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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scooter Gennett waived by Brewers, picked up by Reds

Gennett was put on waivers by the Brewers despite having a minor-league option available. His contract for the 2017 season was $2.525 million, which will be picked up by the Reds. The transaction opens up a spot on the Brewers’ 40-man major-league roster.

Gennett, a Cincinnati native, was drafted in the 16th round by the Brewers in 2009 and played four seasons in the majors with the ballclub. In 2016, he batted .263 (.317 OBP) with 14 homers and 56 RBI in 137 games.

Brewers general manager David Stearns said the team tried to trade Gennett but nothing materialized.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2017 at 01:55 PM | 41 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brewers, reds, scooter gennett

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   1. Bote Man Posted: March 28, 2017 at 01:59 PM (#5424835)
Go Scooter, go!
   2. Zonk is Back Where He Came From Posted: March 28, 2017 at 02:04 PM (#5424839)
This is the sort of move where I neither understand why the Brewers just waived him nor why the Reds were so eager to snatch him up.

I mean, he can't play SS and the Reds just got done clearing out 2B dead weight for Peraza. I suppose Gennett is a cromulent enough backup plan, but still.
   3. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: March 28, 2017 at 02:06 PM (#5424841)
I hate his name.
   4. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: March 28, 2017 at 02:20 PM (#5424849)
"eff you, Dilson"
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: March 28, 2017 at 02:21 PM (#5424850)
trivia: he is the first "Scooter" in MLB since Phil Rizzuto.

or do you hate Gennett?
   6. Zonk is Back Where He Came From Posted: March 28, 2017 at 02:22 PM (#5424852)
"eff you, Dilson"


That too.
   7. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: March 28, 2017 at 02:32 PM (#5424859)

trivia: he is the first "Scooter" in MLB since Phil Rizzuto.


How soon we forget.
   8. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 28, 2017 at 02:42 PM (#5424866)
I mean, he can't play SS and the Reds just got done clearing out 2B dead weight for Peraza. I suppose Gennett is a cromulent enough backup plan, but still.

They've been trying to move Cozart for a year. But even if they don't I imagine Peraza will get some time there and the lion's share of starts at 2B. Herrera's been dealing with a bad shoulder all spring.

Still, acquiring a white guy from Cincinnati named Scooter is the Redsiest thing the Reds have ever done.
   9. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: March 28, 2017 at 02:53 PM (#5424875)
The final piece!
   10. Traderdave Posted: March 28, 2017 at 02:56 PM (#5424877)

Still, acquiring a white guy from Cincinnati named Scooter is the Redsiest thing the Reds have ever done.



There is nothing new under the sun.
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 28, 2017 at 04:02 PM (#5424913)
Not quite time for him to scoot off into the sunset, it would appear.
   12. Cargo Cultist Posted: March 28, 2017 at 04:37 PM (#5424928)
First Bronson Arroyo, and now Scooter? The Reds are seriously into reclamation projects. It looks a lot like desperation.
   13. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: March 28, 2017 at 04:45 PM (#5424933)
trivia: he is the first "Scooter" in MLB since Phil Rizzuto.

or do you hate Gennett?


I'm not that old. I'm not a Yankees fan. I don't have to explain my irrational hates.
   14. The Polish Sausage Racer Posted: March 28, 2017 at 04:45 PM (#5424934)
Aw man, he was my wife's favorite player on the Brewers. She is not going to be happy about this.
   15. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: March 28, 2017 at 04:50 PM (#5424941)
I hate his name.


Let's be honest here: His nickname is the only reason anyone except hardcore Brewers fans has ever heard of him.
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2017 at 05:03 PM (#5424947)

First Bronson Arroyo, and now Scooter? The Reds are seriously into reclamation projects. It looks a lot like desperation.


And yet Ryan Raburn and Desmond Jennings couldn't make the team.
   17. ReggieThomasLives Posted: March 28, 2017 at 05:08 PM (#5424954)
First Bronson Arroyo, and now Scooter? The Reds are seriously into reclamation projects. It looks a lot like desperation.


You will eat those words after both make the All Star game and are flipped for A prospects at deadline!
   18. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: March 28, 2017 at 05:17 PM (#5424959)
To the extent "A prospect" means a 26-year-old with a 4.13 ERA in A-ball, it's quite possible!
   19. Walt Davis Posted: March 28, 2017 at 05:34 PM (#5424965)
If he can handle a little 3B and some OF, a LHB backup IF is always a useful thing to have. OK, they always look like useful things to have until they put up a 74 OPS+ or something.
   20. cardsfanboy Posted: March 28, 2017 at 08:57 PM (#5425040)
This is the sort of move where I neither understand why the Brewers just waived him nor why the Reds were so eager to snatch him up.


I think it makes perfect sense for the Brewers, he wasn't going to make their major league team, he is going to be paid major league money so you waive him to see if another team is going to take the money, if not you still own his rights and send him to the minors. I get they could have sent him straight to the minors without the worry of losing him, but I think they were hoping someone would bite and take the contract off their hands. If they just send him down, he is occupying a spot on the 40 man roster.
   21. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 29, 2017 at 09:50 AM (#5425191)
"eff you, Dilson"


Maybe he wasn't all that after all...
   22. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 29, 2017 at 10:28 AM (#5425211)
Aw man, he was my wife's favorite player on the Brewers. She is not going to be happy about this.


On the bright side, he's still in the division, so she can still see him a couple times a year when he comes through town.
   23. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 29, 2017 at 10:28 AM (#5425212)
Maybe he wasn't all that after all...


He still looks pretty good. Just having trouble getting a clean shot at a job.
   24. The Honorable Ardo Posted: March 29, 2017 at 10:30 AM (#5425214)
If he can handle a little 3B and some OF, a LHB backup IF is always a useful thing to have. OK, they always look like useful things to have until they put up a 74 OPS+ or something.

