James Rapien

James Rapien

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The ‘who’ matters when we’re discussing a potential Gennett extension

This was originally published on LockedonReds.com. 

Scooter Gennett is having a great season for the Reds. He's leading the National League in batting average – .326. He's hit 16 home runs, 60 RBIs and is third in the league in hits – 112. 

Gennett has played his way into multiple discussions. Most Reds fans want to keep him long term. Gennett is under team control through the 2019 season. 

Trading him makes a lot of sense. Gennett came to Cincinnati as a 26-year-old journeyman and is playing better than anyone could've imagined. His trade value probably won't be higher than it is right now. 

The Reds have a pipeline of infielders waiting for their shot, including top prospect Nick Senzel, who is expected to play second base in the major leagues. They also have Dilson Herrera, Alex Blandino, Shed Long and other second basemen in their minor league system. 

It's a tough decision for the Reds, but it's one that they have to get right. The 'who' matters when we're talking about Gennett's future in Cincinnati. 

Who is making the decision? Is it recently promoted general manager Nick Krall? Is it Dick Williams? Is it ownership? 

To read more, go to LockedonReds.com.

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