Thursday news and notes

The news from yesterday was that the Reds hope to acquire a closer so they can move Chapman to the rotation. I have never understood the idea that you need someone to come in to close before making Chapman a starter. Having a quality starter is a lot more valuable than having an elite closer. It is a lot easier to find a decent closer than it is to find even an average starter, much less one that is better than average. While there are always injuries that arise, if Chapman finds his way to the rotation, that locks in Cueto, Latos, Bailey and Chapman into the rotation through at least 2015. That leaves just one open spot, assuming no trades or major injuries for a decent sized group of starting pitchers in the Reds system who could be ready to help before then.

Baseball America has up a list of free agents from each team. Here is the list of Reds free agents:

RHP: Andrew Brackman (HiA), Carlos Fisher (AAA), Sean Gallagher (AAA), Mike Griffin (AA), Tim Gustafson (AAA), Wirfin Obispo (AA), Chad Reineke (AAA), Jordan Smith (AAA), Kanekoa Texeira (AAA)
LHP: Wilkin de la Rosa (AA), Will Ohman (AAA), Travis Webb (AAA)
C: Corky Miller (AAA), Brian Peacock (AAA)
2B: Chris Valaika (AAA)
3B: Mike Costanzo (AAA), Niko Vasquez (LoA)
SS: Miguel Rojas (AAA)
OF: Willie Harris (AAA), P.J. Phillips (AAA)

A few of those guys have already signed elsewhere (Obispo and Smith that I know of). I would expect some of them to sign back with the Reds.

I am working on a new page for the website that shows who is eligible for upcoming Rule V drafts. I had some help getting it together, but am still working on the formatting of it. In a little less than two weeks teams will be required to make their 40 man roster decisions to set the roster before the winter meetings begin and the Rule V draft is held. A day or two before the rosters are set I will put out an article about who is eligible and who is likely to be protected. Then before the winter meetings happen I will go through again and discuss who is at risk for being selected.

Here are the results of the Fan Top 10′s. I took the polls that were submitted and assigned points for each vote. While only the Top 10 is a true reflection of the fan votes, I listed everyone who received at least one vote from a Top 10. Only Hamilton, Stephenson and Corcino made every Top 10 list, with Winker and Cingrani missing on one list each.

Rank Player High Rank
1 Billy Hamilton 1
2 Robert Stephenson 1
3 Daniel Corcino 3
4 Tony Cingrani 2
5 Didi Gregorius 1
6 Jesse Winker 4
7 Nick Travieso 4
8 Henry Rodriguez 5
9 Yorman Rodriguez 6
10 Kyle Lotzkar 6
11 David Vidal 8
12 Ismael Guillon 7
13 Dan Langfield 7
14 Donald Lutz 9
15 Neftali Soto 7
16 Seth Mejias-Brean 9
17 Chad Rogers 10
18 Kyle Waldrop 10

Here is an update on the guys playing winterball:

BATTERS LG AB 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Fellhauer, Josh VWL 25 1 0 0 2 4 7 1 0 .200 .310 .240 .550
Gregorius, Didi AFL 58 3 0 0 6 4 4 2 0 .276 .318 .328 .646
Hamilton, Billy AFL 51 1 1 1 9 7 9 9 2 .275 .356 .392 .748
Hargreaves, Elliott ABL 7 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
Lutz, Donald AFL 43 3 1 1 4 1 7 2 0 .395 .422 .581 1.004
Mattair, Travis AFL 16 0 0 0 1 2 5 0 0 .313 .421 .313 .734
Perez, Felix VWL 79 5 0 0 7 0 15 2 3 .291 .300 .354 .654
Phipps, Denis DWL 40 1 1 1 6 3 9 1 0 .200 .283 .350 .633
Rodriguez, Henry VWL 48 6 0 0 3 3 6 0 0 .313 .353 .438 .790
Rojas, Miguel VWL 57 1 0 0 2 3 4 0 1 .211 .262 .228 .490
Vicioso, Danny DWL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

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PITCHERS LG W L ERA SV IP H HR BB SO WHIP K/BB
Crabbe, Tim AFL 1 1 2.81 0 16.0 14 3 7 10 1.31 1.4
De La Rosa, Wilkin DWL 0 0 7.71 0 2.1 3 2 0 1 1.29 INF
De Sousa, Jose VWL 0 0 27.00 0 0.1 1 0 0 0 3.00 INF
Freeman, Justin VWL 1 1 8.64 2 8.1 14 0 4 8 2.16 2.0
Hayes, Drew AFL 2 0 5.73 0 11.0 12 0 7 10 1.73 1.4
Morillo, JR VWL 0 0 7.71 0 2.1 4 1 3 1 3.00 0.3
Parra, Jesus VWL 0 0 0.00 0 2.0 3 0 0 0 1.50 INF
Partch, Curtis AFL 0 0 4.66 1 9.2 8 2 4 11 1.24 2.8
Ravin, Josh AFL 0 1 7.04 0 7.2 8 0 1 7 1.17 7.0
Romero, Franderlin VWL 0 0 9.00 0 1.0 2 0 0 2 2.00 INF

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