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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Freel extended

The Reds extended the contract of Ryan Freel through the 2009 season. No details yet. Press conference at 4 p.m.

Freel signed a two-year deal signed extension in December of 2005. It paid $1.6 million last year and pays him $1.7 million this year. He make up to $.235 million this year based on the plate-appearance incentives.


at 12:41 PM Blogger Pat said...

I saw Griffey throw a foul ball into the stands at Wrigley and the fan threw it back. Real Classy. Griffey didn't throw the last out and ran in with it. Does that happen often? Is there a story there?

Arizona Reds Fan

at 12:50 PM Blogger John Fay said...

All sorts of stuff happens in the outfield in Wrigley.

at 1:36 PM Blogger docproc said...

Wow, the timing on the Freel extension seems odd, with Ryan not off to a very strong start and Hamilton nudging his way into the outfield mix. Any idea why they decided to do this now?

at 1:37 PM Blogger Michael said...

...Did you expect Cubs fans to have class?

at 1:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me begin by saying I know NOTHING about contractual strategies in professional sports, but I believe Freel's two year deal was up after this season. He has now been given an extension by the Reds.

Any chance there are trade talks and a stipulation was Freel being under contract beyond this season? Awful early in the season to make a trade, isn't it?

Again, just thinking out loud. Any possibility of the above scenario? JF, I am being too much of a conspiracy theorist?

at 1:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

is there any chance that this could be a signing to lock in a contract so that they can move freel? the outfield is full, and if you're gonna be able to move someone at a reasonable price, I think freel makes the most sense.

at 1:51 PM Anonymous Andy said...

all sorts of things like me yelling "you're a giant waste of money Soriano!", which led to a six run fifth when he dropped a pop up on Friday.

hey, you've got to fight fire with fire. those fans were brutal to Hamilton on Friday.

at 2:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John--I love listening to you and Marty banter a bit when he has you on for a half inning or so. Good stuff.

I wanted to ask a favor (from one Elder grad to another, by the way)...can you post the email address used to chip in during the Reds' broadcasts (the ones Marty reads during the game)? I always miss whenever Marty gives that address.

at 2:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess having two dui's under your belt mens nothing to the Cincinnati reds fans? i wonder how willing Reds fans would be to give a contract extension to barry larkin. eric davis and griffey jr. had either one of those guys had two DII"S on their record? remember, we live in the same city than ran barry larkin out of town for tearing the captian's C off of his jersey. talk about DOUBLE STANDARDS. jackie robinson would be ashammed of Cincinnati. AGAIN

at 2:51 PM Blogger docproc said...

Ran Barry Larkin out of town? I remember giving him 27 million dollars for three useless, injury-filled years at the end of his career.

at 3:15 PM Anonymous Steve said...

Yeah..1:05 PM, what a moronic comment. If your not a Reds fan, get off this site. Clearly you have no clue. Freel got a DUI, don't remember a second one. He made a mistake and has more than made ammends for it with his attitude and acknowledgment of that situation. Barry Larkin ripped the C off his jersey and then continued to play here for years afterwards. He was not offered a contract for a 20th season b/c his skills didn't warrant it any longer.

at 4:14 PM Blogger JimmyD said...

doc summed it up perfectly. Larkin OVERstayed his welcome. And yes, I do hold it against him for ripping the C off his sleeve. He was SUPPOSED to be a leader. Instead he took more money than he deserved just to stay here. Thanks Uncle Carl, and thanks Bowden. Sentimentality is a bad thing. Barry couldn't hold Davey C's jock, in my opinion.

at 5:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"RAN BARRY LARKIN OUT OF TOWN" That is one of the most idiotic statement I have ever read on this blog. Clearly that author was not in town during the Barry Larkin years.

I recall Barry Larkin was on the trading block, so the fans gave him standing ovations everytime he had a plate appearance. Linder did not want to be "the owner who let Larkin get away" so he paid him 27 mil for three years.

Then the next three years he averaged just over 86 games a year. That is almost $104,000 PER GAME. He got that contract because of the fans. If the fans drove him out of town, then why didn't another team pick him up? Let me guess, the fans of Cincinnati organized a boycott of Barry Larkin all around MLB.

In the future, please at least be in the ballpark of reality if you are going to infect the rest of us with your thoughts.

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