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  • TJ Friedl Needs More Time Before Ramping Up

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    Cincinnati Reds center fielder TJ Friedl (wrist) underwent an MRI on Thursday and was determined to need another seven-to-ten days of lighter activity before ramping up his rehab process. The hope was that Friedl's injury would be a little more cleared up at this point and the delay is a bit of a setback for the 28-year-old. The lefty had a solid year in 2023, slashing .279/.352/.467, and was looking to catapult a young Reds roster into playoff contention before injuring his wrist a month ago in spring training. Will Benson has taken over center field responsibilities in Friedl's absence, hitting .213 with 2 HR on the short season. Friedl should be expected to take over as the starter once he returns, but without a clear timetable for him to come back fantasy managers in deeper leagues may want to keep Benson on their radar.

    Apr 12 · Source via Cincinnati Reds TJ Friedl
  • Andrew Abbott Aiming For Continued Consistency Friday

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    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Andrew Abbott will look to keep his production consistent on Friday when he takes on the Chicago White Sox on the road. The southpaw has been solid out of the gate, tossing 10 1/3 innings while surrendering four earned runs across his first two starts of the season. He has walked four and struck out eight in that time. It's a welcomed start to his Sophomore season as Abbott tossed a 3.87 ERA across 21 games as a rookie in the 2023 season, delighting fantasy managers with a solid 26.1% K% in that time. He will need to keep the ball on the ground more often with a concerning 29.1% ground-ball rate early in his career but Abbott's run prevention and solid strikeout rates make him a useable fantasy asset moving forward.

    Apr 12 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Andrew Abbott
  • TJ Friedl Will Be Re-Evaluated This Week

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said on Tuesday that outfielder TJ Friedl (wrist) has a check-in MRI this week. Friedl fractured his right wrist on March 16 during a spring training game and was expected to miss six to eight weeks, but he was able to avoid the 60-day injured list to begin the season. The 28-year-old center fielder should be able to rejoin the Reds in early May if all goes well in his recovery, and his progress is something to monitor for those opting not to stash him. Friedl broke out for Cincy last year, slashing a prolific .279/.352/.467 with 18 home runs, 66 RBI, 73 runs scored, and 27 stolen bases across 556 plate appearances. Will Benson is handling the majority of the reps in center for the time being, slashing .209/.277/.512 with eight extra-base hits, four RBI, and two stolen bags over 43 at-bats and carries a decent combination of power and speed for fantasy managers in NL-only and deep mixed leagues.

    Apr 11 · Source via Cincinnati Reds TJ Friedl
  • Nick Martinez Won't Start This Weekend

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    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Nick Martinez won't make a start for the team in its upcoming three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. The veteran had his third start of the season skipped due to a rainout on Thursday but will not get into any game action this weekend. The first two starts of his Reds tenure have not gone to plan as Martinez has yielded eight earned runs on 14 hits, including a homer, across 10 innings of work. He has only walked two in that time, however, and has punched out nine. The 33-year-old earned a two-year, $26 million contract from the Reds this winter after a successful return to the big leagues with the Padres over the last two seasons, most recently working to a 3.43 ERA across 63 outings (nine starts) in the 2023 campaign.

    Apr 11 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Martinez
  • Brewers-Reds Postponed On Thursday

    The matchup between the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds on Thursday has been postponed due to a forecast of inclement weather in Cincinnati. The game will be made up on Friday, August 30 as part of a double-header. It means that Thursday's scheduled starters -- right-handers Freddy Peralta for the Brewers and Nick Martinez for the Reds -- will likely be pushed back to Friday's contest. Fantasy baseball managers will obviously want to remove any of the players from these two teams that may have been in their lineups for Thursday's slate of action.

    Apr 11 · Source via Milwaukee Brewers Cincinnati Reds
  • Frankie Montas Takes First Loss Of 2024 Tuesday

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Frankie Montas fell to 2-1 in Tuesday's 9-5 loss to the Brewers. Montas pitched five innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. It was the first lackluster outing of the season for the 31-year-old, who has looked great overall with a 2.16 ERA, 13 strikeouts, and four walks in 16 2/3 IP. He will get a great chance to rebound in his next projected start at the White Sox.

    Apr 10 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Frankie Montas
  • Jonathan India Returns To Lineup

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    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (leg) returns to the lineup on Tuesday. India was scratched from Monday's game after he suffered a left-leg contusion after he was hit by a ball during warmups. After missing one game, India is set to lead off and play second base as the Reds take on the Milwaukee Brewers and right-hander Joe Ross at home. India is slashing .242/.405/.333 in nine games with three RBI but is still looking for his first home run this season.

    Apr 9 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jonathan India
  • Elly De La Cruz Thrills With Two Blasts Monday

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    Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz crushed a 450-foot home run during the fifth inning of Monday's 10-8 win over the division-rival Milwaukee Brewers. He didn't stop there, though, tacking on another run on an exhilarating inside-the-park homer in the seventh frame after center fielder Sal Frelick failed to make a diving grab. Some fantasy managers have been groaning about De La Cruz's placement in Cincy's batting order, as he's hit sixth in all 10 outings, but they can't complain about the results. The 22-year-old 2023 top prospect was great in the spring, and he's now batting .297 (11-for-37) with the aforementioned two big flies, five RBI, six stolen bases, and 11 runs scored following his first three-hit attack of the year. One of the game's most thrilling players, De La Cruz looks to build on this effort in a favorable matchup with Brewers right-hander Joe Ross on Tuesday.

    Apr 8 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Elly De La Cruz
  • Reds’ Tejay Antone To Undergo Elbow Surgery

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    The Reds announced Monday that right-handed reliever Tejay Antone has been placed on the 15-day injured list. Righty Carson Spiers has been recalled from Triple-A to take his spot on the roster. While Cincinnati initially announced the injury as "elbow inflammation," manager David Bell now tells the Reds beat that Antone tore a tendon completely...

    Apr 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Tejay Antone Carson Spiers
  • Jonathan India Scratched Due To Leg Injury

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    Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds infielder Jonathan India (leg) was scratched from Monday's lineup against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers due to a left-leg contusion that he suffered when he was hit by a ball during batting practice before the game. Manager David Bell initially said that India would serve as the designated hitter and bat leadoff, but the team has decided against that now. Will Benson is now serving as the DH and batting eighth, while Bubba Thompson starts in center field and hits in the nine-hole against Brewers left-hander Aaron Ashby. Outfielder Stuart Fairchild is in right field and hitting leadoff. Fairchild gains some DFS steam on Monday now that he's hitting atop the batting order. For now, fantasy baseball managers should consider India day-to-day and check back on Tuesday to see if he's back in the lineup.

    Apr 8 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jonathan India
  • Tejay Antone Needs Another Elbow Surgery

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that reliever Tejay Antone (elbow) will have another elbow surgery this Friday after he tore the tendon off the bone while also suffering a partial ligament tear. Antone has already had Tommy John surgery twice in 2017 and 2021. The Reds officially placed him on the 15-day injured list on Monday and recalled right-hander Carson Spiers from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move. It's another tough blow for the 30-year-old right-hander and the Reds' bullpen. Because of setbacks from his last Tommy John surgery, Antone has only appeared in nine games for the Reds since 2021. He's not going to make it back in 2024 and probably won't be ready for the start of the 2025 season, either.

    Apr 8 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Tejay Antone
  • Nick Lodolo To Make Season Debut Saturday

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    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Nick Lodolo (calf) will come off the injured list to make his season debut on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox, according to manager David Bell. Lodolo made only seven starts for the Reds in 2023 due to a stress fracture in his tibia and gave up four runs in just 2 2/3 innings while throwing 64 pitches in his final minor-league rehab start for Triple-A Louisville, so he'll be a pretty low-upside fantasy option on Saturday in his first start of the year, even against the lowly White Sox. The 26-year-old probably will be on a short leash this weekend after throwing 77 pitches in his first rehab start on the farm. Even if you don't use him against Chicago, Lodolo is worth snatching up off the waiver wire in mixed fantasy leagues for his strikeout upside if he can remain healthy this year.

    Apr 8 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Jonathan India Remains In Monday's Lineup

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that infielder Jonathan India (undisclosed) remains in the starting lineup on Monday, serving as the designated hitter and batting leadoff, as planned, against Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Aaron Ashby. India suffered an undisclosed injury when he was hit by a ball during batting practice and had to be looked at by a trainer, but apparently it wasn't anything serious since he remains in the lineup. The 27-year-old was set for a utility role for the Reds before the start of the season, but with second-year infielder Matt McLain (oblique) potentially missing most of the year now, India should be a lineup regular in 2024. The former National League Rookie of the Year in 2021 has started off 8-for-33 (.242) with no homers, three RBI and a stolen base in nine games this year and is batting .250 with an RBI in four career at-bats against Ashby.

