Tag:Greg Reynolds
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:12 pm

Rockies trade for Jim Tracy's son

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Remember in Little League when someone's dad was the coach, that kid automatically was placed on that team? Well, it's not quite like that in the major leagues. That said, Chad S. Tracy may be playing for his dad this season.

The Rockies acquired Tracy from the Rangers in exchange for right-hander Greg Reynolds, the Rockies announced on Thursday.

The younger Tracy (not to be confused with the former Diamondback Chad Tracy), is the son of Colorado manager Jim Tracy. The 26-year-old hit .259/.339/.475 with 26 home runs and 109 RBI in 134 games for Triple-A Round Rock, playing mostly at first base and also three games in left field.

Reynolds, 26, was the second-overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Rockies (after the Royals took Luke Hochevar and before the Rays took Evan Longoria -- and five picks before the Dodgers took Clayton Kershaw and eight spots ahead of Tim Lincecum.) Reynolds pitched in 13 games for hte Rockies last season, going 3-0 with a 6.19 ERA overall, starting three games. In 32 innings, he struck out 18 and walked two. He started 13 games for the Rockies in 2008 and finished 2-8 with an 8.13 ERA in 14 appearances.

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Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:18 am

Rockies cut bait with Felipe Paulino

By Evan Brunell

PaulinoThe Rockies have designated Felipe Paulino for assignment and recalled starter Greg Reynolds, the Denver Post reports via Twitter.

Paulino was acquired in the offseason from Houston in exchange for shortstop Clint Barmes. While Barmes isn't quite hitting (nice OBP, though), he's doing just fine with his glove in Houston, so the Rockies can be deemed losers of this trade. Paulino predominantly started for Houston over the course of three seasons from 2007-2010, with 2008 skipped. But his career 5.83 ERA ushered him out the door, as Paulino could strike players out but gave up too many walks.

And much like the Rockies just jettisoned another player like that in Franklin Morales (traded to Red Sox), Colorado has quickly given up on these players. So Paulino only pitched 14 2/3 innings in Colorado, but they were bad innings, with a 7.36 ERA and the same stuff and lack of control of it. However, 45.5 percent of Paulino's batted balls allowed fell for hits - way over the pitching standard of 30 percent. That means Paulino was unlucky, which leads to a 3.37 xFIP. Ahh, that's much better.

All that to say that Paulino will get picked up somewhere. Either he'll be claimed on waivers, traded by Colorado and released, only to quickly latch on to another club. Oakland jumps to mind here, as they're currently trying to find the right mix in the bullpen and need temporary starters quickly? Paulino could fill the breach in the rotation in the interim, and always move back to the bullpen. In a pitcher's park, Paulino could both regress to the mean plus go past it, to his benefit. That would make Paulino a real find -- but there's no guarantee it happens, as Paulino's been hit very hard with a high line-drive rate and home run per flyball rate that could negate the issue with Paulino's BABIP.

Paulino's replacement in Reynolds made two starts earlier this year, giving up four runs in 11 innings. Down on the farm, he's made six starts with a 6.29 ERA, although he's terribly unlucky as he has a 3.70 FIP. The Post speculates that Reynolds will probably start one of the games Tuesday then be sent down for a reliever or start Saturday. It's also possible that he could fill the long man's role in Colorado. We don't know quite yet what the Rockies have in mind.

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:59 am
Edited on: April 8, 2011 10:17 am

Pepper: Bud Selig biking along


By Evan Brunell

STILL BIKIN': 1,000 straight days. That's how long Bud Selig has been using his exercise bike which is an impressive accomplishment. That means Selig's hopped on a bike literally every day for almost three years.

As someone who works out regularly and hates taking off days, that's an amazingly impressive feat that should be commended. The 76-year-old usually bikes for 53 minutes and then does a total of seven minutes of exercise. That's enabled him to keep in shape and he could have plenty of years ahead as a commissioner even if he plans to step down after 2012.

It may surprise you to learn that Selig wasn't always so healthy.

"I was smoking Tiparillos at the time," Selig recalled from 1980, when he was the Milwaukee Brewers president,  "and Dr. [Paul] Jacobs said: 'We've got to get you into an exercise program ... I don't want you running; you'll end up with bad knees, bad ankles, bad feet, bad everything.'"

And so the bike program was born. Selig should absolutely be thrilled with his accomplishment, as its simply not easy to do with his age and schedule.

"I'm very proud of it," Selig said. "When I finished exercising [Thursday morning] I was like a little kid." (MLB.com)

MLB TODAY: Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe hops onto CBSSports.com's MLB Today to talk Red Sox.

DONATING FOOD: This is a fantastic idea and makes you wonder why this isn't more widespread. The Pirates will be donating left-over concessions to shelters and soup kitchens to help feed the hungry. That could mean over 250 tons of food otherwise sent to the compost heap. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

AVOIDING FOOD: Don't read this if your stomach gets queasy fast or you've eaten at some of the worst violators of food safety, as this article details which ballparks are the worst and why. (BusinessInsider.com)

BLACKOUT: MLB.com's blackout policy has been nothing short of idiotic the last several years and frankly, it appears that won't change anytime soon. That's a disgrace, as the blackout policy is completely nonsensical. Between this and refusing videos from MLB.com to be embedded onto other sites ... while baseball is a great leader in internet and social media, baseball completely whiffs on the basics. (BizofBaseball.com)

REHABBING: Jake Peavy will make his first rehab start Friday and will make three more before his target of returning to the club in early May. (Chicago Tribune)

