NL Notes: Reds, Bryant, Spangenberg

The Reds have the toughest upcoming offseason of any team, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes. They could lose most of their rotation following the 2015 season, they still have big commitments to Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Homer Bailey, and they’re facing dealing with three good NL Central competitors and another in Chicago that could have a very bright future. Sherman suggests the Reds consider trading Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and perhaps Jay Bruce. “We still have a small window,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty protests. “This year is disappointing because of the injuries. From the very beginning, we had 11 DL guys and eight were key. … I feel we still have a small window if the guys come back healthy.” Here’s more from the National League.

  • The young Cubs are waiting for Kris Bryant to arrive in the big leagues, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “Yeah, we’re imagining what [Bryant] can do,” says pitcher Kyle Hendricks. “I mean, the whole group together. It’s definitely exciting. You can feel it. Everyone’s talking about it around the clubhouse. It’s just awesome seeing these guys coming up and having success.” There’s already plenty of buzz surrounding Jorge Soler‘s debut, and already plenty of young talent in Chicago, and yet Bryant, arguably the Cubs’ best young player, remains in the minors, where he’s hitting .296/.417/.635 in 283 plate appearances with Triple-A Iowa.
  • Padres 2B/3B/OF prospect Cory Spangenberg tweets that he will be promoted to the big leagues. Spangenberg has hit .331/.365/.470 in 304 plate appearances this season for Double-A San Antonio. Spangenberg has often been overshadowed by others from his draft class — he was taken between Javier Baez and George Springer in the first round in 2011. But after a strong fourth pro season, he’s about to make it to the Show.


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Eduardo Medina
11 months 4 days ago

Jay Bruce to Atlanta…

LazerTown
11 months 4 days ago

Don’t they already have 2 corner outfielders?

Eduardo Medina
11 months 4 days ago

BJ Upton will be long gone next season (hope so)

dunnetg
11 months 4 days ago

Jay Bruce hasn’t played center in 7 seasons, so I don’t know that he’d be a good fit there. I also don’t know that Atlanta has trade options that match the Reds’ needs.

Eduardo Medina
11 months 4 days ago

Heyward CF and Bruce RF

Dale Pearl
11 months 4 days ago

small window means no window when you are a small market team. Reds are being held hostage for hopes of a huge 2015 all star cash fall. Don’t expect any big moves until after the 2015 all star break.

Cory Trenkamp
11 months 3 days ago

We have a small window because Walt keeps closing it will bad contracts