Re: Reds have 3 ranked in Top 100
I have 3 complaints about Jocketty's trades:
Grandal should have been kept, I am shocked that the Reds scouting department and talent evaluators couldn't see that Grandal's bat was more polished and ML ready, has a better approach and doesn't seem to phased by the big leagues. Thought the Reds would value a switch hitting C who can hit for power and especially average. But I still think Mesoraco will click and reach his potential has a middle of the order run producer. Maybe the Reds knew something we didn't, about PED's and wanted him out of the organization.
Jeremy Horst for Wilson Valdez was an absolutely horrid trade. Another case of the Reds under valuing a LH reliever. I don't know if the FO thought Horst wasn't capable of being an effective RP at the ML level or they just wanted to give him a chance elsewhere, but he had a great 2012 in Philly, and we all know what Valdez looked like. I know our BP was stacked last year, but could have used a solid LH RP, def a loogy to take Bray's role. The 2013 Reds BP could absolutely use Horst, guess the Reds love trading LH RP. This trade really didn't have big repercussions or anything.
And the third move I didn't like, the trade of Didi Gregorius. He is 22 years old, a defensive whiz, more capable with the bat than some think. I LOVE Cozart, I just wish we would have found someway to keep Didi at AAA in 2013 and give him one more year to evaluate his talent, as well as Cozart's 2nd year in the bigs. Plus he would offer us depth and a HUGE insurance policy. Not to mention, his trade stock would be boosted dramatically with another good year in 2013. I understand the trade though, being able to get Choo will help this offense big time. I just wish Walt would have called Kevin Towers and offered Didi for Bauer. He wanted Didi BADLY. Maybe we could have gotten Trevor Bauer straight up for Gregorius, then kept Bauer for ourselves. Then offer Leake and Stubbs to the Indians and get a bigger package in return.
Jocketty is one of the games best GM's and I am glad he has helped turn this franchise into a contender year in and year out. We have built a winner here with a BIG window.