The Winter Meetings continue today in wonderful San Diego, California and the rumors continue to come out. Jon Morosi of MLB Network is reporting that the Cincinnati Reds are among several teams that are interested in free agent outfielder Kole Calhoun.
Interest in free agent OF Kole Calhoun is solidifying, with the #BlueJays, #Reds, #Brewers and #Marlins all showing interest, sources say. He’s coming off a career-high 33 HR season with the #Angels. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 11, 2019
The 32-year-old Kole Calhoun hit .232/.325/.467 last season for the Los Angeles Angels. In his 632 plate appearances he hit 29 doubles, a triple, and had 33 home runs. But he also struck out 162 times with 70 walks. After back-to-back below-average years in 2017 and 2018 (OPS+ of 96 and 79), he jumped back to an OPS+ of 108 last season.
He’s played his entire career with the Angels. 2019 was only the second time he’s topped 19 home runs, with the other time being back in 2015. His time has been spent in a large ballpark in a division with other large ballparks, so you should do some mental adjustment on his numbers. He’s been a much better hitter on the road than on the road, with a 40 point OPS advantage.
As a left-handed hitter he’s also shown some platoon advantage against right-handed pitchers for his career. Last season was an even bigger split, where he had an .816 OPS against righties and a .736 OPS against lefties. He’s spent most of his career in right field, with less than 10 career games at first base, in left, or in center.
Reds also showing interest in reliever Craig Stammen
Jon Morosi is on top of the Reds rumors. Last night he reported that they were among the teams checking in on Craig Stammen.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 10, 2019
Since 2011 began, Craig Stammen has been a well above-average reliever in the Major Leagues. He worked as a starter in both 2009 and 2010, but since moving full time into the bullpen he’s posted a 2.93 ERA in 498.1 innings across 384 appearances. Last season he posted a 3.29 ERA for the San Diego Padres, walking just 15 batters in 82.0 innings. The complete lack of walks is the big selling point for Stammen, who has walked just 32 batters – and five of those were intentional – out of the 656 hitters he’s faced in the last two season (that’s 4.9%).
The Reds to extend protective netting
Major League Baseball as a whole is implementing guidelines for protective netting down the lines for the 2020 season. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports that the Cincinnati Reds won’t extend the netting to the foul poles like many teams are doing.
Many teams are extending netting to the foul poles, the #Reds are not. At this point, Great American Ball Park can't structurally facilitate that
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) December 11, 2019