Originally Posted by RED VAN HOT
Agree. I think the moves that make the most sense to me are as follows:
1. Trade a BP arm, Ondrusek or Arredondo, for Pierre. Replace the traded arm with Hoover.
2. Promote Corcino and Cingrani to AAA. That expands the pool of starting pitcher replacement options.
Pierre is inexpensive, can provide a LH top of the order bat against tough RHP's, can pinch hit and even pinch run. For that role, he is a good fit and will not cost either money or prized prospects.
The Bullpen will not miss a beat and may even be better.
It is unlikely that the Reds will be fortunate enough not to lose one of the starters for some length of time. The innings are piling up. I don't believe Chapman could step in after spending the year in the pen. Besides, he has become too valuable in his current role. Thus, they really need AAA starting pitching depth, which is thin at the moment. Among Corcino, Cingrani, Redmond, and Villareal, someone will emerge as a viable replacement option or at least an occasional September start to provide the current staff with some rest.
#1 may make sense, but I doubt it's happening. We just turned down a very similar deal for Shane Victorino, who I believe most would consider a bigger upgrade than Pierre. Corcino to AAA seems like a very reasonable suggestion (though his peripherals have fallen off), but I feel that Cingrani needs more time in AA to hone his secondary stuff with Tom Brown. The biggest thing limiting Cingrani's trade value right now is the perception that he's a reliever in the MLB, and convincing scouts otherwise is what will make him a top prospect.