Reds taking ‘wait and see’ approach to MLB winter meetings

The Cincinnati Reds hot stove is cold as of now, and probably will be through the winter meetings.

Reds general manager Dick Williams said he has a plan, but the team may not make a move.

“We have a plan ... but we don’t plan on doing anything in particular,” Williams told’s Mark Sheldon.

Cincinnati’s plan will be to wait through the winter meetings and watch the market play out pick and then sign players to more manageable deals as the spring training comes along.

Sheldon wrote the only potential contract they would unload is Devin Mesoraco, who will make $13.1 million on the last year of his contract. 

Other teams in the NL Central are already active - the Cardinals made a major move for Miami Marlins star and NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, but he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause.

Potential trade pieces according to

  • Raisel Iglesias, who anchored the bullpen and was the team’s most reliable pitcher whether starting or in relief. He also has a long, inexpensive contract that would attract other teams for a trade. But the Reds would also be giving up their closer. 
  • Adam Duvall, the left fielder and All-Star, has been far and away the best of the hoard of players they’ve traded for when the team started its rebuild. Coming from San Francisco in exchange for Mike Leake, he went from Triple-A to the outfield and has hit 30 home runs the last two years and was a Gold Glove finalist the last two. But waiting is Jesse Winker, a top prospect with a Votto-like approach to the plate.
  • Scott Schebler, the left fielder is a mirror of Duvall. He hit 30 home runs last year, but is also in a position that could be filled by Winker if the team makes a trade.
  • Billy Hamilton is considered valuable by the Reds because of his all-universe glove and defense in center field, which eats up territory others on the corners would have to fit. But he’s struggled to hit since being called up.

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