Yonder Alonso is in–you guessed it–the best shape of his life

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Add another name to the ever-growing “best shape of my life” list.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Yonder Alonso today and reports that the Reds prospect has lost about 18 pounds already this offseason.

Alonso hired a personal chef and switched up his workout routine in order to prepare for potential outfield action, which the 24-year-old called “part of being a professional.”

Fay described Alonso as “noticeably trimmer and more cut.”

Whether or not that actually enables him to become a passable defensive outfielder remains to be seen after he looked pretty awful anywhere but first base for the Reds. And in the meantime Alonso’s name will continue to pop up in just about every Reds-related rumor because he’s stuck behind Joey Votto at first base.

Kyle Seager is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.

This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.

The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.