The opinion that an EE deal may be in the offing is starting to spread.
I know this guy's not exactly Peter Gammons or Seth Everett but, I found this interesting nonetheless:
"* Having followed the Twins closely during his time as assistant general manager, I was curious to see how Wayne Krivsky would fare after taking over the Reds last year. There have been some bright spots, like trading for Bronson Arroyo and giving Josh Hamilton a chance, but for the most part he's been underwhelming. For the years the Twins have valued veteran mediocrity over young talent, and it's obvious now that Krivsky was a driving force behind that.
His latest decision along those lines came Thursday, when Edwin Encarnacion was demoted to Triple-A after making two costly errors in Wednesday's game. Despite putting up excellent minor-league numbers and hitting .276 with an .832 OPS in his first full season last year, the 24-year-old Encarnacion has been yanked in and out of the Reds' lineup constantly based on a bad defensive play or a few hitless games (when they aren't too busy criticizing Adam Dunn).
Because of that it's no surprise that the team has taken the extreme step of sending him back to the minors with 810 big-league plate appearances under his belt, but it's still a misguided move. Encarnacion has shown that he can hit and, while error-prone, his defense at third base has been good enough to make him one of the team's best players. Yet much like Austin Kearns last year, he seems destined to leave via trade, almost surely for a lesser return in terms of overall talent.
Whether Encarnacion is dealt or simply remains at Triple-A, Ryan Freel figures to step in at third base. Whatever you think of Encarnacion, Freel has proven that he deserves everyday playing time and is capable of 40-plus steals if given 500 at-bats. Freel working exclusively at third base also means that Hamilton is now a starter in the outfield. That gives him a big value boost, but he's in a 0-for-12 slump and the extra at-bats could expedite his trip back down to earth."
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