Throwing out that first day spring training proposal:
Reds trade lb/OF Adam Dunn and LHP Eric Milton to the Dodgers for LHP Odalis Perez, RHP Chad Billingsley and lst baseman Heep Soo Choi.
Reds advantage: [B]Trading Dunn would be painful especially after just locking him up. But Billingsley (one of the top pitching prospects in baseball) gives the Reds a potential number 1 or two starter down the road. Choi is still young enough to adjust...especially with Chris Chambliss working with him. Plus, playing at GAB will be more of an advantage for Choi than Dodger Stadium. Milton and Perez is basically a change of scenery. Milton's style is ill-suited for pitching in GAB and Dodger Stadium is more suited for flyball pitchers. Perez made critical comments last year and the Dodgers don't want any disruptions in the clubhouse and still have in on the block.
Dodgers: One thing the Dodgers are missing a LF with some pop in the bat. Dunn gives them that lefthanded hitter that they can bat between Jeff Kent and Nomar Garciaparra. His contract is affordable the next two years and the Dodgers have the resources to sign him to a longterm deal. Trading Billingsley hurts but hitters like Dunn don't come along that often with the contract he is signed to. They might not be thrilled with Milton but they know Perez needs to go.[/B]