Saturday, November 5, 2011
Trades I Think Should Go Through
Reds Trade: Yasmani Grandal (Catcher) or Yonder Alonso (1st/LF), and Edison Volquez (Pitcher)
Reds Get: James Shields, Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays.
This is a good trade for both sides because the one thing that always plagues the Rays is the team's lack of runs. They already have one man to many in the starting rotation, and for the right price, the Reds could get Shields. The Rays need a catcher, Grandal, or a first baseman, Alonso, either one would work. Volquez is just a bullpen guy now and is in need of new scenery.
Reds Sign: Josh Willingham (OF) or Roy Oswalt (Pitcher).
Willingham hit 29 homers last year while playing in a pitcher's park. At Great American Ballpark, he could hit 40. Signing Willingham would also give Joey Votto some protection in the lineup. Signing Oswalt is definitely a long-shot, but the move would give the Reds a legitimate starter, and if they got James Shields, the rotation of 1. Shields, 2. Oswalt, 3. Cueto, 4. Arroyo, 5. Leake/Wood/Bailey, which would free up the team to deal one of the names listed in the 5 spot.
These moves would definitely make the Reds legitimate contenders and possibly hand them the reigns to the NL Central. If everything goes right, and the Reds make one of the moves mentioned aboved, they will finish above .500. With the trades/signings they will finish 90-72, without, 84-78.