In addition to the pitcher that appears to be headed to Detroit following the Tigers/Red Sox trade, the Reds could be moving another starter:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2014
And, just to pat myself very lightly on the back via the time stamps (but also because it adds more confirmation to Rosenthal’s and Morosi’s reports):
at this point, all I can report about #Marlins mystery starter to be acquired today is he's a right-hander 1 yr from free agency.
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) December 11, 2014
The Reds would be a fit here, too. Maybe they're about to unload. https://t.co/qSlzMopaAc
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) December 11, 2014
With the Reds reportedly needing to cut payroll, and also balancing on the edge of a knife with respect to competing in 2015 or starting to rebuild, this could be the tipping point. If the Reds trade away Latos and another starter today, if for prospects, then it’s a stretch to think they could compete with the Cardinals and Pirates in the Central next year, and hopefully not the Cubs, either.
Further, given that the Cubs will potentially be shooting for a Wild Card spot next year, having a rebuilding club in the Central could help that cause (albeit while also helping the Cardinals and Pirates).
UPDATE: The Reds are sending Alfredo Simon to the Tigers for shortstop Eugenio Suarez and pitching prospect Jonathan Crawford (first rounder in 2013). I tend to think Simon isn’t very good, despite the hype last year, so this is a pretty excellent return for the Reds for one year of Simon.
And the Reds are sending Mat Latos to the Marlins for top five (in the system) pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani and catching prospect Chad Wallach. It’s a decent return for the Reds for one year of Latos.
The rebuild is underway for the Reds, but it might take until the Trade Deadline for more selling.
UPDATE 2: Walt Jocketty doesn’t agree:
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 11, 2014
Like I said – we’ll see what tune they’re singing in July. If it ain’t rebuild, they’re making a mistake.