Why is Albert Pujols moving to the American League such a big deal to a Cincinnati Reds fan? He was one of the most dangerous hitters to ever face the team that is why.
Over his career playing for St. Louis Cardinals he hit 20 home runs in 266 at bats in Great American Ball Park. He has a .316 BA, .404 OBP and a .598 SLG in GABP. Of course he hit 20 or more home runs in other Central Division teams ball parks too but it took 20 or more games to do it. In Great American Ball Park he hit 20 in 68 games. Against Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field he hit 26 HR in 85 games. Against Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park he hit 24 in 91 games. Pittsburgh Pirates in PNC Park saw him hit 29 home runs in 89 games. The only park he did not hit 20 in was against Milwaukee Brewers in Miller Park where he got 19 HR in 81 games. In his career against the Reds, Albert has hit 46 home runs in 172 games.
Now that the Machine is gone to the Angels there is another player that is on my radar this offseason and that is Prince Fielder. Of course Prince has not been around as long as Albert Pujols but having him out of the Central Division in 2012 will really help the Reds out big time.
Prince has also seen the ball very well in Great American Ball Park. In 52 games, 186 at bats he has hit 11 home runs getting a .323 BA, .422 OBP and .581 SLG. Against the Reds in his career Fielder has gotten 22 home runs in 102 games.
This of course shows just a part of the reason why I would like them both out of the National League Central but another big part is what these men do for their teams lineups on those days they are playing. Many players on their teams see a lot more pitches because of them in the game. I think Ryan Braun will not have such a great season in 2012 because of Fielder not batting in the same lineup. And of course the guys on the Cardinals will not be seeing as many good pitches as they used to when Albert was with them. These players will go on to hit well no matter what but they just won’t see the same pitches they once did when these two big boys were batting before or after them in the batting order. The Reds pitchers will have a chance to pitch a little better knowing that they don’t have to face these big bats every time they face that team.
No matter what the Reds front office does or doesn’t do this offseason having Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols go to different teams outside of the Central Division will be a huge factor in how well these teams do in the standings in 2012. Many people still believe St. Louis Cardinals will take the division and I have to disagree. There are way to many factors involved here that make their team completely different from the 2011 team. Their manager and first basemen are just two of those major factors. Will the Brewers really be able to take first without Prince? I highly doubt they will even with the guys they have they still will need that big bat to help out the rest of the lineup. Right now with what deals have been made this offseason, I give Pittsburgh Pirates a better chance of winning than St. Louis or Milwaukee. The Reds of course really need to have an injury free season for their main players in order to make a push for the division and Houston is gearing up for their move to the American League,
There is still a lot left in the offseason and some big moves can still be made to better each team but with Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson off to the Angels and of course Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle going to Miami the teams in the National League Central Division are running low on options.
With the Winter Meetings in full swing a lot of fans wait to see if there will be any big moves right away to top what the Marlins did before the meetings began with signing SS Jose Reyes. I personally just want go the whole week without hearing that Cincinnati Reds traded away their key prospects like Yonder Alonso.
I just watched a video of Yonder Alonso answering questions from fans on mlb.com and found one answer that impressed me the most. The question was, “In the long-term do you want to play, Left field or first base?” Alonso answered with, “It doesn’t matter as long as I am in the big leagues playing every day.” This shows me that this kid just wants to play and the Reds front office would be foolish to trade away a player like this, ever. I really doubt Yonder Alonso or Joey Votto will have to worry about that this offseason because it is very clear that the Reds want to keep them both for 2012.
The Winter Meetings have always been one of my favorite things to follow and this offseason is going to be even better because of some of the key players that are being discussed. I look forward to seeing where most of these guys go and hopefully there are some blockbuster trades to add to the free agent signing excitement.
After seeing that Jose Reyes signed with Miami Marlins, a division rival of New York Mets, a sick feeling came across me as a Cincinnati Reds fan. Will this happen to the Reds in the 2012 offseason with Brandon Phillips? There has been a lot of talk about both sides still being way off on an extension that would keep Phillips a Red for life and to tell you the truth it might not ever happen. Are the Reds going to pull the trigger at the trade deadline and get something for him than if they do not decide to keep him? Or, are they going to do the same thing the Mets did, wait it out and hope that he signs with a team that will not effect their stats that year? Jose Reyes signing with Miami just shows that a draft pick is not always the best path to choose. I really doubt any player the Mets pick in the draft will help them against Reyes and the Marlins in the near future. It is a move that will end up kicking them harder than they thought. Than again, it might also be a bad move on the part of Miami because of Reyes injuries but at this point I would have to say the Marlins made a good move.
The signing of Rose Reyes to Miami is like if Brandon Phillips signed with Chicago Cubs in 2012 / 13. It would not only kick Walt Jocketty in the back side but it would hurt more for the fans every time they played against the Cubs. I just hope this big news wakes Walt and his front office up and they get to work on signing Brandon Phillips or even gets them talking to GM’s at the winter meetings about a possible trade at the trade deadline in 2012.
I was really hoping an American League team would have signed Reyes but at least it was not a National League Central team. Now there are just a few more free agents to go. I still have my fingers crossed for Albert Pujols to go to Miami or an American League team and I really hope Prince Fielder signs with a team out of the Central too. This could be a great sign to things to come. The Winter Meetings are finally here and moves have already started. Buckle yourselves in and get ready for the fun!
2011 was a great season. We saw many great things happen on the field but this offseason has been a big snore fest so far. It is as if the GM’s are scared to spend money.
Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Jose Reyes, Jimmy Rollins, David Ortiz, Heath Bell, Grady Sizemore and Roy Oswalt to just name a few are still looking for jobs, which I seriously did not think would be the case. Then again I didn’t expect Jonathan Papelbon to be the first major signing. It is pretty sad when a baseball fan gets excited when Jim Thome signs a deal. Don’t get me wrong, Thome is great but I never expected that to be one of the biggest moves this offseason. Miami Marlins taking free agents out to eat has been one of biggest news stories this offseason, how sad is that?
It just shows that when New York Yankees don’t start showing the green early, other teams don’t know what to do. If the Yankees needed Pujols or Fielder you better believe they would have been signed already and ten other teams would have followed by signing guys right away. To tell you the truth I thought for sure the Yankees would be shopping for a closer this offseason in plans for their future.
Are all the GM’s golfing this offseason more then dealing? Why are they all so slow out of the gate? Is it because of the age of some of these free agents? Or maybe the contract length a lot of them are rumored to want? I guess only the GM’s really know the answer to that question.
At first I thought it was only the Reds front office that was hibernating but now I see there are many teams sitting on their wallets. Is there something the rest of us don’t know? From what I have seen in blog comments and on message boards a lot of fans all around the World are getting very bored of waiting and I think it is time to start making ripples in the water.