What’s next for Reds?
Happy New Year and for those of you who are also Bengals fans, take solace in knowing that Opening Day for the Reds and Pirates at GABP is 91 days away on April 6.
The Reds have some work to do before going to Goodyear in February. That was the topic of my story on MLB.com/Reds.com today. Click here to read it.
Here’s the remaining checklist:
*Five arbitration cases (Frazier, Mesoraco, Cozart, Leake, Chapman)
*Try to sign Johnny Cueto
I don’t expect the Reds will make blockbuster moves to fill the top two needs. I could envision a couple of veterans being added via Minor League deals that come with camp invites. There aren’t a lot of names left on the free agent market. Joba Chamberlain, John Axford and Burke Badenhop kind of stand out among the available relievers.
As previously reported, the Reds were given until Opening Day by Cueto to get an extension completed.
With the arbitration cases, I would look for the Reds to at least try and get multi-year deals done with Frazier and Mesoraco to clear away the future arbitration years and perhaps the first year of free agent eligibility. It provides the players with a little security and the club can have a firm budget. The team has done this often in recent years with Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce and Joey Votto getting similar contracts while still in their years of club control.