From the Enquirer:
In a surprise move, the Reds cut Josh Hancock just as workout were supposed to start yesterday.
“I talked to these guys about that the last day (of last season) in St. Louis, about coming to spring training in shape,” Narron said. “The only way you do that is to take it serious. I have no clue of what Josh Hancock did this winter. He might have run a marathon for all I know. He might have been throwing off the mound every day. But he was 17 pounds over his requested reporting weight.
“Can he be a successful pitcher at 17 pounds more than he’s asked to be? Maybe. But we looked at last year. He was on the disabled list for 133 games. We did not see the commitment we wanted to see.”
I see this as a good sign, that the club is no longer accepting of excuses and the “status quo”.
I also see it as another break with the old regime, as Hancock was an “O’Brien guy”.