Eugenio Suárez is still being discussed and has been drawing interest from teams in trade talks according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. It’s not a surprise that the Cincinnati Reds third baseman would be drawing plenty of interest around the league. The Venezuelan-born slugger is under contract for the next four seasons, and he has a team option for $15M in the 2025 season that includes a $2M buyout. He’s only due to make just over $11M in each of the next four seasons – he’s a bargain and locked up long term.
Reds are open to listening on Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos but there doesn’t seem to much traction there. Eugenio Suarez has drawn more interest; if they do move Suarez, Moustakas could move to his natural 3B.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 11, 2021
As it has been seemingly all offseason, the Reds are reportedly listening to offers on just about any player that’s making any sort of money. Whether that’s been Sonny Gray, Eugenio Suárez, Mike Moustakas, Nick Castellanos, or Luis Castillo – they’ve reportedly been willing to entertain offers. As a team you should always listen, but it’s also been a bit disheartening to a fan base that’s had a handful of winning seasons in the last 30 years to hear that nearly all of their top players are being discussed in trade rumors after the team also clearly moved on from Raisel Iglesias (trade) and Archie Bradley (non-tendered) in efforts to cut payroll.
Rob Manfred says to expect the season to begin on time
While it’s been assumed for a while now that the 2021 regular season would begin on time because in order for it to be delayed there needs to be a whole slew of things happen in order for it to be paused or pushed back, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred stated on Monday that we should expect spring training and the 2021 season to start on time according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Reds land 4 prospects in the Top 100 list
Scott White of CBS Sports released his 2021 Top 100 Prospect List. It’s labeled as a Fantasy Baseball Prospect List, but it’s clearly not for just the 2021 season as it includes players who will undoubtedly never play in the Major Leagues during the upcoming season short of an absolute miracle. The Reds landed four players on the list, and it’s probably going to surprise more than a few of you that one player missed out.
No Red made the Top 75, but Nick Lodolo came in at #76 and was the top rated Cincinnati prospect. The lefty was at Prasco Park this year, but never reached the Major Leagues. The most recent 1st round pick, outfielder Austin Hendrick, was next for Cincinnati and came in at #82 on the list. It was 2018 1st rond pick Jonathan India who was the next Reds prospect on the list, coming in as the #88 overall prospect. He was followed by teammate Jose Garcia, who was the final prospect from the organization to make the list. Notably missing from the list was catcher Tyler Stephenson and right-handed pitcher Hunter Greene, who have both made other Top 100 lists this offseason.