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Reds decide to keep Chapman’s 100-plus mph fastball in the closer’s role; starting rotation is set

Aroldis Chapman (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have decided to keep their fireballer closer Aroldis Chapman in that role for the 2013 season.

There had been speculation with Chapman starting this spring, that he was going to be moved into the rotation.

Chapman has said all along that he would prefer to close games.

The Reds have a solid rotation in Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. That quintet started every game but one during the 2012 season, the best in Major League Baseball.

Cueto will start the Opening Day Game on April 1 against the Los Angeles Angels at Great American Ball Park.

Reports say that Reds, Votto agree to long-term contract through 2023

 

First baseman Joey Votto (megasportsnews.com photo)

Eventhough there has not been an announcement about Joey Votto made by the Reds, there are reports out of Cincinnati, on radio talk shows and TV news reports that there has been an agreement on a 10-year, $225-million contract extension through the year 2023.

The terms also include a no-trade clause and will be the richest in franchise history.

The 28-year-old Votto, who is from Canada, batted .309 with 29 homers and 103 RBI’s in 161 games for the Reds in 2011. He is an excellent fielder and received the first National League Gold Glove Award in his career.

Votto, still has two years remaining on the three-year, $38-million contract that he signed in January of 2011. He’ll make $9.5 million this year and $17 million in 2013.

Albert Pujols, who just signed a $200 -million plus free agent deal during the off-season with the Los Angeles Angels, shares the same agent with Votto, Dan Lozano.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Baseball news

 

Ludwick hits game-winning homer as Reds beat LA Angels; Masset put on 15-day disabled list

 

Ryan Ludwick (photo by Jason Wise, courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Ryan Ludwick did something yesterday that the Cincinnati Reds hope he does alot of in 2012, hit home runs.

The recently signed free-agent outfielder cracked a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Reds a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Bronson Arroyo pitched brilliantly as the Reds starter, allowing two runs in six innings. It was his longest pitching stint of the spring.

In other Reds news, bullpen setup right-hander Nick Masset will start the regular season on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation. At first, it was thought that he had “major damage” to the shoulder.

 

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Former Dodger Scioscia to be honored with bobblehead

 

Mike Scioscia (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Eventhough Mike Scioscia is the manager of the crosstown Los Angeles Angels, the LA Dodgers have announced that they will honor him with his own bobblehead night.

The Dodgers announced recently that Scioscia bobblehead will be given to fans at the June 12 interleague with the Angels at Dodger Stadium.

Scioscia is a two-time All-Star catcher, who spent his entire major league career with the Dodgers from 1980-92 and helped lead them to World Series championships in 1981 and 1988.

 

Info compiled from Los Angeles Dodgers & MLB news

Angels hire DiPoto as new GM

 

Jerry DiPoto (Colorado Rockies media guide photo)

The Los Angeles Angels have hired Arizona Diamondbacks executive Jerry DiPoto as their new general manager.

The 43-year-old DiPoto spent the past six seasons in Arizona’s front office, serving as interim GM in 2010 and stayed with the team after the D-Backs hired Kevin Towers for the fulltime GM job in September 2010.

DiPoto has also worked for the Red Sox when they had their run to the 2004 World Series.

The 43-year-old DiPoto pitched in the major leagues for Cleveland, the NY Mets and Colorado. He had a career record of 27-24 with 49 saves in his career.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

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