Cincinnati Reds: Reasons why Cincy will have a rough go in 2018

Out of all the MLB teams, the Cincinnati Reds might have a 2018 campaign worth forgetting.

They have a ton of young arms they’re developing and last year the Reds were ranked 29th in overall pitching statistics.

Cincy also ranked 18th in the hitting department even with Joey Votto, Billy Hamilton, Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler on the roster.

The Reds will probably feel they should make several deals at the deadline to make their club better. They could finally deal Hamilton, whose contract expires in 2020.

Cincy is also in a division with the Cubs, Brewers, and Cardinals. So, it’s hard to imagine them being any higher than fourth in the NL Central this year.

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The Reds best method of rebuilding is to deal away Scooter Gennett, Hamilton, and other players that could make an impact with other clubs.

The Reds have struggled to bring in free agents over the years and that was no different this offseason. Ben Revere was inked to a minor league deal on Sunday, but I don’t expect him to offer much production in Cincy. The veteran outfielder had one homer and 20 RBIs in 2017.

The Reds have one of the better farm systems in the big leagues. Thus, they could turn things around in the not-too-distant future.

Cincy has a payroll that’s about $89.5 million. So, they could make a run at a few elite players in free agency over the next two offseasons. The Reds could also speed up their rebuilding process by creating a package of youthful players. Hence using this package to haul in a star player sooner than later.

Sure 2018 will be one to forget. However, the Cincinnati Reds can turn things around by creating enough value in their farm system. Also making sure they’re showcasing players in each level of the minors.

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