Yesterday, the Cincinnati Reds acquired Scooter Gennett off of waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. Scooter Gennett spent the last four seasons with the Brewers before being picked up by the Reds. Gennett, a 2B, adds much needed depth to a very weak Cincinnati bench. He can play multiple positions and can add some pop to the bench as well. Gennett, a career .279 BA, is coming off of his best year as a professional player. With career highs in HRs and RBIs, 14 and 56, Gennett is looking to build off of last year’s success.
For Cincinnati, the move was a no-brainer that offered no risk. Given that Cincinnati isn’t a very deep team, Gennett can offer some depth and give Jose Peraza or Zach Cozart a day off. On top of that, Gennett is only 26 years old and for a team trying to get younger, this move is very smart. If he exceeds all expectations for the Reds, Gennett could play very nicely if they were to try and trade him too.
Gennett, a Cincinnati native, can also benefit from this move. The Reds are in the middle of a rebuild and this move could really pay off. With the lack of talent the Reds have, Gennett could become an important piece to this team and down the road be apart of the rebuild as well. Still only 26, Gennett has plenty of time left to become a legitimate everyday player in the MLB.
Cincinnati has made some very quiet, but nice moves as of late and add this to that list. Gennett offers no risk of acquiring and if he does well it only makes the Reds better. For a team that doesn’t have much, Gennett could create a very strong bench for the Reds.