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Reds pickup Phillips’ option for 2012, decline Cordero, lose Maloney to Twins


Brandon Phillips

Francisco Cordero.

Matt Maloney

The Cincinnati Reds had to decide between keeping Brandon Phillips or Francisco Cordero and they chose to keep their popular and talented All-Star second baseman and picked up his 2012 option.

The team declined to pickup the $12 million option on their closer Francisco Cordero. However, the team says they will still try to negotiate a new contract with Cordero, who has said that he wants to remain in Cincinnati.

The lost lefty pitcher Matt Maloney, who was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.

The Reds are trying to work on a new multi-year deal with Phillips, who batted .300 with 18 home runs, 82 RBI’s and who is stellar at second base making only six errors last season as a second-time All-Star. The two-time Gold Glove winner finished second to Neil Walker of the Pittsburgh Pirates in second baseman fielding percentage. He will make $12 million next season.

The 36-year-old Cordero ranks 12th all-time with 327 career saves, was 37 of 43 in save chances last season, notching 20 of 21 after the All-Star break. He signed a four-year, $46 million dollar deal with the Reds after the 2007 season as a free agent from Milwaukee. In four seasons he has had 34, 39, 40 and 37 saves.

Maloney became expendable because the Reds have other left-handers in the organization rated ahead of him including Bill Bray and Aroldis Chapman. He cracked a rib and was on the disabled list last season from May 29 through August 16. He made several trips from Triple-A Louisville to Cincinnati during the season. He was 0-3 with a 9.16 ERA with the Reds and 7-1 with a 2.99 ERA in 13 starts for the Bats.


Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

Phillips & Cordero photos courtesy of; Maloney photo from Reds media guide

Minor League callups can be costly; Reds spare expense


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The Cincinnati Reds are a small-market team, with a low payroll and they’re out of the Central Division race. But they spared no expense when it came to calling up several of their top prospects from Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds brought up Yonder Alonso, Jared Burton, Carlos Fisher, Matt Maloney, Edinson Volquez, Devin Mesoroco, Juan Francisco & Chris Valaika.

Bringing up players is not cheap at all. They get paid for a month at a big league minimum. To add it up, that’s about $70,000 per player. And that total does not include the cost of travel or the stripping the Louisville Bats roster.

(courtesy of Cincinnati Reds via wikipedia commons)

The Reds covered the Bats with players from Double-A Carolina to play the final games in Louisville’s season.

The Reds have been accused over the years of being cheap. But in the Bob Castellini/ Walt Jocketty era, they’ve spent money to upgrade the team.

Info compiled from staff & MLB news

Reds promote Frazier, Maloney; demote Volquez, Smith


Edinson Volquez sent to minors to work on control ( photo)

The Cincinnati Reds have sent former All-Star pitcher Edinson Volquez to minor leagues and Triple-A Louisville.

Volquez was sent down along with reliever Jordan Smith on Monday as the Reds were preparing to play at Philadelphia.

The erratic Volquez was 3-2 with a 6.35 ERA in 10 starts. The right-hander was an All-Star in 2008 when he won 17 games.

Smith, also righthanded, had a 7.20 ERA in 17 games.

Outfielder Todd Frazier and left-hander Matt Maloney  will replace them on the roster. Maloney started the season with the Reds and was 0-1 with an 8.49 ERA in five appearances. Frazier can play all outfield positions and infield.

Todd Frazier (courtesy of


Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

Reds call up Fisher, option out Maloney


Carlos Fisher (file photo)

During their weekend series in St. Louis, the Cincinnati Reds changed-up their bullpen by optioning out lefty reliever Matt Maloney to Triple-A Louisville and recalling right-hander Carlos Fisher.

Maloney, who went 0-1 with an 8.49 ERA, threw 73 pitches in two-plus innings in a spot start vs. the Cardinals on Friday after a rain delay. The Reds bullpen had to fill nine innings when Edinson Volquez did not start and a fresh arm was needed just in case of emergency.

Fisher had a 7.71 ERA in six games for Louisville, but was 4-for-4 in save opportunities.


compiled from Cincinnati Reds news

Reds send Hermida, Willis to minor leagues


Jeremy Hermida (file photo)Dontrelle Willis (file photo)

The Cincinnati Reds have made two cuts in recent days to get closer to the 25-man limit for the regular season.

One of the cuts was surprising (Hermida) and one was not (Willis).
Left-handed reliever Dontrelle Willis and outfielder Jeremy Hermida were re-assigned to the Minor League camp. Both were in the Goodyear, Arizona Spring Training camp as non-roster players.
During the early Cactus League games, Willis had emerged as a strong candidate to make the Reds bullpen and get his stalled career back on track. But later in the spring games, he struggled to throw strikes and posted a 9.31 ERA in seven games.
Willis, former 22-game winner with the Marlins, will report to Triple-A Louisville.
Hermida hit .342 with three home runs in 22 games this spring. He has been allowed to explore possibilities with other major league teams if there is a job available.
The Reds spring roster is down to 28 healthy players. The final bench spot is between left-handed hitters Juan Francisco and Fred Lewis. The final two bullpen spots is between Matt Maloney, Logan Ondrusek, Jared Burton and Jose Arredondo.
compiled from Cincinnati Reds news
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