On the eve of the MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville, the Cincinnati Reds are pursuing a lead off hitter and free agents Michael Bourn or Angel Pagan is out of the franchise’s offseason spending budget. The next best thing is to trade for a lead off hitter and the Reds have Colorado Rockies‘ Dexter Fowler on their wish list.
The Reds are looking for an upgrade over Drew Stubbs and Fowler would be perfect fit for the Reds even more so because the Rockies are willing to deal Fowler. In return the Rockies have interest in Reds’ right-handed pitcher Homer Bailey, whom the Reds are also willing to deal making it easier for a trade to get done. Although there has been no formal discussion over a possible trade scenario, the winter meetings is a perfect place for both general managers to talk business. It is a business convention.
Acquiring Fowler would make the Reds a huge contender in the National League in 2013. Fowler would add speed including 12 stolen bases, 11 triples and 72 runs scored. Not to mention that Fowler batted .300/.389/.474 and drove in 53 runs as well. There would be no doubt that Fowler would lead off in Cincinnati adding to a scary lineup that already includes Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.
If Cincinnati deals Bailey, the Rockies get an emerging star pitcher. Bailey’s number have gotten better over the years as he was 13-10 with a 3.68 ERA, his best numbers of his career. Bailey struck out 168 batters as well.
However, the problem with a possible trade is that Fowler is under contract until 2015 and the Reds have Billy Hamilton ready for the 2014 season. Fowler would be acquired in a “win now” scenario.