May 8, 1981
The Detroit Tigers foolishly rewarded Alfredo Simon with a $5.5 million contract after a fair (but not great) performance in 2014 with the Reds. He was an All-Star, but showed that to be just a flash of brilliance, faltering to a 5.05 ERA in 2015. The Reds took him back in 2016, and his ERA went up to 9.36 to go along with a 2-7 record.
The Reds traded Alfredo Simon to the Tigers in December for Jonathon Crawford and Eugenio Suarez. Simon had an outstanding first half in 2014, with a 12-3 record and 2.70 ERA earning him an All-Star berth. It’s a long season, however, especially for a pitcher who had spent the the previous two seasons exclusively in the bullpen. During the second half, Simon’s record was 3-7 and his ERA bloated to 4.52. I hope Tigers fans are not looking to Simon to replace Max Scherzer.
Thursday was an active day in baseball with several high-profile players changing teams, including Matt Kemp and Yoenis Cespedes. Unfortunately, the Cincinnati Reds did not land either of those sluggers to fill the emptiness that is left field. Despite failing to address the biggest need on the team, Walt Jocketty traded starting pitchers Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon, picking up four youngsters from the Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers in exchange.
Eugenio Suarez, Jonathon Crawford, Anthony DeSclafani, Chad Wallach are the newest members of the Reds organization. Crawford was Detroit’s first-round draft pick in 2013 and posted a 2.85 ERA in 23 starts for the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2014. Wallach has baseball in his blood; his father is Tim Wallach, the five-time All-Star third baseman.
Thanks to TWJ contributor Patrick for whipping up these awesome customs. Hopefully the Reds continue to wheel and deal without “going all in” by sending Johnny Cueto packing.
With Johnny Cueto making his scheduled start on Sunday, that knocked him out of the upcoming All-Star game. Replacing him in Minneapolis will be teammate Alfredo Simon, who is currently tied for the National League lead in victories with Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. TWJ contributor Patrick was ahead of the game with this one, confident in Mike Matheny‘s ability to name the most deserving players to the team (unlike his St. Louis predecessor Tony La Russa), and sent this “fun card” in the style of the 1959 Topps All-Stars to me last Wednesday. Thanks again for the great contribution, Patrick!