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The home run hitting Reds? How would Andre fit in here? Well, the Cincinnati Reds open up the second half of the season with a mediocre 45-47 record, but only four games out of first place in the hotly contested NL Central Division. The Reds have been up to the usual tricks, powering the ball all over the field thanks to the likes of all-stars Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce.
However, Andre Ethier would be a big addition to a lineup that has been hindered by the struggles of left fielder Jonny Gomes. Gomes, pictured here, is only batting .218 this season, and that's after picking up his game in the month of June. Gomes is a career .248 hitter, so there is not a whole lot of confidence coming out of Cincinnati. With center fielder Drew Stubbs batting only .250 as well, having Ethier to bolster the lineup could provide the push the Reds need to return to the playoffs under manager Dusty Baker.
Why the Reds? Well, the Reds have an abundance of young prospects that are potentially excellent trade pieces. Highly touted prospects such as catcher Devin Mesoraco (a top 20 Baseball America prospect) and pitcher Travis Wood, a major league ready arm at only 24 years old. As another option, the Reds have Yonder Alonso, a slugging first baseman who could replace James Loney and give the Dodgers a youthful power surge that Loney never could.
To land Ethier, the Reds would have to part with any of them, unless they would also like to add other serviceable Dodgers such as Hiroki Kuroda or Rafael Furcal in a package deal and then the Dodgers could get all those pieces and potentially more in order to build for the future.
The Reds seem like the smartest location for both Ethier, who could take advantage of the smaller ballpark to boost those power numbers (his home runs are down this year, currently at just 11) and for the Reds, who could add another threat in the middle of their lineup with no damage to their current core of young talent.