Reds trade Alfredo Simon to Tigers; Acquire Eugenio Suarez & Jonathon Crawford Doug Gray December 11, 2014 44 Comments 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. Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 44 Responses Krozley December 11, 2014 I’d be happy if it were Rajai Davis. $5MM contract for one year. Mashes lefties. Can play CF and LF. Thom December 11, 2014 Got a22yr old ss Thom December 11, 2014 And a rhp sultan of swaff December 11, 2014 I bet it’s JD Martinez—pretty good hitter who’s cost controlled thru 2018. sultan of swaff December 11, 2014 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. sultan of swaff December 11, 2014 In Suarez, it looks like we got a carbon copy of Alex Blandino. Krozley December 11, 2014 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 December 11, 2014 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? Krozley December 11, 2014 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 December 11, 2014 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. sultan of swaff December 11, 2014 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. sultan of swaff December 11, 2014 Jake Marisnek, the Marlin’s top OF prospect, is blocked. That would be a great pickup. sultan of swaff December 11, 2014 Never mind, traded to Houston. Tim December 11, 2014 So we trade Grandal for Latos. Padres trade Grandal for Kemp. Latos traded for crap??????????? sultan of swaff December 11, 2014 I wouldn’t call Wallach crap, but I am totally disappointed in the lack of major league ready talent in this deal. Tim December 11, 2014 How do they Reds get ZERO impact players in return for Latos???????????????????????????????????????????? MK December 11, 2014 Arm and knee surgery and one year to free agency. Krozley December 11, 2014 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. Tim December 11, 2014 Really sad. Really really sad. redmountain December 12, 2014 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 December 12, 2014 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. sultan of swaff December 11, 2014 My fear is that these deals freed up just enough money to sign an Aoki or Morse, who will in turn block Winker come June. Tim December 11, 2014 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. awa85 December 11, 2014 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. sultan of swaff December 11, 2014 That’s a fair assessment. The first words out of Price’s mouth better be that Cozart’s job is open to competition. Norwood Nate December 11, 2014 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. MK December 11, 2014 You are right on. as December 11, 2014 what is the package we got for latos? Jim t December 11, 2014 Catching prospect and a pitcher. Jim t December 11, 2014 Word is they are still trying to move Cozart MK December 11, 2014 They are saying Castellini ordered them to save money to sign Cueto. sultan of swaff December 11, 2014 Oh, God help us. sultan of swaff December 11, 2014 It’s good to see Walt recognize that SS was the more important priority and address it. sultan of swaff December 11, 2014 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. Jim H December 11, 2014 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. JMO December 11, 2014 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 December 11, 2014 Latos is coming off multiple injuries. That had to dampen his value. MK December 11, 2014 On Reds.com they are saying Crawford hits 96 mph. Brad December 11, 2014 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. Doug Gray December 11, 2014 I think people are sleeping on DeSclafini a little bit. Brad December 11, 2014 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 December 11, 2014 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. awa85 December 11, 2014 Doug, do you project Suarez as a starter or utility player for the Reds? Doug Gray December 11, 2014 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.