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Red Reposter: Fire up the emergency hot stove (Gold Gloves, Free agents, Donald Lutz)

Links and stinks on Off-season, Day 1.


The Giants won the World Series. But what does that mean for your family? Specifically, your family of Reds' players who are now free agents: Scott Rolen, Miguel Cairo, Dioner Navarro, Jonathan Broxton and (we assume) Ryan Ludwick and Ryan Madson. Ludwick has declined his option, while the Reds have 3 days to decide on Madson.

First Day Of The Offseason: Reds Status Report
Andro at C-ing Red kicks on the hot stove and reminds us that even though it's shaping up to be a quiet off-season, we shouldn't forget that Walt Jocketty's still waters run deep. There's also the World Baseball Classic.

Gold Gloves willl be revealed Tuesday
The 18 Gold Glove winners in both leagues will be announced Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. There are now "finalists" for the award, in order to drum up "excitement" and show that fielders who can't hit are at least considered. For the Reds', it's:

P Bronson Arroyo
1B Joey Votto
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Zack Cozart
CF Drew Stubbs
RF Jay Bruce

I don't think any Reds are going to win, except maybe Bronson, in recognition of his comeback year. Votto missed too much time, BP will probably lose out to Darwin Barney, Cozart was a rookie who didn't hit as well as the other three nominees, Stubbs is deserving (if not for Bourn) but didn't hit and Bruce didn't win the year he deserved it (and doesn't deserve it this year).

Hall o' Famer Hal is painfully accurate
in saying that the World Series passed by in a blur. Game 4 was actually the best of the series, with extreme weather and extra innings, but it was kind of a snoozer, especially for a numb fanbase.

Marlins Interviewed Bryan Price on Friday
Old news, but just to prove it wasn't idle chatter: Miami Marlins interviewed our very own pitching witch, Bryan Price a few days a go. From Fish Stripes:

Price's connections with the team involve president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, who worked with him in their time with the Seattle Mariners organization. Price has previously interviewed for the Marlins' vacant pitching coach position in 2009, a position that eventually went to Randy St. Claire.

RedsMinorLeagues reveals its Top Prospects for 2013, #21-25
At the bottom of Doug's list are several guys had a good deal of cred going into 2012, but haven't grown into their raw talent. Donald Lutz (#21) is a RR-favorite and had a good year at A+ Bakersfield, but is still adjusting to AA. If you haven't watched him hit, he has this lasso motion with the bat right before he makes his stride toward the pitcher. Scouts traditionally don't like herky-jerky hands, but it works fine for Brandon Phillips. Plate vision, not swing, may be his biggest issue.

Among some high ceiling guys, Ryan Wright probably has the highest floor.

Blog Red Machine: Latos Locked in as Season Progressed
A love letter to Latos' second half.

HBT looks at "memorable managerial meltdowns"
This was the year of the "Ump Show" and "Manager Show," though in fairness some people probably do pay to watch Ozzie Guillen. Or did.