Phillips trade leaves reds infield in flux

The Cincinnati Reds looked set on their infield just a few days ago, but the deal that sent 36-year-old second baseman Brandon Phillips to the Atlanta Braves has thrown things into chaos. Basketball wives season 5 episode 1 The assumption from many fans and experts had been that the Reds had second base prospect Dilson Herrera waiting in the wings to take over for Phillips, but then came the bombshell that 23-year-old infielder Jose Peraza will actually be taking the bulk of the time at second.

Reds manager Bryan Price made comments on the situation Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting, and it sounds like the decision on Peraza has been made for a while.

“It’s tough,” Price said in regards to losing Brandon Phillips. College softball cheers “The emotional component because he’s been here so long is difficult. Youth baseball tournaments But going into the offseason, we knew we were going to incorporate Jose Peraza.”

“From Peraza’s body of work, he is a regular. Fantasy football rankings week 5 He’d have to play his way off the position,” Price said. Sales pitch examples “It’s an opportunity for Herrera to play in front of coaches.”

So according to the manager, Herrera will get a chance this spring to show what he can do, but the regular second baseman, barring him providing the Reds with a reason to do something different, will be the speedy Peraza.

And that has more to do with Peraza and how the Reds feel about him than any doubts about Herrera. Fences windows 10 Peraza was rated the number 54 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America heading into 2015, and then number 66 going into 2016. Lattice degeneration causes In 256 plate appearances with Cincinnati last season, he hit .324/.352/.411 with 21 stolen bases in 31 attempts.

Herrera was acquired from the New York Mets last season in the deal that sent Jay Bruce to New York. Florida baseball teams He made his major league debut with the Mets in 2014 at the age of 20, and in parts of two seasons in the big leagues he’s had 169 plate appearances with a line of .215/.308/.383 with six home runs.

In 469 plate appearances at Triple-A last season, Herrera hit 24 doubles, 15 home runs, and with a slash line of .274/.335/.456. Softball sales com For a guy who has yet to turn 23 years old, there’s still a ton of talent in there. Netafim usa Even if he can’t start at second base, there’s the possibility that he could take a little time in the outfield or even at third base.

The most likely scenario, in regards to the future of both players, is that Peraza doesn’t stick at second base all season. Minor league baseball florida He projects out as at least an average shortstop, while Herrera probably will provide the most value in sticking at second base with Eugenio Suarez—who is 25 years old and drilled 21 home runs for the Reds last season–at third.

The Reds have 31-year-old Zack Cozart penciled in as the starting shortstop, but that will almost certainly change at some point in 2017. Backyard landscaping ideas on a budget There’s no hiding the fact that the Reds are rebuilding, which means Cozart is the perfect candidate to be traded somewhere else in the middle of the season.

Cozart is already toward the end of his baseball prime, not to mention the fact that he’ll be a free agent following the season. Pavers sale He has a career slash line of .246/.289/.385 in 2,521 plate appearances, which is extremely mediocre for any shortstop—much less one that’s already 31 years old.

If Cozart has a first half like he did in 2016, hitting 14 home runs with a slash line of .267/.316/.482 in 80 games, the Reds would be foolish not to trade him at peak value. Masonry bootstrap 3 If he starts the season with a first half more reminiscent of his 2016 second half—.223/.291/.312 with two homers in 41 games—they may not be able to trade him for anything of value, but at that point what’s the harm in benching him in favor of getting more young players in the lineup?

At that point, Peraza most likely moves over to shortstop to make way for Herrera at second. Softball fields near me It’ll be tough if the Reds send Herrera back down to Triple-A to begin the season, but it’s also hard to see him riding the bench in the big leagues without regular playing time.

The Reds also have Tony Renda, a 26-year-old non-roster invitee who can play second base, third base, and in the outfield. Seattle baseball team Renda is a total non-prospect, but has a .289/.361/.378 slash line in five seasons in the minors to go along with an excellent 9.8 strikeout percentage. Wyevale It’s entirely possible that the Reds let Herrera head back to Triple-A to play regularly while Renda handles the backup duties for Peraza and Suarez.

Everything is up in the air for the Reds. Fastpitch The rebuild is in full swing and some of the young, talented players that the organization expects to be a part of the next great Reds team are beginning to arrive. Fantasy basketball sleepers Cincinnati isn’t quite there yet, staring at what is almost surely to be a last-place finish in the NL Central in 2017.