MLB Trade Rumors: Could Carlos Quentin Be Packing His Bags for Cincinnati?

Joshua RamseyAnalyst IJune 7, 2012

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Carlos Quentin #18 of the San Diego Padres poses for a portrait during a photo day at Peoria Stadium on February 27, 2012 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
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It still remains obvious that the Cincinnati Reds have yet to fill the void that is left field.  They have attempted patching the situation with Chris Heisey and Ryan Ludwick but to no avail.  The two have combined for stellar defense but much less stellar offense.

It appears, though, that a fix could be just around the corner.  ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that the Reds are one of the top locations for San Diego's Carlos Quentin to end up before MLB's July 31st trade deadline.

Quentin has been on a tear since coming off of the DL.  He is hitting .481 with five home runs through his first seven games.  

Cincy has recent history in dealing with San Diego with the Mat Latos deal, and the two organizations seem to be on good terms with each other.  This could be an interesting option for the Reds and a great opportunity to add a true right-handed power bat into the lineup.  Imagine this batting order:

2B Phillips, SS Cozart, 1B Votto, LF Quentin, RF Bruce, 3B Frazier, CF Stubbs, C, P

That lineup has serious potential.  Combine it with the bats of Heisey and Ludwick coming off of the bench, and as Marty would say, "How we lookin'?"  Pretty dag-on well if you ask me.

It's great to imagine, but the cost could be pretty steep.  The question becomes: Could the Reds muster a package together that is good enough without mortgaging the rest of the farm?  

What are your thoughts on Carlos Quentin and should the Reds make a run at him?