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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.

Reds sign Mike Leake to one-year deal; will compete with Chapman for rotation

Mike Leake (photo by dbking, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a one-year contract for $3.06 million with young right-hander Mike Leake.

The 25-year-old California native will be competing in the upcoming Spring Training camp for a spot in the starting rotation.

Leake will make an additional $25,000 if he reaches 180 innings pitched.

The Arizona State product made $507,500 in 2012, when he went 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA in 30 starts, a career-high.

Since his MLB debut in April of 2010, Leake has a record of 28-22, with a 4.23 ERA and 325 strikeouts.

Leake asked for $3.5 million and the Reds offered $2.650,000 in arbitration.

Reds players still offering arbitration include Mat Latos, Homer Bailey and Shin-Soo Choo.



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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.



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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.


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Reports say Reds have signed lefty Jeff Francis


Jeff Francis with Kansas City in 2012 (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds seem to be stacked in their starting rotation heading into spring training with six pitchers competing for five spots: Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Mike Leake and Aroldis Chapman.

Reports around the internet, Radio and TV say that the Reds have added left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis with a Minor League contract.

The 31-year-old Francis had a horrible 2011 season playing with the Kansas City Royals, where he was 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 31 starts. He spent 2004-2010 with the Colorado Rockies where he was a 17-game winner in 2007.

In his career, Francis is 61-66 in 180 starts.


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