Despite their win-loss record, Cincinnati isn’t tanking


Before you lose your mind and go on a 20-minute rant about Bob Castellini’s lack of spending, David Bell’s incompetence, and Nick Krall’s incompetence, just give me a minute to explain.

Yes, the Cincinnati Reds are bad. Heck, I’d go so far as to say they’re absolutely awful and sometimes even unassailable. But this team is not “tanking”.

No, unfortunately the Reds are doing something completely different. They staged this offseason to sell some of their top talent in an effort to save money and acquire talented prospects. At the same time, in an effort to stay relevant, they made reckless upside-down investments.

If the Cincinnati Reds were tanking, Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle would have been traded before the start of the 2022 season. Both right-handers were rumored to be on the trade block, but after getting rid of Sonny Gray and of Wade Miley, it seemed to make enough noise in the payroll to satisfy Bob Castellini.

Now, will we see Cincinnati looking to deal both Castillo and Mahle before the trade deadline? You bet your last dollar that we will. By then the Reds could be over 30 games away from top spot and it wouldn’t make sense to hang on to one of their talented starters.

In a move that made absolutely no sense and shows Cincinnati isn’t tanking, the front office traded Amir Garrett to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Mike Minor. Why? I have no earthly idea.

But if the Reds were tanked, they wouldn’t have traded one of their young relievers who still had two years of team control for an aging veteran pitcher who hasn’t even touched the rubber yet in 2022. Worse yet , is the fact that Cincinnati faced Miner’s $10 Million Wages. A tanking team doesn’t take a salary, they trade to get it off the books.

Finally, if the Cincinnati Reds were really tanking, they would have manipulated the service time of Nick Lodolo and Hunter Greene. Instead, both pitchers were on the Reds Opening Day roster. Well, Lodolo arrived a few days later, but for all intents and purposes, he was on the opening day roster.

According to Cot’s baseball contracts, the Cincinnati Reds’ payroll of $114 million ranks 21st out of 30 MLB teams. If the Reds tanked, they would have a payroll close to that of the Pittsburgh Pirates ($55.7 million) or the Arizona Diamondbacks ($90.6 million).

Unfortunately, what the Reds are doing is not tanking. I think the fans would actually be more receptive if it was like that. No, it’s just an absolute failure on the part of the ownership, the front office, the coaches and the players.

Following. 4 Reds that should already be on the trading block. dark


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