Okay…I know it’s football season but let’s talk a little Reds baseball for a change.
The Reds are still in rebuild mode. They do not have as many players with contracts expiring soon, nor do they have a lot of “dead money” left on the books (Homer Bailey and Brandon Phillips are a different story).
My Off Season Predictions:
-There’s nothing the Reds can do but hope that Homer Bailey returns to form and maybe hurls another no-hitter.
-Sign Neftali Feliz to at least a 2 year contract This move could help the bullpen, as the bullpen was horrible last year.
-If they could trade Phillips and get something decent in return. Not a trade involving Aaron Hill, which was proposed by the Diamondbacks last year, but maybe a prospect or two in return and the other team takes BP’s full salary as he will become free agent after this season. In my opinion, trading BP is more about shedding payroll. I still think he can be productive player (.291/11Hr), but you are able to get Jose Peraza more playing time or even Dilson Herrera (picked up in the Bruce trade).
-Trade Zach Cozart to the Mariners or the Padres for a prospect. The Reds may even have to give up another player from the farm system to pick up a top 30 prospect from one of these teams, from the Mariners top 30 try and pry Alex Jackson, OF, Luiz Gohara, LHP (this was the player rumored in the trade talks before the deadline), Richie Schaffer, INF, or Tyler Marlette, C. From the Padres top 30 look at, Logan Allen, P, Nick Torres, OF, Austin Allen, C, or Austin Smith, P. This is a long shot to get a top 30 prospect, but if you throw in a player from single or double A, I think they can get a decent prospect.
-If they trade Phillips and or Cozart, I think a good value move would be to sign Gordon Beckham, INF, this is a cheap depth move.
-Sign pitcher Jarrod Parker. Yes, he has had three surgeries on his throwing arm but try to buy low with a potential upside, none the less another starter in triple A.
-Sign Peter Bourgous, as last years 4th outfielder Tyler Holt is a free agent. Yes, Jesse Winker is on the brink of cracking the majors, but will his power show up? I think you sign another outfielder in case the Reds feel that it is best to put Winker in Triple A to start the season.
-Another depth move is, sign Hank Conger or Steve Clevenger in case Devin can’t come back right away.
None of these moves will take the Reds to the World Series but I think it allows some players to continue to develop in the minors before being thrown in the ring of fire. (As, well as getting younger, cheaper, and hopefully more competitive for the years to come.)