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Price comments on Jose Peraza’s role for 2017

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Will Peraza see regular playing time this season?

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Reds pitchers and catchers reported this morning, and there is already news regarding Cincinnati’s 2017 lineup. Bryan Price noted to reporters that Jose Peraza is penciled in as the Reds starting second baseman this season.

The news was somewhat expected, and it answers fans’ primary question following the Brandon Phillips trade. Last season, Peraza saw action in 72 games for Cincinnati. He hit .324/.352/.411 with 21 stolen bases. In 71 games at Louisville he hit .281/.333/.375.

Quality production from Peraza is a key element in Cincinnati’s rebuilding plans. Fans were frustrated a season ago by Peraza’s lack of playing time when he was on the major-league roster. In 2017, he should get a full season as a starter to show the front office what he’s capable of.

The move also has implications for Dilson Herrera. Cincinnati acquired Herrera from the Mets last season, and it was expected that he would eventually see some time at second. At least for 2017, it looks as if Herrera will function in a utility role if he’s on the major-league roster at all.

For now, fans should expect to see Zack Cozart and Peraza as Cincinnati’s middle infield in 2017. Dick Williams recently stated that Cozart will not be a part-time player this season. The Reds could look to move Cozart if a team has interest, and they’re likely to give him regular reps at short to keep his trade value high.

The start of the 2017 season will give fans at least one more opportunity to see a player in action who could be a key part of the next competitive Cincinnati Reds roster.