According to John Fay:
To pull off a trade, the Reds are probably going to have to give up of their top prospects. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to think the young players on the big league roster Ã¢â‚¬â€ Jay Bruce, Mike Leake, Travis Wood, Drew Stubbs and Chris Heisey Ã¢â‚¬â€ are untouchable.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a half dozen names at the next level who could be attractive chips in a deal:
Ã¢â‚¬â€œINF/OF Todd Frazier: HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s come on at Louisville after a horrible start. He didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t break .200 until June. His best positions are probably third and first. Those are obviously blocked for the next two years. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s playing mostly left right now.
Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1B Yonder Alonso: He is up to .268/.317/.408 after a poor start at Louisville. He didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t show enough speed to play left. First base/DH are his only spots. The Reds donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t use a DH and Joey VottoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not going anywhere.
Ã¢â‚¬â€œ3B Juan Francisco: Great power. 15 home runs in 244 at-bats. Strikes out a lot and rarely walks. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also a third baseman and that is Scott RolenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s spot.
Ã¢â‚¬â€œC Devin Mesoraco: The Reds probably have him on the untouchable list after the year heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s had so far. A catcher with power is rare commodity these days.
Ã¢â‚¬â€œLHP Matt Maloney: Given the depth of the young pitching, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be hard for him to break into the rotation. Some teams would probably be willing to take a chance with him as fifth starter.
Ã¢â‚¬â€œRHP Sam LeCure: Similar to Maloney. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s behind Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, Travis Wood, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey on the starter depth chart.
Anyone on this list untouchable to you? How many of them would you be willing to give up for the right guy? What is the right guy? OF bat? SS that can leadoff? Bullpen help? Does the “right guy” exist?