GM for a day for the Reds? WOW where to begin. Clean out the FO (the development system in place to include drafts, development and overall baseball knowledge is below average to be kind.
Since I am the GM, I can't fire myself but I sure as hell would get rid of Walt. The bad contracts, good trades (lack of) and FA signed has sucked terribly.
Price would be on thin ice but look at the hand he has been dealt. You can't turn crap into gold. You have seen the out-burst by Price in the press several weeks ago and Votto bumping into the umpire that got him ejected and suspended for 1 game.
One problem is the Reds have only one guy that has hit consistently. Votto. Cozart is playing well but how long will it last. The Reds need coaches at all levels that can develop hitters especially at the minor league level. Byrd is a short term hire but the core of Votto, Frazier (needs to work on hitting for average), Mesoraco and for the time being Cozart is a solid base to an everyday line-up. IF, and it's a big IF, some one can teach Billy Hamiliton to hit CF would not be position of need but right now it is.
Let's face it with this current team, the Reds are not going to win the World Series. After all, isn't that the main goal in all sports is to win the big prize? World Series, Super Bowl, National Championship, etc.? With that said, the following needs to happen, TRADE Cueto (include Bruce and /or Phillips if possible) for the best possible package to include best pitching prospect in the other team's orgaization (a given since the Reds are giving up a CY Young candidate), a young everyday player at a position of need (2nd, CF, and RF) and prospects. IF you can't get rid of Bruce and Phillips in the Cueto trade (ideal scenario by the way), include one or both in a trade with Chapman for the best package possible. IF you are going to tank, tank all the way. I agree with those who feel that Chapman has been mis-used since he was signed. He should have been groomed to be a starter. After all his arm won't last forever, right? Lastly, since I would be setting up this team for the future. I would trade Votto as well. A former MVP that can still hit is still a valuable piece to any team.
Bottom line and perfect scenario is the Reds trade Cueto and Phillips for best prospect (pitcher) in the other team's organization, young everyday starter (2nd, CF, RF) and high-end prospects. Second trade Chapman and Bruce for young everyday starter (2nd, CF, RF) and high-end prospects. Lastly, trade Votto for everyday starter (2nd, CF, RF) and high-end prospects. One other thing the Reds can do is get rid of guys like Gregg and Hoover. Can't beleive these guys pitch in the Majors.