After signing their third baseman to an affordable extension, the Cincinnati Reds should move him to the highest bidder.
Eugenio Suarez is a great discovery for the Cincinnati Reds. He came over from the Detroit Tigers for waiver wire acquisition Alfredo Simon. The Reds thought they had a back-up infielder, but they found so much more.
Suarez has played three MLB seasons worth of games over four calendar years. He spent a half of one season playing shortstop in Detroit. Then he did the same thing for the Reds in support of an injured Zack Cozart during his first season in Cincinnati.
The past two seasons, Suarez has played third base for the Reds. His first season at third, he made more errors than any other National League third baseman. Last season, he made among the fewest.
Over the course of those three seasons worth of games, Suarez hit 64 home runs and drove in 223 runs. He has walked 174 times and struck out 463 times.
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That averages about 22 homers and 75 RBIs. It is also about 58 walks and 155 strikeouts per season. He is a career .258 hitter with a .333 OBP.
Last season Suarez ranked fifth among NL third basemen in home runs. He also ranked fifth in RBIs. This is for someone who is only 26 years old, this is an impressive explosion onto the seen.
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With his ultra-reasonable extension the Cincinnati Reds should capitalize on his contract.
Rarely can a smaller market team afford to move a young veteran with a reasonable contract. In this case Suarez is in front of the Reds’ top prospect, Nick Senzel, who projects to outplay Saint Louis Cardinals Paul DeJong, once he gets playing. Moving Suarez helps the team move forward.
When the Miami Marlins traded the uber expensive reigning NL MVP, Giancarlo Stanton, they received Starlin Castro and two prospects. That is about what the Reds could expect. A reasonably priced useful veteran and two prospects.
With the set-up of the Reds current pitching staff, the return of a young, controllable starting pitcher and a pair of prospects is too valuable to pass up. The Reds have too many outfielders and one too many third baseman. The extra third baseman is the best prospect that the Reds’ system has seen since Hall Fame shortstop Barry Larkin was a rookie.
Suarez only loses value as the Reds hold onto him. The Reds for their part need to keep moving forward. It’s moves like this that they have to make in order take the last step back to competitiveness.