This can’t be true. Can it?

The Reds, major-league sources say, are interested in at least three Rockies — center fielder Willy Taveras, catcher Yorvit Torrealba and third baseman Garrett Atkins.

A trade of both Taveras and Torrealba to the Reds is one possibility, sources say. The extent of the Reds’ pursuit of Atkins — a potential target for several clubs, including the Angels and Twins — is less clear.

Willy Taveras? This Willy Taveras? The one with an OPS+ of 56(!) last year? The same one who “hit” .251/.308/.296 last year?

But he’s fast! Sounds like Corey Patterson without the power. Why not go with Chris Dickerson if this is the best alternative?

Meanwhile, DaD says that the Reds are back to being stupid again.

Did the Reds not learn from Corey Patterson? Dusty Baker will run Taveras in CF and bat him lead off every day for half the season, fans will scream, Dusty will defend himself saying he has no options, blame Krivsky for the trade probably, and then we will miss the playoffs by 20 games.

Yorvit Torrealba, what the hell does he do that Ryan Hanigan can’t? Besides have a OBP below .300.


This may be a long off-season.