Monday news and notes

While I actually wrote about it two weeks ago, the Reds will not have Shin-Soo Choo returning after he signed a 7-year, $130M deal with the Texas Rangers. That puts the Reds in the position where they will be moving forward with Billy Hamilton as their center fielder to start the 2014 season. Due to the Reds extending a qualifying offer to Choo, they will pick up an additional draft pick after the first round in the 2014 draft. With the way things currently stand, that will give them the 20th pick in the draft and the 31st pick.

Baseball America has up the latest transactions. Along with the signing of Chien-Ming Wang the Reds also signed Ruben Gotay. Gotay has spent parts of four season in the Majors, but the last time was in 2008. He will be 31-years-old next season, and likely just some added depth for the Louisville roster. He hit .279/.366/.438 last season.  He has shown a good approach throughout his career, but hasn’t shown much power when adjusting for the Pacific Coast League.

Winter League Update

Neftali Soto has been on fire lately in the Puerto Rican Winter League, hitting .351/.385/.459 over his last 10 games, though most of the damage has come over the last 6 games where he has gone 11-20 with a double, HR and a walk.

Juan Silverio has only played 13 games in the Dominican Winter League,  but he has made most of his appearances in December and made them count. He has hit .412/.400/.588 over the last 10 games with 3 doubles, a home run and 8 RBI.

New Red Max Ramirez has been on fire in Venezuela, hitting .379/.471/.517 over his last 10 games with 4 doubles, 4 RBI and 4 walks spanning the last two weeks.

Felix Perez has had an interesting winter league so far. He played 41 games in Venezuela before heading to the Mexican Winter League where he has spent the last three weeks. After a slow start, he has hit .381/.422/.619 in his last 10 games with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 10 RBI.

Daniel Corcino is still pitching well down in the Dominican. He is up to 10.1 innings where he has a 1.74 ERA with 1 walks and 12 strikeouts. After pitching every 5 days between his first four appearances, he has been appearing more frequently making appearances on 3 days rest, 2 days rest, 3 days rest and 1 day of rest over his last few appearances.

Jose Diaz has been dominant in the Dominican Winter League where he has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings pitched. Over his last 10 games he has been even better, throwing 9.1 innings with a 1.93 ERA, 4 walks and 7 strikeouts.

Here are the stats for everyone playing winter ball.

Batters LG AB 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB AVG OBP SLG
Arias, Junior DWL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
Barnhart, Tucker AFL 49 3 0 0 2 9 7 0 .245 .356 .306
Diaz, Argenis VWL 100 6 0 0 10 10 28 2 .240 .319 .300
Gonzalez, Yovan PWL 35 0 0 0 4 2 8 0 .200 .237 .200
Hamilton, Billy PWL 75 3 1 0 4 6 12 11 .227 .284 .293
LaMarre, Ryan AFL 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 .400 .500 .400
Lutz, Donald LMP 118 5 1 4 15 11 38 1 .271 .344 .432
Mattair, Travis AFL 72 3 0 2 7 9 16 0 .236 .325 .361
Navarro, Rey PWL 67 4 0 0 3 7 9 3 .209 .286 .269
Negron, Kristopher PWL 76 3 2 0 8 6 21 3 .224 .292 .316
Perez, Felix 2LG 214 13 0 9 39 16 46 4 .271 .340 .458
Ramirez, Max VWL 119 11 0 5 13 10 27 0 .286 .356 .504
Rodriguez, Henry VWL 181 5 0 2 24 22 19 2 .260 .337 .320
Rodriguez, Yorman AFL 85 2 0 4 13 7 27 3 .271 .323 .435
Sanchez, Carlos VWL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
Silva, Juan PWL 96 3 0 3 9 18 22 4 .229 .357 .354
Silverio, Juan DWL 38 3 0 1 8 0 3 2 .368 .359 .526
Soto, Neftali PWL 118 6 0 2 16 5 19 0 .288 .328 .390
Wilson, Mike LMP 47 4 0 2 7 8 13 0 .170 .304 .383

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Pitchers LG W L IP H HR BB K ERA WHIP
Corcino, Daniel DWL 0 1 10.1 5 2 1 12 1.74 0.58
Dennick, Ryan DWL 1 4 23.1 37 1 6 13 7.33 1.84
Diaz, Jose DWL 1 0 19.0 19 2 10 16 2.37 1.53
Hayes, Drew AFL 2 0 11.0 7 0 7 11 0.82 1.27
Kilby, Jason ABL 0 0 0.2 1 0 2 2 0.00 4.50
Lorenzen, Michael AFL 0 3 17.1 29 4 12 5 11.42 2.37
Reckling, Trevor DWL 0 0 6.2 5 1 7 5 4.05 1.80
Rogers, Chad AFL 1 0 13.2 10 1 4 12 0.66 1.02
Villarreal, Pedro VWL 0 2 16.2 16 2 12 12 5.94 1.68
Walczak, Jamie AFL 2 0 15.1 9 1 10 16 4.11 1.24

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