I’m losing my mind because you are losing your mind. Okay, maybe not you, personally, but there is a general consensus among the social medias that if the Cincinnati Reds trade away Scooter Gennett, then that’s it. Those people are done. They can’t abide the Reds any longer. STOP IT.
Scooter has provided two nice years of baseball. He has been a distraction from all the losing. Four-homer game, check. Compete for the batting title, check. All-Star game, check. Playoffs? Winning? Championship? No check times three. Some people are so frustrated with the rebuild (which they should be, it’s taken longer than a Steak and Shake after 11 pm) that they are entertaining the thought of not caring about their favorite team because a nice player, whose played for the gargantuan amount of time of two years, could be traded. Fine. Bye. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
Scooter is a decent player, but if you’re honest with yourself, as a fan, this is probably the best he will be. He’s not going to be any better than a 4-WAR guy, and that’s fine. But he isn’t the type of player you build around. Joey Votto’s two lowest WAR totals in a season, since his rookie year, were 1.9, in 2014 (played in 62 games due to injury) and last year with 3.5. Joey had three seasons of 7.0, or better, WAR, and five seasons of 6.0 or above. Scooter is not reaching 6.0 WAR and maybe not 5.0. The Reds need to see what they can get in a trade for Gennett while his value is at its peak, which is now.
In case you’ve missed it, Jim Riggleman was hired as the New York Mets bench coach. Good for him, he’s a decent baseball mind who deserves a coaching spot. I am still glad David Bell is the Reds manager, though.
Billy Hamilton signed a one-year deal, worth $5 million and change, with the Kansas City Royals. This, in my opinion, sucks. He goes from a not-so-great team to a bad one. Really would have liked to see him on a team that is contending next year. Instead, it seems Cool Papa Bill will be reprising his role of starting centerfielder, just in blue instead of red.
The Reds claimed 29-year old Robby Scott off waivers from the Boston Red Sox today. Scott is a lefty reliever who seems to be cast, in his career, as a specialist against left-handed batters. He’s appeared in 73 games while recording 48.1 innings. In other words, say he pitches an inning per appearance, then he would have recorded 74 more outs than he has. Scott may be here to put pressure on Wandy Peralta for a bullpen spot in 2019.
The Winter Meetings are just starting and the Reds look to be busy. Follow @jefffcarr and @lockedonReds for all your Cincinnati baseball Twitter content
Could he? Would he? May he? Things looking slightly up for the Reds prospects of getting Dallas Keuchel.
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