Bill Lack and I got together again to discuss the Cincinnati Reds. The overarching question: given the managerial and coaching hires, and the reports that the Reds are very active in free agent and trade discussions, are we really seeing a new direction for the Reds, a more aggressive team that is serious about winning now?
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Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that James Paxton and Sonny Gray are the “main focus” for the Reds as they seek rotation upgrades.
Heyman notes that they’ve talked to the Indians about Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, as well. The Reds have also been connected to the big free agent starter arms, as well, as it’s clear they’ve intent on giving their rotation a shot in the arm this offseason. Paxton has been a popular trade target early on this winter, with the Yankees and Astros among the clubs also showing interest. Gray is a shoo-in to be dealt this offseason and would be reunited with former college pitching coach Derek Johnson in Cincinnati.
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Nov 16 – 1:41 PM
Im not a huge Fan Of Gray, but I’d be happy with him if they still were going after one of the others (free agent or trade)
Commenter on MLBTradeRumors.com said he heard on ESPN Radio in Dayton that discussions with Yankees for Gray have included Alex Blandino and Jeter Downs. That alone is not going to get it done, if there is indeed any truth to it.
Plus he briefly played quarterback for the mighty WVU Mountaineers!
The reds are so thin on high end position players, i really think that cute 3 weeks fooled ppl into thinking thry are close. The bench is a mess, there is still no back up SS, one injury and the OF is a mess as well. Votto declining, peraza below average, the epic barnhart second half tank, what if gennetts balky shoulder finally gives out and you trade senzel for a pitcher? Disco proved the assumption that if he was healthy he’d be good wrong. Just bad.
The NL is loaded with young talent and rich teams. Cause they never actually let any young guys pitch the last three years we know more about arroyo and adelman then we do the young guys. They don’t know if they are 1 pitcher or 5 pitchers away.
I’d respect them more if they held a presser and said they have realized the epic and disasterous decisions from the start of the rebuild and that they have made great hires, are finally going to modernize and are going to build around Suarez, Senzel and Trammell. The reds are going to have to develop their own players and use assets to make savvy trades to b competitive. That’s the truth of the matter. Tier 1 FA pitchers arent signing here, they just arent and trading away young cost controlled high end talent now for a pitcher so you can be .500 maybe next year is a huge mistake. Finally be honest with your fan base about just how dumb you have been and you promise to be better and maybe they will respect it but drastic overpays and steep trades for this thin roster is a mistake. Rant over.
Subject of Going to ST was brought up in Podcast and my family and I can highly recommend it as we were there about 2 years ago. Nice facility in Goodyear and it was fun to go to minor league game in afternoon and see a few major league guys getting some extra AB’s, chat with Eric Davis and met Taylor Sparks grandparents. Attended a night game and got a picture of my kids with George Foster.
Several facilities all around phoenix so you don’t have to time it for a set of home games. We attended a road game at the Brewers’ Maryville facility and it was a nice venue too (day game, 1B line seating required). Most places then would let you bring in empty water/sports bottles for filling at water fountains too.
If its a family trip, set aside some non-baseball sightseeing time too, Phoenix zoo is a good visit and many other zoos share an arrangement with them to discount admission if you are a memeber at your ‘home’ zoo. We plan to see grand canyon next time we go.
Bring your patience though and give yourself some extra travel time, as the traffic can be sticky in spots, but that was the worse thing about the trip.
I disagree…I don’t see any hope of Dick Williams leading the red’s. The red’s will continue to be cellar dwellers until they get new ownership