    Apr 8 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jonathan India
  • Tejay Antone To Undergo MRI For Elbow Problem

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    Right-hander Tejay Antone threw just one pitch before leaving with an injury in today's 3-1 Reds loss to the Mets.  Antone entered for a relief appearance in the sixth inning, but after his opening pitch to Tyrone Taylor, Antone stepped off the mound and was in visible discomfort.  After the game, Reds manager David Bell...

    Apr 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Tejay Antone
  • Tejay Antone To Undergo MRI

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    Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Tejay Antone (elbow) was pulled early during Sunday's appearance against the New York Mets. The 30-year-old was only able to throw one pitch before exiting the game due to elbow discomfort. Following the game, Reds' manager David Bell said Antone will undergo an MRI on Monday. This is a tough blow to the Reds bullpen, assuming Antone is forced to miss time. Fantasy managers will have to check back on Monday for another update on his status.

    Apr 7 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Tejay Antone
  • Nick Lodolo To Make Final Rehab Start Sunday

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    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Nick Lodolo (calf) will make his final minor-league rehab start on Sunday and is set to return from the injured list on April 12. If Lodolo doesn't have a setback in his final rehab start this weekend, he's on track to make his season debut with the Reds next weekend in an excellent matchup against the Chicago White Sox. The 26-year-old southpaw made only seven starts in 2023 in his second major-league season due to a stress reaction in his left tibia and he had more issues with the same leg in spring training this year, which caused him to open the season on the injured list. Fantasy managers may want to be patient with Lodolo upon his return, but he's worth picking up and stashing for his strikeout upside in mixed leagues if he's available.

    Apr 5 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Tyler Stephenson Getting A Day Off

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    Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson will start Friday's game against the visiting New York Mets on the bench. Instead, Luke Maile will catch right-hander Hunter Greene and bat ninth against Mets left-hander Jose Quintana. Maile has never faced the veteran Quintana in his career and has one hit in his first nine plate appearances this year, but that one hit was a two-run home run. Still, Maile will be a poor choice with a low ceiling in DFS lineups on Friday. Stephenson, who disappointed in 2023 in his fourth year with the Reds, is also off to a slow start in 2024 with three hits in his first 16 plate appearances with five strikeouts in his first six games played.

    Apr 5 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Tyler Stephenson
  • Jeimer Candelario Playing On Friday

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    Cincinnati Reds corner infielder Jeimer Candelario (elbow), who hyperextended his elbow in his final at-bat on Wednesday, is back in the starting lineup on Friday against the visiting New York Mets and left-hander Jose Quintana. Candelario is serving as the designated hitter and is batting cleanup, while Santiago Espinal is at the hot corner and is hitting seventh in the batting order. The 30-year-old switch-hitting Candelario has gone just 4-for-24 (.167) with a home run and two RBI in his first six games in 2024 with the Reds, but fantasy managers will want to get him back into their lineups now that he's active. In seven career at-bats against Quintana, he's hitting .429 with a 1.000 OPS.

    Apr 5 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jeimer Candelario
  • Jeimer Candelario Feeling Better

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    Cincinnati Reds third baseman Jeimer Candelario (elbow) is feeling better after leaving Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies due to soreness in his right elbow. "I should be good. It's already better," said Candelario, who will be re-evaluated before Friday's game versus the visiting New York Mets. Before exiting on Wednesday, he hit a two-out double in the eighth inning and may not have to miss any time moving ahead. After netting a three-year deal with the Reds this past offseason, the 30-year-old infielder is slashing just .167/.200/.375 with one home run and two RBI through 25 plate appearances so far this year. Even so, Candelario is difficult to consider dropping in shallow fantasy leagues while he's regularly batting cleanup at a hitter-friendly ballpark and locked into an everyday role at the hot corner with Noelvi Marte (suspension) unavailable until midseason.

    Apr 4 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jeimer Candelario
  • Jeimer Candelario Hyperextends His Elbow Wednesday

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell told reporters after Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies that corner infielder Jeimer Candelario (elbow) hyperextended his right elbow late in the game and that the trainers don't believe it's very serious. Bell said the team will "re-evaluate on Friday." Candelario injured his elbow on the swing right before hitting a double in the top of the eighth inning, and he was removed from the game in the bottom of the inning. The double was the 30-year-old's only hit in four at-bats, and he also struck out in the victory. Cincinnati has a day off on Thursday before returning home on Friday to face the New York Mets, so he may not have to miss any time. Fantasy managers will want to check back on Friday to see if Candelario is in the lineup. He's struggling early in his first season with the Reds, hitting just .167 with a homer, two RBI and nine strikeouts.

    Apr 4 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jeimer Candelario
  • Spencer Steer Hits Go-Ahead Grand Slam

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    Cincinnati Reds utilityman Spencer Steer continued his hot streak in Monday's 6-3 extra-innings win over the Phillies, going 2-for-5 with a double, a 10th-inning, go-ahead grand slam, and a strikeout. The 26-year-old has started 2024 where he left off in 2023, slashing .400/.471/.733 with seven RBI and a stolen base in his first 17 plate appearances. His multi-position eligibility and strong lineup context should keep Steer as a valuable fantasy asset in the early going.

    Apr 2 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Spencer Steer
  • Will Benson Stays In Lineup Against Lefty

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Will Benson will stay in the team's starting lineup on Monday while facing left-hander Cristopher Sanchez and the Philadelphia Phillies. Meanwhile, left-handed-hitting outfielders Jake Fraley and Nick Martini will both retreat to the bench. Benson is in right field and is hitting in the nine-hole. To begin the year, the Reds are viewing the 25-year-old left-handed hitter as an everyday player, as he hasn't been benched for either of the two lefties the team has faced. He's obviously not as attractive at the bottom of the order against a southpaw in fantasy, but Benson is off to a strong start in 2024 for the Reds, going 5-for-12 (.417) with a home runs, three RBI and two runs scored in three games played.

    Apr 1 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Will Benson
  • Jake Fraley, Nick Martini Out Versus Lefty

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielders Jake Fraley and Nick Martini are both sitting out on Monday versus a left-handed hitter. Fraley is fantasy relevant in mixed leagues because of his dominance against right-handed pitching, but he's been on the bench for two of the first four games against left-handed pitchers. The 28-year-old has otherwise started hot, getting a hit in five of his first eight at-bats of the year with a stolen base and two runs scored for the Reds. Martini is also on the bench for the second time against a lefty, but he went 4-for-8 with two home runs and seven RBI in the two games he's playing to open things up. Will Benson is in right field and is batting ninth, while Stuart Fairchild is in center for the Reds and is hitting seventh on Monday against Phillies left-hander Cristopher Sanchez.

    Apr 1 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jake Fraley Nick Martini
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand Walks Off The Nationals

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    Cincinnati Reds first baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to walk off the visiting Washington Nationals on Sunday. Encarnacion-Strand finished the series finale by going 1-for-5 with the solo home run and two strikeouts in the 6-5 win. Outfielder Will Benson tied the game with a two-run homer, and CEH finished the Nats off with his solo blast to get the Gatorade shower. It was a nice way to cap off the game for the 24-year-old, as he was 0-for-12 to start the season prior to the blast. Encarnacion-Strand showed off impressive power in his rookie season last year, but he also struck out at almost a 30% clip. Between first base and designated hitter, he should be a lineup regular for Cincy in 2024 after the team moved on from Joey Votto. Hopefully, Encarnacion-Strand's walk-off homer will now get him going.

    Apr 1 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Christian Encarnacion-Strand
  • Nick Lodolo Sent On Rehab Assignment

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    The Cincinnati Reds sent left-hander Nick Lodolo (calf) to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday to start his minor-league rehab assignment. Lodolo started the 2024 regular season on the 15-day injured list due to left-calf tenosynovitis, but barring a setback in the minors, he's expected to have a short stay on the IL to open the year. If the 26-year-old southpaw comes out of his rehab starts without a setback, he should rejoin Cincy's starting rotation in mid-April, and his strikeout upside makes him worth stashing in all fantasy leagues. He was limited to just seven starts in 2023 due to a stress reaction in his left leg, and he had a 6.29 ERA and 1.75 WHIP with 10 walks and 47 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings before being shut down for the year.

    Mar 31 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Tyler Stephenson Sitting On Saturday

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    Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson is taking a seat for Saturday's contest against the Washington Nationals and left-hander Patrick Corbin. Stephenson went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Thursday's 8-2 Opening Day win but will give way to veteran Luke Maile, who will hit eighth Saturday. The fact the 27-year-old is sitting against a lefty following a day off is certainly interesting, considering starting pitcher Hunter Greene owns a 5.40 ERA when throwing to Maile. While his 5.29 mark with Stephenson isn't much better, Stephenson has the superior bat between the two despite a down 2023 season. Stephenson hit .243 with 13 home runs last season but still owns a career .271 average with a .763 OPS across 333 career appearances.

