In a recent article on ESPN.com, Dan Szymborski of the Baseball Think Factory and developer of the Zips Projection System suggests that the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres should hook up for yet another blockbuster deal.
The deal would include Padres' slugger Carlos Quentin being shipped to Cincinnati in return for pitching prospect—and recent MLB Futures Game invitee—Kyle Lotzkar.
Now keep in mind that this is not rumor, nor speculation, but rather a suggested trade by Szymborski—and it does bring up cause for discussion.
It is no secret that the Reds have been rumored for quite some time to be interested in acquiring the services of Carlos Quentin. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has kept the rumors alive in one of his recent articles. The question for Reds fans, however, is what it would cost to bring Quentin to Cincinnati.
Dan Szymborski's article seems to be shedding a little light on that question. Kyle Lotzkar is a high-risk/high-reward type prospect—the kind that draws a lot of interest, but one that teams also hold on to a little more closely.
This makes him a prime candidate to be traded, and he is definitely someone that the Padres could be interested in. Cincinnati would also probably be open to such a trade. Even more so now that Joey Votto will be absent from the lineup for an extended period of time.
Lotzkar currently boosts a 4.20 ERA in 16 starts, with a 43/101 BB/K ratio through 85.2 innings pitched at Single-A and Double-A this season. His ERA has taken a hit during his last few outings, as he has had a few control issues over that span. But, the kid has talent.
You know who else has talent? Carlos Quentin. It is Quentin's kind of talent that is needed on this year's big league roster for Cincinnati.
Would you give up Kyle Lotzkar or another prospect in exchange for Carlos Quentin? If not, what if this trade would put the Reds in the Fall Classic—would you do it then?
Chime in with your thoughts and keep your eyes and ears open, the Reds are going to be making some moves very soon—the question remains though, what will they be?
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