Congratulations to the newest member of the Hall of Fame Barry Larkin and onwards with the belated second part of my series on how contenders can use the remaining free agents to fill key gaps on their rosters: Miami Marlins Need: Centre field They might not be targeting a new centre fielder, they seem quite […]

On Wednesday, the Red Sox acquired RP Mark Melancon from the Astros for SS/IF Jed Lowrie and SP/RP Kyle Weiland. Earlier today, the Reds acquired SP Mat Latos from the Padres for 1B/OF Yonder Alondo, C Yasmani Grandal, SP Edinson Volquez and RP Brad Boxberger. I know there’s a fairly strong desire among a lot […]

Today, the Cincinnati Reds won their 90th game of the 2010 season, marking the first time they have won at least 90 games since the 1999 campaign 11 years ago. Ah, the 1999 Reds. You may not remember the 1999 Reds, but I certainly remember them. As a team that was almost great. The 1999 […]

Yesterday, John Fay of the Cincinnatti Enquirer reported that Bronson Arroyo is not willing to restructure his contract to stay with the Reds. Arroyo, who can become a free agent after this season if the Reds don’t exercise his $11 million option, says: “For what I’ve done the last six years in this game,” he […]

The Cincinnati Reds are a pretty good case study on why mediocre teams shouldn’t pay through the nose for a closer. The club signed Francisco Cordero to a 4 year, $46M deal two seasons ago and they’ve failed to play even .500 ball during those years. Especially for an organization whose payroll is expected to […]

While I’m sort of happy for Aroldis Chapman who has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $30MM deal with Cincinatti, I have one primary question for him. If you were escaping Communist Cuba for American shores, would you really want to sign with a team called the Reds? Just asking.

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December 5, 2011

Will anybody get elected to the Hall of Fame this year?

Last week, we asked you to vote for who you would like to see enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame. The verdict? If it were up to UmpBump readers, nobody would make it in. The leading vote getter (so far) is Jeff Bagwell, who has 60% support. Of course, in the real voting, players need […]

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