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4. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4)
Last week: 6
Why they’re here: The Bengals went full throttle with their balanced offense to put the big game with the Colts out of reach, 42-28, with just cosmetic touchdowns by Andrew Luck making it look closer than the game was.
Steel curtain shatters with bad execution, worse results
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Here are some other unflattering NFL rankings for a defense that is not used to this: 24th in rushing yards allowed, 27th in interception percentage, 26th in sacks per pass play, 20th in third-down efficiency. If that were a report card, the student might be grounded.
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Jocketty insists Reds not trying to trade Bailey
Mark Sheldon, MLB.com
A tweet from a Wall Street Journal reporter on Tuesday had the Yankees asking the Reds about Bailey. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty made it clear it wasn't happening.
"I told them we're not trading him," Jocketty said. "We're trying to sign him."
More than 14,000 fans attend Redsfest
CINCINNATI (Dec. 10, 2013) — FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank drew more than 14,000 fans Dec. 6 and 7 the Duke Energy Convention Center.
“The weather certainly affected turnout for Friday based on the timing of when the snow fell,” said Phil Castellini, Reds Chief Operating Officer. “But we were pleased with the crowd of over 10,000 on Saturday and I think everyone who ventured out had a great experience and got to connect with their favorite players.”
Over 22,000 fans attended in 2012.
Highlights from 2013 Redsfest include:
• 76 current and former players, coaches and broadcasters attended including Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Aroldis Chapman and new manager Bryan Price along with 2014 Reds Hall of Fame inductee Ron Oester.
• The local chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America named center fielder Shin-Soo Choo the Ernie Lombardi Award winner as the team’s Most Valuable Player. Starting pitcher Mat Latos earned the Johnny Vander Meer Award as most outstanding pitcher and right fielder Jay Bruce received the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award.
• 7-foot-4 Harlem Globetrotters star “Stretch” Middleton teamed with Reds Minor League Player of the Year Seth Mejias-Brean to win the Celebrity Wiffleball Home Run Contest.
• Bill Kohler of Cincinnati outlasted over 570 poker players to win first place and the $11,000 top prize in the eighth annual Reds Community Fund Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament presented by Prestige A/V & Creative Services.
Proceeds from Redsfest benefit the Reds Community Fund and its baseball-themed outreach programs.
Redsfest 2014 is scheduled for Dec. 5 and 6 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
Pete Muehlenkamp, GetSportsInfo
So, if Gardner is nothing more than a Phillips salary dump and Choo is too expensive, who is left to save the Reds? They must make some moves to upgrade the lineup or they will be relegated to competing for the second Wild Card slot before the season even begins. Here are some names that could relocate in the Queen City with some creativity…
Yankees have inquired about Bailey
The Yankees pursuit of starting pitching could come into play at the Winter Meetings this week, as the team has contacted the Reds about right-hander Homer Bailey Bailey is an impending free agent that the Reds could look to unload for help elsewhere on the diamond.
ESPN: The market for Choo
Choo too expensive for Rangers
Ft Worth Star Telegram
Two baseball sources have said that the contract demands for free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo have escalated beyond the level where the Rangers are comfortable signing him. The growing hope now is that Nelson Cruz will return to help bolster the Rangers' lineup.
#reds havent totally given up on shin-soo choo. might be a long shot, but still hold out hope.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2013
From what I'm hearing today, #pirates probably are out on Arroyo.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) December 10, 2013
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01: Sean Marshall #45 is pulled from the game by Manager Dusty Baker #12 of the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Rockies have talked to Reds about Marshall
The deal appeared close on Monday night, but is idling now. Marshall, a 6-foot-7, 225-pounder, was one of the National League’s most durable and effective relievers from 2010 through 2012, appearing in 231 games. However, he was limited to 16 games a year ago because of shoulder issues. Marshall, 31, is under contract for the next two seasons at $12 million. That’s a reasonable figure, if he’s healthy.