Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals as champions of their respective leagues. The World Series was a good one which I felt the umpires did an excellent job. In the end, the Red Sox were able to win their first World Series at home since 1918. Congrats to Boston and their fans.
Now, it’s time to begin the off-season and it’s going to be an exciting one. Some of the big names in free agency are Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-soo Choo and Brian McCann. There are also several names being floated around already in trade rumors. The Angels’ Mark Trumbo, Dodgers’ Andre Ethier, Rays’ David Price and the Reds’ Brandon Phillips.
I really don’t see the Cubs making any major moves after any of those names as of today. The Cubs will probably have another season of spending on guys like Edwin Jackson or David DeJesus. I don’t see Theo & Co. trading the farm away for someone like David Price either. Instead, I think Rick Renteria will be the next manager and there will be a few minor moves after that, but nothing earth shattering.
There is also the issue of Jeff Samardzija. Do we sign a contact extension or do we go to arbitration? Or does he get traded? This is one player I will be watching closely.
I’m already looking forward to the winter meetings so I can learn what direction the Cubs will be heading this off-season.
Just recently my friend and Reds fan, Dave, wanted to know why I haven’t written anything about the Reds on my blog. Well, I decided to write something for his sake. I figure if he’s gonna take the time to check out this blog I might as well as write something about his Reds. I am trying to convince Dave to start his own blog or even join forces with me to write a blog about the Cubs, Reds and baseball. Until then, I guess this will have to do. I will do my best to look at things objectively, but remember, I am a Cubs fan and we can be biased from time to time.
The Cincinnati Reds glory days of the “Big Red Machine” are long gone. As a matter of fact, they haven’t won the World Series since the magical year of 1990. That was a great team. Jose Rijo, Chris Sabo, Eric “the Red” Davis and the Nasty Boys featuring Rob Dibble, Randy Myers and Norm Charlton. I remember going into the series against Oakland that year that none of our friends gave the Reds much of a chance to win. Then they went and swept the mighty A’s.
The last winning season the Reds had was in 2000. However, with the way things are shaping up, I don’t think they are that far from finishing over .500 once again. They have developed a solid core of young players that may bring this team back into the playoff hunt for years to come.
Here’s a quick look at some of the current Reds that I like and think the organization should build around. At 1B is Joey Votto. I think he’s a really good player, but I think he eventually will have to move to LF or RF due to minor league stud Yonder Alonso. In Brandon Phillips the Reds have an all star at 2B. At 3B is Edwin Encarnacion. He is still young, only 26, but needs to work on his defense. The outfielder of the future is here in Jay Bruce. He possesses a lot of talent, but may be best suited in RF. I believe these guys should be the core of the Reds lineup over the next few years and will help lead them into the next decade.
On the mound things look bright too. Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez may turn out to be a great 1-2 punch at the start of the rotation. Then there is the possibility of Homer Bailey making the rotation soon. If these 3 young guns develop like the Reds hope you may be looking at a team capable of winning a World Series sooner than later.
A lot of young talent with the Reds. If these guys play like they are capable of then the Reds will win a lot of games. I imagine that will be the case. The obstacle I see standing in the way for the Reds is salary. How will they be able to pay all of these guys? Cincinnati is not a big market team like the Yankees, Red Sox or Cubs. Until then, there is no doubt in my mind that the Reds organization is going in the right direction.