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Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:29 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:52 am
 

First base market dwindling

Carlos Pena The Toronto Blue Jays are making a rush at Carlos Pena, ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes tweets .

The Jays wouldn't want to be left out in the musical chairs of the first base market.  Assuming the White Sox lock up Paul Konerko, the Jays, along with the Diamondbacks, Cubs and Nationals all need first basemen, with Pena the prettiest girl at the ball.

What does it say that a guy who hit .196 is the best option left? Well, it says Adam LaRoche, Russell Branyan and Lyle Overbay are the next-best options.

In searching for first basemen, many teams are calling the Reds about Yonder Alonso, Yahoo!'s Tim Brown writes . However, with Joey Votto three years from free agency and a reluctance to sign long-term, the Reds are reluctant to move their No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft.

UPDATE: As for Alonso, here's what Reds general manager Walt Jocketty had to say to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon : "I think right now, Yonder is a guy that still figures in the organization," Jocketty said. "It gives us protection. He believes that he's working this winter to come in and compete for a spot on the bench next year to play some first and left field and be a left-handed hitter off the bench."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:18 pm
 

Edmonds' status still in the air

Jim Edmonds The Reds aren't counting out Jim Edmonds yet.

Edmonds, who is dealing with an Achilles injury, will give the team the final word after today's workout in Philadelphia, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes .

If Edmonds can't go, the team will go with rookie Juan Francisco. The Reds sent first baseman Yonder Alonso home.

"[Francisco] can play more positions," manager Dusty Baker said. "If Scotty [Rolen] comes up sore or something, we've got another bona fide third baseman."

Baker said the team would go up until tomorrow's 10 a.m. deadline to set the roster.

However, outfielder Laynce Nix who missed much of the last month of the season with a sprained ankle will be on the roster and will likely start Friday against Roy Oswalt.

"He hits him better than anyone we've got," Baker said.

Nix is 9 for 17 with three doubles and two homers in his career against Oswalt.

The Reds will load up on the left-handers in the bullpen to face the Phillies, with Arthur Rhodes, Aroldis Chapman, Bill Bray and Travis Wood available in relief.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 1:30 am
Edited on: September 17, 2010 11:27 am
 

Reds rookies get dressed up

As I've mentioned before, I'm a sucker for the rookie road trip .

Thursday, it was the Reds' rookies that got to dress up for their trip to Houston, and Reds blogger/assistant media relations director Jamie Ramsey has the photos .

What's more, two local Cincinnati TV stations have video of the rookies getting ready. Here's Fox 19 and WLWT .

That's Jordan Smith in the police woman costume, Yonder Alonso as the baby, Chris Valaika as Mrs. Claus, Travis Wood as the female Robin, Mike Leake in baby blue, Logan Ondrusek with the bright pink wig, Chris Heisey in a corset and Sam LeCure as a purple showgirl.

On Twitter , LeCure said, "I enjoy that stuff, it's an honor."

And it really is -- it's a time when the veterans can see what a rookie is made of -- if he makes the best of it, he's a good guy. If he sulks and tries to get out of it, his teammates won't forget it.

UPDATE: Add FSOhio to the list with video of the rookie fun.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 5:12 pm
 

Edmonds has oblique tear

Jim Edmonds Jim Edmonds may not play for the rest of the season -- and that could be good news for the Reds.

Edmonds told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon that he has a tear in his right oblique. He was initially diagnosed with a strained muscle.

"I'm trying, but I have to let it heal," Edmonds said. "I don't really know the timetable right now. The swelling has finally come down, it's not as bad moving around. It's coming along. I've never had a muscle tear before."

Edmonds hasn't swung a bat yet and tried throwing recently, but couldn't do it.

The Reds currently have just three healthy outfielders, as Jay Bruce is also sidelined with a side injury. He hasn't played since his walk-off single a week ago against the Brewers. Laynce Nix has been out since Aug. 25 because of a sprained  left ankle.

