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Reds not looking to trade Alonso

Posted on: January 27, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 6:16 pm
Yonder Alonso 'Tis the season for prospect lists, and one player on most of the lists is Reds first baseman Yonder Alonso. And one thing that shows up on all the lists is that he's blocked at the big-league level by National League MVP Joey Votto.

Alonso played some outfield last season, but he's simply not fast enough to play out there, he's really just a first baseman. Alonso was ranked the No. 49 prospect in baseball by and No. 65 by's Keith Law. He's ranked the Reds' fourth-best prospect by Baseball America .

Alonso signed a major-league deal when he was drafted in 2008. Because of that, he'll be out of options after this season and seems to be certain to be traded. However, Bill Bavasi, the team's vice president of scouting, player development and international operations, said Wednesday at a fundraiser that the team wasn't interested in trading Alonso.

“We won’t trade him,” Bavasi said, according to the Dayton Daily News ' Hal McCoy . “We’ve tried him in the outfield and he gets to ball he should get to, but he doesn’t have the speed to make the great plays. But we can’t move him. He is exactly the kind of player Walt [Jocketty] loves -- he hits the ball hard, puts the ball in play, doesn’t strike out. I’m not so sure it would do him any good to sit on the bench this year so he’ll probably go back [to Class AAA Louisville] and play and work. He won’t be kept just to pinch-hit because it is tough for a kid to learn to do that.”

The Reds signed Votto to a three-year deal this month, buying out his arbitration years, but he will still be a free agent after the 2013 season. That seems too long to have Alonso sitting on the bench as a pinch-hitter, so the team almost has to trade him for a useful piece. He can be the perfect bit of trade bait if the Reds are looking for something at the trade deadline to put them over the hump, if they're still in the improved National League Central -- of course, other teams know they have to trade him, too, so Bavasi is likely just sandbagging.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:44 pm

Reds not looking to trade Alonso

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Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2011 6:49 am

Reds not looking to trade Alonso

Keep an eye  on unheard of firstbaseman Mitch Moreland of the Rangers. Prettiest swing since Ken Griffey Jr. It's early, but I have a good feeling the Rangers are set at first base for years to come.

Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2011 5:19 pm

Reds not looking to trade Alonso

The Reds are not looking to trade Alonso because the offers they are receiving are way too low.  My scout informants saying Alonso should be a top hitter but not an outfielder.  When he starts hitting in AAA Louisville look for him to be part of a mid season package or traded next winter.

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 5:35 am

Reds not looking to trade Alonso

Alonso will be the Reds starting first baseball in 2012. Votto won't sign long term and the Reds can't be another Brewers/ Fielder. They will trade Votto while his value is still high and get the most out of him next winter. He will bring a boat full back and the small market Reds can't let that slip by them like the Brewers did. If the Blue Jays are for real, look for them to bid high for Votto the hometown boy. The Rangers will be in the hunt for him to and keep the Red Sox on the short list if they can't resign their first baseman.

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:17 pm

Reds not looking to trade Alonso

I think they keep him! The reds know they cant sign Votto in 2014, they will probably trade Votto in a july 2013 deal and have Alonso ready to take over!

Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:50 pm

Reds not looking to trade Alonso

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2011 6:40 pm

Reds not looking to trade Alonso

I think this is a dumb move by the Reds. Although Alonso is a very solid prospect he's blocked long-term at 1st by Votto and you can't trust his defense at the hot corner or in the outfield. They should trade him now, while he still has the label of top prospect and add some more pieces and build on last years success. Every team in the NL Central has improved during the offseason, Alsonso has so much trade value right now, they need to strike now while the irons hot.

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