Cincinnati Reds: 2016 Offseason Report Card

To throw in a couple of bonuses, the Reds also signed former manager Lou Piniella as a consultant to baseball operations and is expected to spend time with team in spring training. Famous for tirades, base-throwing and dirt-kicking, Piniella has a career .517 managerial winning percentage across 23 seasons including two 90-win seasons and a World Series title with the Reds.

However, maybe seen as counter-productive to the aforementioned move, the Reds elected to retain former sought-after pitching coach and current manager Bryan Price. When promoted to the Reds’ manager following the 2013 season, Cincinnati feared that Price would accept a managerial job elsewhere after the documented work he had done with the Reds’ pitching staff. Dusty Baker was shown the door and Price was the man. But, after a 90-win season for Dusty in 2013, Price has since given the Reds two sub-.500 seasons including the league’s second worst record (64-98) in 2015. Anything outside of a 2016 miracle, the upcoming season figures to be Price’s last with the Reds.

With all of this said, the dynamic-duo of Frazier and Chapman on the way out, a litany of good-but-not-great prospects on their way in, key pieces returning from injury and young players with another year under their belt, the 2016 season figures to be a tumultuous one. Expected to be battling for the last spot in the National League Central and maybe the worst record in all of baseball, expectations — outside of young-player development — are astronomically low. Other veteran players like Votto, Phillips and Jay Bruce figure to be candidates for trade as well.

But we’re here to assign a grade to the 2015 offseason of the Reds. Highlighted by Frazier and Chapman traded for Jose Peraza, Rookie Davis and Eric Jagielo … wow, that sounds really really bad if you say it aloud … Cincinnati all but forced itself to … no seriously like eye-gouge worthy bad … deal coveted veterans. But the returns left much to be desired, thus the Reds’s offseason grade is:


You have to credit the Reds for at least still trading Frazier and Chapman while they could. You can argue they didn’t get full value and you’d probably be correct, but managing to salvage any value at all with their expiring contracts, and in the case of Chapman a domestic abuse debacle unfolding, the Reds brought in a potential dynamic top-of-the-order hitter paired with an array of other young, talented pieces. The Reds will suffer with a pair of its best players no longer in Cincinnati, but one can expect it only gets better from here.

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