Cincinnati Reds Rumors: Eugenio Suarez should be moved while his value is high

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The Cincinnati Reds have a high value commodity that doesn’t fit into their long range plans in Eugenio Suarez.

The Cincinnati Reds will never get a better trade return for Eugenio Suarez than right now.  He is young, controllable and hot.  A year after embarrassing himself defensively, Suarez had an outstanding year on the hot corner, too.

This is what the Reds did last year with the Dan Straily deal.  They traded a controllable commodity that they paid little for in exchange for a trio of prospects.  They claimed Straily off of waivers.

Suarez didn’t cost the Reds much either.  They traded All-Star pitcher Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers before he became too expensive for Suarez and Jonathon Crawford, who appears back on track.  Now Suarez can be flipped for a better package in his own right.

The Reds just need to find a trading partner that is looking for a controllable third baseman with power.  Initially, Suarez seemed destined to share first base with former National League MVP Joey Votto as he aged.  That plan changed when Suarez had a complete season this past year.

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Now Suarez needs to play everyday.  His power numbers are legitimate.  With Scooter Gennett on the team, though, Suarez seems a bit redundant.  Plus he is open to anything on the extension talk front.

The Cincinnati Reds need to move Eugenio Suarez to clear third base for top prospect Nick Senzel.

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The new line for the Reds is that Senzel can play anywhere on the field.  He is good, but defensively his skillset is most similar to that of Montreal Expos and Chicago Cubs infielder Vance Law.  It’s been awhile, but Law was a plus third baseman and a slightly above average second baseman.

Senzel should start his MLB career the same way that his entire minor league career has been to date, as a third baseman.  That leaves Suarez with a big bat and no position.  He could move back to shortstop, but he was substandard defensively there for both the Tigers and the Reds.

That brings it back to moving Suarez.  With a glove and a bat, his controllable contract could bring a king’s ransom.  A pair of top ten prospects from another team would not be out of the realm by any stretch.

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The Reds are coming out of a rebuild that took too long.  Now they need to position themselves to start winning.  It may take a few more painful trades, but it will be well worth it.