How All Of The Reds Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree – Cincy Has Done This Old School
How All Of The Reds Hitters Were Acquired:
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In Cincy, you are either Drafted, or signed as a Free Agent usually. Other than Brandon Phillips, and his injury replacement Kristopher Negron, all other members of the offense were either drafted or signed as a Free Agents.
The club signing Jack Hannahan maybe wasn’t such a great idea, but then again, the bench hasn’t been that great this year either, with the exception of a nice job as the backup backstopper in Pena.
The bench has not performed well, and has been needed profusely with injuries to Votto and Phillips.
Still, you have to commend the organization on its draft history. I mean the Blue Jays hardly have developed any Infielders in the last 10 years other than Adam Lind.
Sorry to dig on the Canadian squad, but they still only have Lind as a draft pick currently playing in their lineup.
This is not an article on Toronto, but before I depart with them on my mind, they receive full credit for fleecing the Pirates, and the Reds here, for snatching Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, for a few years of Scott Rolen at the end of his career.
EE also couldn’t be a DH in the NL, and his defense anywhere was not that average back then anyway.
Back to the Reds. The fortunes tipped in their favor when they landed Brandon Phillips for Pitcher Jeff Stevens. That looks pretty one sided right now fella’s.
The team has been one of the most consistent clubs in the last 4 years, featuring 3 playoff berths based on 90+ win seasons in each of the campaigns.
The franchise didn’t have the money to float to Shin-Soo Choo (signed with TEX, 7 YRs/$130 MIL), and with Phillips and Votto being on the DL, it is tough to compete with the rest of the NL.
The worst part is all of the money that is guaranteed to those 2, makes it impossible to dole out any more cash for trades either.
Billy Hamilton should be the NL Rookie of The Year, and the club is receiving breakout years from Mesoraco and Frazier as well.
If this team can become healthy on offense, they might have a chance for another Wild Card slot this season, though it may be tough.
Jay Bruce needs to step his game up with the other 2 boppers being absent from the team right now.
When we go through the Reds team on Pitching, you will see they have been carrying the squad in 2014.
A lot of decisions have to be made on guys going forward in future years. At least with having most of the offense homegrown, it has afforded enough flexibility to keep most of the team together for next year.
Having players come through your system keeps salaries down.
Even with Phillips and Votto earning big cash, having Frazier, Hamilton and Mesoraco to bring down the average helps big time.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Hitters In 2014 (Date Of Birth) (Pos) Roster Tree
Brandon Phillips (6/21/81) 2B: April 7, 2006: Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later. The Cincinnati Reds sent Jeff Stevens (June 13, 2006) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.
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Posted on August 6, 2014, in MLB Roster Trees and tagged 2014 Cincinnati Reds hitting roster, adam lind, alex gonzalez, arizona diamondbacks, BIlly Hamilton, boston red sox, brandon phillips, brayan pena, chris heisey, cincinnati reds, cleveland indians, devin mesoraco, Donald Lutz, edwin encarnacion, jack hannahan, jay bruce, Jeff Stevens, joey votto, jose bautista, kristopher negron, NL Central, ryan ludwick, scott rolen, shin-soo choo, Skip Schumaker, texas rangers, toronto blue jays, Tucker Barnhart, zack cosart. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.