Ohio Notes: Reds, Indians, Carroll, Axford

Here's the latest from both teams in the Buckeye State…

  • The Reds are lacking in shortstop depth behind Zack Cozart and MLB.com's Mark Sheldon wonders if the club will address this issue before Spring Training.  The pickings are slim on the utility backup shortstop market, and they became even slimmer when Jamey Carroll recently signed with Washington.  The Reds weren't in on Carroll, Sheldon reports.  (The Indians, however, were one of Carroll's suitors.)
  • It's been a quiet offseason for the Reds, and ESPN's Dave Cameron (Insider subscription required) argues that the team has done little to keep pace in the NL Central.  Cameron suggests three moves involving Homer Bailey, the rotation and the backup outfield spot that would help upgrade the Reds' roster for 2014 and beyond.
  • After he was traded to the Cardinals last summer, John Axford was surprised to learn from St. Louis coaches that he was tipping his pitches, the reliever told John Lott of the National Post.  Axford discusses the adjustments that led to turning his season around as a Cardinal, and his subsequent signing with the Indians.
  • The Indians may have a few million dollars in remaining payroll to spend, Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.  The front office plans to wait until right before Spring Training and then use these potential funds if a player they like is still on the market.
  • Also from Pluto, David Cooper also received a Major League contract offer from the Rays before the first baseman chose to re-sign with the Indians in December.
  • Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer covers a number of Indians-related topics in a reader mailbag, including whether or not there's a spot for Michael Young on the Tribe's roster.
  • Roto Authority, MLBTR's fantasy baseball-focused sister site, has relaunched for 2014 with all-new content.  One of the many articles from RA's opening week was Alex Steers McCrum's piece about how the Tribe's plan to give Yan Gomes the bulk of playing time behind the plate makes Gomes a strong fantasy catching option.

10 Responses to Ohio Notes: Reds, Indians, Carroll, Axford Leave a Reply

  1. Nicholas Koch 1 year ago

    Reds trade Yankees Nunez….

  2. Ron Loreski 1 year ago

    If Carlos Santana can hold his own at 3B, the Tribe could have a really nice looking lineup.

  3. Gnotorious 1 year ago

    Reds can trade Soto for Espinosa. It would give them a solid back-up MI who could take over for Phillips if they decide to trade him mid-season.

    • schellis 1 year ago

      Danny Espinosa hasn’t fallen so hard that he could be had for a guy that is likely a AAA/AAAA minor league filler.

      • Gnotorious 1 year ago

        Reds would likely have to throw in an additional prospect but no one ranked very high. Espinosa has no where to play in Washington. Desmond and Rendon are going to man the middle for the next few years (baring injury) and the Nats have nothing as far as 1B prospects and this will be LaRoche’s last year at first for them.

        • bhambravesfan 1 year ago

          Ryan Zimmerman is the future 1B and Rendon is the future 3B. Only way I see Rendon staying at 2B is if they sign a 3B

        • schellis 1 year ago

          You are vastly over ranking Soto. The Reds would have to deal someone in their top ten to get Espinosa, yes he has no place to play in Washington as a starter, but they could just as easily use him in a backup role. A 1B that honestly will likely hit like Espinosa makes no real sense for them, and I would like to think that some other team would offer something of actual value.

          Such as the Yankees who really don’t have a 2B or 3B at the moment, just a bunch of bench players.

          Every team has someone like Soto playing 1B in their system. The Nationals have Tyler Moore for instance.

  4. bhambravesfan 1 year ago

    They could trade for CF backup instead with Billy Hamilton as a backup SS

    • schellis 1 year ago

      If Hamilton could stick at SS he’d still be a SS. Not wise to move him around, perhaps he could play it in a emergency, but I wouldn’t want him to be the teams SS backup.

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