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Inbox: Will Riggleman remain as manager?

Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers fans' questions
MLB.com @m_sheldon

What are the chances of Jim Riggleman staying as manager next year?
-- @BrianHaitz, via Twitter

It certainly doesn't hurt Riggleman's chances that the team has played better under his watch. The Reds are 13-17 since he took over after a 3-15 start under Bryan Price. Riggleman deserves some credit -- he's managed aggressively like there's nothing to lose, handled the bullpen well amid quick hooks for starters and has an attention to detail. Getting Scott Schebler and Eugenio Suarez back from injuries also helped.

What are the chances of Jim Riggleman staying as manager next year?
-- @BrianHaitz, via Twitter

It certainly doesn't hurt Riggleman's chances that the team has played better under his watch. The Reds are 13-17 since he took over after a 3-15 start under Bryan Price. Riggleman deserves some credit -- he's managed aggressively like there's nothing to lose, handled the bullpen well amid quick hooks for starters and has an attention to detail. Getting Scott Schebler and Eugenio Suarez back from injuries also helped.

But president of baseball of operations Dick Williams and general manager Nick Krall might want the chance to hire their own guy. There are also several former skippers already out there looking to get back in the dugout. One of them -- John Farrell -- is already in the organization. This likely won't be decided until after the season, leaving Riggleman a lot of time to bolster his chances.

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When Anthony DeSclafani comes off DL, who will he replace in the rotation?
Jim D., via Facebook

DeSclafani is two starts into his rehab assignment, and it's expected that he'll get at least two more to make extra sure his strained left oblique issue doesn't resurface. A lot can happen between now and then in the current rotation. Homer Bailey has struggled over his past five starts. However, he's making $21 million this season and $23 million next year, and that will be part of the consideration. Sal Romano hasn't pitched well in his last two games, and Tyler Mahle has endured inconsistency while being prone to giving up home runs.

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What are the chances Brandon Finnegan ends up in the bullpen?
-- Luke D., via Facebook

I was talking to a scout last week, and he felt Finnegan fits best as a late-inning reliever. I would agree. I think he could bring more value to the Reds as a reliever capable of going two-plus solid innings rather than a starter who throws 90-100 pitches in five mediocre, inconsistent innings. Maybe he'd be able to command two pitches as a reliever and have better focus than if he had three or four pitches and needed face batters multiple times in a game as a starter.

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How great of an effect did the change in pitching coaches have on the staff? Does Danny Darwin have a vastly different approach than Mack Jenkins?
-- @Tonniesjr, via Twitter

It's hard to say specifically, but Darwin was the one who spotted the flaw in Luis Castillo's arm angle and in his delivery, in which Castillo's hand wasn't getting on top of the ball. That's what left the right-hander's pitches flat in the strike zone.

One benefit Darwin has is familiarity. Several of the Reds' youngest pitchers, including Castillo, Mahle, Romano and Amir Garrett, had him as their pitching coach at Double-A Pensacola, where Darwin commanded a lot respect and had success.

Do you think the Reds will be busy at the Trade Deadline?
-- Tyler Brackett, via Facebook

I would be surprised if a few moves aren't made before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Scooter Gennett, Raisel Iglesias, Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and others should be potential trade chips. Of course, there has to be a match, and the Reds would have to like the value they'd get in return.

Any word on celebration of the Reds' 150th anniversary next year? New uniforms?
-- Ian Hennessey, via Facebook

There have been no announcements, but I would be surprised if, at minimum, there wasn't a new alternate uniform. This season's batting-practice caps feature the Old English letter "C" that the original Red Stockings used in 1869. It could be a harbinger of things to come in 2019.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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