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"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Farmers onlyFeaturesPlayoffsHistory/Hall of FameRed ReposterCincinnati Reds links - Yasiel Puig in Reds country , more JT Realmuto rumorsNew,51commentsThursday links!ESTShareTweetShareShareCincinnati Reds links - Yasiel Puig in Reds country, more JT Realmuto rumorsDavid Kohl-USA TODAY SportsWhen the Cincinnati Reds swung the massive deal that sent what’s left of Homer Bailey to the Los Angeles Dodgers with a pair of prospects, they landed a lot more than just Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, seven million bucks, Kyle Farmer, and Yasiel Puig. While the on-field output should see a massive upgrade thanks to that trade, the life, the energy, and the enthusiasm about the Reds has already seen a massive uptick, and there hasn’t really been a bigger driver of that than Puig himself.Despite the frigid January temperature, Puig was in Cincinnati yesterday, shopping around for a place to live for 2019, meeting the mayor, and hanging at the the Reds Urban Youth Academy, as’s Mark Sheldon detailed. Puig spoke about his great relationship with then-Dodgers and now-Reds hitting coach Turner Ward, how the move to GABP shouldn’t impact how he tries to smack lasers all over the ballpark in a sell-out for hitting homers, even about Tony Perez and the Big Red Machine, and it was once again a chance for some long-suffering Cincinnati sports fans to feel their cold hearts beat once again.If anything, Puig couldn’t have timed his visit better, as the dude might well be the only person vibrant enough to thaw everyone out. Perhaps RR’s own UncleWeez described him best: The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans had much more on Puig’s visit to Reds country, including how quickly he won the hearts of the kids at the Reds Urban Youth Academy. Y’know , if the Reds want to go ahead and announce an Eugenio Suarez-sized extension for Puig at any point, that’d be juuuuust fine with me.If you’re specifically interested in what the Dodgers might look like on the field after the big ol’ trade, friend of the blog Dan Szymborski - hi Dan! - released his ZiPS projections for them and their revamped outfield earlier today. The Reds’ ZiPS haven’t yet come out, but with over half of the MLB teams having already had theirs filed, my best guess is that you’ll see them at some point next week, so stay tuned.In other news,’s Joe Frisaro noted earlier today that the long, drawn-out J.T. Realmuto trade saga has reached ‘advanced stages.’ That might just be some hyped-code for ‘baseball season starts pretty soon and some of these blustered-about transactions will have to take place at some point,’ I think, but I do suppose it’s still worth keeping on the front of your brains that the Reds are actively engaged in trade talks surrounding the best catcher in baseball, which is something that would’ve blown the walls of your house off if we’d been able to discuss at any point in the previous five offseasons. (Speaking of which, pitchers and catchers report in less than two weeks!)Earlier in the week when we looked closer at how lefty Brandon Finnegan might fit in on the Reds roster just a year removed from being considered a rotation lock, we made note that there hadn’t exactly been a ton of established lefty-relief support brought in this offseason. That changed a bit when the Reds announced the signing of veteran lefty Ian Krol earlier this week, who will head to Goodyear on a minor league deal. He’ll get a shot at being a lefty in the bullpen, as in spring training he’ll likely compete with the likes of Finny, Cody Reed, Wandy Peralta, and Amir Garrett as the roster takes shape. Our friends at Redleg Nation took a closer look at the Krol signing. SB Nation dot com slash MLB has been going through a massive overhaul of late, one that included a significant series of layoffs during the most recent holiday season. /MLB lead keytarist Grant Brisbee stuck around through that turmoil, but with yesterday’s news that he’s leaving SBN to again cover the San Francisco Giants - this time for The Athletic - the way our overlords cover the game we follow religiously just lost its most talented, established voice. Frankly, I’m not exactly sure where /MLB will go from here, but it’s awesome to see Brisbee back on the team-beat he navigates so damn well Roberto Perez Jersey , especially that he now gets to cover them while they’re godawfully bad. Best of luck at the new gig, Brisbee, and if you’d like any tips about covering a team daily that’s destined for 95 losses, well, just ask Charlie Scrabbles.Baseball America has been releasing their lists of the Top 20 minor league prospects at each position, and today saw their 3B rankings drop. As C. Trent noted, the Reds have a pair that cracked the Top 5. I wonder if Taylor Sparks is one of them...Finally, ESPN’s Keith Law has been releasing his Top 100 prospect list this week, and yesterday saw him reveal numbers 50-1. A trio of Reds prospects cracked the top 16 on his list, each of whom received some pretty high praise from a prospect guru who hasn’t