Originally Posted by mth123
If they can get something of substance for Corcino, I'd be willing to make him available, but I don't see them getting anything for Leake that would provide that much more value than what they could get for spare parts. If that's what they get, I just don't see it adding enough value to make it worth the risk of dealing Leake. Adding guys like David Dejesus and Seth Smith should be doable without dealing Leake. I don't see them making a major splash and if they do, its probably going to take something more significant than Leake to get it done.
Looking at the Reds' roster, their minor league depth, their desire to keep Billy Hamilton (likely), I think they will have to give up a meaningful pitcher/pitching prospect in trades to get anything of value this off-season.
If it turns out that Corcino is worth more on the market than Leake, then that's a way to go. They may even decide to trade Bailey to upgrade the outfield, although that presumably would be a major deal, for a higher echelon outfielder.
It's not a matter of trading Leake, per se. It's just that I don't see them acquiring anyone of value for the outfield without parting with a pitcher or pitching prospect of value. That's where the Reds' trading depth lies.
As I've said elsewhere, I fully expect one or two of Leake, Corcino, Cingrani, Arroyo, or Bailey to be traded this off-season. Hopefully not Stephenson. To get a good return, I think that's the reality of the situation.
If they can get by trading Lotzkar and other lesser prospects, great, I just find it hard to believe that will be enough.