Not much going on, but there are a few Cincinnati Reds-related items out there worth mentioning:

–The Reds claimed a couple of guys — Richie Shaffer and Tyrell Jenkins — off waivers:

Doug Gray has some thoughts on the waiver-wire pickups. Go read his entire piece, but here’s an excerpt:

On Wednesday I wrote about the possibility of the Reds picking up Tyrell Jenkins and trying him out in the bullpen. He’s still got an option remaining, so if he’s not ready to help the team out of spring training he can be sent down to Triple-A Louisville where he can get some work in. He’s a former top 100 prospect, but he’s since had shoulder surgery that has cost him once top scale velocity. He still throws hard enough, but he’s struggled with control for quite a while now as a starting pitcher. You can read more about him at the link above.

Richie Shaffer will be 26-years-old when the 2017 season begins. He’s a former 1st round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays (2012) out of Clemson. He was quite successful in the minor leagues before the 2016 season, including a 2015 campaign in Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. Between the two stops, in 108 games he hit .267/.357/.539 with 27 doubles, a triple and 26 home runs.

Honestly, read the whole thing. Then move along, not much to see here. Except for this:

–In other transaction news…so long, Juan Graterol. We hardly knew ya’:

Welcome back, Brayan Pena?

–Did you know:

I’m actually okay with this. Now, if the Reds pull this trick next off-season, too…well, I’ll be less than happy.

I’m less okay with this, but it takes two teams to complete a trade. I’m certain the Reds are trying:

–Last year’s first round pick, Nick Senzel, says he wants to be in the big leagues in 2017:

From the 2015 MLB Draft, No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson, No. 2 pick Alex Bregman and No. 7 pick Andrew Benintendi all reached the Major Leagues by ’16, the season after they were drafted.

The Reds’ top prospect per MLBPipeline.com, third baseman Nick Senzel, certainly noticed.
“All three guys, I’ve played against them in the SEC,” said Senzel, who was the No. 2 overall pick from the University of Tennessee in June and received a $6.5 million bonus. “To see them in their first year make it up — as a player, that makes you hungry because I’ve played against those guys. You’re happy for them, but at the same time, it puts a belief in your eyes that you can try to do the same thing.”

In related news, I want to be in the big leagues in 2017, as well.

–It’s the time of year when Hall of Fame ballots begin appearing in the wild. It’s also the time of year when:

Here, C. Trent explains his process for filling out his Hall of Fame ballot (and it’s a pretty good ballot, too):

I’d been carrying around my Hall of Fame ballot and the notebook I keep it in with my scribblings on all the players on the ballot for nearly a month when I finally checked the 10 names I felt deserved to be in that room next July.

Being asked who belongs in that room isn’t something I do lightly. I ask my head and my heart to make these decisions and it’s not one that’s done lightly.

I’ve talked to those men both inside and outside the fraternity about what it means to be a Hall of Famer. I’ve talked to other voters, fans both inside and outside the game. In the end, though, I have to vote on who I feel belongs.

Read the whole thing.

–Adam Duvall discussed his thoughts about the holiday season. In the interview, we learn that Duvall always falls asleep during movies, but the gold nugget is when Duvall reveals what gift he wants to get for Zack Cozart.

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Now, in non-Reds-related news…

–Malcolm Brogdon is the man: