The trade winds appear to be nothing more than slight breezes in Cincinnati right now. For Cincinnati Reds fans, that is not exactly a good thing.
With the Pittsburgh Pirates hot on their heels, and team MVP Joey Votto on the disabled list, the Reds should be looking to make an impact move by the trade deadline. Something to show that they want to run away from the pack in the National League.
The impact Ellsbury would have on the organization would be huge. True, he would be a rental player for a year and a few months, but in that time, the Reds would land one of the most dynamic players in all of Major League Baseball, the runner-up in the 2011 AL MVP race and another bat to shore up the lineup in the absence of Votto.
Ellsbury has only played in 19 games this season, but he is already batting .282 with 12 runs, one home run, four RBI and a stolen base for the struggling Red Sox.
As a reminder of what he's capable of, last year his batting line looked like this: .321/.376/.552/.928 with 32 home runs, 105 RBI, 39 stolen bases and 112 runs scored.
He is a game-changer.
All due respect to Drew Stubbs, but the Reds would be crazy not to make this type of upgrade in center if they were able to do so.
Prying Ellsbury from the Red Sox won't be easy, but the Reds could offer prospect Tony Cingrani.
Cingrani is tearing up the minors with his 2.15 ERA in Pensacola right now. The Red Sox desperately could use young arms in their system, and the Reds have plenty of that.
If the Reds want a serious injection in their offense, this is clearly the way to go. Imagine the batting order upon Votto's return with Ellsbury and Jay Bruce in the heart of the lineup.
There is no evidence to suggest that a move of this magnitude is being discussed. That said, sometimes moves like this come about quickly and take us by surprise.
Can we say Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, anyone?
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