Utility infielder Miguel Cairo is the team's backup plan in the outfield if needed. The Reds have no healthy outfielders on the 40-man roster. The team would need to make a move -- like moving Edmonds to the 60-day disabled list -- to clear room on the 40-man roster to call up another outfielder.

Wladimir Balentien had a great season at Triple-A Louisville, hitting .282/.337/.536 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI, but he was recently diagnosed with a strained oblique. The team could call up Dave Sappelt, who has played well at Triple-A -- .324/.365/.481 with a homer and eight RBI in 25 games -- but started the season in Class A.  Another possibility is Daniel Dorn, who has played first this season but also has played the corner outfield positions. Dorn is hitting .302/.398/.545 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI for the Bats.

Both third baseman Juan Francisco and first baseman Yonder Alonso were tried out in the outfielder in spring and earlier this season, though both of those experiments were deemed failures.

Edmonds played in just nine games for the Reds after the team traded outfielder Chris Dickerson to Milwaukee for him on Aug. 9. In 24 plate appearances, Edmonds had just three hits -- all for extra bases, two doubles and a homer.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 4:01 pm
 

Rookies celebrate first hits

Max St. Pierre After Tigers call-up Max St. Pierre got his first hit in Saturday's game, Johnny Damon pulled the ol' fake toss into the stands trick.

I saw that last night and my first thought was, "nobody buys that anymore, do they?"

The cousin of St. Pierre's wife, Jerome Gabaldon, not only bought it, but it cost him $20.

"My cousin-in-law ran down and bought the ball from the guy for 20 bucks," St. Piere told Steve Kornacki of MLive.com . "He thought it was the ball from my first hit. And when I told him it wasn't, he said, 'how can you be sure which ball he threw?' So, I guess I've got both of them. I gave the ball from the hit to my wife. It's pretty special."

St. Pierre noted he didn't fall for the trick from Damon.

It was a special night for the 30-year old St. Pierre, who was called up for the first time after 14 years in the minor leagues. St. Pierre was called up Friday and in the starting lineup on Saturday.

St. Pierre received a standing ovation after his first hit from the fans in Kansas City. St. Pierre before being lifted for a pinch runner. His hit started the team's winning rally.

His teammates were just as excited as St. Pierre.

"It's genuine," the Tigers' Will Rhymes told the Detroit News . "We've really been rooting for him to get a chance."

Rhymes was asked if it was just because he's a good guy?

"That, but also because we've seen guys who've played a long time and for whatever reason never got a chance," Rhymes said. "Guys who were good players but never saw what Max saw today [his name in the lineup].

"We couldn't be happier for him."

Yonder Alonso In a much different situation, Reds rookie Yonder Alonso also picked up his first hit of his career. Alonso was a first-round pick and signed a major-league contract after he was picked in 2008. He got had a ground-rule double Saturday as a pinch-hitter in St. Louis.

The Cardinals got the ball back, but Alonso told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon he wasn't going to take any chance in losing it.

"I told [Cardinals second baseman] Aaron Miles, 'Hey, somebody better get that thing. if not, I'll go get it myself.' But I saw them try and go get it," Alonso said.

Alonso gave the ball to his father, Luis, who was a professional baseball player in Cuba and defected to the United States when Alonso was 10.

"He's just done so much for me and has always been there for me," Alonso said. "I came to the States because of him. He left his dream of playing baseball for me. I'm playing for him now. It's pretty emotional."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:51 am
 

Reds OF suddenly thin

As if the scoreboard wasn't bad enough for the Reds Monday night in San Francisco, the National League Central leaders lost two outfielders with injuries in their 11-2 loss in San Francisco.

Laynce Nix left the game in the third inning after spraining his left ankle going from first to third on Joey Votto's ground rule double.

In the sixth inning, Jim Edmonds left mid-at-bat with a strained right oblique and was replaced by Drew Stubbs.

The Reds entered the game with six outfielders and left with four -- Stubbs, Jay Bruce, Chris Heisey and Jonny Gomes. The team doesn't have any more outfielders left on their 40-man roster, which was already stretched thin with the Major League deals given to two of the last three first-round draft picks -- first baseman Yonder Alonso (2008) and catcher Yasmani Grandal (2010).

