Friday, January 24, 2014

Sports Illustrated writer gives Reds lowly review, grade regarding inactive offseason

The proverbial horse has already been beaten many times this winter. That is to say the Reds have not had a particularly productive winter upgrading their roster.

But Sports Illustrated writer Cliff Corcoran further compounded on this storyline when penning a "Winter Report Card" on Cincinnati. Corcoran's piece was published Friday morning and it doesn't quite laud the work (or lack thereof) done by general manager Walt Jocketty and the front office this season.

You can have a look at the article in its entirety if you wish by clicking here. But for those of you who want the quick summary of what was written...

+ Corcoran writes that the team's decision to promote from within is very risky. Namely, by replacing Dusty Baker with Bryan Price as manager, inserting rookie Billy Hamilton for Shin-Soo Choo, and plugging Tony Cingrani into the rotation absent Bronson Arroyo.

+ He also claims that the Reds sold low when trading Ryan Hanigan, who Corcoran called the "most underrated catcher in baseball," and proceeded to label the three-year, $10.75 million deal given to Hanigan by Tampa Bay as a "bargain."

+ Corcoran also doesn't seem sold on the idea of Hamilton living up to the billing. The SI writer goes into detail comparing Hamilton's projected stats against Choo's past and projected production. Quite frankly, Corcoran believes Cincinnati's offense may sputter this year.

+ Finally, he gives his preliminary assessment of the offseason thus far, taking into account everything that has or hasn't happened, and that grade is an unsightly D-. Ouch.

What do you think? Have the Reds taken a step backward this winter? Or can the nucleus of players they have rise to the challenge and exceed expectations?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He is right about Hanny-. The Rays staff will improve with his presence behind the dish. That said, Go Reflects!