The Cincinnati faithful will be ecstatic to hear the latest Reds rumors. The Cincinnati Reds front office is still looking for a starting shortstop and are considering a trade for Tampa Bay Rays’ infielder Willy Adames.
MLB insider Jon Heyman is reporting that despite Cincinnati inking Dee Strange-Gordon to minor-league contract, the Reds are still looking at other shortstops. Among them are signing Jonathan Villar or making a deal for Adames or Amed Rosario.
Reds rumors of a trade for Willy Adames will get the fanbase excited.
These latest Reds rumors could turn the collective frown of Cincinnati fans upside down. After signing Strange-Gordon to a contract yesterday, several fans were questioning whether or not Cincinnati would still be in the market for a shortstop. Heyman has answered that quandary with a resounding yes.
While Willy Adames would be the target most fans would want to see Nick Krall and front office go after, it’s sure to cost the a bevy of talent in return. Tampa Bay knows what they have in Adames, but with top MLB prospect Wander Franco on the doorstep of his big league debut, the Rays’ front office may be looking to cash in on Adames affordability and potential.
Willy Adames is under team control for the next four seasons, and would provide an immediate upgrade both one the field and in the batter’s box. It would also allow Kyle Farmer to do what he does best, and float between all four infield spots when needed.
Adding Adames would also take the pressure off the Cincinnati Reds to rush José García to the major leagues. García is the team’s best young infield prospect, but his rapid ascension to the majors last summer showed that the 22-year-old still needs more seasoning in the minors.
The Reds rumors include Amed Rosario and Jonathan Villar as well.
While the biggest name among those listed was Willy Adames, the latest Reds rumors also listed a pair of players who represent a low-cost replacement at shortstop. Adding player like Jonathan Villar would likely cost less than $2M and the Cleveland Indians would likely settle for a pair of young prospects in exchange for Amed Rosario.
Regardless of who the Cincinnati Reds go after to fill the vacancy, these latest Reds rumors should bring some comfort to the fanbase that the front office haven’t given up their pursuit of a starting shortstop.