The Winter Meetings in Las Vegas began today and it didn’t take long for rumors about the Reds to start swirling.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting the Reds are shopping Scooter Gennett to: (a) save the estimated $10+ million Gennett is due in arbitration, (b) make room for Nick Senzel, and (c) add a player to the roster like Josh Harrison who can play IF and OF.
“The Reds, sources say, would like to move (Gennett)… The problem for the Reds in trying to deal Gennett is the free-agent market is flooded with second basemen, from DJ LeMahieu to Jed Lowrie to Brian Dozier, Daniel Murphy to Ian Kinsler to Neil Walker.”
Some of us have been advocating this move for more than a year. This also isn’t the first time the Reds have tried to trade Gennett. In previous efforts, they’ve been unable to find a match. Gennett plays only one position and has been both good and bad defensively.
C. Trent Rosecrans, who writes for The Athletic, tweeted this observation a few minutes ago:
The most interesting thing I've noticed so far at the Winter Meetings is just how many people expect the #Reds to have a busy couple of days. I've heard they are talking to everyone— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) December 10, 2018
Check back this week for further Hot Stove news about the Reds.
Updates: News about a former Reds player from a former Reds GM.
#Royals close to agreement with OF Billy Hamilton just working through bonuses and pending physical— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) December 10, 2018
Perfect match between team and player.
Reds competition for Dallas Keuchel appears to be Atlanta and Philadelphia, at least for now.
Braves, Reds and the Phillies are three prime teams on Keuchel. But what if Yankees lose out on Happ. Might they pounce?— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 10, 2018
12:04 PM Reds front office gives strategic leak to beat writer to help with negotiations:
Source: #reds not actively looking to trade Scooter Gennett. Refutes an early report today from the Winter Meetings— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) December 10, 2018