Jason Linden and I tackled the latest news surrounding the Cincinnati Reds — though that didn’t take very long — and then tried to assess where the Reds stand as we enter 2019…and where the Reds could go with just one more signing. Plus, an especially rousing edition of #ViewerMail.
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Regulars, assuming no more additions, should be Tucker/Casali C, Votto 1B, Scooter 2B, Suarez 3B, Peraza SS, Schebler RF/CF, Puig CF/RF, Kemp/Winker LF.
I was a little underwhelmed by the names on the North leg of the caravan this year. Not a lot of star power there. I get it though. Nobody wants to come to Lima, Ohio. Except maybe for the wafer thin Kewpee hamburgers downtown.
I’m encouraged by the acquisition of Puig and Kemp on offense, if only on a temporary basis. And the addition of Roark and Wood strengthens the starting pitching. But as it stands now, the Reds, without an ace pitcher, are not a contending team and will struggle to finish in 4th. place.
I like what the Reds have done so far, but like everyone else, I still think they need to add a couple more players. I think they will. Actually, it wouldn’t make any sense for them to make the deals they’ve made and stand pat the rest of the way.
I’ve never been a fan of free agency, but I think that might be the way to go. If they could sign Dallas Keuchel and A.J. Pollock, I would be very optimistic about their chances of being a contender in 2019.
This would also allow them to hang on to their future stars. Senzel will be a major contributor this year IMO and the 2020 class should include Taylor Trammell, Jose Siri, Tony Santillan, Vladimir Guiterrez and Scott Moss.
Free agents are always going to want too much money and too many years for their services, but sometimes they’re a necessary evil. Don’t know what it will take to get Keuchel and Pollock in a Reds uniform, but adding those two would make things very interesting and very exciting.
It’s a huge risk, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take with somebody else’s money! ?
That’s good stuff Cossack!