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A source tells Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer the Reds are targeting free agent reliever David Hernandez.

Hernandez was quietly terrific between the Diamondbacks and Angels in 2017, posting a 3.11 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 55 innings in middle relief. Sources said the sides are in "serious discussions" but that a deal isn't imminent. The 32-year-old wouldn't supplant Raisel Iglesias as the team's closer, but he would certainly be a boost to the team's bullpen.
Jan 13 - 6:07 PM

MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports that the Reds have spoken with Craig Stammen's representatives recently.

Stammen had a nice bounce-back year in San Diego with a 3.14 ERA and 74/28 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings. He's also from Ohio, so playing in Cincinnati might appeal to him.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 02:16:00 PM

Reds selected RHP Brad Keller from the Diamondbacks with the fifth pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Royals.

Keller, a sinkerballer, went 10-9 with a 4.68 ERA, a 111/57 K/BB ratio and just seven homers allowed in 130 2/3 innings in Double-A last year. Given his groundball tendencies, he really made more sense for the Reds in their park than the Royals in theirs. Still, he'll compete for a spot at the back of the rotation.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:47:00 AM

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports Reds top prospect Nick Senzel will receive playing time at a variety of positions next year as the club determines his best fit with the big league squad.

One of the top 10 or so prospects in baseball, Senzel has played third base exclusively throughout his minor league career. He slashed .321/.391/.514 at the plate combined between Single-A and Double-A in 2017. The Reds' incumbent third baseman is Eugenio Suarez, who had a breakout season both with the bat and with the glove this year. If Senzel proves he can handle shortstop or second base it would relieve the team from having to move Suarez back to shortstop, a position he struggled with before moving to third base. Reds general manager Dick Williams mentioned that Senzel played shortstop and third base in college and played some second base in high school. He could also see time in the outfield in 2018.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 09:39:00 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News believes that the Reds and Padres could have interest in acquiring Jurickson Profar this offseason.

Grant notes that the Reds scouted Profar heavily while he was at Triple-A Round Rock, and A.J. Preller of the Padres has always had an interest in Profar. It looks increasingly likely that the club will try to move the talented 24-year-old this winter after he appeared in just 22 games with the big league club in 2017 and hit an anemic .172/.294/.207 in his 70 plate appearances.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 11:48:00 AM

Saturday afternoon's contest between the Cardinals and Reds has been postponed due to inclement weather.

No makeup date has been announced. It's currently hailing in St. Louis and harsh weather was expected throughout the afternoon, so they made a wise choice cancelling this one early. Look for Saturday's scheduled starters, Mike Leake and Bronson Arroyo, to be pushed back until Sunday.
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 11:34:00 AM

Mets signed OF Desmond Jennings to a minor league contract.

He'll report to Triple-A Las Vegas. Jennings went to spring training with the Reds but couldn't crack the Opening Day roster. It makes sense for the Mets to add outfield depth with Juan Lagares (oblique) and Brandon Nimmo (hamstring) both hurt.
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 02:20:00 PM

Diamondbacks claimed 1B/OF Christian Walker off waivers from the Reds.

The D'Backs cleared a roster spot for Walker by designating reliever Evan Marshall for assignment. Walker has bounced around this spring, beginning camp with Baltimore before making pit stops in Atlanta and Cincinnati. The 26-year-old spent all of last year in Triple-A, hitting .264 with 18 HR and 64 RBI over 131 appearances for Norfolk.
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 02:15:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Blue Jays, Braves and Reds have all "checked in" on free agent Kelly Johnson.

However, none of those teams are offering Johnson a major league deal. The 35-year-old has never hit for a high average (.251 over 4,543 big league at-bats) but he still has value as a utility player. Johnson should find work later in the year when injuries begin to pile up.
Sat, Mar 18, 2017 09:32:00 PM

Justin Masterson worked out privately for the Reds on Thursday.

Masterson did not receive an offer after his mid-February showcase in Phoenix, but the rebuilding Reds might as well bring him into camp on a non-guaranteed minor league deal and see what happens. The veteran right-hander did not pitch at the MLB level in 2016 following shoulder surgery and he put up an ugly 4.97 ERA and 32/26 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings with the Triple-A affiliate of the Pirates. He turns 32 years old later this month.
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 03:42:00 PM


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