MLB rumors roundup for May 26


The Cincinnati Reds' losing streak reached nine games with Monday’s 5-4 setback to the Rockies, the club’s longest since an 11-game skid in 1998.

Manager Bryan Price is losing patience, earning an ejection Saturday against the Indians even before the lineup cards were exchanged, and a report over the weekend says his job could be on shaky ground.

The Reds are emerging as prime trade deadline sellers, likely after the All-Star Game is held in Cincinnati. Righthander Johnny Cueto, an impending free agent, has long been mentioned as trade bait, but one of the valuable bargaining chips could be outfielder Jay Bruce, writes John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes.

“I’d take a flyer on him and see if our on-the-field people could fix him,” an AL scout told Fay. “He looks healthy. His home runs and walks still grade out at 60 to 65 (on the 80-point scale). It’s just that his hit-ability is at 25 right now.”

After a very slow start, Bruce is hitting .467 with a pair of homers in his last eight games.

Our look at the rumors around the majors continues with the catching situation in Cincinnati: