CINCINNATI — One way or another come April 6, when the 2015 season opens as opposed to. the Pirates, the Yellows will have someone standing in eventually left field when the first frequency is delivered at Good American Ball Park.
Who that participant shall be, and whether or not he will be a lineup difference maker, remains a very fluid scenario.
Outfielders the Reds targeted, and others they haven’t, have come off the board since the Winter Get togethers wrapped Dec. 11. Eileen Morse signed a two-year, $16 million long term contract with the Marlins. Alex Rios signed a one-year, $11 trillion deal with the Royals, and also Melky Cabrera got three years and $42 thousand from the White Sox.
Via trades, He Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers were all attained by the Padres amid a lot of moves that renewed their outfield.
On Dec. 11, prior to leaving the Meetings, the actual Reds traded away starting pitchers Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon to regain payroll space to add any left fielder and reliever. It has been quiet since.
Still available is but one player the Reds have already been eyeing since the market opened up for business — Nori Aoki. Others contain Colby Rasmus, Ichiro Suzuki, Chris Denorfia and Delmon Young.
The Padres may very well be interesting trade partners, seeing that they now have a flood of outfielders. Seth Smith brings this on-base percentage Cincinnati craves after he batted .266/.367/.440 with 12 home operates and 48 RBIs in 136 video games last season. He had any 3.9 wins previously mentioned replacement number. Lifetime for 3 clubs, the 32-year-old is a .265 hitter with a .347 OBP.
In July, Smith closed a two-year extension worth $13 trillion, with a club option for 2017. He’ll make $6 million in ’15 as well as $6.75 million in ’16. Your club holds a $7 million option for ’17, with a $250,000 acquistion.
Cameron Maybin, who will be 28 in Apr, has been oft-injured for San Diego. Maybin enjoyed only 95 games very last season after being restricted to 14 games in The year 2013. He batted .235/.290/.331 with one great hit and 15 RBIs in ’14.
Under the actual five-year, $25 million contract Maybin signed in 2012, he is due $7 million with 2015 and $8 million in ’16. You will find there’s $9 million club option for 2017 which includes a $1 million buyout.
Both players could well be affordable for the Reds, specifically after moving the two pitchers as well as outfielder Chris Heisey off the payroll that month. Without a move, the particular Reds currently have Skip Schumaker, Jesse Lutz, Jason Bourgeois and Kristopher Negron that could play left field. Brennan Boesch will also be in camp after he signed a Minor League long term contract in November.
During the Winter Conferences, manager Bryan Price said he was not getting antsy over not knowing whom his left fielder will be.
‘I’m not, only because we must be ready by Opening Day of 2015. So I can be patient,’ Price tag said Dec. 8. ‘I’m at ease with letting it kind of move around the pace it’s going.’