    Mar 30 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Luke Maile Tyler Stephenson
  • Hunter Greene Aiming To Put Rough Spring Behind Him Saturday

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    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Hunter Greene will be looking to put a rough spring behind him on Saturday afternoon when he takes on the visiting Washington Nationals. Greene was touched up for a 7.20 ERA with 10 walks allowed in five starts and 15 innings pitched in Cactus League action. He still punched out 19 hitters in that time and his spring ERA is somewhat skewed by one outing in which he allowed seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while his final spring tune-up consisted of one earned run surrendered in three innings of work. The hard-throwing righty posted a 4.82 ERA in 22 starts last season, although his 3.74 SIERA suggests he was far better than that while he punched out a hefty 30.5% of the hitters he faced. He is a strong bounce-back candidate for fantasy managers this season given his underlying data.

    Mar 30 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Hunter Greene
  • Sam Moll Sent To Triple-A For Rehab Assignment

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    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Sam Moll (shoulder) was sent on a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Friday. Manager David Bell said that Moll is building his arm back up after being delayed in spring training with a left-shoulder impingement. He was able to pitch in a few Cactus League games as well as the team's scrimmage on Wednesday. Barring a setback in the minors, Moll should be able to rejoin Cincy's big-league bullpen soon to provide relief depth. The former third-round pick by the Colorado Rockies in 2013 out of Memphis had a 3.30 ERA (3.27 FIP), a 1.23 WHIP, his first career save, 30 walks and 68 strikeouts in 70 outings (one start) over 62 1/3 innings with the Reds and Oakland Athletics last year.

    Mar 29 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Sam Moll
  • Reds To Re-Sign Mike Ford, Claim Yosver Zulueta From Blue Jays

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    1:07pm: The Reds announced that they've claimed Zulueta and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville. Infielder Matt McLain, who had shoulder surgery this week, has been placed on the 60-day injured list to open a spot on the roster. 12:52pm: The Reds have re-signed first baseman/designated hitter Mike Ford to a new minor league deal after...

    Mar 28 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Toronto Blue Jays Mike Ford Yosver Zulueta
  • Will Benson Batting Second For The Reds On Thursday

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    The Cincinnati Reds announced their starting lineup for Opening Day on Thursday in Cincinnati against the Nationals, with outfielder Will Benson penciled into the second spot in the order. Benson gets the start in centerfield after the projected Opening Day starter T.J. Friedl fractured his wrist in a spring game and was officially placed on the 10-day IL on Wednesday. Benson is intriguing for fantasy purposes, as while he's in there he brings a solid power-speed profile to the table, with the six-foot-five-inch lefty hitting 11 home runs and stealing 19 bases last season in just 329 PA. Benson will face the Nationals' RHP Josiah Gray whom he is 2-for-3 off of in his career, including a double and a strikeout.

    Mar 28 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Will Benson
  • Reds Place Nick Lodolo On 15-Day Injured List

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    The Cincinnati Reds put starting pitcher Nick Lodolo (leg) on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday. Lodolo will miss the first couple of turns in Cincy's rotation, but the southpaw is set to make his 2024 debut on April 10 at home versus the division-rival Milwaukee Brewers following a long road back from a stress reaction in his tibia that dates back to May of last season. The 26-year-old former No. 7 overall pick tallied an underwhelming 6.29 ERA (5.79 FIP) and 1.74 WHIP through 34 1/3 innings in 2023, but he registered a strong 28.3% strikeout rate as well as 6.0% walk rate and gave up only one run while punching out five hitters covering two spring training appearances. Considering a favorable matchup is on tap for his first showing, Lodolo's bat-missing upside means he probably shouldn't be lying around on very many waiver wires in fantasy leagues for managers that can afford to stash him.

    Mar 27 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • TJ Friedl Hits 10-Day Injured List

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    The Cincinnati Reds placed outfielder TJ Friedl (wrist) on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday. While the move is a procedural measure, it's worth noting that Friedl avoided the 60-day IL in the face of a recovery timetable of six to eight weeks due to his fractured wrist. The Reds must believe the 28-year-old center fielder has a chance to return before the end of May, meaning fantasy managers shouldn't forget about him if choosing to leave Friedl on waiver wires instead of stashing him to start the year in shallow leagues. Friedl flourished during his first full year in the major leagues, slashing a potent .279/.352/.467 with 18 home runs, 66 RBI, 73 runs scored, and 27 stolen bases across 556 plate appearances. Will Benson is a name to watch during the early stages of the 2024 campaign after hitting .275 with an .863 OPS, 11 homers, and 19 swipes over 287 at-bats for Cincy a year ago.

    Mar 27 · Source via Cincinnati Reds TJ Friedl
  • Matt McLain Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

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    Cincinnati Reds president of baseball operations Nick Krall said on Wednesday that "Matt McLain had successful surgery to address the cartilage damage and repair his labrum in his left shoulder. An exact timeline is still TBD as it has a wide range of possibilities. We hope to have Matt back this season." Even though the injury is to his left (non-throwing) shoulder, there's a fairly good chance we won't see the 24-year-old until the 2025 season, despite Krall's words. It's a tough blow for McLain after a very impressive debut in the big leagues for Cincy last year. Don't feel compelled to hang onto McLain in fantasy leagues if you have more pressing needs. McLain's injury now opens up the door for former National League Rookie of the Year, Jonathan India, to be the Reds' primary second baseman in 2024.

    Mar 27 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand Blasts Fifth Homer

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    Cincinnati Reds first baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand went 1-for-3 with his fifth homer of the spring in Sunday's Cactus League contest versus the Cleveland Guardians. In addition to his five home runs, the slugger has driven in 14 runs and is hitting .333 in 51 at-bats. First base has opened with infielders Matt McLain (shoulder) and Noelvi Marte (suspension) absent from the Opening Day roster. Encarnacion-Strand got his first big-league opportunity in 2023 and hit .270 with 13 homers and 37 RBI in 222 at-bats. A premier slugger in the making, CES makes for an excellent source of power after the early rounds with an ADP of 155.

    Mar 25 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Christian Encarnacion-Strand
  • TJ Friedl Could Avoid 60-Day Injured List

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielder TJ Friedl (wrist) can return from his broken wrist ahead of the two months he'd have to miss if he were on the 60-day injured list. The 28-year-old will start the season on the injured list after fracturing his wrist while diving for a ball in last Saturday's spring game against the Mariners. He is Cincinnati's starting centerfielder after slashing .279/.352/.467 with 18 home runs, 66 RBI, 73 runs, and 27 stolen bases over 556 plate appearances in 2023. Barring a setback, Friedl will likely make his season debut in May. The Reds are deciding on the final roster spot between Bubba Thompson and Jacob Hurtubise. Neither Thompson nor Hurtubise hold any fantasy value. Jacob Fraley and Will Benson should also see an uptick in at-bats with Friedl sidelined.

    Mar 23 · Source via Cincinnati Reds TJ Friedl
  • Elly De La Cruz With A Triple, Two Runs Scored Thursday

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    Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz went 1-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored in Thursday's 7-6 Cactus League loss to the Mariners. The 22-year-old began the spring season with 11 hits in his first 11 games, but the bat has gone cold as of late with Thursday's triple being his only hit in his last 15 at-bats. The switch hitter has a spring line like you might expect, hitting .273 (12-for-44) with three doubles, two triples, one home run, four RBI, 12 runs scored, and five stolen bases to go along with seven walks and an outrageous, albeit not unexpected, 19 strikeouts (37.3%). Although he was working in the offseason to shorten his swing in order to reduce his K%, it doesn't appear to be translating into success yet with eight multi-strikeout showings in 15 total games. Despite this, his tantalizing speed and power will make him a coveted fantasy asset, but managers need to be prepared for bouts of extreme ineffectiveness mixed in with some supercharged performances.

    Mar 23 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Elly De La Cruz
  • Reds Grant Mike Ford His Release

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    The Reds announced Friday that first baseman/designated hitter Mike Ford was reassigned to minor league camp, indicating he won’t make the team’s Opening Day roster. Ford, who’d signed a minor league deal with Cincinnati now granted Ford his release from the club, reports Jon Heyman of the New York Post. He’s once again a free…

    Mar 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Mike Ford
  • Edwin Arroyo Done For The Season

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    Cincinnati Reds shortstop prospect Edwin Arroyo (shoulder), the team's No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, had season-ending shoulder surgery on Wednesday to fix a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The 20-year-old injured the shoulder diving back to first base last week in a Cactus League game and will now miss all of 2024. It's a tough break for one of the team's top prospects after he went 6-for-17 with three RBI in spring training action. When he returns in 2025, Arroyo will most likely be ticketed for Double-A Chattanooga. The 6-foot switch-hitter hits balls hard to all fields and should develop more power as he matures, but his development is going to be put on hold this year. The Puerto Rican product hit .252/.324/.433 with 13 homers, 60 RBI and 29 steals in 123 games last year with High-A Dayton and Chattanooga.