Former Mariners prospect Wladimir Balentien is having a very good season at Triple-A Louisville (.284/.342/.532 with 22 home runs and 71 RBI), but isn't not he 40-man roster. Alonso and Juan Francisco have played the outfield this season, but those experiments were abandoned.

The Giants have  surplus of outfielders now that Cody Ross joined the team, perhaps they can loan one to the Reds for a game or two.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:39 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 12:52 am
 

Reds to dangle Francisco for Lee

Juan Francisco The Reds are expected to be among the top suitors for Cliff Lee.

Many assumed the Reds' top property available for Lee would be Yonder Alonso, their first-round pick in the 2008 draft who is a natural first baseman seeing some time in left field.

Not so, as Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the best bat Cincinatti can offer is Juan Francisco.

Alonso,ranked the No. 45 prospect in all of baseball prior to 2010 by Baseball America, began the year in Double-A but has been in Triple-A for 54 games. He's hitting for a .257/.294/.401 mark, and is obviously struggling to retain his strong eye and flash the power that made him such an intriguing prospect to begin with.

Francisco, 23 like Alonso, is also top prospect but with not nearly the same cachet as Alonso. He has already reached the majors, however, and has shown Triple-A not to be an issue.

Francisco, a natural third baseman who has started seeing time at first base and left field as well, has a .283/.313/.533 line in Triple-A in 195 plate appearances. He has just six at-bats at the major-league level, garnering one hit.

Many teams are in on Cliff Lee, and the Mariners will be seeking a near major-league ready bat as one of the pieces for the lefty. Dangling Francisco certainly gets the Reds off to a good start.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 4, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2010 6:14 pm
 

Plenty of names available to Mariners for Lee

Cliff Lee Could Jack Zduriencik of the Mariners be trying to engineer a three-team trade?

Buster Olney of ESPN speculates on Cliff Lee's future -- as everyone will do up until he is traded -- and notes that Seattle wants a "difference-making hitter" in any Lee trade.

Olney suggests Justin Smoak from Texas, but it's hard to imagine the Rangers agreeing to that. Perhaps Chris Davis is a more viable alternative, but Texas would then have to upgrade other elements of the package.

Another player that may catch Seattle's eye is Yonder Alonso of the Reds. Alonso was drafted as a first baseman but since Joey Votto has that position locked up, has been playing left. The Mariners could return him to his natural position of first or even slot him as DH, and the Reds would certainly love Lee as they make a push for the NL Central crown.

Olney then turns his attention to Brett Lawrie of Milwaukee. When Jack Z worked for the Brewers, he selected Lawrie in the first round of the 2008 draft. Lawrie has since emerged as one of the best prospects in the game while manning second base. Even though the Brewers are out of the race and wouldn't be interested in a Lee-for-Lawrie swap, Olney speculates that Zduriencik could engineer a three-way trade, sending Lee to the Reds, a stable of pitching prospects from Cincinnati to Milwaukee (fulfilling the Brewers' need for pitching) and Lawrie to the Mariners.

There's nothing to support this trade, but it's an intriguing idea.

All that said, Charley Waters of the Pioneer Press hears that the Twins are the frontrunners for Cliff Lee and are currently deciding whether Wilson Ramos should be made available to Seattle, who craves a young catcher. Interestingly enough, Waters says the Mariners love their 26-year-old catcher, Adam Moore, so Ramos may not be as available. Hard to imagine any team turning Ramos down who is head and shoulders above Moore but even if that's the case, Minnesota has more chips they can send out.

That starts with center fielder Ben Revere, who -- despite a clear lack of power -- has advanced well in the system since being selected in the 2007 draft. Joe Benson is another outfielder in the system that could be available, as well as major-league starting pitcher Nick Blackburn. It's doubtful Seattle would entertain Blackburn as the last thing they need is another back-of-the-rotation starter.

The Cliff Lee sweepstakes are heating up, and it's anyone's guess who plucks the prized left-hander with an obscene 89/6 K/BB ratio.

-- Evan Brunell

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