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Thread: Reds re-sign Derek Dietrich to minor league contract

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    Re: Reds re-sign Derek Dietrich to minor league contract

    Ya, there is going to be 13 pitchers on this team almost certainly. That means 13 positions players including 8 starters. So that means a 5 man bench and 4 of those spots will be taken by a Catcher, 2 OF'ers and a backup SS. So realistically DD is only competing for the last spot on this team against JVM or a 6th OF'er or a utility guy (i.e. Aquino or whoever else).

    Of course if Suarez or someone else starts on the DL that opens up a spot.
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    Re: Reds re-sign Derek Dietrich to minor league contract

    Quote Originally Posted by DocRed View Post
    So that means a 5 man bench and 4 of those spots will be taken by a Catcher, 2 OF'ers and a backup SS.
    Cincinnati is extremely likely not to go with a glove guy as a SS backup.

    Kyle Farmer, Alex Blandino, and Josh VanMeter are guys that have played SS in the minors. Each of them have played that position sparingly. You could add Senzel, but the Reds have already said he's unlikely to back up that position. Suarez too, I suppose, though that ship seems to have sailed two years ago.

    There is no other SS that makes sense on the major league roster and is on the 40-man roster.

    I've got Casali as a lock and two OFs among the many on the roster.

    That leaves two spots for a backup who plays infield and another guy.

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    Re: Reds re-sign Derek Dietrich to minor league contract

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Jones View Post
    Or conversely, if Dietrich is on the team it means hes probably playing well enough to have earned it since the depth is better and the alternative options are more plentiful.
    And I - as well as Bell (lol) - want good depth on that bench. It's become a very intricate aspect of the game (and good teams). Because I still have ? concerning Aquino (and Winker).
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    Re: Reds re-sign Derek Dietrich to minor league contract

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourgeois Zee View Post
    Cincinnati is extremely likely not to go with a glove guy as a SS backup.

    Kyle Farmer, Alex Blandino, and Josh VanMeter are guys that have played SS in the minors. Each of them have played that position sparingly. You could add Senzel, but the Reds have already said he's unlikely to back up that position. Suarez too, I suppose, though that ship seems to have sailed two years ago.

    There is no other SS that makes sense on the major league roster and is on the 40-man roster.

    I've got Casali as a lock and two OFs among the many on the roster.

    That leaves two spots for a backup who plays infield and another guy.

    It's going to be interesting to see how they address the SS position after this season. Very interesting.
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    Re: Reds re-sign Derek Dietrich to minor league contract

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    It's going to be interesting to see how they address the SS position after this season. Very interesting.
    If Garcia doesn't fall on his face in AA and AAA, they'll likely go the one- or two-year free agent route.

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    Re: Reds re-sign Derek Dietrich to minor league contract

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourgeois Zee View Post
    Cincinnati is extremely likely not to go with a glove guy as a SS backup.

    Kyle Farmer, Alex Blandino, and Josh VanMeter are guys that have played SS in the minors. Each of them have played that position sparingly. You could add Senzel, but the Reds have already said he's unlikely to back up that position. Suarez too, I suppose, though that ship seems to have sailed two years ago.

    There is no other SS that makes sense on the major league roster and is on the 40-man roster.

    I've got Casali as a lock and two OFs among the many on the roster.

    That leaves two spots for a backup who plays infield and another guy.
    I could see Blandino as backup shortstop. Especially since Reds want to emphasize OBP, his strong suit. He seemed decent and comfortable at short. But I doubt Van Meter the defensive chops for SS. Farmer? Seems doubtful.

    I’m guessing they look outside the organization. Reds have picked up backup shortstops from outside very frequently in their recent history. Last example was Iglesias who then got the starting job due to injury.
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