According to Mark Sheldon from mlb.com, Cincinnati Reds' General Manager, Walt Jocketty is getting ready to make a move. Sheldon was in the radio booth with Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley during the second inning of Tuesday night's broadcast versus the Brewers.
At least that's what Sheldon's gut is telling him.
Jocketty has been hermitizing himself in his hotel room and getting to the ballpark much later than usual.
It makes sense that he's working the phones, trying to get a deal done by Saturday's 4:00 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline. That or he has developed a serious pay-per-view addiction.
Sheldon's gut thinks the Reds are in the hunt for a legitimate leadoff man, and (of course) bullpen help. Even though the bullpen has performed well as of late, they are still a righty short.
Carlos Fisher ain't the answer, kids. And recent signees Jason Isringhausen and Russ Springer are, by baseball standard, well...a bit on the elderly side. So they shouldn't be counted as answers either.
Although, in six games (5.2 innings) Springer has only allowed one hit, one walk, and has yet to yield a run.
The first leadoff guy that is on the block who comes to everyone's mind is Carl Crawford. Forget about him, not gonna happen. He's a left fielder and that spot is already occupied.
It will probably be a centerfielder or possibly a shortstop.
So let's have a look-see and try to read Jocketty's mind:
Center fielders who leadoff and may be available include, Chris Young from Arizona, Scotty Podsednik from Kansas City, Coco Crisp from Oakland, or if the Reds are brave enough to trade within the division Michael Bourn from Houston is probably available.
Podsenik is having a nice year, and Jocketty may be inquiring as to the price of Young.
Other than that not a whole lot to get excited about. There aren't any leadoff shortstops from selling teams. And the Reds already have one Michael Bourne/Coco Crisp playing center...difference being, Cincinnati's Drew Stubbs has power to go along with his speed.
The thing that makes "The Podfather" so appealing is that the Royals have a few interesting righties out of the pen, mainly Joakim Soria and the much less expensive and probably more available, Kyle Farnsworth.
The mere mention of Farnsowth may draw laughter. But the dude is having a pretty darn good year. Not so sure his "darn good year" would continue if he were plopped into Great American Small Park, but it's worth a shot and he is certainly better than Fisher.
What would the Reds have to give for Podsednik and Farnsworth?
Starting pitching and/or relievers.
Matt Maloney looked good when he was in Cincy, as did Sam LeCure. How about one of those guys (preferably LeCure) and a couple of low-level prospects?
That should please Reds' country...and, of course, the Cards failing to land Roy Oswalt.