Kiley McDaniel’s weekly chat at Fangraphs had an interesting answer to a question about the offseason.
: Which teams do you think are most likely to trade from prospect depth this winter for a big name?
: San Diego, White Sox and Cincinnati all make sense
Now, on the surface, I believe everyone thinks the Cincinnati Reds need to add talent if they want to compete. And given that the largest free agent contract they’ve ever signed is for less than $50M dollars, TOTAL – until we see something else, anyone expecting them to spend more than a handful of dollars in free agency has a larger amount of faith in ownership than I do.
If you listened to the Redleg Nation Radio Patreon Exclusive Podcast this past week (it was on both the Redleg Nation Radio Patreon page as well as the Reds Minor Leagues Patreon page), then you heard me say that the farm system today isn’t what it was entering the year. And that by-and-large, most of the top 25 caliber guys had down seasons.
With that said, it doesn’t mean that the farm system is devoid of prospects. Nor is it devoid of guys that would have plenty of value on the trade market. The question for me is whether or not the Reds would be willing to make even more trades of some of their top prospects. Trading away the likes of Taylor Trammell, Shed Long, Josiah Gray, and Jeter Downs in the last year has certainly left the Reds with fewer players for the future than they otherwise would have had.
Now, if we are going to be talking about a “big name” and it’s more than just a big name, but also a player that can still play like that – it’s going to cost a lot. You’re probably looking at someone like Nick Lodolo, Tyler Stephenson, Jose Garcia, Hunter Greene, or Jonathan India being traded. I’ve always said that any player should be traded in the right deal. Fortunately the Reds don’t pay me to make the decisions on what is or isn’t the right deal.
Arizona Fall League Updates
The struggles for Jonathan India continued on Friday night in the Arizona Fall League as he went 0-4 with two strikeouts. He’s now 0-22 to start his 2019 AFL season with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Tyler Stephenson was the only other Reds prospect to play in the game. He went 0-2 with 2 walks. While his RBI double from Thursday night was washed out of the statsheet when the game was postponed by rain after getting underway, he’s still hitting .375/.474/.500 through 16 at-bats.
Here’s how all of the Reds prospects are performing thus far out in the Arizona Fall League: