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Josh Willingham took Aroldis Chapman yard for a game-clincher, could he find himself back in Cincinnati and in a Reds uniform?
The Reds are in definite need of a right handed power-bat. Especially, one that can play left field. Brandon Phillips has begun to produce as of late and leads all second baseman in RBI. But, the most pressing problem is that runners are not getting on in-front of Joey Votto and teams still do not fear Phillips.
With Phillips in the leadoff spot, the team begins to address one disturbing fact—that Joey Votto ranks 3rd in the most at-bats without any runners on base, among all players batting third in the order. Less people on means less run-producing opportunities for Votto.
Potential suitors for the Reds clean-up role could include Carlos Quentin and Josh Willingham.
ESPN's Buster Olney continues to list Cincy as a possible landing spot for Carlos Quentin. but what would the San Diego Padres want in return and would the cost be worth it?
San Diego will most likely be asking for a grade A "pitching" prospect in whatever deal they agree to. Hear are a couple of scenarios that I could see San Diego accepting for Quentin:
- Ryan LaMarre and Kyle Lotzkar to SD,
- Didi Gregorious, Kyle Lotzkar to SD,
- or Daniel Corcino to SD
As much as I like Quentin, I wouldn't pay any more for him. He is a rental player after all. But, if they feel that he can truly put them over the top for this year, then maybe you do pay more. I would almost certainly nix the Corcino trade, unless they were able to work out some sort of contract extension in the deal.
Quentin is a bat that I really believe would make this team N.L. Pennant favorites because of the immediate domino affect in the order and the protection he brings to Votto.
Josh Willingham on the other hand comes with a little less name recognition. MLB Trade Rumors continues to report that the Twins are in the market for pitching and they are willing to use Willingham to get it. Josh is signed through next season and could also make an immediate impact.
Here are some possible scenarios that the Twins may accept for Willingham:
- Bill Bray, J.C. Sulbaran, and another pitching prospect (Pedro Villarreal) to MN,
- or Kyle Lotzkar and Alfredo Simon to MN
Josh Willingham is probably the way to go here. He is less costly in terms of what you give up and in salary. You get only slightly less production but unlike Quentin's low strikeout rate, Willingham fans at a much higher rate. Either trade proposal for Josh are both win/win deals.