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Posts Tagged ‘Drew Stubbs.’

Reds put Choo in centerfield during spring training games

Shin-Soo Choo now plays for the cross-state rival Cincinnati Reds (photo by Keith Allison, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

When the Cincinnati Reds traded the talented, speedy but often slump-ridden Drew Stubbs to the Cleveland Indians during the off-season, fans and media wondered who would play center field.

Sure, the Reds received Shin-Soo Choo in the trade to become their leadoff hitter, which would strengthen the team’s batting order. But Choo was a rightfielder with the Indians.

All told, Choo has made only 10 starts in center field in his eight major league seasons, but the Reds will give him the first chance at the job. After all, he has speed and an arm to play the outfield’s toughest position.

If that doesn’t work out, the Reds can play Jay Bruce in center field and move Choo back to his customary spot in right field. Ryan Ludwick will stay in left field. Either way, the Reds will have one of baseball’s top slugging outfields.

Choo batting leadoff means that Brandon Phillips, the Reds best option there the past few years, will now back second which is best for him.

Choo’s on-base percentageĀ  of .373 last season, was better than the Reds’ leadoff hitters which were the worst in the National League.

The Reds lineup is supposed to look this way: Choo CF, Phillips 2B, Votto 1B, Ludwick LF, Frazier 3B, Bruce RF, Cozart SS, Hanigan C and the pitcher will always be ninth. A solid lineup indeed!

 

Info compiled from the Cincinnati Reds

Indians try to sign Ohio native Nick Swisher who visits Progressive Field today

 

There have been reports on radio talks and in news reports that Free Agent outfielder Nick Swisher will be touring the Cleveland Indians and Progressive Field today.

The Cleveland Indians need a starting right fielder after trading Shin Soo Choo last week to Cincinnati in exchange for Drew Stubbs who’ll play center field.

Swisher, a native of Columbus, Ohio and the son of former MLB catcher Steve Swisher, played for the New York Yankees last season where he hit 24 homers.

Nick Swisher (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The 32-year-old switch-hitter, who can also play first base, has played for Oakland and the White Sox.

Swisher’s career totals include: a .256 batting average with 209 homers, 673 RBI’s with 1,085 base hits.

Reds option Harris to AAA, activate Stubbs to play CF

The Cincinnati Reds activated center fielder Drew Stubbs from the disabled list before the opening game of a series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. The move restores a key member of their starting lineup who has speed, power and a solid glove in the field.

The Reds sent outfielder/infielder Willie HarrisĀ  to Triple-A Louisville to open a roster spot. Harris was called up and was a valuable member of the bench.

Drew Stubbs (2011 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Stubbs went on the DL June 15 after pulling muscles in his left side during a swing. He went on a three-game rehab stint at Class-A Dayton over the weekend and said the pain is gone, but still has some tightness.

The Reds have been in first place in the NL Central since May 24 and currently has a two-game lead over Pittsburgh and St. Louis.

 

Info compiled from the Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Reds, Phillips agree on new 6-year, $72.5 million contract

 

Brandon Phillips (2011 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is one of the most popular players on the team, along with Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs and Mike Leake.

Phillips has always been a fan favorite since coming over from the Cleveland Indians back in 2005 in a trade, but he really became even more popular when he started a Twitter account, regularly conversing with fans, allowing them to win prizes and letting them know what he is doing on and off the field.

The Reds management recognizing this and Phillips’ baseball talent, reached an agreement on a new six-year, $72.5 million contract on Tuesday.

The deal replaces the current one-year, $12.5 million deal and extends from the 2012 season to 2017.

Phillips was the Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove in the National League in 2011.

With this current deal, the Reds have locked up the core of their team first baseman Joey Votto, right fielder Jay Bruce, lefty reliever Aroldis Chapman, ace starter Johnny Cueto and closer Sean Marshall.

Phillips currently is out of the lineup to let a hamstring strain heal.

 

 

compiled from Radio, TV, MLB & Cincinnati Reds news

Baseball is Back! Reds, Indians tie 6-6; Rolen gets 2 hits for Cincinnati

 

Scott Rolen

Drew Stubbs

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen’s shoulder was no problem as he went 2 for 2 in his return from shoulder surgery which caused him to miss the final two months of last season in the team’s 6-6, nine-inning tie Saturday afternoon in the exhibition opener.

A seven-time All-Star, the 36-year-old Rolen did not play after July 20, 2011 and had arthroscopic surgery August 3 to remove bone spurs and fragments from a joint in his left shoulder.

Cleveland built a 4-0 lead in the first three innings against Reds starter Mike Leake and Ron Mahay. However, the Reds tied the game with four runs in the fourth off Frank Herrman.

The Reds started the inning against Herrman with a double. Jay Bruce knocked in an RBI infield single, Drew Stubbs banged out a two-run double and Devin Mesoraco tied it with a single.

Neftali Soto homered in the fifth inning against Robinson Tejada for a 5-4 Reds lead.

Todd Frazier, who can play all infield positions and LF & RF, cracked a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth off Chen Lee.

David Huff

Michael Brantley

The Indians had a couple of stars in left-handed pitcher David Huff and centerfielder Michael Brantley.

Huff, who started the game and in a competition with four candidates for the fifth spot in the Cleveland starting rotation, allowed three hits in two scoreless innings.

Brantley, who was going to start in left until Grady Sizemore got hurt earlier in the week, doubled and singled for a 2-for-3 day.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds & Cleveland Indians news

Photos are courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

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