Shortstop No. 28

From the Reds, a list I post from time-to-time — Brandon Phillips’ double play partners. Ivan DeJesus Jr. is the 28th different shortstop paired with Phillips since 2006.

Cozart, Zack 427
Janish, Paul 259
Gonzalez, Alex 162
Keppinger, Jeff 138
Cabrera, Orlando 118
Renteria, Edgar 76
Lopez, Felipe 72
Hairston, Jerry Jr. 64
Castro, Juan 44
Clayton, Royce 40
Valdez, Wilson 31
Izturis, Cesar 28
Aurilia, Rich 25
Santiago, Ramon 15
Lopez, Pedro 11
Negron, Kristopher 9
Cabrera, Jolbert 9
Sutton, Drew 8
Suarez, Eugenio 7
Rosales, Adam 6
Gregorius, Didi 4
Olmedo, Ray 3
Valaika, Chris 3
Frazier, Todd 2
Cairo, Miguel 1
Cruz, Enrique 1
Elmore, Jake 1


wow well in your opinion who was best better question wold it be better not to allow an another someone needs to make the Reds an offer /?

reply further—–Johnny Temple and Joe Morgan how many shortstops partners did they have—-god bless Temple and the 56 REDS.

So let’s peak at our chances this season…
The Reds have zero chance at catching the Cards…so let’s move on…
They are 5 G back of three teams that are either playing their brand, or
they are much improved recently…Pirates, Cubs and Giants.
5 G is not alot to make up considering we are only 44% through the season
(90 G left). But…and it’s a big but…the Reds are playing .472 ball (34-38)
and continue to play undisciplined baseball which is far more important,
and telling. Therein lies the rub and it hasn’t changed for quite some time.

Are The San Francisco Giants In Play For Johnny Cueto?
by Marc Keller | Posted on Friday, June 26th, 2015
Baseball Hot Corner

Reports are starting to surface that the Cincinnati Reds are exploring trade options for their ace, Johnny Cueto. Cueto is slated to become a free agent after the 2015 season and all indications are it will be a tough resign for the Reds. So in order to get full-compensation for Cueto instead of losing him in free agency and potentially settling for a couple of MLB Draft comp picks, it would behoove the Reds to start conjuring up trade discussions for Cueto in order to drive up his market price and get maximum value. So where do the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants come into play? It was reported two-weeks ago that Giants Executive Vice-President of Baseball Operations Brian Sabean was on hand in Chicago for the Chicago Cubs v. Reds series. It was also reported that Sabean was front row (not literally, but at the game in-person) for the Saturday, June 12, Cueto start against the Cubs where he went 7 IP, giving up 4 ER, 7 H’s, 0 BB’s, 9 SO’s, and 1 HR. It begs the question, are the Giants in play for Cueto’s services?

The Giants are by no means reeling as a team right now. They are currently in 40-34 W-L, good for second place in a tough NL West division and only one games back of the first place, Los Angeles Dodgers. But it hasn’t come easily for the Giants. They’ve had to deal with injuries to multiple veteran players, like team leader and outfielder Hunter Pence, and starting pitchers Jake Peavy and Matt Cain. It is actually quite an accomplishment that despite these injuries the Giants sit in second place in the NL West and right in the thick of the playoff races. But this is the Giants, and after winning three out of the last five World Series titles, expectations are high and another trip to the World Series let alone the playoffs has become commonplace. This is where the services of Cueto could come very much into play.

What has been the Giants bread-and-butter in this epic dynasty has been their phenomenal starting pitcher, which as it stands now has been good, but vulnerable. As a staff, the Giants have a 3.73 ERA (10th in MLB), 1.25 WHIP (11th in MLB), .248 BAA (13th in MLB), and 38 QS (13th in MLB). While these numbers are good, they aren’t playoff reliable. Outside of staff ace, Madison Bumgarner, the other four starters have reliability issues. Veterans Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong are having good seasons, but are starting to show their age (Hudson is 39-years old, Vogey is 37-years old) and having trouble lasting a third time through a batting order; rookie starting pitcher Chris Heston has been a pleasant surprise, enjoying a nice season and pitching a no-hitter against the New York Mets, but still has been inconsistent at times; and Tim Lincecum is having a bit of a resurgence after three sub-par seasons, but how long can he sustain this performance. Cain and Peavy would help reinforce the Giants starting rotation, but both are recovering from injuries that have the potential to have a lingering effect. The Giants would be taking a huge gamble standing pat with their current starting rotation heading into the playoffs. They may have won the 2014 World Series with one great starting pitcher, but could they risk doing it again?