exactly loved Reds prospects in previous years. Hey! That sounds like a rather rosey future, no? GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Zimmer remembers the feeling of failure and frustration that washed over him while standing on the mound in spring training, his fastball topping out at 82 mph and his arm feeling as if it was flying to home plate right along with the ball.The fifth pick of the Kansas City Royals in the 2012 draft had gone through elbow surgery. Biceps tendinitis. Shoulder surgery. Thoracic outlet surgery. More shoulder soreness and fatigue.Standing on a mound? He might as well have been standing in a hospital. He’d seen plenty of them.The strapping right-hander’s career had crashed so hard that when the Royals finally designated him for assignment, then requested outright waivers, nobody wanted him. So he signed a minor league deal to return to the only club he’d ever known, then began the long and arduous road to recovery one more time, unwilling or unable to give up on his big league dreams.“You’re just trying to ride it out,” Zimmer said, “each setback.”There are always stories to watch at spring training, whether it’s the hot shot prospect or the aging star or the high-priced free agent. But often overlooked are the reclamation projects, guys like Zimmer and Royals teammate Bubba Starling who have been through the wringer.You see, just like it’s hard for them to give up on their dreams, it is often just as hard for an organization to give up on them. In most cases they were once-prized prospects Eddie Robinson Jersey , high draft picks that were expected to be the building blocks of a championship team.But whether it was injuries or ineffectiveness — often both — things never really panned out. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the raw talent that so enamored scouts was merely a mirage.So in the case of Zimmer, the Royals kept an eye on him throughout last summer, watching him toil away at the new-age Driveline Baseball academy in Seattle. He threw weighted balls, went through unique stretching routines, and slowly he rebuilt his bionic arm into something worthwhile.He was impressive enough that the Royals gave him a major league contract with an invite to spring training, where he’s so far allowed three hits and no runs in three appearances.“We did lose faith in his ability to stay healthy,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore admitted. “It’s not personal. We love Kyle. Then he rededicated himself in a way that’s been well-documented. We evaluated him and felt that he deserved an opportunity to be back on the 40-man roster.”That’s also why Moore signed Starling, the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft, to a minor league deal. Starling was supposed to be the hometown boy made good, a product of nearby Gardner-Edgerton High School who signed with the Royals rather than playing quarterback at Nebraska.Instead of starring in front of friends and family at Kauffman Stadium, though, Starling has been on a rudderless journey through the minor leagues. His defense has always been good enough, but he’s hit just .236 over more than 2,500 plate appearances, numbers that hardly warrant a big-league call-up.“Yeah, the last six years have been tough, especially with injuries, staying healthy,” Starling said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to do this, that, instead of just having fun.”The weariness is evident in Starling’s still-boyish face. Gone is the peach fuzz of a high school senior, the scruff of an early 20s heartthrob, replaced these days by a full , bushy beard.Yet the oblique injury that scuttled a breakthrough start to the 2017 season, and the dislocated finger that ruined last season are finally behind him. Starling is finally having fun, and it’s been hard to argue the results: He was hitting .471 with a pair of homers in nine spring games.“Last night Bubba, a two-strike at-bat, he made some adjustments — so you know his mind is right — and he lined out to right field, but that’s a really quality at-bat,” said JJ Picollo, who heads up the Royals’ minor league operation. “We’re really optimistic that he’s turning the corner.”Such reclamation projects can be found scattered across Florida and Arizona this time of year.Cory Spangenberg was chosen 10th overall by the Padres in 2011, and started on opening day five years later. But he tore a quadriceps muscle in April, lost a competition for his starting infield job in the spring and eventually was cast aside, left to sign with the Brewers this past December.Now, Spangenberg is trying to earn a job with Milwaukee as a utility man.More often than not, though, such comebacks end in failure. Guys get hurt again, or they run out of patience, or opportunities vanish as clubs focus on young players showing more promise.Yet the reason clubs continue to take fliers on reclamation projects, such as Zimmer and Starling with the Royals, boils down to what their GM called a simple and undeniable fact: “I would rather have them fail with us,” Moore said, “than go somewhere else and succeed.”

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