Hey Cincy Reds, What Now???

Posted: June 5, 2015 by jmklee in Uncategorized

untitledTonight I am heading to Cincy for the titanic struggle between the Reds and the Padres.  I should be pumped, and I am because I am not driving, but I HATE THIS TEAM!

I have never been so disenchanted by the team I have rooted for since birth as I am right now.  This is coming from the guy that learned to spell Reds before I learned to spell my name.  This team has no plan, no direction and no hope for being anything but a bottom feeder in the National League.

Just take a look at this Reds team.  They only have one guy hitting .300 or better, Brandon Phillips and I can’t stand him the most.!  How did they ever win 23 games?  It’s a miracle.

Let’s take a look at the Cardinals.  You know that team that continues to rebuild its self and doing so while owning the Reds in the process.  Four guys in their starting eight are hitting over .300.  Just saying.

So what do they do?  Chalk it up to bad luck and injury?  Expect better things to come when the young arms get more seasoning?  So what do I want?  I have an idea.  FIRE SALE!  Trade anyone, and I mean anyone, with value for young arms and guys that have a shot to hit over .300.

Here is what the Reds have to offer broken down in four groups.

GROUP 1 – HAS HIGH TRADE VALUE

Aroldis Chapman         1 yr. left on contract salary set to go to arbitration.

Todd Frazier                2 yrs. left on contract next yr. at 7.5 mil and last year arbitration.

Billy Hamilton               4 yrs left and cheep as hell, last 3 years are arbitration yrs.

WHY TRADE THESE GUYS?

Chapman is a luxury the Reds can not afford right now plus who needs a closer when you can’t get to him with a lead?

Frazier’s value will never be higher than it is right now.  It is not like he is a young pup at 29 years of age and he is about to get real expensive.

I know that many of you are yelling why trade Billy?  He is cheap!  I ask the simple question that no one can answer.  Will he ever hit his weight?  Maybe he will but I would rather sell high on him and wish him the best.

GROUP 2 – RENT-A-PLAYERS

Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake      Both of these guys are free agents come year-end and I know many are saying keep them till the end of year, tend an offer and then get a draft pick.  I have two issues with this thinking.  1. What if they except the very high offer that will have to be put on the table?  The Reds CAN NOT afford to pay these guys.  2. I would rather get a prospect that has at least some professional track record than drafting an unknown.

GROUP 3 – WELL MAYBE SOMEONE WILL TAKE THEM

Devin Mesoraco             3 yrs left for a total of 25.48 million

Jay Bruce                       1 yr left for 12.5 million

Jay sucks but someone might be willing to take a chance on him thinking a new scene will do him good.

Devin is hurt and his catching days look to be behind him.  You might be able to find an American League team to take him this winter so he can DH.

GROUP 4 – WE SCREWED UP, PLEASE BAIL US OUT

Joey Votto                       8 yrs with 192 million still owed

Homer Bailey                  4 yrs with 81 million still owed

Brandon Phillips              2 yrs with 27 million still owed

All you can do is hope to tie these guys to a deal involving someone from group 1 or give them away for a cart of batting practice balls.  Either way I am all for it.  Joey will never be healthier than he is right now, Bailey has never been the same since he pitched the gem in Game 3 against the Giants and the Reds pissed away the series. (thanks a lot Brandon Phillips)  And speaking of Phillips, you might find someone to believe he is still good and take this problem child but I doubt it.

In a perfect world the Reds move all but Billy, he stays and starts hitting.  They get younger and better with flexibility to sign a free agent or two and are fun to watch again.  Well at least we all know what it feels to be a Cubs fan and just wait till next year.  GO REDS!?!

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