    Mar 20 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Edwin Arroyo
  • Reds Acquire Santiago Espinal From Blue Jays

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    The Cincinnati Reds acquired infielder Santiago Espinal from the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday in exchange for right-hander Chris McElvain. The move comes on the same day that the Reds announced second baseman Matt McLain (shoulder) will open the season on the injured list and could need surgery. Noelvi Marte is also suspended for half the season due to performance-enhancing drugs, so Espinal will give the Reds some more infield insurance in 2024. Jonathan India now figures to start at the keystone with McLain on the sidelines, and the 29-year-old Espinal will back up India. Espinal hasn't been much of a fantasy asset in his four big-league seasons with the Blue Jays, slashing .273/.331/.367 with 11 homers, 99 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 346 games played.

    Mar 20 · Source via Prospects Toronto Blue Jays Cincinnati Reds Santiago Espinal Jonathan India Noelvi Marte Matt McLain
  • Matt McLain Won't Be Ready For Opening Day

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that that second baseman Matt McLain (shoulder) won't be ready for Opening Day on March 28. "I think it's safe to say he's not going to be ready to start the season," Bell said. After being scratched from a Cactus League game on Monday due to left-shoulder soreness, McLain is going for a second opinion, and the team hasn't ruled out the possibility that he might need surgery. The 24-year-old second-year player went from being fine to potentially missing extended time to begin the 2024 because of his shoulder injury. The former 17th overall pick in 2021 out of UCLA was set to open his sophomore year as Cincy's primary second baseman after slashing .290/.357/.507 with an .864 OPS, 16 homer, 50 RBI and 14 steals in 365 at-bats in his rookie season, but now Jonathan India will open the year as the Reds' second baseman.

    Mar 20 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • Matt McLain Undergoes MRI, Availability For Opening Day In Question

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that second baseman Matt McLain (shoulder) had an MRI exam on his left shoulder after recently being scratched from a Cactus League game. The team is looking at all of their options and next steps, and Bell said he's unsure if McLain would start the year on the active roster or on the injured list. One of the options for McLain is surgery. A report surfaced on Tuesday night that the 24-year-old would be fine, but this contradicts that news. It's unclear how long McLain might be out if he needs surgery, but fantasy managers considering him as a middle-infield option in mixed leagues after his strong rookie year in 2023 may now want to reconsider. If McLain opens the year on the IL, Jonathan India would serve as Cincy's primary second baseman.

    Mar 20 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • Hunter Greene Gets Annihilated On Tuesday

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene got rocked against the Los Angeles Angels in Tuesday's Spring Training contest. Greene went 4 1/3 innings and allowed seven hits, seven runs, two walks and K'd six on the day. The 24-year-old has looked good otherwise this spring with six runs allowed in three starts prior, so managers should not be that worried with his weak performance. The fireballer has shown throughout his career that he can be dominant and rack up K's, but also will having outings like yesterday where he gets lit up. As with many of his teammates, the Reds are expected to take a big step forward and Greene will be a big part of making that a reality in 2024. Greene has an ADP of 122 and he makes for a solid SP3 with very large potential. Even when he gets blown up, he still is a strong source of strikeouts and that should ease the pain of managers looking to capitalize on the good of the flamethrower in 2024.

    Mar 20 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Hunter Greene
  • Brandon Williamson To Begin Season On Injured List

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    Reds starter Brandon Williamson will begin the season on the 15-day injured list, manager David Bell informed the Cincinnati beat on Tuesday (relayed by Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer). The left-hander departed his Spring Training start over the weekend with shoulder soreness. There’s no indication it’s expected to be a long-term issue, but the…

    Mar 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Brandon Williamson
  • Reds Release Tony Kemp

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    The Reds have released infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp, per his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He had previously signed a minor league deal with the club and that pact allowed him to opt out if not on the roster by March 23. The Reds announced yesterday that he had been reassigned to minor league camp. Whether he…

    Mar 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Tony Kemp
  • Matt McLain, Jake Fraley Expected To Be Fine

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that second baseman Matt McLain (shoulder) and outfielder Jake Fraley (groin) should both be fine. McLain was scratched from Monday's Cactus League lineup due to left-shoulder soreness, while Fraley was removed from the game early after fouling a pitch off a sensitive area. McLain is scheduled to be back in the spring lineup on Wednesday, but the Reds may give him another day just to be safe. The 24-year-old has played in just five Cactus League games this spring due to an oblique injury that he also dealt with last year. But he should be ready for Opening Day on March 28 and is going to be the Reds' starting second baseman. Fraley has mixed-league value in the strong-side of a platoon because he mashes right-handers.

    Mar 19 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jake Fraley Matt McLain
  • Will Benson, Stuart Fairchild Could See Time In Center Field

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    With Cincinnati Reds outfielder TJ Friedl (wrist) set to open the 2024 season on the injured list with a fractured right wrist, Will Benson and Stuart Fairchild could see additional playing time to start the season, per MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. Manager David Bell said, "It's all going to work out. I'm focused on the guys we have here." The 25-year-old Benson had a successful 2023 season in limited playing time but is batting just .200 in 25 spring at-bats. Fairchild has yet to stick in a big-league role but is hitting .360 with three home runs in 25 spring at-bats. From a fantasy perspective, Benson's potential to provide power and speed seems to give him the edge over Fairchild in deeper leagues. However, fantasy managers should watch for further news as the regular season approaches.

    Mar 19 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Will Benson Stuart Fairchild
  • Jake Fraley Leaves Monday's Game Early

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jake Fraley was removed from Monday night's Cactus League game early against the San Francisco Giants after fouling a ball off what appeared to be a part of his body that is very sensitive. Fraley was probably pretty uncomfortable, but he was able to leave the field under his own power and should be fine for Opening Day on March 28. The 28-year-old left-handed-hitting outfielder will continue in the strong side of a platoon against right-handed pitchers in 2024 in his third year in Cincinnati and deserves attention for outfield depth in deep-mixed fantasy leagues after he hit .256/.339/.443 with career-highs in homers (15), RBI (65) and stolen bases (21) in 111 games last year. RotoBaller has Fraley ranked as the No. 50 fantasy outfielder.

    Mar 18 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jake Fraley
  • Nick Lodolo To Be Ready By April 10

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    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Nick Lodolo (leg) will not be a part of the team's Opening Day starting rotation, but he's expected to be ready to go by April 10. The Reds will open the year with a rotation consisting of Frankie Montas, Hunter Greene, Graham Ashcraft and Nick Martinez (ribs), with Andrew Abbott and Brandon Williamson (shoulder) vying for the No. 5 spot. When healthy, though, the 26-year-old Lodolo will have a rotation spot waiting for him after a lost season in 2023 due to a stress reaction in his tibia. While Lodolo has lots of strikeout upside for fantasy managers, he's also a big injury risk. The good news is that he's feeling better and has allowed only one run in two Cactus League starts this spring. In deep-mixed fantasy leagues, Lodolo is still worth taking a late-round flier on.

    Mar 18 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Nick Martinez To Open The Year In The Rotation

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that right-hander Nick Martinez (ribs) is locked into a starting rotation spot to begin the year, along with Frankie Montas, Hunter Greene and Graham Ashcraft. The fifth spot is down to Andrew Abbott and Brandon Williamson (shoulder). Martinez has been dealing with a rib issue in camp, but he was able to throw a simulated game over the weekend and should be ready for Opening Day on March 28. The 33-year-old has started 87 of the 198 games that he's appeared in in the big leagues in six seasons, and he's been more effective in his career in a relief role. Moving back to the bullpen is still an option once lefty Nick Lodolo (leg) makes his 2024 debut, which makes Martinez more of an NL-only asset in his first year with the Reds.

    Mar 18 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Martinez
  • Matt McLain Scratched With Shoulder Soreness

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    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Matt McLain (shoulder) was scratched from Monday night's Cactus League game versus the San Francisco Giants for precautionary reasons with left-shoulder soreness. It doesn't sound like a serious injury, but it's something to watch after McLain also missed time earlier this spring due to an oblique injury that cut his rookie season short in 2023. Health issues aside, the 24-year-old earned the right to open the 2024 campaign as Cincy's starting second baseman after hitting .290/.357/.507 with an .864 OPS, 16 home runs, 50 RBI and 14 stolen bases in his first 89 major-league games a season ago. The former first-round pick in 2021 out of UCLA is RotoBaller's No. 7 ranked fantasy second baseman, but injuries are becoming a concern. If McLain is forced to open the year on the injured list, Jonathan India could fill in at the keystone.