So what should the Giants do with all of these starting pitchers and how does adding Cueto solve any of their problems? First lets quickly address the over-abundance of starters. The Giants currently have seven starting pitchers (Bumgarner, Cain, Lincecum, Hudson, Peavy, Vogey, and Heston) for five rotation spots. The Giants have stated they will not employ a six-man rotation like the NY Mets tried to do (it failed miserably), and they are not going to option Heston back down to Triple-A Sacramento after the season he’s been having. One solution that the Giants could experiment with is using one rotation spot for two pitchers. The move sounds crazy, but in essence they could split a start between two pitchers, say Hudson and Vogey, each going 3-4 innings. It would prevent a starter from going through a lineup a third time and also eat innings, saving your bullpen. Not the most practical or popular strategy, but it’s a solution that keeps everyone fresh and pitching. But even if you employ this strategy with some of your older starters, you still have five starters for four rotation spots; so what to do then? That leads in to how you acquire Cueto – build a trade package centered around young starting pitcher [Chris] Heston. The package the Giants should consider dangling out there to the Reds for Cueto: Heston, who gives the Reds a legit #2-#3 starter; catching prospect Andrew Susac, who has the tools to be a good starting catcher in MLB (and current Reds starting catcher Devin Mesoraco has been dealing with serious injuries); and another top pitcher prospect, say either Kyle Crick, Keury Mella, or maybe even both. That package could at the very least get the Reds to not hang up the phone right away and make them think about it.

The addition of Cueto would give the Giants a bona fide, legit #2 starting pitcher to slot behind staff ace Bumgarner. For the 2015 season, Cueto is 4-4 W-L with a 2.98 ERA, 70 H’s, 30 ER, 10 HR’s, 16 BB’s, 86 SO’s, and a ).949 WHIP in 90.2 IPs/13 starts. Cueto is a pitching control freak, having issued only 16 BB’s and posting a very solid 5.38 SO/W ratio. Giving him run support and excellent defense – both of which the Giants are excelling at this season – would improve his season numbers tremendously. Additionally it would be real comforting to Giants fans knowing that you are heading into a playoff series with Bumgarner and Cueto as your Game 1 and 2 starters, Cain would most likely be the Game 3 starter if healthy, and then you can pitch either Hudson, Lincecum, Peavy, or Vogey in Game 4. That folks, is not a bad playoff starting rotation.

There is one drawback to the Giants acquiring Cueto, he would most likely be a rental player. Cueto is a free agent after the 2015 season, and would most likely test the free agent market; a market that could be very lucrative for him as he would undoubtedly be one of the best starting pitchers in this offseason’s free agent class. While the Giants have some money being freed up this upcoming offseason, it might not be enough to resign Cueto, who would command a max offer. The Giants have also been burned in the past when making a move to acquire a rental player who might not resign with the team. In the 2011 season, the Giants dealt away their top starting pitcher prospect, Zack Wheeler, in order to get outfielder Carlos Beltran from the NY Mets. Beltran played marginal baseball after being acquired, the Giants would fail to make the postseason, and Beltran would leave the Giants and sign with the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s a trade the Giants fans long remember and loath, despite winning two more World Series titles in three years.

The likelihood of the Giants acquiring Cueto are probably pretty slim, but it’s a trade path the Giants and Reds should at least go down together.

Todd Frazier, possible Mets trade target, happy in Cincinnati
Kieran Darcy, ESPN Staff Writer
June 26, 2015

NEW YORK — The New York Mets desperately need another hitter or two. A guy like Todd Frazier could provide a big boost, but he’ll be in the visitors’ dugout at Citi Field this weekend.

The Cincinnati Reds slugger — tied for second in the majors in home runs (24) with Bryce Harper, only three behind Giancarlo Stanton — is a New Jersey native and played at Rutgers. His name has been floated in trade rumors regarding the Mets, but Frazier hasn’t gotten caught up in the talk.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” Frazier said Friday. “It’s all rumors and speculation — I haven’t really heard anything. Right now I’m a Red, I’m glad to be a Red, and that’s where I want to be.”

It’s a little hard to imagine the Reds trading Frazier right now, given the season he’s having. Entering Friday’s series opener, he’s batting .292, has 52 RBIs, and is on pace to finish the season with 55 home runs.

The 29-year-old third baseman, who made the All-Star team for the first time last season, may just be coming into his own. And the Reds are only three games under. 500 (34-37) — well behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central, but still very much in the NL wild-card chase.

Frazier did sound pumped to play in New York this weekend, though. It’s the Reds’ only trip to the Big Apple this season.

“I like playing here,” Frazier said. “It’s basically the mecca here in New York. Whether you’re playing the Yankees or Mets, it’s a really good time — the atmosphere’s great, the fans are always rambunctious. They’re crazy in a good way, and sometimes in a bad way — and that can fire you up. Some people take that the wrong way, but I build off stuff like that. So I’m pretty fired up to play here again.”

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