Dave Cameron looked at the calendar and realized that with pitchers and catchers reporting this week, odds are that the bulk of the big-time moves of the offseason have probably all been completed. With that in mind, he chose to rank the best moves since the Kansas City Royals took home the World Series, and the Cincinnati Reds found a way to crack the list. Kind of. The trade that sent Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox was ranked by Cameron as the second best transaction of the entire offseason, albeit from the Chicago perspective. It was a three-way deal that included the Los Angeles Dodgers, of course, so it's a bit harsh to say Cameron's directly dissing the Reds in the deal, but Cameron's pretty much directly dissing the Reds in the deal for letting Frazier get away in a deal containing so few other major parts.
What also must be music to Reds fans' ears is the list's inclusion of four moves by the Chicago Cubs and a solid overall prognosis on the Milwaukee Brewers' rebuild. Hoo boy, this reboot is going to take awhile.
Speaking of FanGraphs and Dave Cameron, here's a cool look from Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post into how the site was founded and has grown to be the stat-hub it is today.
Baseball Prospectus cast pods over the weekend, this time with Ben Badler, Russell Carlton, and Sam Miller previewing the upcoming Reds season with guest C. Trent Rosecrans of The Enquirer. If you're only a fan of sugar coated sugar cake on sugar cookies, you probably will cringe a bit in this one, but if you're up for reasonable, fact-based analysis of these ol' Redlegs, it's definitely worth a listen.
B-Pro's J.J. Jansons also had the Reds on his brain, this time crafting an updated Player Profile on projected Reds Opening Day 3B Eugenio Suarez. He includes Suarez's PECOTA projection - which seems a bit light - but the analysis itself tends to suggest that nothing we saw from Henny-O in 2015 was an aberration, with plenty of it just being a glimpse into the player he can become down the line.
Friend of the blog and ESPN 1530 host Mo Egger spoke with Keith Law on Friday after the analyst released his Top 100 prospects list, and you can hear their discussion of the Reds farm (& other topics) here.
MLB.com's Mark Sheldon has been breaking down the Reds each and every way possible as the Spring Training report date inches ever closer, and on Monday he took aim at what the team's starting rotation may look like come Opening Day. The gist: Anthony DeSclafani, Raisel Iglesias, and a giant pile of who the hell knows. It's par for the course to suggest that Spring Training stats don't really matter, but for the 2016 Reds, you get the impression that there will be plenty of eyes watching up to ten pitchers who realistically can spend March staking claim to an Opening Day rotation spot.
Finally, don't golf with Mookie Betts.