2014 Reds / More Choo!

Let the Offseason Begin

So, until yesterday, I was prepared for a pretty dull offseason. The Reds, I figured, would make a few acquisitions, but mostly, the 2014 team would look a lot like this year’s team. Now I’m not so sure.

For a moment, I have decided to let my imagination run wild, and I thought it would be fun to let you do the same. Trying to keep myself somewhat grounded in reality, this is what I would try to do if I were the Reds:

1. Trade for Giancarlo Stanton. Obviously, it would take a mint to get him, but with only two years of team control left, it’s hard to imagine the Marlins being ready to compete before they lose him. I would literally empty the farm for him, but even that might not be enough. Still, he would be the perfect RH bat for the lineup.

2. Trade Brandon Phillips for whatever you can get. By both fWAR and bWAR, Phillips has been in sharp decline since his peak season in 2011. What’s more, 2Bs tend to fall off a cliff right about now. And then there’s all the nonsense from this year. It seems like Phillips needs a change of scenery, as it were. I would replace him with whatever decent option I could get for a reasonable price on the open market as there’s a solid crop of 2Bs and SS hitting free agency this year.

3. Re-sign Choo. Duh.

4. Let Bronson go. Unless neither Bailey or Latos can be extended, in which case the situation changes.

5. Put Chapman on the block in hopes of landing a middle infielder who is better than what’s available and/or some prospects to help later. Relief pitchers are not as valuable as many believe and tend to be very up and down. Chapman had an 88% save percentage this year. The league was at 88.9%.

So that’s my Plan A, in which case the Reds would have a lineup that looked something like this: Choo, Votto, Stanton, Bruce, Frazier, Mesoraco, 2B, Cozart. That top 4 is going to terrify people.

The rotation would be similar to 2013: Cueto, Latos, Bailey, Cingrani, Leake.

This is not a deep team, at all, but if it stays healthy, it would scare the crap out of the opposition. Can you imagine that playoff rotation?

If Stanton can’t happen, you can execute a plan B that involves Choo in left and Hamilton in center. I believe Hamilton’s speed and defense are valuable enough to make him at least average at the major league level right now.

Anyway, it’s still October. The playoffs are still happening (much to our chagrin). It’s not time to be serious yet, so let’s have a little fun and fantasize. What would you do?

161 thoughts on “Let the Offseason Begin

  1. As I see it, the Reds have a two year window. Also, what is likely to be done, and what I would do are very different things. Chapman and Phillips are not going to be dealt. Nelson Cruz, Brian McCann, Curtis Granderson, or Choo are not going to be signed to lucrative multi-year deals. It’s the nature of where the Reds are with payroll, etc.

    1. Trade Billy Hamilton, Nick Travieso and Daniel Corcino to TB for David Price. Price has two years left of control and is – David Price. With Baker gone, Hamilton’s value to the Reds took a huge hit, as speed (even game-changing speed) at the top of the lineup is part of Baker’s old school logic and is relatively over hyped e.g. Dee Gordon, W. Taveras, et al. His value to the rest of baseball, will never be higher. Hamilton masked his hitting flaws in his Sept. promotion, and his one asset was on full display. The Rays may be looking to move Price and getting two 1 picks, including the Reds top prospect, for him would be sound compensation.

    2. Sign Alexander Guerrero.

    3A. Make Choo and Arroyo qualifying offers.

    3B. Trade Mike Leake for Nori Aoki when Choo turns down the offer and signs with the Cubs. Aoki, a LH, has a career slash of .287/.355/.399 with two nearly identical seasons. The Brewers have Braun, Gomez, and Davis, but are in need of rotational depth.

    4. Hire Price as the manager.

    Lineup:
    1 – Aoki
    2 – Phillips
    3 – Votto
    4 – Bruce
    5 – Frazier
    6 – Ludwick
    7 – Meso/Hanigan
    8 – Cozart

    Pitching
    1 – Price
    2 – Latos
    3 – Cueto
    4 – Cingrani
    5 – Bailey

    Pen
    R – Para
    R – Broxton
    R – Marshall
    R – LeCure
    S – Hoover
    C – Chapman

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