• by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Reds option Juan Duran, Yorman Rodriguez

    The Reds made their first round of spring cuts Tuesday, optioning outfielder Juan Duran to Double-A Pensacola and outfielder Yorman Rodriguez to Triple-A Louisville. The team also re-assigned eight players to minor league camp, including infielder Neftali Soto, outfielders Ryan LaMarre and Jesse Winker and pitchers Jonathon Crawford, Ismael Guillon, Nick Howard, Robert Stephenson and Nick Travieso.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Reds trade Simon to Tigers for Suarez, Crawford

    The Tigers traded for Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon on Thursday. The Reds acquired 2013 first-round pick Jonathon Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez in the deal. The 33-year-old Simon was a first-time All-Star in 2014. He went 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 32 starts. He is in his final year of arbitration. The 23-year-old Suarez hit .242 with one triple, four home runs, nine doubles, 23 RBI and 33 runs in 85 games as a rookie in 2014. He had a .968 fielding percentage in 81 games at shortstop. The 23-year-old Crawford has an 8-5 record, 2.73 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 31 starts in the minors. He spent the 2014 season at Class A West Michigan.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Jonathon Crawford winless despite strong showing

    Tigers starting pitcher prospect Jonathon Crawford is winless through his first five starts (0-1) for Class A Connecticut, but it's not like the right-handed hurler has pitched poorly. The 2013 first-round pick (20th overall) has a 1.59 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 11 1/3 innings. Crawford struck out a career-high five batters in 2 1/3 innings during a July 3 start. He has managed 15 strikeouts to four walks, while recording a .159 opponents' batting average. Crawford was considered the 24th-best prospect in the 2013 draft class by Baseball America. Crawford was 9-8 with a 3.51 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in three seasons at the University of Florida. He struck out 7.78 batters per nine innings.