Things have been alittle slow with the start of spring training but it is never over as far as cooking up those trade ideas for some lively internet chat:
Reds trade Willy Mo Pena to Kansas City for LHP J.P. Howell[/B]
Now some of you expressed interest in Howell before and this would seem like the kind of deal Krivsky would do. Reds would get a young lefthander who could start the season at Louisville for alittle more seasoning (the Royals rushed him through the system last year), and be the first one called when a starter is needed. The Reds would have control over him for the next six years and would be an additional piece to building a solid rotation along with Harang and Claussen. Losing Pena means Dunn would shift to LF while Hatteberg gets playing time at lst base. But with Freel and Denorfia around, expect Dunn to see some first base too.
As for the Royals, it would be hard to part with Howell but if you look at their system, they have no one with the home run potential of Pena. Reggie Sanders is on the downward side of his career and Emil Brown will be hard pressed to repeat last season's performance. Pena would have the opportunity to play either LF or DH on an everyday basis.
Just an idea on a slow news day.