NL Central Notes: Hamilton, Reds, Brewers, Astros

Here's a look at the latest out of the NL Central..

  • There are several reasons why the Reds won't look to orchestrate a reunion with Josh Hamilton this winter, writes John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.  For starters, it has been projected that the outfielder can net upwards of $20MM to possibly $30MM annually in his next contract.  Fay classifies $20MM as a pipe dream for the Reds while $30MM would be downright impossible.
  • The Brewers outrighted infielder Hector Gomez to Triple-A, tweets Media Relations Director Mike Vassallo.  The 24-year-old, who was ranked as a top 100 prospect in 2008 by Baseball America, has yet to advance beyond Double-A.
  • The Astros announced that they have added hitting coach John Mallee and Dave Trembley to their staff for 2013.  The club will retain pitching coach Doug Brocail and third base coach Dave Clark while adding two more to the staff in the coming weeks.


20 Responses to NL Central Notes: Hamilton, Reds, Brewers, Astros Leave a Reply

  1. redsFAN86 3 years ago

    Haha josh Hamilton back to the reds? Hahaha. Not happening unless the REDS and Yankees switched pay rolls and I didn’t know about it

    • Jay Rock 3 years ago

      A-Rod to the Marlins to free up payroll to sign Hamilton, who leads the Yanks to the ’13 world series title.

      • davbee 3 years ago

        The Yanks won’t free up much payroll, because yhey’ll still be paying 80%+ of Arod’s contract if they trade him.

  2. thekidfromyesterday 3 years ago

    Not a Reds fan but wondering are you guys angry for trading Josh Hamilton?

    • TophersReds 3 years ago

      This question shouldn’t even have to be asked. Figure it out.

      • thekidfromyesterday 3 years ago

        I don’t know who you traded him for they could have been a good deal at the time and I’ve never heard any reds fan mention it

        • lefty177 3 years ago

          Someone correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure it was a 1-for-1, Hamilton for Edinson Volquez

    • camisadelgolf 3 years ago

      A few us are, but the majority isn’t. For one thing, we got Hamilton for practically nothing, so any production was kind of a bonus. We’re disappointed at the return on the trade, but Volquez became an All-Star and helped land us Mat Latos (granted, partly due to being a salary dump).

    • jb226 3 years ago

      If you think Reds fans are angry, imagine how angry I am as a Cubs fan! But I guess we needed to keep an outfield spot open for Jacque Jones. *sigh*

  3. redsFAN86 3 years ago

    No one could have predicted Hamilton would turn out the way he did and Volquez would have underachieved. Every fan of baseball would have liked to have Hamilton on their team since 2007.

  4. LazerTown 3 years ago

    No way Hamilton gets $30M aav. Sure he is good, but unless he would accept a 1 year deal at that aav no team should get close at that price. Only 1 time has he topped 150 games, and over past 3 years he averages 33 hr.

  5. bmcferren 3 years ago

    Astros are no longer in the NL Central

    • dylan 3 years ago

      Well–technically they are still a part of the NL Central until the season is officially over–after the World Series

  6. drjayphd 3 years ago

    The Brewers outrighted a guy to Triple-A… who hasn’t even made it past Double-A? Sounds like he just did. (yes, I know, this was a contractual move to get him off the 40-man roster)

    • guest_54 3 years ago

      That threw me for a minute too . . . although, when you look at his baseball reference page, it does show he played in 2 games for the “big” club in 2011 albeit as a September call up I’m sure.

  7. Reds should a kept Hamilton, Encarnacion, ans Dunn… Lineup of Phillips, Cozart, Votto, Hamilton, Encarnacion, Bruce, Dunn, and Hannigan….. with our staff can you say unbeatable…

    • You Know Who 3 years ago

      And where would you put the dh dunn and the 1b e3? That would but the most entertaining team defensively in baseball.

  8. stroh 3 years ago

    I think the team that signs Hamilton is making a large financial bet given his prior problems with drugs and alcohol. I think a 4 year contract at $25M a year with drug and alcohol related provisions making the contract null and void if he relapses is the way to go. Yankees probably best bet since the team looks fairly old and creaky and they have the cash. They can probably lose Ichiro and Swisher and sign Hamilton.

  9. Redlegs55 3 years ago

    Hamilton is one of the best talent wise but I would get tired of his excuses for poor production such as nicotine withdrawals. Too much of a distraction

  10. dylan 3 years ago

    Put Jose Cruz back at coaching 1st Base where he belongs!!!

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