The coveted closer is with the New York Yankees, but there are a few million issues ($,$$$,$$$) to be worked out before taking the field.
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Robert Stephenson No. 31 prospect in 2016
Stephenson is a workhorse with three potentially plus pitches. Command and pitching plan are all that's holding him back from being an above-average starter in the bigs. Which Cincinnati prospects join him in the top 100? Law: Top 100 prospects (Insider)
Reds have No. 12 farm system in 2016
The Johnny Cueto deal aside, Cincinnati hasn't yielded a ton of talent in recent trades. But with a couple first-round and supplemental-round picks, the system has promise. Ranking all 30 farm systems (Insider)
Lamb won't compete for rotation yet
According to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon, Cincinnati's young lefty John Lamb underwent back surgery in December. His recovery will keep him out of the mix for a starting spot until at least mid-April. MLB rumors roundup
Bernie Stowe, a beloved member of the Reds organization from 1947 until his retirement in 2013, died Tuesday at age 80.
Don't write off Burke Badenhop yet
Badenhop isn't your classic fireballing reliever and he won't be a primary setup guy. Regardless, he's a solid depth addition for the back end of any bullpen. Free agents worth the gamble
Where will Austin Jackson end up?
Jackson is a capable everyday CF who may have to accept a corner or backup OF spot at this point. He'd be an upgrade for non-contenders like the A's, Phillies and Reds or a useful piece for contenders like the Orioles, Indians, Angels and Cardinals. Unsigned free agents (Insider)
MLB managers hang out at hoops game
Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price and Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin sit together at the Stanford-Cal hoops game to cheer on their alma mater.
Reds prospect Juan Duran has been suspended for the first 80 games of the season under MLB's drug program following a positive test for three performance-enhancing substances.
Reliever J.J. Hoover, who was 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 2015, has won his salary-arbitration case against the Reds and will make $1.4 million next season.
J.J. Hoover and Cincinnati have argued their salary arbitration case, with the reliever asking for $1.4 million and the team arguing for $1,225,000.
Curveball suiting DeSclafani well
Anthony DeSclafani posted average numbers with the Reds last year, but an increased use of his curveball down the stretch provided some interesting statistics that suggest he could soon be poised for a breakout. Sarris: Hidden aces (Insider)
Bernie Stowe spent 67 years of his life working in the Reds organization, 46 of them as the team's clubhouse manager. It was a job he loved and a place he called home.
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El antiguo SS de la "Maquinaria Roja" de Cincinnati Reds, David Concepción, está optimista de sus oportunidades en el Comité de Veteranos para alcanzar el Salón de la Fama de Cooperstown. El venezolano será elegible al Comité de Veteranos por segunda vez en 2017.
Keep an eye on Devin Mesoraco
After undergoing hip surgery last year, Mesoraco will look to return to the form that made him an All-Star in 2014 this season. The 27-year-old expects to be ready for Opening Day. Bell: Injury comebacks to watch
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Francisco Cordero I y II, David Ortiz I y II y Juan Uribe 1 y II en mini Derby HR #SerieCaribeESPN. "Little Papi" pegó 9 jonrones en 1ra ronda.
Mat Latos needs to rebuild his value after a few down seasons, and Cincy needs veterans to ease the burden on its young arms. Too bad it won't work.
Who will play left for the Reds?
The starting job in left field is wide open in Cincinnati, and several names figure to get a shot at competing for it. Recent acquisition Scott Schebler will likely get a chance and could be part of a platoon. MLB rumors roundup
Price: Phillips is Reds' 2B if he's with us
While the Reds have tried and failed to trade Brandon Phillips twice this offseason, the team is ready to go with him as their starting 2B to open the season despite acquiring prospect Jose Peraza this winter. "If Brandon's with us, I expect him to be playing second base," said manager Bryan Price. Phillips is 35 and has two more years left on a contract that will pay him $27 million.
Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price sees Brandon Phillips as a starter since the second baseman vetoed two trades this offseason.
Reds likely done with offseason shopping
Cincinnati was interested in bringing Bronson Arroyo back to the organization. Now that Arroyo has signed elsewhere, the Reds are probably done shopping the free-agent market, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. MLB rumors roundup
Mesoraco feels ready for spring training
Devin Mesoraco underwent season-ending surgery last June to repair a torn labrum and remove a spur. With Reds spring training approaching, the catcher is ready to get back out with the team, reports MLB.com. MLB rumors roundup