Monday, December 3, 2012

What's on the Winter Meeting's agenda for the Reds?

Although the weather outside may be becoming increasingly colder, the baseball hot stove is beginning to heat up. Why is that, you may ask? Well, because the time has come for executives of the MLB world to converge at the Winter Meetings in Nashville. The extravaganza kicked off Monday morning in the friendly confines of the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and is slated to run through Thursday.

The Winter Meetings often spark a great deal of movement in regards to trade and free agent talk. Each of MLB's 30 clubs come to the proverbial table with both an agenda and a list of roster needs. The Redlegs are no different. Here is what GM Walt Jocketty and the Reds have been rumored to be looking for this week:

No. 1 - A Leadoff Hitter


- OF Dexter Fowler (Colorado Rockies)
- OF Alex Gordon (Kansas City Royals)
- Coco Crisp (FA)
- Shane Victorino (FA)
- Angel Pagan (FA)
- Billy Hamilton (Reds Minors)

No. 2 - A Left Fielder


- Ryan Ludwick (FA)
- Austin Kearns (FA)
- Cody Ross (FA)

No. 3 - Role Players


- UTL Jeff Keppinger (FA)
- UTL Ronny Cedeno (FA)
- OF Xavier Nady (FA)
- OF Darnel McDonald (FA)
- Promote from within

The most glaring need for the Reds at this point is definitely leadoff. Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs floundered hitting out of that role in 2012. And although Brandon Phillips has shown the ability to hit at the top, the club would be much better served to acquire some outside help. Colorado's Dexter Fowler is the name most often being linked to a potential deal. According to reports, the Rockies want Homer Bailey in return. That may have been a great trade to make from the Reds standpoint a year ago, but not now. However, the front office has proven to shock us all many times before.

It may not come this week, or this month for that matter, but expect something to happen involving a leadoff man this winter. I don't think management likes the idea of going into the season without a new solution at the top of the batting order.

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