Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sports Illustrated smacks Reds with offseason grade of D-

On Monday, Sports Illustrated published offseason grades for every team in the National League. Needless to say, they weren't impressed by Cincinnati's activity this winter, which explains why they assigned the Reds a D- mark on their offseason report card.

Here's a written excerpt on how they justified their decision:

The Reds’ quiet offseason has left the task of replacing outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo to rookies Billy Hamilton and Skip Schumaker for the former and ace Johnny Cueto and second-year lefty Tony Cingrani for the latter. Hamilton’s speed is phenomenal but he has only 22 plate appearances at the major league level and Schumaker isn’t nearly the offensive threat Choo was. As for the pitchers, Cueto’s right shoulder hasn’t been healthy since late 2012 and the 23-year-old Cingrani hasn’t yet pitched a full season in the majors.

On top of that, Cincinnati sold low on underrated catcher Ryan Hanigan coming off a hard-luck season. That’s left the team with former prospect Devin Mesoraco (a career .225/.282/.359 hitter) as its starter behind the plate and Brayan Peña (who joins Schumaker as the club’s only two major league free agent signings this winter) as its backup catcher. — Cliff Corcoran

I'm not even going to lie, the Reds probably deserve this grade. They have done next to nothing to bolster their roster heading into 2014, but that doesn't mean things aren't going to work out.

If it's any consolation, the swashbuckling Pirates received an F for their winter efforts, so maybe a D- isn't that bad after all.

1 comment:

truth teller said...

If everybody stays healthy a full season with Ludwick, Marshall, Cueto and Johathan Broxton is pbrobably enough. Billy Hamilton is the wild card a defensive upgrade from Choo if he falters at the plate possibly a platoon sistution whth Hamilton coming in as a late inning pinch run threat. I think the health of that core group remains in tact this team will be headed to the playoffs again. Pitching, defense and offensive prodution in that order are the keys