A friend just sent me the link to this article. It makes the case that there is a strong fit between the Reds and the Miami Marlins in a trade that would bring Giancarlo Stanton to Cincinnati. It’s from Robb Hoff, a Yahoo! contributor. While I don’t think the Reds would make this deal, it’s hard to argue with this:

Regardless of how much the Reds would have to give up, the acquisition of Stanton would make an expected contender like the Reds flat out dominant.

Sandwiched between lefties Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, Stanton would enable the Reds to move Brandon Phillips up in the order behind leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo and give the Reds a lefty-righty Murderers’ Row lineup that would strike fear in the hearts of pitching staffs throughout the game.

I just don’t see the Reds giving up on their plans with Ryan Ludwick. But while we’re in fantasy land, one possibility for 2014 would be to move Jay Bruce to CF and then play Ludwick and Stanton at the corners. We’d have to say a painful good-bye to Shin-Soo Choo.