The Winter Meetings are upon us, and the Hot Stove is beginning to heat up. Steve Mancuso, of course, had some unsolicited (but well-intentioned) advice for Reds GM Dick Williams, a playbook of sorts for how the Reds might want to approach the Winter Meetings and beyond. And when your manager says things like this, it makes the dreamers among us start to pay a little more attention:
“I think there are things on the horizon that give me optimism knowing the club we have is going to be better,” Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. “I think there is room in the budget to make our ball club better in some of the areas we need.”
Over at his excellent site today, Doug Gray asks the question in the headline above: “Should the Reds call the Marlins about their outfielders?”
The Miami Marlins are open for business. After paying an insane $1.2B to buy the Miami Marlins, the new ownership group came in and started trying to find ways to immediately cut payroll as well as find more investors in the team. Over On Friday night and Saturday morning they made their first big move, trading Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees. They reportedly still need to cut some payroll.
The Cincinnati Reds have more than a few needs. They need a shortstop, and they need a center fielder. They need pitching. The Marlins don’t exactly have much pitching. The Marlins don’t seem to have a shortstop worth looking into. What the Marlins do have is more outfielders. Both Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna are All-Star caliber players.
Go read the entire piece, as Doug analyzes precisely what it might take for the Reds to land a player such as Yelich or Ozuno.
But here’s my short answer:
Yes. Full stop. https://t.co/GBz6lkL1sd
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) December 10, 2017
(a) Should the Reds call the Marlins about their outfielders?
(b) What should the Reds be willing to give up in a trade for one of these?
UPDATE: As Steve notes in the comments below, one of his proposed offseason trades for the Reds was Billy Hamilton and Raisel Iglesias for Christian Yelich. That trade probably represents good value for both clubs.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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