"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
Awesome news. I think he'll handle AA just fine. At this pace, we could see him in Cincinnati sometime late next season. Cueto/Latos/Cingrani/Stephenson/Leake/Bailey (if they can re-sign him) has the makings of a dominant pitching staff for years to come.
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I miss Adam Dunn.
Hopefully he can help push them into the playoffs.
I hadn't checked his numbers in a while -- kid seems like he might be the genuine article.
24 Years and Counting...
I've always been a Bailey fan and hate the idea of trading him, but if he brings back two or more top prospects and one is an mlb ready ss, then I say unloading him this offseason is a no-brainer.
I may not be fast, but I sure am slow.
The Rays got Will Myers for Shields. I would love something like that.
Attended 1976 World Series in my Mother's Womb. Attended 1990 World Series Game 2 as a 13 year old. Want to take my son to a a World Series Game in Cincinnati in my lifetime.
I have zero desire to go into next year with Cozart and Frazier as one side of the infield. Only way I see that changes is by trading one of Cueto, Bailey or Chapman. Latos is virtually untouchable.
If one of those guys could net you Profar or someone similar at 3rd or SS I do it. Preferably Bailey.
Homer will not fetch what Shields did, but I think he can bring back a decent return.
I am thinking along the lines of Homer for Wil Middlebrooks and another B prospect from The Sox.
Breaking News - The Reds will not trade Aroldis Chapman this offseason.
From what I read, Stephenson is a better prospect than Homer was. Fastball is just as good and he has secondary stuff to go with it. I think he will end up spending less time at AAA.
Regarding Homer, the Reds have multiple routes they could go. First, I think they try to sign him. I suspect that #years will be the difficult negotiating point. If that fails, they could trade him. The risk there is that it reduces the margin of safety for starting pitching. I think they only do that if the return is extremely high. They could trade him at the deadline if he is having a good year and the Reds are not. Lastly, if all else fails to net a good return, they could make him a qualifying offer and take the draft pick. The advantage of this last course is that it gives the Reds the best chance to win in 2014, it gives Stephenson sufficient time to develop at AAA, and it gives the Reds one more chance to sign Homer in what one hopes is the euphoria of a successful season.
Bailey is gone. He doesn't want to be here and the Reds do not have the money to make him change his mind. Might as well shake him off while we can get something in return.