MLB Trade Rumors: Paul Janish from Cincinnati Reds to the Philadelphia Phillies?

Cliff Eastham@RedsToTheBoneSenior Writer IIMarch 29, 2012

Paul Janish
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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies have had talks with the Reds about a possible trade for shortstop Paul Janish. It wasn't reported as to whom the Phillies would offer in return for Janish.

I know that doesn't sound like a blockbuster, but I believe Janish going to Philadelphia would be an advancement for his career.

Janish has had a very good spring, albeit probably a little too late. His spring slash line is .306/.405/.500 with one home run and five RBI.

It is evident that rookie Zack Cozart will be the starting shortstop for Cincinnati, at least until the maturation of speedster Billy Hamilton.

The Reds have Wilson Valdez, who coincidentally was traded to them by the Phillies in exchange for southpaw pitcher Jeremy Horst. Valdez is much more versatile and more experienced than Janish.

In all likelihood, Janish will be optioned to Triple-A Louisville at the close of spring training if he remains within the Cincinnati organization. Although he is enjoying his best spring, Janish has had a few opportunities to step up and be the regular shortstop.

The Phillies have been snake bitten with injuries to their infielders, making them desperate for help in that area.

It is unclear how the Reds intend to respond to the trade talks.

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