While the World Series was playing out in Houston last night, the Dominican Winter League was going about their business. Alfredo Rodriguez helped out his team, the Estrellas Orientales (The Eastern Stars), in a big way. Trailing 3-2 in the top of the 6th inning he came up to the plate with the bases loaded and he came through with a 2-RBI go-ahead single.

The Estrellas were able to pad their lead the next inning as they scored another five runs the next inning to put the game away. Another Reds prospect got in the game at the very end. Jesus Reyes came on to pitch the 9th inning of the game for Cibao. He pitched a shutout inning of relief with the Gigantes.

In the Leones and Toros game Keury Mella got into the action. He took over for Raul Valdes in the 7th inning with one out and two runners on base and didn’t let either runner score. He came out and got two more outs in the 8th inning, tossing 1.1 shutout innings during the game.

In the third game in the Dominican Winter League the Reds had two prospects start for Licey. Narciso Crook got the start in left field and went 1-2 before being pinch hit for. Blake Trahan also started the game, hitting 9th and playing shortstop. He also went 1-2 before being pinch hit for.

In Mexico Alex Powers took the mound for Hermosillo for the first time in five days. The reliever tossed another shutout inning and he racked up two strikes. He did allow the first hit of his season – in 6.1 innings spread out over five appearances.

Taking a look at Free Agency

Over at Redleg Nation I’ve been working on taking a look at the ways Cincinnati could approach free agency at certain positions – or at least the players that could help them. On Monday we took a look at the catchers. There was only one guy that made much sense there – Yasmani Grandal.

The Cincinnati Reds and Free Agency: The Catchers

This morning things shifted over to the middle infield. At shortstop there was only one possible option to look at. But at second base there are more than a few options that could potentially be real upgrades at the position. And there are a few others who could be useful pieces if used in roles that cater to their strengths.

The Cincinnati Reds and Free Agency: The Middle Infielders

Connor Byrne wrote about the Reds offseason outlook at MLB Trade Rumors late last night. There are a few errors in there – listing of players who will be free agents who who were released already – but overall the run down is solid and gives a look at some of the potential free agents the team could take a look at.

6 Responses

  1. Oldtimer

    Dave Parker still standing virtually alone atop the Reds FA totem pole. Reds FA signings in 2019 have to knock him off the pole. We’ll see. The Reds need TWO starting lineup caliber FA this offseason.

    • Curt

      I agree Oldtimer but who? The FA class is wafer thin. Money to spend is great but if there’s no one to spend it on, what then?

      • Oldtimer

        No. Plenty of good FA out there. Getting them to sign with Reds may be tough but gotta try. The Reds need TWO starters (C, IN, or OF) from signed FA in 2019-20 offseason.

        PS Francisco Cordero is probably Reds #2 FA ever signed.

  2. Oldtimer

    Tanner Rainey is pretty happy he was traded for Tanner Roark last year. Congrats to him. WS champion.

  3. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    Does AlfRod get protected in the Rule 5 draft? If he does, would he have if he hadn’t signed for so much as an international free agent?

    • Oldtimer

      The $ signing is a sunk cost. Whether he gets protected from Rule 5 draft, Reds already spent that $ on him.