On Wednesday the teams around Major League Baseball have a pretty big deadline to meet. They have to add minor league players to their 40-man roster on or before November 20th in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft that will take place on December 12th on the final day of the Winter Meetings. This past week we looked at 25 potential additions that the Cincinnati Reds could be considering in the next few days. A few of the options seem like slam dunks – top 10 prospects Tyler Stephenson and Tony Santillan – but there are a lot of players who could go either way.
Derrick Goold notes in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that two National League Central executives think that the Reds are a contender for 2020 and are closer than the recent standings appear. He talks about the hires made in 2019 and the differences they made, then goes into what they did following the season with more analytical hires, then how they’ve got money to spend and how they’ve been linked to multiple free agents.
The Cincinnati Reds and other teams all have until December 2nd to tender, or non-tender contracts to players for the 2020 season. There are a few options for Cincinnati that could go one way or another. One of those options is going to be on Kevin Gausman. He’s due just over $10M in arbitration according to MLB Trade Rumors if he’s tendered a contract. With the Reds he will likely be used as a reliever, unless he has to step into the rotation due to an unforeseen circumstance. And that’s a hefty price to pay for a non-proven, non-elite closer. But Tony Wolfe says that we’re all underestimating Gausman over at Red Reporter.
More minor league notes
The Cincinnati Reds were making some headlines this week, though not as many for their big league stuff as it was for their minor league moves. All of the farm teams that play in a full-season league announced their 2020 coaching staffs. There was a lot of changes in who is going to be coaching where, but not too many new names in the organization on those teams. But there were plenty of moves made in the lower, rookie-league levels that are new hires to the organization. And there were new hires among the different minor league coordinators, too.
Over at Reds Minor Leagues we began writing up the season reviews and full scouting reports for the Top 25 Prospects last week. This week we took a look at a shortstop, two starting pitchers, a guy who crushed 30 homers this year, and a 7-figure international signee from this season.