With future National Baseball Hall of Famer Albert Pujols available after the Los Angeles Angels designated him for assignment on Thursday, CBS Sports' Mike Axisa writes that the Cincinnati Reds are among five Major League Baseball teams that could take a chance on Pujols. From Axisa: The Reds lost first baseman Joey Votto to a broken thumb Wednesday and he is expected to miss several weeks.
Here’s a look at the shape of the Reds’ bullpen: Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims: Back end arms • Tejay Antone started the season as the bridge between starters and the back end of the bullpen, but now he’s their top candidate for closer. His role shifted out of necessity. The Reds can’t afford to lose him for three or four days if he pitches three innings in a bridge role.
In addition, the Florence Y'alls announced Wednesday that the Bronson Arroyo Band will perform postgame music on May 30 at UC Health Stadium: Last month, Arroyo serenaded Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler during the Dodgers' ring ceremony, which also featured former Moeller High School standout and Reds Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Last May, Arroyo offered candid remarks about the disconnect between a baseball team's front office and its clubhouse. "I've said it for years.