The Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers have announced a trade between the two organizations. The Cincinnati Reds have traded Alfredo Simon. The Detroit Tigers are sending shortstop Eugenio Suarez and RHP Jonathon Crawford back.

Eugenio Suarez

He actually had some big league time in the 2014 season, getting 277 plate appearances with a .242/.316/.336 line while playing mostly shortstop. Some seem to think he’s a future utility player, though others see him as being able to be a starting shortstop. He will be 23-years-old next year. In Double and Triple-A last season he hit .288/.360/.510. He’s had solid plate discipline in his minor league career with a little bit of pop, though it’s been mostly doubles instead of home runs. He’s a good get even if he can only split some time with Zack Cozart for the time being.

Jonathon Crawford

I saw Crawford pitch in Dayton back in April. You can watch some video here:

He pitched the entire year in the Midwest League where he had a 2.85 ERA in 123.0 innings pitched. He had 50 walks and 85 strikeouts. Those aren’t exactly strong rates. He throws in the low 90’s and flashes a good slider. His change up is well below-average and he looked to me to be a future reliever. He has a legit arm, but he also has plenty of work to do to reach the Majors even as a reliever. He will be 23-years-old next season. Right now, off of the top of my head, he would not rank among the Reds Top 10 prospects. He may sneak into the top 15.

44 Responses

  1. Krozley

    I’d be happy if it were Rajai Davis. $5MM contract for one year. Mashes lefties. Can play CF and LF.

  2. sultan of swaff

    So it’s Suarez. Meh. Well, at least Cozart has some competition now. At worst, we have a utility IF making the minimum.

    I don’t get the SP acquisition. We’re drowning in starting pitching, and we go and pick up a guy who doesn’t give up a lot of hit/IP, but he doesn’t miss bats either. Not sure that’ll play in GABP.

  3. Krozley

    A backup shortstop and a pitcher from single A who was their 1st round pick in 2013. Decent return, but doesn’t solve any problems for 2015.

    • weigarp

      For Simon, I think we did excellent. Suarez has had solid minor league numbers and a former first round pick. What is Suarez’s defensive skill set?

  4. Krozley

    Latos gone to Marlins. I’d love to have Ozuna or Yelich, but I doubt that happens. Probably more prospects and then they use the saved money to sign a FA outfielder.

    • Alan Horn

      Almost a certainty they will acquire a FA outfielder. Might mean one of our minor league pitchers might be rushed to arrive at some point next season.

  5. sultan of swaff

    Looking at the depth chart for the Marlins, who knows what we could be getting from them. I would think a young SP, even though we really need an OF. Eovaldi/Koehler/Cosart……….any of those 3 would be a great return.

  6. Tim

    So we trade Grandal for Latos. Padres trade Grandal for Kemp. Latos traded for crap???????????

  7. Tim

    How do they Reds get ZERO impact players in return for Latos????????????????????????????????????????????

  8. Krozley

    Welcome to rebuilding mode. Trade two starters for nothing useful for 2015 except a replacement for Ramon Santiago. None of the prospects received project to be much in my opinion. Sad.

    • redmountain

      So you think that the Reds are done? Jocketty says this was step one, which implies there is more to come. Jocketty knows what he is doing and he appears to have been given free reign. I think that Cozart may be on the block and that would make Suarez would be an upgrade offensively. I am not sure what the Reds will do next, but I think this offseason could be very interesting.

      • Doug Gray

        Done? No. The team is going to get someone to play left. But I think they are done moving big leaguers of note from their team.

    • Tim

      I have lost all my faith in Walt. He has got to go. Free up all this money so they can re-sign Cueto for $150mil+ Wow.

  9. awa85

    Why are people down on Suarez? He is a guy who has gotten on base at every level he has been at and can hit some. He was forced up to the Tigers because of injuries at age 22 and held his own. I think we may have found out future SS for years to come.

    • Norwood Nate

      I agree. The return for Simon is more than I could have expected. Plus it saves us some money. Good deal. Hopefully we will turn around and ship out Cozart and let Negron and Suarez handle SS duties. At least they targeted a guy with a .360 OBP in the minors.

  10. MK

    They are saying Castellini ordered them to save money to sign Cueto.

  11. sultan of swaff

    DeSclafini was the #3 prospect for the Fish. From the highlights I just watched, the kid was hitting 95 with ease. Also, he walks very few batters. I don’t see why this guy can’t slot into the #5 spot and give us 90% of Simon’s production. Even if we get 5 years of bullpen production, it’s probably a win………………just not a win NOW.

  12. Jim H

    Great trade for Simon. He would not have gotten a qualifying offer so to get 2 QO-level prospects for him is great. Suarez has been solid in minors, still room for growth in MLB. Getting a High-A 1st round pick, I like. Never can have enough pitching. This would allow us to trade a couple of prospect arms for MLB-ready bat.

  13. JMO

    I am happy with the Simon deal, but not the Latos deal. Yelich, Ozuna, nope. We got fleeced with Latos, should have just kept him and gone for it.

    • The Duke

      Latos is coming off multiple injuries. That had to dampen his value.

  14. Brad

    IMO: Great return for Simon. Suarez was forced into MLB work due to Iglesias injury and performed. Crawford adds to Minors depth at SP and should move quicker in Reds system. Great for Simon and his estimated $5.1. Do not think he can repeat 2014 as a starter, too expensive as a reliever.

    Do not understand Latos trade. Would imagine he could return a better package of prospects in July is Reds are out of contention.

      • Brad

        If DeScalfini can be a starter for the Reds and Wallach is just ok as a future backup. Id consider it a Reds win. Whatever Reds do with Latos 9M (or so) salary for 2015 would be a bonus.

      • Norwood Nate

        I agree. His career (minor league) BB/9 is 2, with a 7.7 K/9. Last year in AA (43IP) and AAA (59.1IP) he compiled a 2.7BB/9 against an 8.5 K/9. In his 33 ML innings pitched his FIP was 3.77 meaning a lot of those hits he “gave up” would be outs with the Reds defense behind him. I think we got a good one.

  15. awa85

    Doug, do you project Suarez as a starter or utility player for the Reds?

    • Doug Gray

      Could be both. I think there’s starter ability in there if the scouting reports are accurate. Nothing special, but a starting shortstop isn’t easy to come by and he could be that.