The first trade made on behalf of the Cincinnati Reds included third baseman, Eugenio Suarez.
Heading into the FanSided Winter Meeting Simulation, the Cincinnati Reds put Eugenio Suarez out there just to see what would happen. It wasn’t long before a deal came to fruition. GULP!
The goal with moving Suarez was to open third base for top prospect Nick Senzel at some point in the 2018 season. It was also to open up a 40 man roster spot for other potential moves. Suarez got auctioned off for the best collection of prospects available.
The sad thing is that the other teams all wanted to trade guys already in the majors. It didn’t do any good to trade Suarez for a position player that needed a roster spot. It just didn’t help.
That meant rifling through a good number of bad offers. The value was fine, but if you want a player that is low cost and on a forty man roster, then you want Suarez.
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The intent was not to move him first. In fact, the idea was to collect offers through the simulation and then make a decision at the twelfth hour. Instead, the offers dictated making this move first.
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The Cincinnati Reds traded Eugenio Suarez and minor league reliever Tyler Rainey to the Seattle Mariners for starting pitcher Ariel Miranda, minor league shortstop Christopher Torres, and minor league outfielder Luis Liberato to start the FanSided Winter Meetings Simulation.
This ended up being a no brainer given Senzel’s presence in the organization. Torres should be an MLB shortstop by 2020. Liberato won’t be ready for a few more years.
The big steal was Miranda as a throw-in. He can be flipped to another team, packaged or kept as a replacement for the departed Tim Adleman. He is really a number five starter.
It was difficult to move Suarez. However, if the team wants to compete, they can’t let everyone be the same age again as they did a few seasons ago. Moving from Suarez also allows both Scooter Gennett and Dilson Herrera to have a place in the starting line-up.
Most importantly, the Reds got a shortstop of the future in case neither Jose Peraza nor Blake Trahan pans out long term. After catcher, shortstop is probably the hardest position to find defensively at the MLB level. The next move is see what the Reds can get back for Billy Hamilton.