MLB Rumors: Cincinnati Reds Interested in Carlos Quentin

By Jeff Gray

MLB Rumors has learned that according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman the Cincinnati Reds are one of three teams that are very interested in trading for the services of Carlos Quentin (OF) of the San Diego Padres.

In addition to the names floating around MLB Rumors (Juan Pierre, Alfonso Soriano, Cole Hamels) and the Cincinnati Reds, Carlos Quentin may just be the best fit for the Reds at this point.

Here’s why I think the Quentin acquisition makes sense for the Cincinnati Reds.  He comes as a proven power hitter.  Having just spent four years with the Chicago White Sox (hitter friendly park – GABP anyone?), Quentin averaged over 25 homeruns per year while in Chicago.  However, in spacious PetCo Park, he has only accounted for 7 homeruns this season.  Put him in GABP and there is no telling how many he could hit between now and the end of the season.

If the Reds went with him, he could take the clean-up spot currently occupied by Brandon Phillips.  Phillips could move to his more natural position as lead-off and Zack Cozart to his more natural position as the number two guy.  Imagine the middle of the Reds line-up with Quentin – Joey Votto (a doubles machine), Quentin (homerun threat) and Jay Bruce (another homerun threat).  Votto would finally have a power hitter behind him for protection.  Pitchers wouldn’t be so eager to walk Joey Votto if  Quentin followed him in the line-up.

Plus, when you add in that his value has dropped a little recently, the Reds just might be able to give up little for the services of the 29 year-old, two-time All-Star outfielder.  The bang for the buck (pun intended) may be too much for the Reds to pass up.

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