With the FanSided Winter Meetings Simulation over, it makes sense to see what happened in regards to the Cincinnati Reds.
Going into the FanSided Winter Meetings Simulation, the Cincinnati Reds were looking to move salary for prospects. This included moving center fielder Billy Hamilton and catcher Devin Mesoraco. It also meant opening the door to moving third baseman Eugenio Suarez.
The amount of money that Zack Cozart signed for was shocking. It meant that the Reds had to go elsewhere for a starting shortstop. They signed Eduardo Nunez in the simulation. They also re-signed pitchers Drew Storen and Scott Feldman.
The Net Effect:
Zack Cozart left via free agency.
Billy Hamilton, Devin Mesoraco, and Eugenio Suarez left via trades.
$7-million went to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Mesoraco’s salary.
Eduardo Nunez signed for 2 years at $14-million.
Brad Miller came via trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Prospects Luis Liberato and Chris Torres came via trade with the Seattle Mariners.
LHPs Cionel Perez and Brett Adcock came via trade with the Houston Astros.
Prospects Calvin Mitchell and Max Kranic Came via trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Drew Stubbs signed a minor league deal.
Scott Feldman and Drew Storen re-signed.
Ariel Miranda came over for Suarez and then left for Miller.
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The Cincinnati Reds enter 2018 with more salary flexibility and a deeper talent base following the Simulation.
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Here is what the end result really was. Scott Schebler is the starting center fielder, backed up by Phil Ervin and Jose Peraza. Stubbs was signed in case they aren’t good enough defensively.
Scooter Gennett starts at third base. That opens up second base for prospect Dilson Herrera. The Reds traded Jay Bruce to acquire Herrera, so he’d better produce.
Nunez is the Opening Day shortstop. He can move to third if Gennett or Herrera falters. Peraza could also displace Nunez.
Miller looks to be the Gennett of 2018. He will start as a bench player. However, playing at Great American could result in Miller’s power making him an everyday player.
The bullpen is still intact. Add Cody Reed for a full season and it is set. Feldman also projects to start in the pen.
Trading Suarez hurt, but the return was two prospects and a bench player. Not to mention top prospect Nick Senzel could start the season in Cincinnati. However, with all of these moving pieces, the Reds are headed in the right direction.