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Reds’ Joey Votto Upset Over Team’s Terrible Start

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Cincinnati Reds’ icon Joey Votto is sounding off as the Reds endure one of the worst start to the season that he has even seen.

“I genuinely hope that we’re trending in the right direction, but this is the worst start I’ve ever seen” Votto said during an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown on the latest Yahoo Sports MLB Podcast.

“If I’m not mistaken, it’s been noted in the past that this was historically one of the worst starts for this franchise. There are so many people that are losing interest in our organization — and deservedly so. It hasn’t been a fun time to be a Cincinnati Reds fan.”

Votto knows that his comments won’t be found appealing by those within the organization, but it’s not stopping him from airing his opinion.

“Not often does a player get to speak the way I’m speaking right now because my role is to do my job on the field and pretty much zip my lips, which makes sense.

But in the same breath, I’ve been with this franchise for, I think, 17 years now. You can say things are business, but to honest with you, I was a kid when I signed with this franchise, I take it personally.

This is a personal thing to me. People inside of the organization in all likelihood are not going to enjoy my responses. But it’s been disappointing.”

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Padres, Dodgers, Reds, Braves, Rays in “Advanced Stages” for Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto

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The Miami Marlins may be closing in on a deal to deal catcher J.T. Realmuto as several teams are considered to be in “advanced stages” in talks about a trade, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

The report goes on to say that the Cincinnati Reds are in “substantive” talks with the Marlins.

Other teams linked to the deep talks are the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Yankees, Reds Finalizing Sonny Gray Trade

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The Cincinnati Reds are finalizing a trade with the New York Yankees for veteran starting pitcher Sonny Gray.

The trade, which would send second base prospect Shed Long and a draft pick to New York, has hit a delay as the Reds try to work out a long-term deal with Gray.

As the trade drags on, it is possible that the Yankees could run out of patience and deal Gray elsewhere.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Yankees had received multiple offers from teams for Gray as of last Friday, so if the deal with the Reds fall through, they have other options.

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Reds Hire David Bell as Manager

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The Cincinnati Reds hired former infielder David Bell to be their next manager, according to an official team announcement made on Sunday.

Bell, who worked for four seasons as a manager in Reds minor league system from 2008 until 2011, agreed to a three-year contract with a team option for 2022 and was formally introduced as the Reds’ manager during a Monday news conference.

Bell, 46, has spent the past two seasons as vice president of player development for the San Francisco Giants .

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