Gennett agreed to a one-year, $9.775 million deal with the Reds, avoiding arbitration, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. This is Gennett's final year of arbitration, and despite trade rumors that have followed him ever since he started producing for the Reds a couple years ago, it seems like he will at least open the year as Cincinnati's everyday second baseman. He could be dealt at the trade deadline this year, assuming the Reds are not contending.
Contrary to earlier reports at the MLB Winter Meetings, the Reds are not 'actively shopping' Gennett, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. This isn't a full-on denial of trade talks -- it's important to parse the difference between 'not actively shopping' and 'we aren't trading.' Trading Gennett would allow the Reds to play top prospect Nick Senzel at second base, rather than asking him to learn the outfield.
Gennett (biceps) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. Gennett had the right biceps soreness crop up over the last couple days and was unable to take the field Saturday. The injury doesn't appear overly severe, but on the final day of the regular season, there is little reason to risk aggravating the injury. The 28-year-old will finish the season with a .310/.357/.490 slash line with 23 home runs and 92 RBI, assuming he isn't utilized off the bench. Dilson Herrera will start at second base and bat seventh for the Reds.
Gennett sat out Saturday because he's dealing with a sore right biceps, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "I think it's just from an awkward swing," Gennett said. "It doesn't really hinder me from throwing or hitting too much, but it's something that at this point in the year, and where we're at -- all things considered -- it'd be stupid to make it worse." Interim manager Jim Riggleman isn't sure whether Gennett will be available to play in Sunday's finale. Meanwhile, Gennett doesn't have much to play for in terms of personal milestones, having fallen well behind Christian Yelich in the NL batting title race.
Gennett is not in the lineup against Pittsburgh on Saturday, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Gennett will receive a breather after starting the past 11 games, during which he's hit just .175 with a .575 OPS. In his absence, Dilson Herrera will man second base and bat seventh.