ON THE VERGE: Adrian Gonzalez is closing in on a deal to make him a Red Sox for a very, very long time. (Boston Herald)

CALL CSI: Chris Coghlan made an impressive catch Thursday -- so impressive, in fact, that someone felt compelled to sketch Coghlan's outline onto the wall. (@ericreinhold on Twitter)

PUT UP OR SHUT UP: Greg Reynolds was picked ahead of Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw and Evan Longoria while Reynolds is scrapping to become a viable major leaguer. He believes it's time for him to "put up or shut up." The Rockies would appreciate the former. (Denver Post)

LINEUP OF A LIFETIME: It's always fun to put together lists of the best players you've seen play in your lifetime. Well, Derrick Goold went ahead and listed his own lineup and pulled in several other people to participate. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

WRONG SPORT? Former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson's transition to full-time baseball wasn't going so great Thursday as he went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts for Colorado's low-Class A affiliate. (Baseball America)

ONION: The Onion is a hilarious satirical website, and they haven't shied away from poking fun at baseball over the years. Here's a look at the top 25 baseball-related Onion articles. (Fangraphs)

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 1:11 pm

Rockies put Jimenez on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Ubaldo JimenezThe Rockies have put Ubaldo Jimenez on the disabled list, retroactive to April 2 with a right thumb cuticle cut.

The Rockies have called up Greg Reynolds, who will start on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Reynolds, who was the runner-up in the fifth starter race, is guaranteed just one start and the team will evaluate him then.

Jorge De La Rosa will be moved up in the rotation to take Jimenez's start on Friday in Pittsburgh, the Denver Post's Troy Renck tweets.

Jimenez could be back as soon as April 17, when he is eligible to return. He's better, Renck writes, but the team doesn't want to take any chances with Jimenez.

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Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:18 am

Pepper: Nationals may leave spring-training home


By Evan Brunell

LONELY ROAD: The complexion of spring training has changed drastically over the last couple decades. There has been a seismic shift with central- and west-based clubs flocking to Arizona where the weather is friendlier and the commute between spring training homes shorter. 

Meanwhile, in Florida, the eastern coast is struggling to keep its business with only the Mets, Cardinals, Marlins and Nationals its occupants. The other clubs are based in west Florida and the Nationals are one team weighing its options on relocation. Although Washington's lease on its spring training complex in Viera, Fla., runs through 2017, that is not expected to be a major hurdle should the club deem its time in Florida untenable.

The major issue at hand is transportation, as Washington routinely requires over 1 1/2 hours of travel time to get to other spring complexes for exhibition games. Those missed hours all add up significantly in expenses as well as lost time. (FloridaToday.com)

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal steps into the time machine and revisits the Yankees' occupation of Fort Lauderdale as spring training home from 1962-95. The one unfortunate byproduct of time marching on is sometimes it forces us to abandon places with great historical weight, such as Fort Lauderdale or the Dodgers' famed -- and now abandoned -- spring training home of Vero Beach, Fla.

I AM NO. 5: With the news that Aaron Cook will miss extended time due to injury, there is a battle for the No. 5 spot in Colorado. Felipe Paulino is out of the race, as he is now being converted to a reliever. That leaves two favorites for the spot in Esmil Rogers and Greg Reynolds. Despite Reynolds' strong season, it may be prudent to keep him in Triple-A for now. (Denver Post)

HEY, WHAT ABOUT ME? Yesterday, all attention was on Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan for alleging his hit-by-pitch in Sunday's game was on purpose for a dustup last season. But lost in all this was Danny Espinosa also being plunked, this one in the head. Espinosa turned out fine, but admitted to being surprised. (Washington Times)

PRETTY BOY: You won't find Eric Hosmer in Hollywood any time soon. The first baseman is jockeying with fellow teammate Mike Moustakas for title of best hitting prospect in the Royals system and is already on manager Ned Yost's good side. "The thing that I like about [Hosmer] is that being pretty is not high on his list of priorities," Yost said. (MLB.com)

FLOWERS BLOOMING: Count White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen among Tyler Flowers' fans. Flowers was once a top catching prospect whose luster wore off in recent years, but a strong spring training has Guillen excited about the future. (ChicagoBreakingSports.com)

RUN GRADY, RUN: Grady Sizemore ran the bases successfully Sunday and is on track to play in a spring-training game in several days. It will mark his first game since May 16, so will need some time to get acclimated. He is not expected to be ready for Opening Day but could be ready to go shortly thereafter. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

PLAY OR GO HOME: Braden Looper hopes to make the Cubs after taking a year off. The former closer and starter appears to have a good shot of making the club and is drawing interest from other teams. One issue: Looper isn't interested in playing anywhere but Chicago and will go home to his family if he doesn't make the Cubs. (Chicago Sun-Times)

ONE IN, TWO OUT: Reds manager Dusty Baker appears settled on Chris Heisey making the team as a backup outfielder. That would leave Fred Lewis and Jeremy Hermida on the outside looking in. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

SURGERY DEFERRED: Braves minor-league manager Luis Salazar will undergo eye surgery (again) Tuesday. This is a delaying of surgery originally scheduled for Sunday as doctors wanted to wait for swelling to go down. He is expected to make a full recovery after taking a line drive off the face last Wednesday. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

NOT DONE: So, has the 48-year-old Jamie Moyer changed his mind about coming back to baseball after undergoing Tommy John surgery? Nope. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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