The Bengals today made the following practice squad moves:
* Signed rookie C Scott Wedige of Northern Illinois. Wedige (6-4, 310) entered the NFL on May 11 of this season as a college free agent with Arizona. He played in all five Cardinals preseason games and was waived on Aug. 31. He was signed to the New York Giants practice squad on Sept. 8 and released on Sept. 17.
* Released rookie FB Jourdan Brooks of Morgan State, who was with the Bengals in preseason and had been on the practice squad since Sept. 1.
The Reds will non-tender LHP Bill Bray. The 29-year old was eligible for arbitration this offseason. Bray will now become a free agent. Bray earned $1.4 million in 2012.
His 2012 season was injury plagued from the start. He suffered a groin injury during spring training. He made just five regular season appearances before being placed on the DL April 24. He was activated on June 22 but then suffered a lumbar muscle strain in his back in July and was placed on the DL again. Overall, he appeared in just 14 ML games with a 5.19 ERA in 8.2 innings, walking 14 batters.
In 2010 Bray appeared in a team leading (T-2nd NL) and career high 79 games.
He went 5-3 2.98 in 48.1 innings. He appeared in two playoff games (0-0 0.00) vs Phillies. He was also part of a MLB All-Star team that traveled to Taiwan for an exhibition series last offseason.
Bray was the last remaining piece of the eight player deal between the Reds and Nationals on July 13, 2006. Bray was traded by Nationals with Royce Clayton, Brendan Harris, Gary Majewski and Daryl Thompson to the Reds for Austin Kearns, Felipe Lopez and Ryan Wagner.
Thought of theday
If the Reds invested $30 million in Aroldis Chapman, why would they let free agency signings determine his role? Shouldn't it be the other way around?
Casey and Peyton voted with me today at Summit View Middle School.
6:05, Reds Hot Stove Show, live Holy Grail w/Marty and Thom
7:05, Election coverage
Bengals midseason awards
With eight games done, the Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) are nearly toast, riding a four-game losing streak into the second half. Here are our midseason awards along with a projection of where the Bengals will end up at the end of the season:
Reds undecided on role for Aroldis Chapman
Mark Sheldon, MLB.com
"We haven't made a decision on Chapman as a starter or as a reliever," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We're talking about it."
Part of what determines if Chapman starts involves how well the Reds navigate their way around the free-agent market for closers.
"It depends on if we re-sign [Jonathan] Broxton and [Ryan] Madson," Jocketty said. "Or if we get another closer."
Players vote Todd Frazier NL Outstanding Rookie of Year
Click HERE for Todd's reaction.
Ohio, Kenutcky, Indiana: Three state paradise
Rising Sun sits at the crossover of crossovers, hugging the three borders of college basketball's 2012-13 epicenter. It is a jump shot across the Ohio River from Kentucky and a 3-pointer from the Ohio border, and this season, there is frankly no better place to be for good hoops.
Sunday worst day in sportsbook history?
“The first six weeks of the NFL Season was almost unfair to bettors with the book cleaning up week after week, but I can say with certainty that after yesterday that is not the case. Week 9 is one of, if not the worst NFL week for a book that I have witnessed in my 18 years as a bookmaker. With eight favorites covering on Sunday it really hit us up hard on parlays and teasers and losing our three biggest decisions on three road favorites in the Broncos, Bears and Lions, was debilitating. Regardless of tonight’s outcome, it’s fitting that on Halloween week, November 4th, 2012 will go down as arguably the scariest day ever for the books.”
Kevin Bradley, SportsBook Manager Bovada.lv
Hypothetical BCS Lines:
From RJ Bell of Pregame.com/(@RJinVegas)
After talking to numerous bookmakers, the latest Vegas consensus is . . .
If Oregon played Alabama in BCS game, Oregon would be a 4-point underdog (down from 6 last week)
If Kansas State played Alabama in BCS game, Kansas State would be a 9-point underdog (down from 10 last week)
If Notre Dame played Alabama in BCS game, Irish would be a 14-point underdog (up from 13 last week)
TV shows we are watching
CSI Las Vegas
Men with Kids
2 Broke Girls
Person of Interest