On Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network shared information that the Cincinnati Reds are essentially still listening to offers on just about any of their players. This isn’t the first time, and it’s almost certainly not the last time that he’s relayed that to the public, either.
Reds are open to listening on Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos but there doesn’t seem to much traction there. Eugenio Suarez has drawn more interest; if they do move Suarez, Moustakas could move to his natural 3B.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 11, 2021
Trading Eugenio Suárez would certainly be a tough pill to swallow. He’s under contract for at least the next four seasons, and the 2025 season has a $2M buyout or a $15M team option. He’s on an incredibly cheap deal and has long term team control. While trading him in the right kind of deal could make sense, it’s also one that probably signals to the fan base that the team isn’t exactly trying to win a whole lot in the short term.
What is interesting here, though, is the speculation of moving Mike Moustakas back to third base if Eugenio Suárez were to be traded. That would open up second base for Cincinnati. That could lead to several different scenarios playing out.
The first one could be that with a crowded outfield, Nick Senzel would slide back to the infield and take over second base and allow Shogo Akiyama to play center and have both Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos in the outfield and lineup on a near every day basis. From an offensive perspective, that would probably be a good thing (ignoring, of course, the loss of Eugenio Suárez in the lineup, which would be a bad thing).
Another scenario could be that the team turns over the reins at second base to Jonathan India. While much of his time in the minor leagues, and in college at Florida was at third base, India has started seeing more time at second base and saw time there while at the Reds alternate site out at Prasco Park. With no minor league season, we can’t look at stats to see how well (or in other cases, not well) someone played. But all reports coming out of the Reds organization is that India looked very good and took big steps forward this year.
The scenario that seems less likely, at least in the immediacy of April of 2021 is to potentially put Jose Garcia at second base. He hasn’t played there a ton, but he does have some experience there. The Reds are looking for a shortstop this offseason because they concluded that Garcia, while ready defensively, probably needs a bit more time in the minors before he’s ready to hit at the highest level on an everyday basis. The same conclusion would of course apply to second base.
Of course with Garcia this could be a 2-fold situation, too. If the team does indeed land a shortstop this offseason, and it’s one who is going to require multiple years to bring in, then it’s likely that Garcia is going to either be delayed quite a bit in when he arrives, find another position to play, or find himself in trade discussions.
The good news is that there do seem to be quality options available to the Reds if they were to trade Eugenio Suárez. The bad news is that the Cincinnati Reds may be considering trading Eugenio Suárez and that is just a bad sign of where things are in the front office right now due to what seems like a cutting payroll demand from the ownership group.