    Mar 18 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • Josh Harrison Opts Out Of Minors Deal With Reds

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    Utility player Josh Harrison has opted of his minor league deal with the Reds, per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. He signed with the club last month on a deal that allowed him to opt out if not on the roster by March 21. He was informed that he would not be making the…

    Mar 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Josh Harrison
  • TJ Friedl Out At Least 3-4 Weeks With Fractured Wrist

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielder TJ Friedl (wrist) will be re-assessed in three to four weeks after fracturing his wrist while diving for a ball on Saturday. Friedl will need some time off to allow the bone to heal, and then the team will see where he's at. At minimum, he will miss most of the season's opening month. While this is tough news for Friedl and his fantasy owners, his injury does help clear up a muddy outfield picture in Cincy. Both Will Benson and Jake Fraley should benefit and can be considered sleepers in fantasy drafts now.

    Mar 18 · Source via Cincinnati Reds TJ Friedl
  • Nick Lodolo Looks Good In Return

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo (leg) made his return to the mound during Saturday's exhibition contest against the Seattle Mariners. The left-hander was supposed to start on Friday, but had it pushed back due to the weather. Lodolo allowed two hits, walked two batters, and struck out four hitters over 2 2/3 innings of work. The Reds have already said that Lodolo will miss the opening series of the season. However, Lodolo might be able to avoid the injured list and pitch in the second series.

    Mar 17 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Nick Martinez Throws Simulated Game

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    Cincinnati Reds pitcher Nick Martinez (ribs) threw a live batting practice session on Saturday. The right-hander threw three innings of a simulated game as he works his way back to full health. The plan is for Martinez to build his way back up into being a starting pitcher. The 33-year-old could end up turning into a swingman type of role depending on how the rest of the rotation shakes out in Cincinnati. At the moment, Martinez isn't a very appealing option heading into fantasy drafts. However, it sounds like the right-hander is making good progress in his recovery.

    Mar 17 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Martinez
  • TJ Friedl Sprains Wrist In Saturday's Game

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    Cincinnati Reds' outfielder TJ Friedl (wrist) suffered a sprained wrist in the second inning of Saturday's game against the Seattle Mariners. The injury happened as the 28-year-old dove for a ball and appeared to roll up on his wrist. There is no current timeline for Friedl's recovery, which jeopardizes his status for Opening Day. Though Friedl had not performed well in spring training, hitting .185 over 12 games. The 28-year-old is still expected to be a productive member of the Reds in 2024. ATC projects Friedl with a .255/.330/.418 projected slash line, 15 HR, and 58 RBI. Fantasy managers should not know that Friedl's current ADP of 165 could likely be affected if he is expected to miss any significant amount of time.

    Mar 16 · Source via Cincinnati Reds TJ Friedl
  • Justin Wilson Inks Major-League Deal With Reds

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    Free-agent reliever Justin Wilson has signed a major-league deal with the Cincinnati Reds after he opted out of his minor-league pact with the Dodgers on Wednesday. The left-hander last saw big-league action with the Reds in the 2022 season, posting a 2.45 ERA in five appearances but was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery that cost him the 2023 campaign, as well. He did appear briefly in the minors with the Brewers last season but the club declined their option on Wilson this winter. The long-time big leaguer has largely been effective in his career, posting a 3.41 ERA and a 25.9% K% across 527 appearances. He certainly won't be in line for saves and likely won't see many hold opportunities, leaving him off the fantasy radar at this point.

    Mar 15 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Justin Wilson
  • Offseason In Review: Cincinnati Reds

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    The Reds almost made the playoffs last year as they promoted several exciting prospects and seemed to firmly end their rebuilding period. They added to that foundation this offseason by spreading money around to several free agents. Major League Signings 1B/3B Jeimer Candelario: Three years, $45MM (including buyout of 2027 club option) RHP Nick Martínez:…

    Mar 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Offseason Cincinnati Reds Andrew Abbott Graham Ashcraft Will Benson Justin Bruihl Alan Busenitz Jeimer Candelario Conner Capel Elly De La Cruz Christian Encarnacion-Strand Buck Farmer Mike Ford Jake Fraley TJ Friedl Tyler Gilbert Hunter Greene Josh Harrison P.J. Higgins Jonathan India Tony Kemp Brett Kennedy Brooks Kriske Nick Lodolo Luke Maile Mark Mathias Matt McLain Frankie Montas Connor Overton Reiver Sanmartin Tony Santillan Spencer Steer Tyler Stephenson Brent Suter Bubba Thompson Austin Wynns
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand Clubs Third Home Run Of Spring

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    Cincinnati Reds first baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand went 2-for-5 on Wednesday in a 19-11 Cactus League win over the Giants. His day at the plate included a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored. The 24-year-old is now batting .292 (7-for-24) with three home runs, eight RBI, and eight runs scored in the spring season. He's looking to follow up a season in which he hit 33 home runs between Triple-A and the majors and with a Barrel% of 10.5% last season in his 222 MLB at-bats, his projection of 26 home runs certainly seems within reach, if not more. RotoBaller ranks the powerful righty at 137 overall, ten picks ahead of his NFBC ADP of 147.

    Mar 14 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Christian Encarnacion-Strand
  • Spencer Steer Crosses Plate Three Times In Win

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielder/infielder Spencer Steer chipped in three runs during Wednesday's 19-11 Cactus League win over the San Francisco Giants, going 2-for-3 with a walk. It was certainly a high-scoring affair on Wednesday, and Steer was able to maintain his strong spring returns. In 26 spring training at-bats, the versatile 26-year-old is batting .296 with an .836 OPS, one home run, five RBI, and three stolen bases. After his first stint in the big leagues went poorly in 2022, Steer was a revelation for the Reds a season ago and finished sixth in National League Rookie of the Year voting via a .271/.356/.464 slash line, 23 homers, 37 doubles, 86 RBI, and 15 stolen bases across 665 trips to the plate. Steer is a 2024 regression candidate due to his .252 xBA and .417 xSLG on Statcast, but his position eligibility is appealing, and Noelvi Marte's 80-game suspension means Steer will be needed for everyday ABs during at least the first half in Cincy.

    Mar 13 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Spencer Steer
  • Matt McLain Confident In Opening Day Health

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    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Matt McLain (oblique) said Tuesday that he will "totally" be ready to start the 2024 regular season healthy after missing most of spring training with an oblique injury. The 24-year-old, who made his Cactus League debut on Sunday, has the support of manager David Bell, who said Tuesday, "I am confident he will be ready to go." McLain will look to pick up where he left off in 2023, when he slashed .290/.357/.507 with 16 home runs, 65 runs scored, 50 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 403 plate appearances.

    Mar 13 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • Matt McLain Makes Spring Debut On Sunday

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    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Matt McLain (oblique) made his spring debut on Sunday in a 5-3 Cactus League win over the Guardians. The 24-year-old had been battling an oblique injury this spring but made the start and batted third in the Reds lineup, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. He's looking to build off a solid 2023 season where he put up a .290-16-50-65-14 line in 403 plate appearances. ATC projections see him as a multi-category contributor again, forecasting a .258-22-73-80-20 line with a .343 WOBA and 110 wRC+. RotoBaller ranks him at 74 overall, a little behind his NFBC ADP of 62 overall.

    Mar 11 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • Frankie Montas Named Opening Day Starter

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    Manager David Bell announced on Sunday that Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Frankie Montas will be the team's Opening Day starter. This is a bit of a surprise with young 2017 first-round draft pick Hunter Greene in the mix, but Greene hasn't made a statement this spring that he's ready to be the guy, continuing to walk too many batters (seven walks in three spring starts). Montas' numbers aren't exactly dazzling this spring either, but he's shown to be a leader and mentor for the young staff, and now he's been awarded with the honor of starting on Opening Day. The 30-year-old missed basically all of last season, but in 2022 the righty posted a 4.05 ERA, 3.77 SIERA, 1.25 WHIP, and a K-BB% of 16.3%. While he may be the Reds' "ace" right now, for typical 12-team roto leagues he's not a draftable asset at this point, ranked 391 overall at RotoBaller.

