Eugenio Suarez is yet another lineup regular for the Reds picked up on the cheap -- Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler and Scooter Gennett all fit that mold. If only the club had been as successful in acquiring starting pitching, though admittedly that's a higher bar to clear. In his third season with the Reds, Suarez took another step forward at the plate, demonstrating real skills growth. His isolated power increased from .163 to .201, his walk rate jumped from 8.1 percent to 13.3 percent and he even took a big leap forward against right-handed pitching, raising his OPS against them from .683 to .806. Is there another jump coming? Most likely not, but at age 26, there's plenty of potential to sustain this level of production for a number of seasons. One potential threat looms on the horizon -- the organization's top hitting prospect, Nick Senzel. But it's possible that Suarez could move to shortstop in a pinch and put Jose Peraza's lineup spot in jeopardy instead.
Suarez agreed to a seven-year extension with the Reds on Friday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports. The deal keeps Suarez under contract through the 2024 season and includes a club option for 2025. The extension, combined with the Reds' experimentation with top prospect Nick Senzel at shortstop, demonstrates the team's commitment to Suarez as the third baseman of the future. In a breakout season last year, the 26-year-old hit .260/.367/.461 with 26 home runs.
Suarez will make $3.75 million in 2018 after losing his arbitration case with the Reds on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. Suarez was hoping to make closer to $4.2 million this season, though he'll have to settle for a little bit less after losing his hearing. The 26-year-old is expected to enter the 2018 season as the team's starting third baseman after he hit a respectable .260/.367/.461 with 26 homers across 156 games last season, though with Nick Senzel looming in the minors, his job may not be safe the entire season.
Suarez is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. While Suarez has collected a hit in each of the previous two games, he's slashing just .173/.267/.267 in 75 at-bats this month, so he'll get the day off after a string of five consecutive starts. In his place, Patrick Kivlehan will start at third base and bat second.
Suarez (personal) is back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Suarez missed the last few games while welcoming a new child to the world, but returns to the team, and the lineup, for Friday's series opener. The 26-year-old will man third base and bat fifth in the order as the club takes on right-hander Rick Porcello.
Suarez (personal) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Suarez is still away from the team as he attends the birth of his child, so Patrick Kivelhan will draw another start at third base in his stead. It's still unclear when he will rejoin the Reds at this point.
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