Report: Reds to sign Cuban shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez

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According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Reds have agreed to a $6 million deal with Cuban shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez. Because of his age and experience level, he is subject to MLB’s international spending limit. Signing Rodriguez puts the Reds over, so they’ll have to pay a $6 million penalty in addition to the contract.

Rodriguez, 21, left Cuba after being named the 2014-15 Serie Nacional Rookie of the Year. He batted only .265/.301/.284 over 304 plate appearances last year, so he doesn’t do much with the bat, but Ben Badler of Baseball America notes that he was “arguably the best defensive shortstop in Cuba” and has plus-speed.

The Reds already have Zack Cozart, Eugenio Suarez, and Jose Peraza as potential shortstop options, so it’s unclear where Rodriguez fits on the roster in the short-term. At the very least, they can afford to give him some time in the minors.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.