Here’s my latest piece over at Cincinnati Magazine*, on what the Reds should do with Devin Mesoraco and Tucker Barnhart. It’s the single biggest question facing the 2017 Reds, in my opinion:
Much digital ink has been spilled, here and elsewhere, about the so-called “rebuild” of the Cincinnati Reds. Much of the discussion has centered on all the pitching prospects acquired by the team recently, and how the rotation and bullpen will shake out over the next couple of years. Or how all these talented young infielders—Eugenio Suarez, Dilson Herrera, Jose Peraza, Nick Senzel—are going to fit next to Joey Votto in the infield for the next good Reds team. Or whether top prospect Jesse Winker is the long-term answer to a long-time hole in the outfield, and whether Adam Duvall or Scott Schebler are the answer on the other side of Billy Hamilton.
All of those are legitimate topics of conversation, and many questions remain about how the Reds have positioned themselves to compete in the coming years. None of that, however, addresses the single biggest question mark facing this franchise as they attempt to return to respectability: Who is going to be the catcher for the next good Reds team?
Read the rest, and let me know what you think. It’s also something we discussed on the latest podcast. I think it’s the biggest question facing the 2017 Reds, because we really have no idea what to expect. We’re all hopeful that the Reds can be somewhat competitive next season, but add a former All-Star catcher (Mesoraco) into the mix, and who knows what next year’s club can look like?
*Okay, it’s not actually my latest for Cincinnati Magazine. If you go out to the newsstand, you can pick up the latest issue of the print magazine, where you’ll see that I addressed the question of whether or not Joey Votto will be worth the money the Reds are paying him (please go buy it, and let the Magazine know you bought it just because I was featured). See below!
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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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