I’ve been writing this column on and off for the whole season and, periodically, I ask the following question:
The Reds are moving
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) June 25, 2018
This is – by far – the most positive response the question has gotten. This demonstrates clearly that the average fan is concerned only with short term results. And I find that very interesting. I am much less happy with the Reds now than I was at the beginning of the season. They handled the Nick Senzel situation terribly. They’ve messed around with Winker, the one outfielder they shouldn’t mess around with under any circumstances. They continue to move at a glacial pace when it comes to promoting players in the system.
As far as I can see, the only things that have gone right have exclusively to do with pitchers developing and Disco returning from the DL. The Matt Harvery trade seems to have worked out pretty well, but that’s a fairly minor point. Nor do I think Jim Riggleman has a magical winning potion. The club certainly played this well over stretches with Bryan Price.
At this point, I’m interested in what the team does at the trade deadline and during the offseason as a way to determine whether they’re on the right track or not. The Reds have some trading to do.
I am thrilled with how well the team has played lately. Winning is always more fun than losing. But I want to see them be a genuinely competitive team next year and that means making real and serious decisions.
Before I go, a soap box: Do not move Nick Senzel to the outfield. Defense matters a lot more in the infield than the outfield and Nick Senzel is MUCH better than Scooter Gennett at defense. I’ve come to the point where I’m fine with the Reds keeping him provided he moves to a different position, but there is absolutely no reason he should be allowed to block the top prospect in the organization when the top prospect figures to be excellent with the bat and a much better fielder at the position.
Okay. What do you folks think?
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.