Friday, December 18, 2015

Dark Winter for the Reds

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

First of all, goodbye to Todd Frazier as he was traded to the White Sox. I was told during last season that Todd was un touchable. I guess things changed when he finished the season in a long slump. I think it’s an awful move to trade a popular player like Todd for the fan base. The Reds believe that they have two major league ready players in Jose Peraza, who they hope will play second base next season. (What does that mean for Brandon Phillips?) and Scott Schebler, who can play outfield. We shall see what happens but the Reds are in full blown rebuild mode and that means for Reds fans a few years of futility. That my loyal Reds fans, is not what we wanted to hear. It was my opinion that the Reds could contend with their nucleus of veterans like Leake, Votto, Bruce, Phillips, Frazier, Chapman, Bailey and Mesoraco. But when the dust clears only Votto, Mesoraco and Bailey will remain.

We may certainly be saying goodbye to Aroldis Chapman to the Dodgers as soon as they work out some legal issues with Chapman. If not the Dodgers, then I read where the Yankees and Astros are interested in him. Bottom line is Chapman will not be back with the Reds next season.

Soon we will be saying goodbye to Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips. The Reds fans in 2016 are going to have to have a program to tell who the players are. Votto is saying he will not wave his no trade clause and that he in Cincinnati for the long run. I’m glad they will have one marketable player for next season.

The winter meeting proved the Major Leagues are awash in money. Can you believe the contracts that Zack Greinke and David Price got? Over 30 million per year for a pitcher? Unbelievable!

And the worst of all is that a guy who has hit above .277 only once at .293. He has hit more than 20 home runs or driven in than 72 runs in a season only one time in his career and got 184 million dollars! I’m talking about Jason Heyward. I love him as a player but what would Jay Bruce be worth? Wow!

Then Johnny Cueto gets a big payday with the Giants. Six years and 130 million. He will be in a pitcher friendly park so he should do quite well there if he is healthy. The Giants and the Diamondbacks have really loaded up on pitching in the off season. The NL West is going to be a close race for the 2016 season between the Diamondbacks and Giants. The Dodgers may have slipped when they lost Greinke.

Second of all, Brandon Phillips who robbed so many of hits in the 2015 season, got robbed himself of the Gold Glove award. Absolutely robbed! Brandon Phillips is a victim of his greatness. I guess the voters just don’t want to give it to him every year. They gave it to Ozzie Smith and Greg Maddux every year but not Brandon Phillips, noooooo! I never want to say something is a joke as far as MLB but that smacks of it.

Dee Gordon of the Marlins was the winner. Here is how he and Brandon stack up. Gordon had 72 more total chances than Brandon. No big deal as you can’t help where the ball is hit. Gordon had 40 more assists than Brandon. Again you can’t help where they hit the ball. Both Brandon and Gordon had six errors. Gordon participated in 32 more double plays than Brandon. But again you can’t help where the ball is hit and the situation. So since they are both so similar you have to go with the eye test and Brandon Phillips wins that by a mile. No one was on more highlight reels than Brandon.

Miami didn’t win anything and neither did the Reds so that’s a wash. I just think Brandon got robbed. Yes, Dee Gordon is a great second baseman but compared to Brandon Phillips? Come on, no comparison!

Maybe Santa will have a surprisingly successful 2016 for the Reds in his sleigh this Christmas.

Until next time,

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