotation "for now."

It's notable but doesn't mean a ton at this point, as Romano will have to hold off a host of competitors including Vance Worley, Robert Stephenson, Amir Garrett, Rookie Davis, Tyler Mahle, Cody Reed, Jackson Stephens and Michael Lorenzen. Assuming everyone is healthy, Anthony DeSclafani, Homer Bailey, Brandon Finnegan and Luis Castillo are locked into the first four spots in the rotation. Romano posted a 4.45 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 73/37 K/BB ratio across 87 innings for Cincinnati last season.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 9 - 12:58 PM

Reds re-signed RHP Domingo Tapia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Tapia, 26, split his time between Double- and Triple-A in the Reds organization last season, holding a 4.08 ERA and 85/26 K/BB ratio over 88 1/3 innings. He can start and relieve but any long shot chance he'd have to make the Opening Day roster would surely be as a reliever.
Feb 8 - 5:07 PM

Reds signed RHP Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Manship spent the 2017 season with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization, posting a 3.67 ERA, 1.287 WHIP, and 86/33 K/BB ratio in 21 starts covering 112 2/3 innings. The 33-year-old will compete for a spot in the Reds' rotation at spring training but might ultimately wind up in the bullpen or as organizational depth at Triple-A Louisville. He had a 3.12 ERA in 43 1/3 innings of relief with the Indians in 2016, though his peripherals weren't as strong.
Feb 6 - 8:45 PM

Eugenio Suarez lost his arbitration case against the Reds and will receive a $3.75 million salary in 2018.

Suarez requested $4.2 million from the Reds when figures were exchanged last month. He'll still get a nice raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility after posting an .828 OPS with 26 home runs and 82 RBI in 156 games last season while earning $595,000 -- just north of the MLB minimum.
Feb 6 - 6:34 PM

Reds signed RHP David Hernandez to a two-year, $5 million contract.

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported the contract details. Hernandez pitched with the Diamondbacks and Angels last season while posting a quality 3.11 ERA and 52/9 K/BB ratio over 55 innings. The 32-year-old will function as a bridge to closer Raisel Iglesias.
Jan 30 - 2:01 PM


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