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Cozart's a good player, but there's not a whole lot of opportunities for him to extract top dollar the longer he stays unsigned.
The Reds don't want to be in a position the Tigers are in this offseason, with Miguel Cabrera being nearly impossible to move. Might it be the best time to trade Joey Votto?
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Giancarlo Stanton becomes the first Marlins MVP, beating out Joey Votto by just two points in the fourth-closest MVP vote in history. Both players received 10 first-place votes with Stanton and his 59 home runs edging out on-base machine Votto, 302 points to 300. Stanton becomes just the seventh MVP from a losing team. I'm a little surprised that the vote was so close and it shows the influence of modern metrics that two guys on non-playoff teams finished first and second in the voting.
His team's record might keep the NL's best hitter from winning MVP honors, but Joey Votto is putting together a masterpiece career on a cellar dweller.
The Reds haven't exactly been known for pitcher development in recent years, but Castillo -- armed with a big fastball -- may break that trend.
Will Votto make rare Cincy history?
Joey Votto would become the third player in Reds history to win multiple MVP awards with the team if he gets the honor Thursday, joining Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan. But he'd be the first to do it on a losing team; the Reds' 68-94 mark would be the second-worst record of any team to produce an MVP winner. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Stanton, Votto could join unique group
If either Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton or Reds 1B Joey Votto takes home NL MVP honors Thursday, they would become just the third player to win the award on a losing team. (ESPN Stats & Info)
The Twins are reportedly interested in Reds closer Raisel Iglesias among other bullpen options.
There are reasons to believe Cincinnati just might not be very good at developing young pitching. And then there are the reasons for hope. Castillo is by far the Reds' biggest bright spot.
With Eugenio Suarez manning third base with the big club, Reds top prospect Nick Senzel is expected to work out at multiple positions in the spring.
Sparks, Tromp provide power in AFL
Reds farmhands Taylor Sparks (2-for-4) and Chadwick Tromp (3-for-5) each hit a solo home run in the Scottsdale Scorpions' Arizona Fall League win Thursday. Sparks sports a .328 average in 16 AFL games, while Tromp is at .375 through eight contests.
After wasting an MVP-type year out of Joey Votto, it would be almost criminal if the Reds didn't improve on the mound and give themselves at least a little better chance to compete for the postseason.
To Cozart's benefit is that he enters free agency as one of the few -- maybe the only -- middle-infield option with any kind of 2018 star potential. He could earn big money on a shorter deal.
The Reds were a fun and competent major league team exactly half the time. The other half of the time they were pitching (worst starters' ERA in the NL at 5.55).
The best and the brightest
The nine Gold Glove winners of the National League were announced Tuesday. The Rockies and the Diamondbacks each have two players receiving the honor this year.
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Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart wins his first career Gold Glove Award. He's the first Reds catcher to win one since Johnny Bench in 1977. He led the NL in pitches blocked and caught stealing percentage. The Reds ERA when Barnhart caught was 4.74. It was 5.95 with anyone else catching.
The construction of the 2018 Reds is officially under way. What's their biggest need? Which one move would you like to see them make?
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The NL MVP finalists include one surprise: Paul Goldschmidt, Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Votto. In a crowded field that included Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon, Votto beats out the two Rockies as a finalist even though he played for a team that lost 94 games. Of course, Stanton also played for a losing team. So does that mean Goldschmidt will win? Prediction: Stanton's 59 home runs and 132 RBIs earn him his first MVP Award.
Cozart is 32 and probably only declines from here on offense and defense, especially in the power department. But shortstops who can hit are scarce, which works in his favor.
Using ZiPS, the early prognosis at the start of MLB's offseason churns out some interesting predictions for the NL Central race.
Think of everything that went right for the Reds in 2017, and they still lost 94 games. Their pitching is clearly to blame.
Sparks on fire in AFL
Reds farmhand Taylor Sparks hit two solo home runs to help lead the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League to victory Wednesday. The 24-year-old is hitting .326 in 46 AFL at-bats.
Zack Cozart is coming off an All-Star season, but reportedly might have a hard time landing a three-year free-agent deal.
Solid night for Bell in AFL
Reds prospect Brantley Bell scored two runs and batted in another for the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions during Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Glendale Desert Dogs.