    Mar 11 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Frankie Montas
  • Joey Votto Discusses Blue Jays, Reds, Free Agency

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    Now that Joey Votto is officially a member of the Blue Jays, he spoke with multiple reporters (including the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Gordon Wittenmyer, Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith, and The Athletic’s Kaitlyn McGrath and C. Trent Rosencrans) to discuss his trip through free agency, and his eventual landing spot with his hometown team. After a long offseason…

    Mar 10 · MLB Trade Rumors Toronto Blue Jays Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto
  • Andrew Abbott Hit Hard In Third Spring Start

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Andrew Abbott had a second straight ineffective start of the spring on Saturday in a 7-5 Cactus League win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The lefty gave up three earned runs on seven hits (including three doubles) in three innings of work. He walked just one though and struck out five, so it wasn't all bad. After three spring starts, the 24-year-old has allowed seven earned runs on 14 hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts. Abbott got off to a strong start last season but wasn't nearly as sharp in the second half, posting a 2.38 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 20.5% K-BB%, and .266 WOBA over 41 2/3 IP in the first half versus a 4.79 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 14.3% K-BB%, and .351 WOBA over 67 2/3 IP in the second half. RotoBaller ranks the south at 257 overall, slightly ahead of his 270 ADP.

    Mar 10 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Andrew Abbott
  • Rangers Claim Jose Barrero Off Waivers From Reds

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    The Rangers announced that infielder Jose Barrero was claimed off waivers from the Reds.  Reporter Francys Romero (X link) revealed earlier today that Barrero was heading to Texas, though Romero indicated that the transaction was a trade rather than a waiver claim.  In a corresponding move, Texas placed right-hander Carson Coleman on the 60-day injured…

    Mar 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Texas Rangers Cincinnati Reds Jose Barrero
  • Nick Martinez Tosses Four Perfect Innings Friday

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Martinez pitched a gem before rain forced the cancellation of the Reds-Dodgers Cactus League matchup on Friday. Martinez tossed four perfect innings, allowing no hits and no walks while striking out six batters. It was a very bright spot for the Reds on a day that started very cloudy with the suspension of Noelvi Marte. Going into Friday's game, the 33-year-old had thrown five spring innings, allowing just two hits, one run (zero earned), and one walk while striking out seven. Right now Martinez is projected as the fifth starter in the Cincinnati rotation and he's stated he wants to be a starter. It appears he's making a strong case, but until that's a certainty it'd be tough to recommend him for fantasy.

    Mar 9 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Martinez
  • Noelvi Marte Receives 80-Game Suspension After Positive PED Test

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    The MLB commissioner’s office announced today that Reds infielder Noelvi Marte has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a banned performance enhancing substance. “The Reds fully support Major League Baseball’s drug policy and its penalties,” the club said in a statement. “We will have no further comment.” Marte will be…

    Mar 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Cincinnati Reds Noelvi Marte
  • Noelvi Marte Issued 80-Game Suspension

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    Cincinnati Reds infielder Noelvi Marte has been hit with an 80-game suspension for a performance-enhancing drug violation. The club's No. 1 prospect was projected to be the primary third baseman in the 2024 season but he will have to wait until mid-season to assume that role. Marte appeared in 35 games for the Reds in the 2023 season, impressing with a .316 average alongside three home runs, six stolen bases, and an .822 OPS across 123 trips to the plate. The 22-year-old also hit .279 with 11 home runs, 18 steals, and an .812 OPS across 92 games between the Double-A and Triple-A levels a season ago. Offseason signee Jeimer Candelario is likely to handle the bulk of reps at the hot corner for the Reds in the season's first half, boosting his fantasy stock in the process.

    Mar 8 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Noelvi Marte
  • Jake Fraley On A Heater This Spring

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jake Fraley is enjoying himself a fine spring to this point in Cactus League action. After a two-hit effort on Wednesday, Fraley is now 5-for-13 (.385) with three doubles, three walks, a stolen base, and three runs scored across 16 trips to the plate, good for a 1.115 OPS in the small sample. The 28-year-old showed a nice combination of power and speed in the 2023 season, slugging 15 home runs and swiping 21 bases across 111 appearances and 380 trips to the plate. ATC projects 13 more homers and 15 swipes for Fraley in the 2024 season but only in another 384 plate appearances. The lefty-swinging outfielder's career .149 average and .482 OPS off of left-handed pitching will limit his usage and puts a damper on his fantasy value.

    Mar 8 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jake Fraley
  • Spencer Steer Plays Long Ball Thursday

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Spencer Steer slugged a solo home run as part of a 2-2 tie on Thursday versus the Chicago Cubs. The 26-year-old didn't waste much time as his first homer of the spring got the Reds on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Steer impressed in his first full tour through the big leagues in the 2023 season, hitting .271 with 23 home runs, 15 stolen bases, 86 RBI, and an .820 OPS across 156 games and a hefty 665 trips to the plate. It was a big turn of events following his 28-game debut in the 2022 season in which he limped to a .211 average with two homers across 108 plate appearances. He projects for some regression with 20 homers and nine steals in the 2024 season and could be overvalued with a 114.6 ADP.

    Mar 8 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Spencer Steer
  • Spencer Steer Blasts First Homer Of Spring

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Spencer Steer went 1-for-3 with his first homer of the Cactus League on Thursday against the Chicago Cubs. Steer, 26, is one of the influx of young talented players that the Reds will deploy in their lineup and is coming off a season in which he helped managers across the board. In 2023, Steer hit a respectable .271 with 23 homers, 86 RBI and 15 stolen bases. The Reds young lineup offers plenty of potential heading into the season and Steer is not only going to be in the middle of it, but he might offer the most bang for managers buck with an ADP of 101. He is absolutely worth the attention of managers in all formats.

    Mar 8 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Spencer Steer
  • Nick Lodolo Will Pitch Sunday, Regular Season Debut TBD

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo (tibia) is progressing well and will pitch in Sunday's Spring Training game, manager David Bell told the media. Although Lodolo will return to face opposing batters this weekend, he's still a few hurdles away from being fully ramped up. As a result, Bell said that Lodolo "probably isn't in the mix" to pitch in the first five regular-season games. Rather, the skipper mentioned April 9 versus the Milwaukee Brewers as a potential season debut for the former first-round pick. Lodolo managed to make just seven starts amidst injuries last year, posting a 5.79 FIP but maintaining a promising 12.32 K/9 and 2.62 BB/9. The upside is still quite apparent, so he's worth a late-round flier in fantasy baseball leagues.

    Mar 8 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Tyler Stephenson Showing Power Early In Spring

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    Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson has shown off some pop so far in Cactus League action, even if he hasn't been fantastic overall. The 27-year-old is just 3-for-18 (.167) in seven spring outings so far but two of those three knocks have gone for home runs. He has driven in six runs in the process and has scored three of his own across 20 trips to the plate. Stephenson has yet to show much home-run power in his 332 big-league games to this point as he has just 31 home runs in that time while his .147 isolated power is rather middling. ATC projects Stephenson to hit 12 home runs in the 2023 season after he swatted 13 in the 2023 campaign. Even after a down 2023 season, Stephenson still owns a .272 career average and a quality .764 OPS in the hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, making him an excellent No. 2 catcher in two-catcher leagues.

    Mar 7 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Tyler Stephenson
  • Nick Lodolo Throws Successful Simulated Game

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    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Nick Lodolo (leg) threw a two-inning simulated game in camp on Wednesday that went great, and he said his next step is pitching in a Cactus League game. "I'm good. That was another progression that I hit I'm excited," Lodolo said. A stress reaction in the 26-year-old southpaw's left tibia last year limited him to only seven starts, and he's still feeling it in his leg in spring training. However, it sounds like Lodolo is starting to turn a corner in his recovery. The Reds haven't ruled him out of being in the Opening Day rotation, but fantasy managers shouldn't get their hopes up, and the Reds will likely be cautious here. Although he's an obvious injury risk, Lodolo deserves to be stashed in deep-mixed leagues, at the very least, for his strikeout upside.

    Mar 6 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Jonathan India To Make Cactus League Debut Friday

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that second baseman Jonathan India (foot) is on track to make his spring training debut on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. India dealt with plantar fasciitis in his left foot last year and was still bothered by it at the start of spring training, so the Reds have been slow-playing him in hopes that he'll be feeling better by Opening Day on March 28. The 27-year-old's fantasy stock heading into 2024 was already down due to the fact that the Reds plan to use Matt McLain as their primary second baseman, assuming he's healthy. It means that India is going to have to bounce around on the infield and in the outfield in order to find consistent playing time in what is now a pretty stacked Reds roster of position players. The former National League Rookie of the Year isn't guaranteed regular playing time this year.

    Mar 6 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jonathan India
  • Matt McLain Could Make Spring Debut This Week

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    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Matt McLain (oblique) is back in team workouts in camp on Monday, and manager David Bell said that McLain could make his Cactus League debut this week. McLain's right oblique ended his rookie season early in 2023, and he's been held back in spring training with more issues in the same oblique. However, it looks as though he's making nice progress and will attempt to test his oblique out in spring games this week. If he can avoid anymore setbacks, McLain could be ready for Opening Day in late March. Still, the Reds aren't going to rush their primary second baseman along if he's not ready. RotoBaller has McLain ranked as the No. 5 fantasy second baseman entering 2024 after the former first-rounder thoroughly impressed last year with a .290/.357/.507 slash line, an .864 OPS, 16 homers, 50 RBI and 14 stolen bases in his rookie campaign.

