Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training, and optimism is at an all-time high here at The Riverfront. Hope springs eternal, right? Nate and I discuss all the news out of Cincinnati’s spring camp, including Tyler Stephenson’s role, Nick Senzel’s opportunity, MLB responds to Phil Castellini’s latest nonsense (“not helpful”)…and what’s up with all these rule changes? Plus: a particularly raucous edition of Viewer Mail!
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Off the subject but I was looking at who was available as a FA still and noticed Edwin Rios. The Dodgers never gave him much of an opportunity because he strikes out a lot (32% in his major league career). But he also produces (.791 OPS). He played so sparingly in the majors it was hard to find a grove. 0.832 was his lowest single season OPS in the minors since 2017.
He would be a particularly good fit if Votto is unavailable at the start of the season.
Shout out to my old coach Allan Anderson! Not a swing and miss guy, but led the league in ERA in ’88 if memory serves.