Reds beat writer John Fay, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, joined host Bill Lack for a discussion of everything surrounding the Reds as the season approaches. Obviously, the injury to Ryan Madson is at the top of the list. It’s the latest episode of Redleg Nation Radio; enjoy!

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9 Responses

  1. Bill Lack

    I thought this interview was really interesting and that John gave us some good insights on the Madson situation, Brandon Phillips and the backup 3rd base job battle.

  2. Bob Purkey

    Is there any way we can blame Madson’s elbow on Dusty? 😉

  3. Bill Lack

    Thanks Chad….it’s very kind of John to come on, I hope everyone appreciates it.

  4. Steve Mancuso

    Agreed. Very interesting. I was surprised (but not disappointed) to hear him say he wouldn’t be surprised to see the Reds DFA Juan Francisco. He thinks Frazier has clearly beaten Francisco out this spring and that the Reds are in enough of a ‘win now’ frame they won’t keep Francisco as a semi-project if they think Frazier helps them more right now.

  5. Steve Mancuso

    The Reds play on national TV tonight against the Texas Rangers. It will also be broadcast on WLW. 9PM eastern.

    We’ll have a Game Thread running here to discuss the game and related spring training issues.

  6. Bill Lack

    Lineup for tonight’s game via Mark Sheldon:

    Harris 4
    Valdez 5
    Frazier 9
    Ludwick 7
    Francisco DH
    Cairo 3
    Jones 8
    Hanigan 2
    Janish 6

    Francis 1

  7. CI3J

    Here’s an idea: Trade Juan Francisco to Boston for Mark Melancorn straight up.

    Melancorn closed for the Astros last year, and he did a pretty good job at it (decent WHIP, low ERA, although he did have a 25% rate of blown saves…Although that might have had more to do with the horrible Astros team he played for.)

    This way we don’t lose Francisco for nothing. We could even throw in a low-level pitching prospect to sweeten the deal a little. Melancorn is young, 26 years old, and at worst he could be a stop-gap solution for this year and at best he could become a stalwart of our bullpen for years to come.

    I mean, we’re going to lose Francisco anyway, right? Might as well roll the dice and try to do something productive instead of just giving him away.

  8. pinson343

    The roster is up to WJ. So what if he has Chapman on the roster, intending that he be a starter, and Dusty – who decides how players on the roster are used – decides before long to put him in the bullpen.

    This would seem unrealistic in the sense that the two have to talk to each other and agree on fundamental things like the starting rotation. But given that the GM and manager’s responsibilities are clearly defined and divided, then this scenario could in principle develop over time.

    One of Dusty’s latest statements is that Chapman wants to be in the majors right now (which of course he does) and that Marshall can’t be the closer because he shouldn’t be used 3 days in a row. It’s not generally such a good idea to use any pitcher 3 days in a row, easily solved by using Marshall 2 days in a row to close and then someone else if needed on the third day.
    But Dusty says he hates “closer by committee.”

    Chapman has had issues with pitching two days in a row, something that Dusty doesn’t mention.