A few days ago we posted a contest for Reds fans to voice their thoughts on who they would trade for if they were Walt Jocketty for one day. Contest Link
Here are my thoughts on the trades;
Alex Gordon would be nice but he is a left-handed bat, which is not what the Reds are really looking for right now. They need a right-handed bat to go between Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.
Matt Albers would also be a nice pitcher to have in the bullpen but from what I have seen the Reds were more interested in finding a left-handed pitcher for the pen.
The players Cincinnati would give up for the players that they really don’t need would be way to much in my mind and I would probably be the first Reds fan to be very upset with a trade like this, if Walt Jocketty made it in real life. I like the idea of it and who doesn’t like a trade between multiple teams? I really liked the detail of the trade and how it would work out for every team. Very nicely done.
Second trade by Reds&Bengals4evr (@cmarsee3)
Reds receive: Adam Dunn
Reds send: ???
I will try to be as nice as I can with this one… ARE YOU CRAZY? I would get on a plane and beat Walt Jocketty with a garden hose (Lead pipe inserted of course) if he made a trade for Adam Dunn. It is true, Adam Dunn knows the team and the ball park, BUT he is not the type of player the Reds really need right now. Plus, he is a left-handed bat. And seeing him play LF again would make me cry, really, it would make me cry like a baby!
Third trade by Redcomet37
Alexei Ramirez would be a solid right-handed number 2 hitter who could hit after Shin-Soo Choo and before Joey Votto. Career .281 hitter in the number two spot with a .323 OBP. Not to mention he might get a few more home runs too by playing in Great American Ball Park.
Jesse Crain is a nice choice but once again he is a right-handed pitcher and the Reds were looking more for a left-handed pitcher to help out in the pen. Plus he was traded just minutes after the post lol.
This is a nice trade idea but once again I am not sure if Walt Jocketty would even talk about it, due to having and liking Zack Cozart. I don’t think they would trade him but I have been wrong many times before.
The three trades were all very nice and I thank you all for posting them. I am going to go with the Alexei Ramirez trade as the winner, due to it giving the Reds something they really need, a right-handed bat to help in the batting order with Shin-Soo Choo, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.
Thank you all for playing and thanks once again to OOTP 14.
Since starting this blog about my favorite baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds, I have had the pleasure of meeting many other great fans not only of the Reds but of every MLB team out there. I have also been able to chat with a lot of people behind the scenes of baseball.
Yesterday I got a message through twitter from the creators of Out of the Park Developments. (OOTP 14) I will be 100% honest with you, I felt pretty proud. (That is why I am writing this today, I had to let it sink in that it was real.)
I have played OOTP 14 and I have to say it is a lot of fun to play. You can play single player and online against other great MLB fans. And once again I will be 100% honest with you, Cincinnati Reds general Manager Walt Jocketty has nothing to worry about, I will never be able to steal his job from him. I have made many bad trades and the best part of all with OOTP 14, I can start over again if I don’t like the trade. (Except in online play, some trades you never forget.)
There are many options to the game which is one of my favorite parts. You can play the current season with the 2013 roster or you can go back in time and play a classic game and change history. Babe Ruth with the Cincinnati Reds? Why not? The sky is the limit with this great game. You can also create your own fictional baseball league with tons of options.
Online play is something I have just started this season and I have to say, it is a lot of fun. You get to play against other great fans of the game and learn a lot from each and every one of them. Like I said before, you learn very quickly who you should trade and who you shouldn’t. (I traded Buster Posey for scraps and almost got run out-of-town.) With most games there are secrets to learn and OOTP 14 online is the same. You find out very quickly who to deal with and who not to. I have had the pleasure of being in some great leagues with a lot of very helpful players. My word of advice to those wanting to try online play, don’t let them push you around, stand your ground and most of all, have fun playing the game. There are many great online leagues out there right now with tons of great players from all around the World. Here is an example of an online league; Championship League Baseball
The creators of Out of the Park Developments (OOTP 14) have given me a OOTP 14 serial number to give away and I thought long and hard about what I would do in order to make this fun and thought what better way then to ask my readers to play a game with me;
Since the trade deadline is upon us and many Reds fans are very upset with the fact that Walt Jocketty has not made any moves to make the team better. What one trade would you make if you were Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty? You are allowed one trade, who would it be and why? I will make it fun and make the deadline July 31, 2013. Get your trades in before July 31 and get a chance to win a OOTP 14 serial number to play this great game.
RULES: Have fun with your trade, the more detail the better. Post your one trade and info in the comments of this blog post. Please include your twitter name in your post so then I can get in contact with you if you win. [ Follow me at 2r2dblog ]
Out of the Park Developments (OOTP 14) are just supplying the serial number as a prize, they are not deciding the winner, I am. So you can not complain to the company if you do not win. — I just love adding stupid stuff like this… Hint, I am just having fun with this so the best way to win is to just have fun and be creative with your trade.
I will post on the blog after July 31 who won and it will be posted on twitter also, so keep checking the blog and twitter to find out who wins.
I would like to thank OOTP 14 for this great offer and I hope to talk more with them in the future.