Newest On Scooter Gennett
Former Reds, Brewers and Giants second baseman Scooter Gennett stays unsigned, and the 2018 All-Star chatted with Doug Fernandes of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune this week about his resolution to not settle for a proposal over the winter. Gennett particulars that he did obtain some presents, however they had been both non-guaranteed or to not his liking from a monetary standpoint. The highest provide he obtained was a $1.5MM assure with incentives, however he’d been focusing on a deal within the $5MM vary. That provide additionally got here from a membership with an on a regular basis second baseman, it appears, so he’d possible have been considered as a bench piece.
Many followers will bristle at Gennett’s candid feedback on free company and compensation, notably given the present financial disaster that has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gennett, although, has earned greater than $19MM in his profession so far and has clearly set a private valuation each on his skills and the extent of compensation he’d require to spend one other season on the highway and away from his spouse and household, as any participant would. “You’re 220 days away from your loved ones,” says Gennett.
The 2019 season was a tricky one for Gennett, who tore a muscle in his groin throughout Spring Coaching and now acknowledges that he got here again earlier than he was prepared. That was his personal resolution, he emphasizes, and his outcomes clearly suffered. After hitting a mixed .303/.351/.508 with 50 residence runs for the Reds in 2017-18, Gennett limped to a .226/.245/.323 slash in 139 plate appearances final yr. The Reds traded him to the Giants simply previous to the commerce deadline, receiving solely money consideration in return. San Francisco launched him lower than a month later.
Over the winter, Gennett reportedly drew curiosity from as many as six groups, with the Cubs identified to be one suitor. The Cubs, nonetheless, have prevented main free agent signings over the previous two offseasons and had been searching for extra of a low-cost pickup. Not lengthy after being linked to Gennett, they as a substitute signed Jason Kipnis to the identical kind of minor league contract to which Gennett expresses aversion in his interview with Fernandes.
Gennett continues to be simply 30, so there’s actually time for him to stage a comeback if he chooses to play once more. He’s nonetheless figuring out, however he’s additionally frank in telling Fernandes that he’s “tremendous with not enjoying.” If wage is the sticking level, it’s exhausting to check his incomes energy on his subsequent contract being increased than it was over the winter. A membership doesn’t appear prone to prime that supply as soon as play resumes, given the income losses all through the league, and sitting out for a yr would absolutely restrict him to a minor league deal if he did resolve he needed to return to the sport.