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Let’s Make Trade with Reds Part 2

May 19, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher

Johnny Cueto

(47) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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Johnny Cueto

Here are a few excerpts from Kennon Riley, the author of this trade idea. Should you wish to read the full post, you can read it here.

“This summer’s biggest blockbuster could feature the Houston Astros acquiring bothAroldis Chapman and Johnny Cueto. Chapman, one of the best closers in MLB, is under team control through 2016 while Cueto is in his contract year. But with the Reds struggling big time under Bryan Price, the organization is likely to sell some players to net some quality prospects.” – Kennon Riley.

“Chapman is a flame thrower with an average velocity very close to 100 miles per hour. In fact, Brooks Baseball credits Aroldis with a 101.09 fastball for the month of May in 2015. In 19 1/3 innings this year, Chapman has a 1.86 ERA and 31 strikeouts. There is some concern due to his H/9 and BB/9 rates being up, but his BABIP is at .386 opposed to a career mark of .280. It is likely that the Reds’ defense is part to blame as Chapman’s FIP of 1.80 is very close to his career mark of 1.96.” – Kennon Riley.

The Trade idea

The Houston Astros trade (c) Max Stassi, (of) Domingo Santana, (LHP) Josh Hader, (of) Colby Rasmus, and Daniel Mengden to the Cincinnati Reds for (RHP) Johnny Cueto and (LHP) Adrois Chapman. 

What did readers think?

Yes, I think it will work – 40%

No, giving up too – 25.7%

Other – 34.3%

Reader Comments

Too many players.

It works

It’s been ten years, since the last time the Astros were a Championship caliber team. Don’t let a good start to the 2015 season, two years prior to the season they were expected to compete for a WS… STAY THE COURSE!!!! #letthekidsplay

No, trades. Build from within the farm system

The Reds would be fools to take that deal. I love how everyone that proposes a trade includes some guy who description is “A lanky left-handed pitcher who struggles with his control at times”. I promise you the Reds don’t want your busts like Colby Rasmus, a backup catcher, and Hader, A lanky left-handed pitcher who struggles with his control at times. The Reds want two solid prospects and a good lower level prospect. Keep your garbage players, we don;t want them.

This is a VERY lopsided trade in the Astros favor. We trade an average at best CF in Rasmus, a future at best #3 unproven SP in Hader, plus other below average prospects for a top 10 SP and arguably the game’s best closer? That’s highway robbery; I would want a LOT more if I’m the Reds then this package.

  • Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, and Joey Votto for Conrad Gregor, Mark Appel, Michael Feliz, Domingo Santana, Chris Carter, and AJ Reed
  • I feel we are set up to win for years to come. It doesn’t make sense to trade the farm for a 1/2-year rental. (not this year at least) If we want Johnny Cueto that bad, sign him next year. This way we only lose a draft pick, and will have his services for years to come. Chapman is great, but not if we lose that much talent for one closer.

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