If you have been a little nervous about the direction of the Reds, you may be reassured by this interview. ESPN’s Buster Olney talked with Dick Williams, Cincinnati Reds Director of Baseball Operations, and Williams gave a little insight into what Reds’ management is thinking.

It’s not particularly in-depth, and there’s no breaking news, but it’s…reassuring. Give it a listen.

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  1. DW with a very level headed appraisal of BHam. Essentially what you see is what he is and will be.

    Liked that he stood his ground that there will be a managerial search. Also interesting that he revealed Dusty B. was the only interviewee when he was hired. I had not realized that.

  2. I thought Dick Williams did a smooth, professiona job of the interview. I too was reassured that there is some competence and sanity in the Reds F/O. He was particularly adept and realistic in discussing the futures of Billy Hamilton and Jim Riggleman. He at least professed that a full search was to be done for a manager, as contrasted to Dusty and Price.

    I’d give him a solid 9 on a 10 scale.

  3. Meanwhile, on the field: Cubs, Cards and Pirates all lost yesterday. We’re inching closer to 4th.

  4. I have three takeaways, first, though, I’d like to say thanks for the link:

    1) Riggleman is not likely to be next year’s manager If he’s not handed the job before the end of the year. And it looks like it won’t be;

    2) The Reds will go deep into the free-agent market at a high-level;

    *3) The next manager will be able to bring in a lot of his own staff.

    I have a few questions though. Did DW just put a big “For Sale” sign on BHam? Is ESuarez the next Team Captain?

    *Perhaps an English major with a better memory or better research skills and tell me if I’m supposed to put “and” somewhere in there.

  5. My take on Dicks BHam comments is quite optimistic. I think he intends to keep him and the team he thinks BHam will help win playoff games is the Cincinnati Reds.

    It also sounds like he isn’t delusional about his skill set and as soon as there’s someone clearly better (net overall) then he’ll become a very valuable bench piece for us. Can’t really argue that now that I surmise dicks understanding of the situation.

    • This just gave me a flash forward day dream of Billy tracking down a ball at Chavez Ravine in the gap off Bellingers bat and we win the NLDS. 2019? 2020? One can dream.

    • I don’t think the Reds will pay Hamilton what he would get through arb to play the role DW painted for him. He specifically used the term “defensive substitution” at one point in describing it.

      So, I agree with SEAT101 above that DW was hoping to create a market for BHam by painting a picture of the role he would be best suited for on a playoff team. I think he’d like to trade Hamilton now to a team which believes they could use him as a game changer in the playoffs this season as described by DW in the podcast.

      Time will tell

      • My thoughts exactly, Jim. Although in saying it, other teams won’t give the Reds much for BHam in a trade. They can all do their homework and figure Hamilton’s market value but also knowing the Reds view of BHam gives them leverage. It is what it is though. IMO he wasn’t ever going to net much in a trade and he’s getting too expensive to keep on the roster for the role that he fills best.

      • I agree with Jim. I didn’t get any notion from Mr. Williams that they plan to keep Billy if they get a good offer. They might even go out and make some offers?

        I also agree he’ll be too pricey (expensive in that he can’t hit much) to be a reserve for the Reds. If they bumped the payroll to 180 million, sure, you could probably afford him as a reserve, but I don’t see the Reds getting to 180 for another several years (or maybe a decade).

    • My take was that DW wanted to
      1. Not say anything too negative about one of his vet players
      2. Make a sales pitch about valuable BHam could be in the playoffs. I think DWvis smart enough to know speed doesn’t age well and speed is Billy’s redeeming asset.

      In general, I walked away very happy with this interview. He even made reference to the fact that the game is changing and he wants a manager that can handle that.

  6. Thank for the link. Very interesting to what happens this Off Season.
    Would like to see a CF (POLLOCK and DALLAS picked up)

    • May be time to re-evaluate the Reds cf needs. First, both Friedl & Siri are now at AA. Either or both could possibly start the 2019 season in Louisville. Trammel is not far behind. Reds may have a couple cf prospects ready in about 1 year. Second, Billy H. has a BA of .275 & an OBP of .344 in the Reds last 30 games. He has played in 25 of them & scored 20 runs. Schebler has not looked lost in cf & is contributing with his bat. The 4 man outfield rotation is yielding dividends lately. If the Nats offer Robles + Kieboom for Iglesias, grab it. If you can get either Happ from the Cubs, or Brett Phillips from the Brewers for Harvey, make it happen. Otherwise, patience make be the best virtue.

    • Pollock will be 31 in December. Do you envision him in CF? If so, I don’t want a CFer that’s over 30. Unless his surname is a fish.

  7. Thought it was a great interview. I was a little nervous when he said that we have a deep farm system to go and get someone in the offseason. Maybe being outside of contention for so long has scared me into trading some of our prospects but with most of our players being young and under control we will have a lot of guys blocked for sometime. I really liked what he said about picking g up players like Floro, Strailey, Simon and having them contribute but not falling in love with them. Harvey immediately came into mind. I won’t be surprised if he is traded before the deadline.

    • One thing that should happen is to use where we have surplus of prospects (2B/3B) and use that as a package to land a near-elite level young pitcher that has a few years of control (or more). Also, we’d all love to get a stud CF prospect that can hit with some OBP and field at least average. If we keep all these 2B/3B prospects, some will start losing trade value just because they’re blocked, unless they manage to hit like a top 10 hitter in all of AAA or AA. Might be wise to move a couple you don’t have rated as all-star ceiling.

      My only worry is trading two or three good prospects and only getting a small upgrade. I just hope if a trade is made, it’s pretty substantial improvement to the outlook of the next 4-5 years at a single position of GREAT need (SP, CF, SS maybe).

  8. I feel better about the GM as well. Up till now, I wasn’t really sure if he was a true baseball guy that keeps emotions in check and trusts his eyes and his own scouts. He at least sounded like he has a firm grasp on his duties and what he has (talent wise) and to remain completely open-minded about every player on the team (to extend them, to keep them, to release them or trade them, etc).

    Scooter has been crazy good, but if they sign him and he gets 16-20 million per season, what will be lost in the coming years due to that? Do we not extend a promising young pitcher in two years when they’re finally pitching really well, near ace-level?

    I think it makes sense to trade Scooter with all-time max value (he’ll never be better than he is this year, or at least its VERY unlikely) with several promising 2B options hovering around MLB/AAA/AA. That said, if they manage to extend him this off-season for a rate close to 13-16 million, then great, use those 2B prospects as trade chips for SP1 upside pitcher (or an already proven young MLB SP1/SP2 type).

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. 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. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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