- Ken Rosenthal has spoken to a few "rival executives" who have criticized the Reds for the Taveras signing. Since when is RR considered a "rival executive"? Weird choice of words there Rosie. Anyway, here's the blurb: "The Reds instead could have alternated Chris Dickerson and Jerry Hairston in center and pursued a right-handed hitting left fielder such as Josh Willingham in a trade or Ty Wigginton as a free agent. Willingham would make sense in a platoon with Dickerson ..." Apparently Rosie hasn't heard of a particular badass named Jonny "I call your mother by her first name" Gomes.
- In case you hadn't heard, Alex Gonzalez tweaked a hamstring in yesterday's game and left early. Fortunately, it sounds like it's not too serious. He says he'll be back in a few days.
- Here's a cute little quote from Mr. Baker courtesy of Jonathan Mayo, who is sitting in for Mark Sheldon on his blog for a few days: "It seems like we're not hitting because we're not getting hits." At least he's handsome.
- If you haven't been counting, Edinson Volquez now has pitched 14 straight scoreless innings this spring. He shutout the Jays yesterday for 5 innings, striking out 5 and walking 2.
- Now that the WBC is over, Ramon Hernandez is finally back in Reds camp. He now has 2 weeks to get to know his new pitching staff.
- It looks like the Marlins have finally gotten their wish, as Miami-Dade County has approved the construction of a new retractable-roof ballpark on the old Orange Bowl site. This one is a bit of a prickly pear. I'm sure there are a number of different opinions on this one, and I'll refrain from editorializing here.
Former Red (and Red Reporter favorite) Paul Bako had 4 hits yesterday for the Cubs, including his first HR of the spring. This isn't a particularly Reposter-worthy event, but it made me smile.