    Mar 4 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • TJ Friedl Collects Three Hits, Off To A Solid Start This Spring

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    Cincinnati Reds outfielder TJ Friedl went 3-for-3 with two runs scored in Sunday's 7-3 spring loss to the Kansas City Royals. He doubled twice and increased his spring batting average to .333 after the three-hit performance. The 28-year-old is slashing .333/.429/.500 with two runs scored over five games. He will hit leadoff against right-handers, where he posted a .336 on-base percentage against them in 2023. Overall, Friedl slashed .279/.352/.467 with 18 home runs, 66 RBI, 73 runs, and 27 stolen bases over 556 plate appearances. While he finished with solid overall numbers last season, his 3.2% barrel percentage was in the seventh percentile, while his 27.6% hard-hit percentage was in the fifth percentile. Despite ranking in the bottom in hard-hit percentage, Friedl should lead off most games in a loaded Reds lineup and is a solid pick at his current NFBC ADP of 151.

    Mar 3 · Source via Cincinnati Reds TJ Friedl
  • Nick Lodolo To See Specialist On Monday

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    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Nick Lodolo (leg) is throwing a side bullpen session in camp on Sunday and will see a specialist for his left tibia to undergo tests on Monday. The outcome of those tests will likely determine whether he can be ready for the start of the 2024 regular season or soon thereafter. A stress reaction in Lodolo's left tibia limited him to just seven starts in 2023, but the 26-year-old southpaw is still feeling something in his leg this spring, prompting the Reds to send him for further testing. Even if the tests come back positive on his leg on Monday, fantasy managers shouldn't expect Lodolo to be in the team's Opening Day starting rotation. Still, given his high strikeout upside, Lodolo is worthy of stashing in deep-mixed leagues for rotation depth as long as his tests don't reveal something really bad.

    Mar 3 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Alexis Diaz Strikes Out The Side In Spring Debut

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    Cincinnati Reds closer Alexis Diaz made his spring debut on Thursday in a 5-4 Cactus League win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2023 All-Star struck out the side on nine pitches, generating six swing-and-misses, and the final to go down swinging was none other than perennial MVP candidate Mookie Betts. It looks like Diaz is ready for the regular season to begin and put a rough second half of last season behind him. The righty posted a 4.61 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in the second half of 2023, versus a first half that saw a 2.03 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Nevertheless, even though it could be a bumpy ride, the 27-year-old will be a top-15 RP option in 2024.

    Mar 3 · Source via Closers Cincinnati Reds Alexis Diaz
  • Spencer Steer Goes Hitless Saturday, Draws A Walk

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    Cincinnati Reds multi-positional player Spencer Steer was 0-for-2 with a walk in a 10-4 Cactus League loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. After snagging two hits in his first spring game, Steer is now hitless in five straight at-bats, making him 2-for-8 with a walk, two RBI, and a run scored so far this spring. Steer had a breakout 2023 with a .271-23-86-74-15 line and is expected to put up similar numbers in 2024, although his projections are somewhat lighter across the board. The 15 steals were a welcome surprise after not stealing many bases during his minor league career. Combined with his multi-positional eligibility and hitting in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in all of baseball make him an attractive asset going into 2024 drafts.

    Mar 3 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Spencer Steer
  • Matt McLain Set To Have Live At-Bats

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    Cincinnati Reds infielder Matt McLain (oblique) took 70 swings on Friday and is set to have live-at bats on Wednesday for the upcoming week. McLain has been shut down since he tweaked his right oblique early in spring training. The 24-year-old has progressed well from his oblique injury and no longer feels soreness. In his rookie season, McLain was excellent for the Reds, slashing .290/.357/.507 with 16 home runs, 50 RBI, and 14 stolen bases across 403 plate appearances. It's unclear if McLain will be ready for Opening Day, but he still has time to ramp up his activity and could return to action soon.

    Mar 2 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • Ian Gibaut Could Miss Opening Day

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    Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Ian Gibaut (forearm) appears to be in danger of missing Opening Day. Reds' manager David Bell recently mentioned that Gibaut has yet to resume throwing after being shut down last week. The 30-year-old is still recovering from a forearm issue and is considered "close" for Opening Day. The right-hander was a viable option out of the bullpen for the Reds last season. He could see a few save chances, but Alexis Diaz is the primary closer in Cincinnati.

    Mar 1 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Ian Gibaut
  • Nick Lodolo To Have His Leg Re-Scanned

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that left-hander Nick Lodolo's (leg) recovery after throwing in camp on Thursday was "not perfect" and that he "still feels it." Lodolo is to be re-evaluated and have his leg "re-scanned," but Bell doesn't consider it a "major concern." If everything comes back OK, Lodolo could still start the 2024 regular season on time, but he would need to get into a Cactus League game by the end of next week. The 26-year-old southpaw missed most of last year due to a stress reaction in his left tibia and still isn't quite over the hump this spring. It's not what fantasy managers that were considering taking him late in drafts for rotation depth wanted to hear, but it doesn't take away from the fact that Lodolo is still a high-upside arm due to his swing-and-miss stuff when he's healthy.

    Mar 1 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Noelvi Marte To Make Spring Debut Saturday

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that rookie infielder Noelvi Marte (hamstring) will make his Cactus League debut on Saturday. Marte suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain while playing in the Dominican winter league and had more issues with his leg in the leadup to spring training, so the Reds have been slow-playing the impressive young infielder in camp. The 22-year-old has made enough progress to play in Cactus League games, though, and he should be just fine for Opening Day at the end of March. He'll have to share playing time at the hot corner with Jeimer Candelario, but Marte has lots of upside for fantasy managers in all leagues thanks to an exciting mix of power and speed. It also helps that he's in a rising lineup in a great hitter's park. Marte hit .316 (36-for-114) with three homers, 15 RBI and six steals in his first 35 big-league games in 2023.

    Mar 1 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Noelvi Marte
  • Nick Lodolo Throwing Live Batting Practice Thursday

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    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Nick Lodolo (leg) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session in camp on Thursday, which could be an important step as he tries to get ready for Opening Day in late March. "If today goes well, he's going to be in good shape. More importantly, if he wakes up tomorrow and feels good. Tomorrow might be a better day to talk about it," manager David Bell said. The 26-year-old southpaw is behind the other pitchers this spring after missing most of 2023 due to a stress reaction in his left tibia, but he's making progress and is worth a late-round flier in mixed fantasy leagues for his strikeout upside. The former seventh overall pick in 2019 out of TCU struggled in his seven starts last year before being shut down, allowing 24 earned runs in 34 1/3 innings, but he did strike out 47 hitters.

    Feb 29 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Graham Ashcraft To Make Spring Debut Thursday

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    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Graham Ashcraft (toe) is set to make his Cactus League debut on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ashcraft has been slow-played in spring training after having surgery on his toe last September, but he's ready to go now and is expected to part of the team's Opening Day starting rotation, barring a setback with his toe this spring. The 26-year-old former sixth-round pick out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham went 7-9 in his second big-league season in 2023 with a 4.76 ERA (5.06 FIP) and 1.37 WHIP with 52 walks and 111 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings over 26 starts. He started strong last year before eventually falling apart. Despite his high velocities, he's been a disappointment so far in the strikeout department.

    Feb 28 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Graham Ashcraft
  • Graham Ashcraft, Nick Lodolo Nearing Spring Debuts

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    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Graham Ashcraft (toe) is to be scheduled for his first Cactus League start "within the next week," according to manager David Bell. Meanwhile, left-hander Nick Lodolo's (leg) spring training debut would be a bit behind Ashcraft's. The 26-year-old Ashcraft is returning from surgery on his right big toe last September and is being slow-played in spring training. He has already faced hitters in camp, though, and barring a setback with his toe once he starts pitching in Cactus League games, he should open the 2024 season in the Reds' starting rotation. However, his lack of strikeout upside is a hindrance to his fantasy relevance in mixed leagues. Lodolo, who made only seven starts in 2023 due to a stress reaction in his tibia, has much more fantasy appeal for his high-strikeout upside, but he's also more of an injury risk.

