I would trade Matt Adams for a position of need.
There is no need to move Votto to the Outfield.
They have Hamilton, they could possibly re sign Choo, they've got Ludwick still on the books, with Winker and Ervin in the future.
What is going on in this thread?
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...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.
Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu's name continues to generate buzz. The latest, courtesy of ESPN's Buster Olney, is that the Rangers, White Sox and Astros have emerged as the front-runners to sign the 26-year-old, and his price tag is expected to be around $70MM (Twitter link).
In yesterday's free agent profile of Abreu, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes predicted that a six-year, $54MM contract would be required to sign him. Previous reports have indicated that he could cost as much as $60MM, but Olney's report pegs him significantly higher. Such a commitment would shatter the four-year, $36MM contract signed by Yoenis Cespedes and the seven-year, $42MM contract signed by Yasiel Puig. The success of that pairing could be a contributing factor to Abreu's lofty price tag.
As Tim noted in Abreu's profile, Abreu is viewed by many as an "all bat" player, with his first base defense being somewhat questionable. As such, it makes sense that three American League teams are seen as the favorites; each would have the luxury of giving him some at-bats at DH to mitigate that potential weakness.
I think what we need to take from this is that the Reds need to draft and develop players that can fit these positions rather than taking a multi-million dollar flyer on an unknown quantity.
Chip R (10-16-2013)
This is why Cozart is underappreciated, IMO. Solid major league shortstops don't grow on trees.I think what we need to take from this is that the Reds need to draft and develop players that can fit these positions rather than taking a multi-million dollar flyer on an unknown quantity.
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While Guerrero may not be a magic bullet though, I don't think that means you don't take a long look at the next Cuban (or other in a similar instance) that comes down the road. The Reds are not going to come out winner for any Top 10 FA in most years. Signing a Chapman (or other target) that commands money, but not an outlay of talent is something the Reds should be on the outlook for.
Actually, I'd be much more happy if the Reds brain trust would ditch their fetish for 4th OFers & Utility IFers and try adding more high ceiling position guys in the frontend of the draft (even thought they might be high risk as well). If they did so, then maybe, they could afford not to consider guys like Guerrero and could pull them from their farmsystem. As it now stands though, impact bats (other than possibly Ervin and Hamilton) are noticeably absent from the levels above A (and not that abundant below). Ervin was a nice start, IMO. In too many drafts over the last few drafts, I've looked at the bats taken in the last 10 drafts and (with a handful of exceptions) just wondered, "Why?"
Last edited by corkedbat; 10-16-2013 at 09:24 PM.
I'll take your word on that since I don't follow the draftees until they actually begin advancing in the system. But even to a casual observer like me, there does seem to be a dearth of bats from the upper levels of the system.Actually, I'd be much more happy if the Reds brain trust would ditch their fetish for 4th OFers & Utility IFers and try adding more high ceiling position guys in the frontend of the draft (even thought they might be high risk as well). If they did so, then maybe, they could afford not to consider guys like Guerrero and could pull them from their farmsystem. As it now stands though, impact bats (other than possibly Ervin and Hamilton) are noticeably absent from the levels above A (and not that abundant below).
I think Cespedes' 2014 season will go a long way to determine whether the Cuban bats coming over deserve a ton of attention. As will Puig's season. The Reds got Chapman for a lot of years and a relatively low amount of risk. I don't know that they will be competing in an over-heated setting. In fact Walt almost never stays in hot water.
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