Showing posts with label Reds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reds. Show all posts

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jeff Francis signs a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds

Jeff Francis was a pitcher the Mets had on their radar, but he has decided to go to Cincinnati instead.

Free agent pitcher Jeff Francis signed a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, insider Jon Heyman has learned.

Francis, a 31-year-old left-hander, was 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 183 innings for the Royals last season. He was once an effective starter, but that was back in 2006-07 with the Rockies.

Not only that, but the Reds have plenty of starting pitching. Mat Latos and Johnny Cueto are the top two in the rotation, with Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey in tow as well. Plus, left-handed fireballer Aroldis Chapman is being converted to a starter this spring as well. So even if Francis gets a nod in the rotation before long reliever Sam LeCure, he is the seventh option.

On the other hand, Latos, Cueto, Arroyo, Leake and Bailey are all right handed. If Chapman doesn't cut it as a starter, it's entirely possible Francis gets a look as the fifth starter at some point, just to have a lefty in there.

The Mets might still turn their attention to RHP Chris Young , who is coming off an arm injury.. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rumor Mill: Reds have interest in Jason Isringhausen

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Reds have had internal discussions about a number of middle and setup relievers.

The Reds List according to Morosi includes Jim Johnson and Koji Uehara of the Baltimore Orioles; Jason Isringhausen of the New York Mets; Jason Frasor of the Toronto Blue Jays; and Todd Coffey of the Washington Nationals.

Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty is familiar with Isringhausen from their time together with the St. Louis Cardinals, and Isringhausen pitched in the Cincinnati system last year. Coffey was originally drafted by the Reds and pitched for them from 2005-08.

Seattle Mariners closer Brandon League is another intriguing option, since he could take over as the Reds’ closer in the event Francisco Cordero departs as a free agent after this season.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Alderson notes and definitive answers

Here are some Sandy Alderson notes/answers from his interview with Mike Francesa:

Mets GM Sandy Alderson confirmed that the team will not spend more than $135-140 Million on 2011 payroll. That's a ton of money for most teams, but the Mets have committed most of that to the players already on their roster, so they don't have much to spend. Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork has the details:

Not surprisingly, Alderson said there's "no market" for Luis Castillo or Oliver Perez, even if the Mets wanted to trade them. The two players will be in Mets camp this Spring Training.

Alderson confirmed that he's looking to sign a "bounceback" starter to a low base salary. Chris Young was Alderson's "hypothetical" example of such a pitcher, but the tall right-hander is more than just an example. As Rubin notes, the Mets are still interested in Young.

It appears that Johan Santana will return around the All-Star break. The lefty underwent surgery to repear an anterior capsule tear in his left shoulder in October.

The Reds and Mets have not discussed a potential Jose Reyes trade, GM Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer (Twitter link).

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Reds trying to land Jose Reyes?

Homer Bailey
According to Alex Apple of  The Big Red Machine, Several insiders have reported that the Reds have discussed what it would take to land Jose Reyes from the Mets. Apple to this point is unsure how far the talks have progressed and whether the talks are still going on.

However Apple explains, a deal for Reyes would make sense for both teams. The Reds need a leadoff hitter and could look to upgrade over Paul Janish at shortstop. The Mets, on the other hand, are looking for pitching and some depth for their depleted minor league system.

So what would a package for Jose Reyes look like and would Walt Jocketty bite?

Apple says the Reds would almost certainly have to give up either Mike Leake, Travis Wood or Homer Bailey. And in addition, the Mets could be looking for two more prospects, one a top tier prospect and another lower level prospect. There has been much discussion regarding which of the three starting pitchers listed above would be most likely to be traded. Leake, I believe, would probably be Walt Jocketty’s last choice with Wood or Bailey going before him.

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