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Team W-L L10 STRK
MIL 96-67 9-1 W8
CHC 95-68 6-4 L1
STL 88-74 4-6 L1
PIT 82-79 5-5 W1
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Top Reds News

  • Reds' Tanner Roark: Traded to Reds

    The Nationals traded Roark to the Reds on Wednesday in exchange for reliever Tanner Rainey.

    Washington had made it known that it was looking to shed Roark's salary -- he's projected to make close to $10 million in his final year of arbitration. They found a fit in the pitching-needy Reds, who will likely slot Roark in right behind Luis Castillo in the rotation. Roark's groundball rate fell dramatically last season and his K-rate sunk to 19.2 percent, but he was still a slightly-better-than-average starter. He should be viewed as a streaming option in mixed leagues in 2019.

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  • Reds' Christian Colon: Inks MiLB deal with Reds

    Colon agreed to a minor-league contract with Cincinnati on Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Colon failed to emerge in the big leagues last season, spending the 2018 campaign at the Triple-A level (98 games). He figures to begin the 2019 season with Triple-A Louisville.

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  • Reds' Jordan Patterson: Comes back on MiLB deal

    Patterson inked a minor-league contract with the Reds on Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Patterson spent the 2018 season at Triple-A, slashing .271/.367/.525 over 118 games. Although he was non-tendered by the Reds at the end of November, Cincinnati has elected to keep him within the organization. He'll start the 2019 campaign with the Bats.

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  • Reds' Scooter Gennett: Reds deny trade rumors

    Contrary to earlier reports at the MLB Winter Meetings, the Reds are not 'actively shopping' Gennett, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    This isn't a full-on denial of trade talks -- it's important to parse the difference between 'not actively shopping' and 'we aren't trading.' Trading Gennett would allow the Reds to play top prospect Nick Senzel at second base, rather than asking him to learn the outfield.

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  • Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Could see time in outfield

    Lorenzen could see some playing time in the outfield under new manager David Bell, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    In a small sample of 92 career plate appearances, Lorenzen has looked like a capable big-league hitter, posting a .250/.276/.500 slash line (good for a 101 wRC+) with six homers. His 31.5 percent strikeout rate and 2.2 percent walk rate cast some doubt on the idea that he should hit on a regular basis, however. As a pitcher, Lorenzen's 3.11 ERA in 81 innings last season was solid, but as a player who worked primarily as a non-closing reliever, his fantasy value was limited. If he does become something approaching a true two-way player, that would have appeal in certain formats, though it's not clear yet just how often Bell intends to use him in the field.

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  • Reds' Robby Scott: Sent to Reds

    Scott was claimed off waivers by the Reds on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Scott spent most of the 2018 campaign with Triple-A Pawtucket, posting a 1.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 11.7 K/9 across 48.1 innings with the PawSox. He struggled across nine appearances with the big club, allowing six runs in 6.2 innings, though he posted a respectable 3.79 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 35.2 innings with the Red Sox in 2017. Scott figures to work as a lefty specialist or middle-relief option for the Reds in 2019.

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  • Reds' Juan Graterol: Latches on with Reds

    Graterol signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Tuesday, according to the Greeneville Reds' play-by-play announcer Justin Rocke.

    Graterol will report to Triple-A Louisville, where he'll serve as organizational catching depth. The 29-year-old backstop spent most of the 2018 season at Triple-A (with affiliates of the Twins and Angels), hitting a combined .301/.330/.354 across 58 games. He owns a career .217/.227/.274 slash line in 61 games across parts of three big-league seasons.

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  • Reds' Aristides Aquino: Back with Reds

    Aquino signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Tuesday, according to the Greeneville Reds' play-by-play announcer Justin Rocke.

    Aquino spent the majority of the 2018 season with Double-A Pensacola, slashing .240/.306/.448 with 20 homers and four stolen bases in 114 games. The 24-year-old made his major-league debut for the Reds, though he struck out in his only plate appearance. Aquino was assigned to Triple-A Louisville and figures to serve as organizational depth.

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  • Reds' Nick Senzel: Nearing return to full health

    Senzel (elbow) said he will resume baseball activities "in the next week or so," Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    The highly-touted prospect is nearing a return to full health after an injury-riddled year. After missing extended time during the 2018 season due to vertigo and later a fractured finger, Senzel underwent surgery in October to remove bone spurs from his left elbow. He was recently cleared to begin lifting weights and is expected to begin swinging a bat by the end of December. Barring any setbacks, Senzel is expected to be ready to go by the start of spring training. The 23-year-old will compete for an Opening Day roster spot with Cincinnati after hitting .310/.378/.509 with six homers and eight steals in his first taste of Triple-A in 2018 (44 games with Triple-A Louisville).

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  • Reds' Jesse Winker: Favorable progress report

    Winker (shoulder) said Friday at Redsfest that he's thrilled with the progress that he's made this offseason at the Reds' spring training facility in Arizona, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "My rehab is pretty much over at this point," Winker said. "It's been over for a couple of weeks now. All I'm really doing is shoulder work to maintain. I've started my training, so everything has gone great. Everything has gone smooth. It's gone exactly how everybody involved has wanted it to go, so I'm very excited about that."

    This is great news, but pump the brakes just a little bit -- Winker hasn't yet swung a bat and won't be cleared to do so until Jan. 7. The Reds have cleared the runway for Winker to play every day this season, though the news that they said good-bye to Billy Hamilton doesn't mean that Winker will play center field, as he doesn't really have the range for that. Eventually, the club plans on fielding an outfield that's starting both Winker and Nick Senzel.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .254
(8th)
696
(18th)
172
(29th)
4.63
(24th)