First we heard rumors of teams inquiring about Raisel Iglesias. Next, it’s Billy Hamilton’s name popping up in trade talks. Now today, we hear that the Reds are “open to offers” for left fielder Adam Duvall, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
MLB Trade Rumors had some thoughts, as well:
Duvall, 29, would provide cheap power to a team in need of it – he’s not eligible for arbitration until next winter and is fresh off his second 30-home run season in a row (though he hit an underwhelming .249/.301/.480 in 2017).
I can’t imagine that the Reds will be able to expect a lot of value in return for Duvall, but he could certainly be a piece in a larger deal with a team who is interested in a cheap power bat.
The recently-wedded Duvall has been roughly a league average hitter (103 OPS+) over his first two seasons as a big league regular, but he has shown himself to be a 30-homer, 100 RBI guy and he bears the magical moniker “All-Star” (if any of that still means anything to big league teams these days; I’m not sure it does). But throw in the fact that he is a two-time Gold Glove finalist, and is fairly inexpensive — and under team control for four more years — and the full package looks a little better.
Once again, these hot stove pieces bring us to the one inescapable reality of Cincinnati’s situation this off-season: Dick Williams should be listening to offers on everyone, and everyone should be available in trade, for the right return. Except maybe Nick Senzel. Because I want to see him in a Reds uniform.
(Okay, I concede: I’d trade Senzel in exchange for Mike Trout.)
Also noted in that piece:
The shortstop-needy Padres will pursue the premier player available at the position, Zack Cozart, according to Cafardo. Cozart was one of the best players in the majors last season, pairing his usual excellent defense with uncharacteristically great offense (.297/.385/.548 with 24 homers in 507 PAs), but the longtime Red isn’t a free agent at a time when many teams are seeking a shortstop, as MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk recently explained. That could negatively affect his market, then, though MLBTR still forecasts a respectable contract (three years, $42MM) for the 32-year-old.
I still think, if I were the Reds, I’d offer Cozart three years and $36 million. That’s almost assuredly insane (given his age and injury history) and driven largely by sentimentality, but since the Reds don’t really have an overwhelming option to replace Cozart at shortstop, it kinda makes sense to my warped mind.
What do you think?
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