The Winter Meetings are wrapping up in Orlando and they’ve featured many headlines. For the Cincinnati Reds they offer one specific question. What’s the Reds game plan for the future?
This is a question asked a lot over the past few years. With the Reds still in the thick of their rebuilding process. Trade wise this process mostly features the Reds unloading big name talent. Such as Aroldis Chapman or Todd Frazier typically in exchange for prospects. Going through this offseason the trend seems on track to continue.
Speculation surfaced over the last 48 hours about a potential trade involving the Reds. The possibility of Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton being traded to the San Fransisco Giants. If Billy Hamilton were traded, the Cincinnati Reds need to get something worth it in return. Ideally the Reds would get somebody that would exceed Hamilton’s abilities to get on base. Which is one of the few area’s where he struggles.
The Reds have proven they don’t need the biggest names to have a good deal. Scooter Gennett and Adam Duvall are two players that prove this. The Reds were one of many teams courting one of the biggest names in the market this offseason. That player is Shohei Ohtani, perhaps the most notable two-way players in Baseball today. The Michael Lorenzen-esque Japanese pitchers signed last week with the Los Angeles Angels.
Not getting Ohtani might be an okay thing for the Reds. With the Angels being in the American League it’s a good fit for Ohtani. Given they have the designated hitter position. The Reds reportedly made a strong effort to get Ohtani. Hoping the mid-sized market team could make a big splash in terms of deals.
The Reds don’t need to make a splash to successfully rebuild. Rather the Reds need consistently dependable pitchers. Especially ones that won’t blow leads for the Reds. Along with getting consistent hitters that can get on base or bring in runs. If the Reds can do both they’ll be in good shape by the end of the decade.
They’re doing well on one end but poorly on the other. They’re doing well in terms of finding consistent hitters. They’re doing poorly pitching wise but they have many young pitchers. They need someone dependable with plenty of big league experience. We’ll see if the Reds find that before next season starts.