Hindsight is always 20/20. It's easy to look back on a decision that you made last year or even last week and think to yourself, "Man, I wish I didn't do that." Well, if it happens to you and I, it most certainly happens to baseball executives as well. Which players do the Cincinnati Reds wish were still on the roster right now?
Whether it was a trade that didn't go your way or a player that you allowed to enter free agency only to see him go on and have an outstanding season or career, as a general manager, you just hope to have more hits than swings and misses.
The oft-criticized Cincinnati front office has made its fair share of blunders by either by trading away talented young prospects, or not re-signing some key free agents. Which three players do the Reds wish they still had on their roster or in their farm system?
1. Josiah Gray, Former Reds pitching prospect
Josiah Gray has now been traded twice his career, but this time, I think he's found a permanent home in our nation's capital. Gray was a key piece of the trade that earlier this summer sent Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to Los Angeles. But, before he was a National, or even a Dodger, Gray was part of the Cincinnati Reds farm system.
Gray was originally drafted with the 72nd overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the same year that Jonathan India was taken in the first round. Gray was packaged with another top prospect, shortstop Jeter Downs, and was shipped to LA in exchange for Alex Wood, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, and Kyle Farmer. As it turns out, Farmer is the only player left from that deal.
Gray made his major league debut this season, first for the Dodgers and then for the Nats. While he went just 2-2 with a 5.48 ERA, the talent is there and the right-hander is expected to be a big part of Washington's starting rotation moving forward.
At the time, the Reds front office was focused on moving on from Homer Bailey, who was unceremoniously dumped by LA shortly after the trade was made. Farmer was the best thing to come out of that trade, though he's little more than a role player. And yes, I love Kyle Farmer and couldn't imagine what this year's team would have looked like without him.
While the Cincinnati Reds may have a very deep rotation at the moment, Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle are only under team control for two more seasons and Sonny Gray and, most likely Wade Miley, will be free agents after next season. Pairing Josiah Gray with Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Vladimir Gutierrez would've given the Redlegs an imposing young rotation for years to come.