That's the issue with Gennett, he's played all but one of his defensive games at 2B and been below average in the field. Not to say he can't learn a new position, but the odds are against him.

I'm reminded of Cubs fans arguing Chris Coghlan could "play" 2B and 3B; his 2015-2016 data there, prorated to a full season, would make him the worst defensive infielder in MLB by a wide margin.
   25. perros Posted: March 29, 2017 at 10:32 AM (#5425215)
If Scooter can hook slide at least one drunk driver in 2017, more power to him.
   26. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 29, 2017 at 10:37 AM (#5425218)
If Scooter can hook slide at least one drunk driver in 2017, more power to him.


I wasn't aware that Iwakuma had ever driven drunk before Coghlan carelessly mangled his knee.

He might well be drinking now, of course, given that it ruined his career.
   27. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: March 29, 2017 at 11:12 AM (#5425246)
The Reds starting rotation to start the season is

"1". Scott Feldman 4.37 career era as a starter
2. Brandon Finnegan (he's at least young and could get better)
3. Amir Garrett (rookie, only a few innings above AA)
4. Rookie Davis (rookie, only a few innings above AA, only a 5.5 k/9 last year)
5. Bronson Arroyo (hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014)

Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson (ostensibly their 2 best starting prospects, start the year in the bullpen)
They also seriously considered Sal Romano (never pitched above AA and a career 4.38 era in the minors) for the rotation.
Homer Bailey is on the 60 day dl, and, honestly, I expect they will get 0 innings from him this year. Desclafini will hopefully be back in May.

Maybe some of these guys step up and are OK, but, this is shaping up to be an absolute horror show of a season for the Reds rotation.
   28. Zonk is Back Where He Came From Posted: March 29, 2017 at 11:25 AM (#5425258)
If he can handle a little 3B and some OF, a LHB backup IF is always a useful thing to have. OK, they always look like useful things to have until they put up a 74 OPS+ or something.

That's the issue with Gennett, he's played all but one of his defensive games at 2B and been below average in the field. Not to say he can't learn a new position, but the odds are against him.


If any division foes wish to dust off the old Hendry plan of stockpiling pointless, stretched - but 'versatile' middle IFs, more power to them.
   29. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: March 29, 2017 at 12:08 PM (#5425290)
4. Rookie Davis


Holy cow! Next year will he go by Super-2 Davis?

   30. TDF, trained monkey Posted: March 29, 2017 at 12:55 PM (#5425338)
this is shaping up to be an absolute horror show of a season for the Reds rotation
They're also only carrying 4 bench bats so they can carry 8 relievers to cover for the starters. Of course, they won't be able to use all of those relievers because they only have 4 bats available to pinch-hit.

   31. Spahn Insane Posted: March 29, 2017 at 01:03 PM (#5425348)
OK, they always look like useful things to have until they put up a 74 OPS+ or something.

At which point they're neck and neck with Jason Heyward for the starting right field job. **ducks**
   32. Spahn Insane Posted: March 29, 2017 at 01:04 PM (#5425349)
Holy cow! Next year will he go by Super-2 Davis?

He'd rather you call him "Pre-arb Davis." Has a little more staying power.
   33. Spahn Insane Posted: March 29, 2017 at 01:06 PM (#5425355)
If any division foes wish to dust off the old Hendry plan of stockpiling pointless, stretched - but 'versatile' middle IFs, more power to them.

Jose Macias is available.
   34. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: March 29, 2017 at 01:30 PM (#5425374)
They're also only carrying 4 bench bats so they can carry 8 relievers to cover for the starters


And... one of those bench bats is a Rule 5 catcher, with no experience above AA! Another is Arismendy Alcantara (he of the .195/.249/.337 career MLB line)
   35. Spahn Insane Posted: March 29, 2017 at 01:53 PM (#5425400)
For a team that's not going anyplace, you could do worse than give Alcantara a bench spot. He can play all over, and he's got real pop for a little guy from both sides of the plate--he's been a decent prospect recently enough that he might turn into a good free talent find, though his MLB performance has been terrible to this point.
   36. TDF, trained monkey Posted: March 29, 2017 at 03:27 PM (#5425490)
They're also only carrying 4 bench bats so they can carry 8 relievers to cover for the starters

And... one of those bench bats is a Rule 5 catcher, with no experience above AA! Another is Arismendy Alcantara (he of the .195/.249/.337 career MLB line)
The 4th is a 27 year old with one XBH in 24 MLB PA.

So, maybe it was a good idea they signed Gennett!
   37. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 29, 2017 at 07:41 PM (#5425651)
I wasn't aware that Iwakuma had ever driven drunk before Coghlan carelessly mangled his knee.

He might well be drinking now, of course, given that it ruined his career.


Jung Ho Kang, rather than Hisashi Iwakuma.
   38. JJ1986 Posted: March 29, 2017 at 07:44 PM (#5425653)
Jung Ho Kang, rather than Hisashi Iwakuma.
I think he meant the former Rays infielder.
   39. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 29, 2017 at 07:46 PM (#5425655)
Ah, Akinori Iwamura. I remember that, now.
   40. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 29, 2017 at 08:03 PM (#5425659)
Oh, and Gennett homered for the Reds today.
   41. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: March 29, 2017 at 08:46 PM (#5425687)
Because hope springs eternal, it's time for my annual reminder that Tony Cingrani was absolutely terrific as a minor leaguer. And yeah that was a while ago, and he's been pretty meh in MLB, but it's about time to give my favorite pitcher a shot in the rotation. I mean, can he actually be any worse than the decaying corpse of Bronson Arroyo, and would it matter if he was?

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