    Feb 28 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Graham Ashcraft Nick Lodolo
  • Matt McLain Progressing Well

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that second baseman Matt McLain (oblique) is progressing well and is going through a lot of core/medicine-ball work. The next step for McLain is light swinging. McLain tweaked his right oblique early in spring training and was shut down for five to seven days, so he should resume light baseball activities in the next few days so that the Reds can see where he's at. Depending on how he bounces back, though, there's a chance the 24-year-old won't be ready by Opening Day. Before an oblique injury ended his rookie season in 2023, McLain was excellent for the Reds, hitting .290/.357/.507 with 16 homers, 50 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 365 at-bats. The underlying numbers suggest that the former first-rounder will face some regression in Year 2, though, and the fact that oblique is still bothering him is also concerning for fantasy managers.

    Feb 26 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • Ian Gibaut To Rest A Few Days

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    Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Ian Gibaut will be shut down from throwing for 3-5 days because of a pronator strain. Manager David Bell stated it is "nothing serious." If that is the case for Gibaut, he shouldn't fall behind in the spring. The 30-year-old is a decent play in save+hold leagues after making 74 appearances in 2023, racking up 23 holds and three saves. He had a 3.33 ERA but a 1.28 WHIP, striking out 69 over 75 2/3 innings. Gibaut was used in a few save situations late in 2023 while the Reds were looking to clinch a playoff spot. That came about, however, cause regular closer Alexis Diaz was used in critical situations earlier in games. Gibaut was tied for second on the team in saves with Lucas Sims and Buck Farmer. He may be able to pluck a few more saves in 2024, but be weary of his 4.07 FIP.

    Feb 24 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Ian Gibaut
  • Jonathan India Won't Play Until March 7 Or 8

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that infielder Jonathan India (foot) won't play in Cactus League games until around March 7 or 8. India cannot reinjure his foot, but the Reds are building him back up in a controlled workload. India will be taking live batting practice, where the Reds can control his baserunning. The 27-year-old former National League Rookie of the Year recently had a setback with the plantar fasciitis in his left foot, so the team is going to play it safe with him so that he'll be ready for Opening Day in late March. Still, it's not a good sign for a player that is expected to have to bounce around at multiple positions, including outfield, to stay in the lineup regularly in 2024. In addition to India, second-year infielder Matt McLain recently had a setback with his oblique injury. If both players are healthy, McLain is expected to be the primary second baseman after impressing in his rookie season.

    Feb 24 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Jonathan India
  • Reds, Mike Ford Agree To Minor League Deal

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    The Reds have agreed to a minor league deal with first baseman/designated hitter Mike Ford, reports Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The ZS Sports client would earn $1.3MM in the big leagues and can pick up another $125K worth of incentives on the deal, which contains opt-out dates both during spring training and…

    Feb 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Mike Ford
  • Tony Kemp Joins Reds On Minors Deal

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    Free-agent outfielder Tony Kemp signed a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training on Friday with the Cincinnati Reds. Kemp will come to camp hoping to win a roster spot as a utility player for a Reds team that is already stacked with position players. The 32-year-old veteran left-handed hitter has hit .240/.330/.345 with 20 home runs, 114 RBI, 37 stolen bases and 172 runs scored for the Oakland Athletics the last two seasons. He's fallen off the last couple of seasons at the plate, though, and batted .209 (75-for-359) with five homers, 27 RBI, a career-high 15 stolen bases and 42 runs scored in 419 plate appearances and 124 games in 2023. Kemp will be facing an uphill battle to make the Opening Day roster for Cincy.

    Feb 23 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Tony Kemp
  • Mike Ford Inks Minor-League Deal With Reds

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    The Cincinnati Reds have signed free-agent first baseman Mike Ford to a minor-league deal, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, as well as additional opt-out clauses that would presumably come into effect if Ford doesn't make the big-league squad. Heyman notes that Ford would earn $1.3 million if he does make the majors, and he has an additional $125,000 available in incentives. The Reds already have a corner infielder on their bench in Christian Encarnacion-Strand, but Ford figures to compete for a role anyway. At the very least, he offers veteran depth and can contribute in the event of injuries.

    Feb 23 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Christian Encarnacion-Strand Mike Ford
  • Andrew Abbott To Make Spring Debut Monday

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    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Andrew Abbott will make his first Cactus League start on Monday in a split-squad game against the Seattle Mariners. In his first taste of the big leagues, Abbott acquitted himself well, going 8-6 with a 3.87 ERA (4.20 FIP) and 1.32 WHIP with 44 walks and 120 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings over 21 starts. The 24-year-old southpaw faded down the stretch in his rookie campaign, but he appears to have a spot set in the starting rotation out of the gates in 2024. The former second-round pick in 2021 makes up for his lack of velocity with four quality offerings and proved very tough to hit for left-handed batters. Keeping the ball in the yard in a hitter-friendly home park will be vital for Abbott in his first full big-league season.

    Feb 22 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Andrew Abbott
  • Nick Lodolo "Feeling Great"

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that left-hander Nick Lodolo's (leg) next step at spring training is to throw a live batting practice session. "He's feeling great," Bell said. Lodolo made just seven starts in 2023 due to a stress reaction in his left tibia, which is why the Reds are slow-playing him in spring training. But the 26-year-old is now pain-free and is slowly progressing. Barring a setback, he is expected to be part of the team's starting rotation on Opening Day late in March. Before his injury last year, Lodolo was hurt by the long ball. The former seventh overall pick had a strikeout rate close to 30 percent, though, and there's still a lot to like about him in the long term. However, coming off his lost season, fantasy managers should consider him nothing more than rotation depth in deep-mixed leagues in 2024.

    Feb 22 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo
  • Noelvi Marte Scheduled To Play On March 2

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    Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said that rookie infielder Noelvi Marte (hamstring) is scheduled to make his spring training debut on March 2 against the Colorado Rockies. Marte suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain in November while playing winter ball, and the Reds are slow-playing the impressive youngster this spring. Barring a setback, the 22-year-old should be ready for Opening Day. Marte certainly has a lot of upside at the major-league level after recording an .822 OPS in his first 123 plate appearances in the majors late last year, but he's most likely going to have to share playing time at the hot corner in Cincinnati with Jeimer Candelario, who the Reds signed to a three-year, $45 million deal in free agency. Marte has a high floor and a high ceiling in the long term because of his power/speed combination.

    Feb 22 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Noelvi Marte
  • Reds Open To Post-Playing Role For Joey Votto

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    First baseman Joey Votto has spent his entire career with the Reds but is currently a free agent. The club declined their $20MM option for his services in 2024, opting for the $7MM buyout instead, sending him to the open market for the first time in his career. Votto is hoping to continue playing this…

    Feb 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto
  • Graham Ashcraft Adds A Changeup

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    Cincinnati Reds right-hander Graham Aschcraft (toe) has added a changeup to his arsenal of a fastball, cutter, slider and sinker. He did not make any mechanical adjustments in the offseason, but he's worked on improving how he times his delivery. Ashcraft is slightly behind the others pitchers in camp after having surgery in the offseason to fix fractures to the big and second toes of his right foot in September. The 26-year-old has still thrown off a mound three times and is considered on track for Opening Day, though. Ashcraft's toe injury affected him late in the year, and he finished 7-9 with a 4.76 ERA overall in 26 starts in 2023. He started off with a 2.00 ERA in his first six starts. If Ashcraft's new changeup can generate more swings and misses, he could become a streaming option in deep-mixed leagues.

    Feb 22 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Graham Ashcraft
  • Tejay Antone Healthy In Camp

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    Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Tejay Antone (elbow) is going through a normal spring training this year for the first time in three years. Antone had Tommy John surgery in 2021 and had multiple setbacks since, including one before last season. He also dealt with elbow tendinitis that put him on the injured list at the end of 2023. The 30-year-old right-hander is in camp trying to win a spot in Cincy's bullpen this spring after making just five appearances out of the bullpen for the team last year. Antone debuted in the major leagues with the Reds in the shortened 2020 season but has only thrown 74 2/3 innings over 41 appearances (five starts) in that time, posting a strong 2.41 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with three saves, 31 walks and 94 strikeouts. He has the stuff to be a high-leverage reliever, but expect the Reds to ease him in if he makes the Opening Day bullpen.

    Feb 21 · Source via Cincinnati Reds Tejay Antone
  • Noelvi Marte To Miss First Five Cactus League Games

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    Cincinnati Reds rookie infielder Noelvi Marte (hamstring) said the Grade 2 hamstring strain he suffered while playing winter ball feels "good," but the Reds are slow-playing him in camp and he's expected to miss the first five Cactus League games as a result. The Reds are saying there's no reason Marte won't be ready for a full workload by the March 28 season opener. "He's in great shape," manager David Bell said. "He's way ahead of where he could have been." The 22-year-old made his big-league debut on Aug. 19 last year and hit .316 with three home runs and an .822 OPS in 114 at-bats. Marte has an exciting blend of power and speed and is a candidate to hit 25 home runs in his first full season in the big leagues, although he could split playing time at third base with Jeimer Candelario in 2024.

    Feb 21 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Noelvi Marte
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