Cincinnati Reds news, rumors and injuries
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:22:07 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Cueto ($8,200, 16.4% of cap) is a fantasy ace who should be drafted in the early rounds to anchor fantasy rotations. A matchup with the Pirates -- they scored the 10th most runs in 2014 -- isn't ideal for spending heavily to use Cueto in FantasyScore games, though.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:20:52 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Last year, Bailey ($6,400, 12.8% of cap) pitched well after the month of May and before his season ended due to injury in August. When healthy, Bailey has top-30 starting pitcher upside. Draft him expecting slightly less since he is coming off an injury.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:17:12 -0700
Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton is working on his bunt skills in order to get on base more. Hamilton worked along with Delino DeShields, a former major leaguer and current manager at Triple-A Louisville.
Fantasy Tip: DeShields was a base stealer in his days with the Montreal Expos, and Hamilton would do well to learn from the likes of him. If he could get on base more Hamilton is capable of 80-100 stolen bases a season, but he's only worth a middle or late-round selection because of his struggles at the plate.
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:54:19 -0700
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto has returned to the Dominican Republic to be with a family member who is dealing with health issues. Manager Bryan Price said it's unknown when Cueto will rejoin the team. He is currently scheduled to start on opening day against the Pittsburgh Pirates April 6. Cueto was also scheduled to start in spring training Friday, March 20, but he didn't make the outing. He will continue to throw in the Dominican Republic.
Fantasy Tip: Cueto should be ready to pitch in the season opener, but even if he has his first start of the 2015 season pushed back, he should be considered a fantasy baseball ace. Look to draft him in the early rounds.
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:22:38 -0700
Cincinnati Reds SPs Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Anthony DeSclafani, Jason Marquis and Raisel Iglesias will comprise the team's starting rotation to enter the regular season. SP Paul Maholm is competing for a bullpen spot.
Fantasy Tip: Cueto is really the only pitcher in this five that deserves heavy fantasy baseball attention as an ace for your fake staff. The others are all likely just NL-only targets, with DeSclafani and Iglesias possessing intriguing upside.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:05:37 -0700
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (quadriceps, knee), who missed 100 games last year with knee and quadriceps injuries, said he feels normal this spring even after being held out for the first four spring games.
Fantasy Tip: This is more of a better safe than sorry approach for Votto, whose power numbers can be explosive when he is healthy. For now, Votto should be drafted no earlier than the middle of most fantasy leagues as he recovers from numerous injuries.
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:40:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The Cuban defector is a complete wildcard, but the Reds invested $27 million over seven years for Iglesias' services, so they're fond of him. He is likely best left alone in the majority of formats, but he is definitely a name to stash away and monitor. In NL-only or cavernous mixed leagues, a speculative late-round flier isn't out of the question. Additionally, continue to check back for updates and monitor his progress throughout the spring, Iglesias' value is extremely fluid at this point.
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:34:17 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Cingrani dealt with shoulder issues last season, and unless he somehow manages to work his way back into the rotation, he carries little fantasy value. Cingrani could prove to be a valuable middle reliever in mixed leagues, if he can keep his ratios low and move his K/9 closer to his 10.3 mark from 2013. Still, it is best to take a wait-and-see approach with Cingrani.
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:17:19 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It is likely to be a fourth or fifth spot at best, but at least it is a spot after a year on the shelf with injuries. Marquis may be worth a late-round flier if you need some pitching help for your bench, but his fantasy value has dwindled considerably from Marquis' heyday.
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:02:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bourgeois carried less fantasy value because he would be a fourth outfielder at best on the Reds, and this injury makes it more likely someone else wins the job. Avoid drafting Bourgeois until he establishes a presence.
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:18:44 -0700
Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco (concussion) is exploring the possibility of making changes to his mask to reduce the odds of having another concussion. He strongly favors the two-piece catching mask and helmet over the hockey goalie-style mask.
Fantasy Tip: The Reds entered spring training with the hopes of giving Mesoraco 135 to 140 games behind the plate this year, according to manager Bryan Price. If he can prove that he is fully recovered from his second career concussion, he should be one of the top five catchers drafted in universal fantasy leagues.
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:56:13 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bailey isnít expected to be ready for the opener, but the outlook appears positive that he will be available for a majority of the season barring any setbacks in the spring. So far, so good.
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:55:04 -0700
Cincinnati Reds RP Sean Marshall (shoulder) is working to return from left shoulder surgery, but he does not appear to be getting closer to a return to the mound. He is dealing with flexibility issues. "He can throw the ball OK," manager Bryan Price said Wednesday, March 11. "He still has a little bit of biceps tenditinis, which isn't of great concern."
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:54:01 -0700
Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco (concussion) has been making progress since suffering a concussion on a foul tip Saturday, March 7. He has already resumed baseball activities. "Devin will increase our baseball activity as well," manager Bryan Price said Wednesday, March 11. "He's already in the cage hitting. He'll go out there and throw."
Fantasy Tip: Mesoraco is a rising fantasy star thanks to his strong average and good power numbers. He could emerge as a Top 10 fantasy option at his position, if he hasnít already reached that level.
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:34:54 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hamilton is dealing with a sore right shoulder that's not believed to be serious. Fantasy owners can breathe a little easier now that he's cleared to swing. Hamilton will be an expensive stolen-base asset in 2015 fantasy baseball drafts, but it could pay off in what should be a much more productive lineup in Cincy.
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