Today marked the first day that the entire squad reported to Goodyear for spring training. The biggest bit of news surrounding camp today was the potential trade involving Jay Bruce going to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of a three team deal. The trade, as you all know, ended up falling apart due to health issues surrounding one of the prospects who may have been coming back to the Reds. C. Trent Rosecrans was able to catch up with the right fielder to get his thoughts on all of the rumors surrounding his future with the Reds. Reds manager Bryan Price had some thoughts on the matter, as well. By all accounts the outfielder seems to be handling a difficult situation very well.
Speaking of non-trades, Zach Buchanan caught up with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips as he reported to camp today. Brandon didn't have much to say in regards to his off-season trade rumors, but he did talk about wanting to prove everyone wrong when it comes to their less-than-optimistic expectations for the 2016 Reds. Along the same line, Homer Bailey also had some things to say about everyone's expectations for this season.
Joey Votto, who is awesome, also spoke on the recent moves of the off-season. He reinforced his commitment to the Reds and stated his excitement for what the future holds in Cincinnati. He also gives some fantastic quotes in these articles, which further confirms my happiness that he continues to play for our favorite team.
In pitching news, Raisel Iglesias has changed up his off-season training program in hopes to combat some of the fatigue issues he struggled with last season. The right-hander was one of the bright spots in the Reds young rotation last season, but he had to shut down his season early due to some shoulder fatigue. This new training program will have him starting his in-game pitching a little later in March, but there seems to be no worries when it comes to him starting the season in the rotation. John Lamb, who had off-season back surgery on a bulging disc, threw his first bullpen yesterday and reported that all went well. He also seems to be working on a new changeup, which is also noteworthy.
Lastly, it was announced today that the Reds will have nine spring training games broadcast live this year, four on Fox Sports Ohio and five on MLB Network. Four additional games will be broadcast on tape delay by MLB Network. The first game is March 1 and will be broadcast on FSO at 3:00 pm EST. It's almost here, you guys. Real, live baseball is almost here.