Two of Cincinnati's top baseball players over the past two decades have continued to be successful for the team with a red hat and pipe, which should have delighted fans in their hometown. Unfortunately for those in Queen City, these favorite sons have become stars not for the Reds, but for the Red Sox.
Boston's current sensation, Andrew Benintendi, was selected in the first round of Madeira High School in the suburbs, and a few seasons later, she was among the top picks for the American League's freshman rookie award . Ten years earlier, Boston had discovered outfielder Kevin Youkilis, who was to become a Red Sox star player, while he was playing for the University of Cincinnati.
Bean Town baseball officials may want to let two other Cincinnati players rest before the trade deadline, next month, only the duo will have to be removed from the Reds instead of the repechage. Any transaction would cost Boston very little in return, as the Reds who are rebuilding are more interested in saving time for younger players.
Billy Hamilton, of Cincinnati, is a defensive center defenseman and a gifted basic runner, but he has been a sub-average hitter throughout his career. Also according to ESPN Buster Olney, Hamilton's speed would be an asset to any rival team, according to his June 18 column.
Olney did not include Boston among the three clubs he felt were good for Hamilton, but the Red Sox have several reasons to acquire it. Jackie Bradley Jr from Boston is still beating well under the Mendoza line, almost in the middle of the 2018 season. He is one of the few players Hamilton outperforms, and the latter would be a definite advance in defense.
The Reds also have a better trump to sell to the Red Sox, second baseman, Scooter Gennett. His batting average of .336 is the second best performance of the National League and has been chosen twice as Player of the Week. Boston hesitated to outclass in second place, pending the return of Dustin Pedroia, star player, from the list of people with reduced mobility.
Pedroia came out of the D.L. last week, only to be relocated after just one game. Because the Yankees, rivals of the division, turn out to be one of the best teams in the league, the Red Sox can not afford to wait until Pedroia is completely cured.
At the moment, Boston is using Eduardo Escobar in second place, a veteran presence of course, but more of a utilitarian field player than an everyday player. Gennett would be a huge improvement, and he is versatile enough to move elsewhere if Pedroia returns.
Cincinnati could perhaps pick some Boston jewels through such an agreement. This could help atone for the Red Sox after catching Benintendi and Youkilis from the Reds hometown.