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Farmers onlyFeaturesPlayoffsHistory/Hall of FameCincinnati Reds RumorsRed ReposterCincinnati Reds links: Nick Senzel to left field Mike Napoli Jersey , not center fieldNew,50commentsTuesday links!into the lowest non-1B priority spot on the field despite the presence of inferior defenders around him on the diamond. It just seems haphazard, forced, rushed, awkward, and numerous other non-plus descriptors, especially given how much they’ve already jerked him around defensively so far.The fact is, they Reds are treating him, for some reason, like a player with kid gloves despite him being one of the most talented baseball prospects to come through this franchise in years. For some reason, though, that didn’t stop this team from trying the broken Devin Mesoraco in LF on a whim, from rolling out defensive flat-liners like Jonny Gomes or Adam Dunn there for ages - or the shell of Ken Griffey http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authen ... ton-jersey , Jr. - or even trying career 1B and lumbering sequoia Yonder Alonso in LF a time or three. Nick Senzel is a superior athlete and defensive asset than all of those folks, yet for some reason he is the one of that group that needs to be brought along on outfield defense slowly? I just don’t get it.In other news, our friends at Redleg Nation have admirably managed to still keep their Reds-writing hats on while we rip our hair out for new ideas. They’ve got a pair of good reads up today - Matt Wilkes with the pros/cons of potentially signing Matt Harvey to a contract this winter, and Steve Mancuso on Michael Lorenzen’s shot at being a starting pitcher again.Over at The Enquirer, John Fay spoke to Dick Williams about the pending managerial search, and got what we’ve all pretty much come to expect on the topic: nothing but nebulous, wandering avoidance of specifics. I honestly have zero idea how the front office can justify keeping Jim Riggleman and anything resembling the status quo for this team given how morbidly blase everything surrounding the team is at the moment, but more power to them if they think that’s the right course of action. Who the team’s next manager will be - be it Barry Larkin, Riggleman, John Farrell, or Nerb Halfsteak - still seems like such a toss-up, which at this point of the endless rebuild seems incredibly disheartening.Finally, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon spoke with Amir Garrett about his 2018 season Yonder Alonso Jersey , his comfort in being a reliever, and the idea that he might ever start again for the Reds. Given that he’ll be out of options after this year, I think the Garrett-as-starter ship has probably already sailed, at least unless the entire pitching staff around him again goes up in flames and there’s an opening in another lost season because of it, a la where the Reds are with Lorenzen on the mound to start tonight. If that’s the case, well, my liver’s going to need a new liver. And another sign of baseball’s broken economic system."Mike Moustakas to play second baseThe Brewers are an absolutely fascinating team and were just one win away from winning the National League pennant in 2018. There are some conventional reasons they were so good — they had the NL MVP, for one thing — but they also do some really interesting things to differentiate themselves from other squads. They don’t really have a whole lot of starting pitching, but instead rely on a bananas bullpen. On top of that, they have decided to sort of punt on infield defense, just putting together the best offense they can and worrying about the rest later. Last year, that meant old friend Travis Shaw playing second base and doing a lot better than I ever would have expected. This year, they brought Mike Moustakas back in free agency and he’s going to spend his time at the keystone position. This is a wild move to shift over the guy who has played third for his entire career. Why do we care as Red Sox fans? Well http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authen ... ton-jersey , many are hoping for a similar shift from Michael Chavis. Now, Chavis isn’t as established at the hot corner as Moustakas, and the Red Sox prospect did get drafted as a shortstop not that long ago. Still, it seems optimistic for him to play in the middle infield just like it does with Moustakas. Milwaukee’s logic is that they shift enough and have enough faith in their positioning strategy that they can hide players off their natural position. Theoretically, if the Red Sox were confident enough in their positioning they could possibly talk themselves into Chavis at second. However, the Brewers do also have a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop in Orlando Acria, which is something the Red Sox don’t have. Ultimately, I still don’t think Chavis makes sense up the middle, but this Moustakas decision does make things a little more interesting. He’s obviously just keeping the spot warm for Mauricio Dubon, though.Blake Snell gets modest raise from RaysWe know the baseball economic system is broken. There is disagreement about who is to blame, how much we should care and how to fix it, but the system is broken. Players have always been told they’d make up for being underpaid early in their career and get that money later on. Now, teams understandably don’t want to pay worse and aging players Bradley Zimmer Jersey , but it’s not being made up for on the front end. Case in point: Blake Snell. The Rays lefty just won the damn Cy Young and the Rays have 100 percent control over his salary. Generally, teams give star players who are in their pre-arbitration years some sort of token raise to put them significantly above the league minimum. There is no rule saying they have to, but it’s a show of good faith from the organization. The Rays, however, will pay Snell just $573,700, less than $20,000 over the minimum. Tampa is within their rights to give out such a small deal to the reigning Cy Young, but it’s a bad look and is understandably pissed off. He can’t do much about it now, but he will now be motivated to go get as much as humanly possible in arbitration and likely feels no loyalty towards the Rays organization. This is good news for the Red Sox, but another example of why the next CBA negotiations will be so contentious. Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals is going through a similar situation as well.