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I have seen a few blogs already start an off-season check list for the Cincinnati Reds so I thought I would join the fun and list what I think the Reds should do this off-season.
1. Sign a rough and tough manager who does not want to be buddies with the players. Pitching Coach Bryan Price would be great but I am not sure he is going to be mean enough right now and the Reds need a guy that will stir up the hen-house!
2. Trade Johnny Cueto. After seeing the way he handles playoffs and after him being injured the whole season maybe it is time to see what you can get for him.
3. Make Ryan Ludwick a bench player. This off-season the Reds should be looking to get a better solution at LF. If they are going to keep Todd Frazier at 3B they will need more pop coming out of the LF spot. A Right handed bat that will go in between Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Moving Ludwick to the bench would then move Chris Heisey out!!!!! He should have been in the deal with Drew Stubbs to tell you the truth.
6. Let him steal! Get Billy Hamilton in CF and let him play a whole season as the lead off hitter.
7. Sign cheap catcher depth. I have a feeling the Reds are going to be needing more catcher depth if they want to continue making the playoffs. Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan got beat up this season. Don’t get me wrong, I love Corky Miller, but having a few more pro ready catchers could really help this team next season.
8. **** Fire Walt Jocketty! If at any time Walt says, “I don’t want to make a move just to make a move.” this off-season I think the owners should say, “You’re FIRED!” and get someone who will make moves to better the team. As far as I know, the Reds are in it to win it! So that means, getting players that will WIN IT!!!!
Cincinnati Reds did nothing during the trade deadline and many fans are hurt and confused. I, on the other hand, am very happy with the news. This means they will have room for one Billy Hamilton at the end of this season. I know he is not playing the way many had hoped in his first season at AAA Louisville but he is only 22 years old! 22 years old and already in AAA? I am not worried one bit. He has a .251 BA and a .309 OBP in 390 AB. 64 SB with 12 CS. Remember now, there are a lot of veteran catchers and pitchers trying to make a name for themselves again in AAA. Some guys that have been in baseball for more years than Hamilton has been alive. They know all the tricks and have maybe even invented a few of them.
I really want to see what the kid can do on the Reds and if we have to wait, so be it. But with no trades at the deadline it brings on the question if Hamilton will be called up later this season. If Hamilton and Derrick Robinson can be put into the batting order the Reds might be able to play a different kind of baseball. Get them on, let them run, get them in baseball!
There are many things I learned while watching Cincinnati Reds last game against San Diego Padres. (2-1 loss) Mike Leake is a stud number 4/5 guy in the rotation for the Reds. If the Reds were looking for a Bronson Arroyo replacement, they found him. Leake is going to be a solid 200+ inning pitcher every season no matter where you put him in the rotation. If the Reds don’t re-sign Bronson
Arroyo they will have Mike Leake who will become their Mr. Dependable no problem. Every time it is his turn in the rotation he will be there, good or bad, he will be there. Last night he went 7 scoreless innings allowing 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Can’t get any better than that from your number 4/5 guy in the rotation. I still like Bronson Arroyo, and I hope they do re-sign him but the money he is asking for might be too much for the Reds to handle, at least we know we have another solid inning eater just in case.
The second thing I saw out of last nights game was Derrick Robinson will be a solid top of the batting order guy if the Reds don’t re-sign Shin-Soo Choo which will give the Reds options on if they want to rush Billy Hamilton. Robinson went 2 for 5 with a triple and a run. Robinson has great speed and would be a bonus for any club, especially if he is coming off the bench like his is for the Reds, but what I saw yesterday is, he can be a pretty solid lead off guy if they really need it. Xavier Paul and Derrick Robinson have really impressed me and should have jobs on this club for a very long time if they keep it up.
With all of this, it is good to have a back up plan and from what I have seen, the Reds have two. Mike Leake can be the teams next generations Bronson Arroyo and Derrick Robinson can be the teams lead off hitter next season if Billy Hamilton needs another year to grow. Options are always good to have when it comes to a MLB team with a tight budget.
Everyday I become more and more impressed with this young man. Like every other Cincinnati Reds fan out there, I am very excited to see this kid play for the Reds (as soon as possible and for his whole career.) I know that keeping him in AA and then in AAA will help him become even better but with all the options out there for lead-off hitter I would rather watch him. Here are some video’s I found today. [Source]
Just click on the pictures to watch the videos on mlb.com
And here is a video I found just now that I wanted to share with you.
This off-season I am not even going to guess who Walt Jocketty and the Cincinnati Reds will trade. But, I will guess to how many trades they make with a nice low number of 3. I think Walt will stick to his guns of not trying to find the missing pieces through free agency and look through trades like he has done in the past. The only player I really do not want to see traded is Billy Hamilton, I really want to see this kid in a Reds uniform for his whole career. (If they can give Drew Stubbs a shot for as many seasons as they have, they should be able to afford to keep this kid on the roster.)
There are many rumors out there already about who the Reds are looking into but I will not get into them right now, because some of them are very far-fetched. (Even for the craziest of arm-chair GM’s out there.)
No matter what happens though, I will be happy with what Walt Jocketty and his staff do this off-season. They pulled of a huge trade last year in order to fill a spot which really improved (starting rotation) and I know they will do the same again this time.
Here is a list of players on the Reds farm teams that I have my eye on right now:
Paul Janish [Bats]
Corky Miller [Bats]
Kanekoa Texeira [Bats]
Mike Costanzo [Blue Wahoos]
Joel Guzman [Blue Wahoos]
Brodie Greene [Blue Wahoos]
Brian Peacock [Blue Wahoos]
Cody Puckett [Blue Wahoos]
Henry Rodriguez [Blue Wahoos]
Pedro Villarreal [Blue Wahoos]
Justin Freeman [Blue Wahoos]
Donnie Joseph [Blue Wahoos]
Billy Hamilton [Blaze]
Devin Lohman [Blaze]
David Vidal [Blaze]
Kyle Lotzkar [Blaze]
Tony Cingrani [Blaze]
Yovan Gonzalez [Dragons]
Juan Silva [Dragons]
Daniel Jensen [Dragons]
Radhames Quezada [Dragons]
Tanner Robles [Dragons]
You can watch these players and others by going to baseball-reference.com
In the past few days there have been more moves by Cincinnati Reds and it is hard to believe Walt Jocketty when he says he is finally done. It feels like the man has done more transactions this offseason then he has in the last five seasons combined. First, they made a trade with Philadelphia Phillies for 2B/SS Wilson Valdez for LHP Jeremy Horst. They signed Nick Masset to a two-year contract to avoid arbitration and they signed LHP Jeff Francis to a minor league deal to add more pitching depth. They also signed RHP Ryne Reynoso, INF Joel Guzman and before that, they signed utility player Willie Harris and are still waiting for the official signing of OF Ryan Ludwick. Let us not forget signing Ryan Madson and trading for Sean Marshall and Mat Latos and other minor league and spring training invites to players that will help bring competition to some of the younger guys. [Source - MLB.com]
This offseason has to go down as the most exciting one I have ever experienced as a Reds fan. (Close to 20 years) No matter the outcome right now I have to say Walt Jocketty has really done a great job on finding players that will help the team win in 2012. With a tight budget he had to be very clever in who he traded for and signed but after all the smoke clears I think he got the best players for what he had available. With upgrades in the starting rotation, bullpen and as closer along with a solid bench upgrade the team is looking great for spring training which is just around the corner.