In an effort to take this discussion (potential trades in general) in a slightly different direction (other than trade Jr! trade Dunn! trade whomever!), I wonder if we might use this space to murmur about potential targets off the beaten path.
Let me toss one out for criticism (illumine me if you know why this is a bad thought) or discussion:
Catcher Max Ramirez in the Rangers organization.
He is 23 years old (will not be 24 until November), and playing at AA. Ahead of him in the organization are Laird, Salty, and Teagarden (in theory). Ramirez at AA this year?
146 at bats (in 41 games) .377/.450/.658 That leads to an eye-popping 1.108 OPS. 9 homeruns. He's struck out 35 times and drawn 20 walks.
His baseball cube entry is here:
He participated in the 2007 Futures Game for the World Team.
Anywho, I am NOT one of the experts we have on this board with regard to minor league stuff, in terms of projectability and what not. What I do notice with this guy is that he has put up OPS' in the .900 neighborhood for a few years, is raking this year, and is behind a number of catchers in the Rangers organization. An organization that is desperate for pitching.
IF this guy is a decent prospect, and on the surface he appears to be, this is the kind of player that I hope Walt J. and the scouts are noticing and targeting. I would imagine there is a fit between these two orgaizations, and clearly the Rangers and Reds should trust each other given how happy each is with Hamilton and Volquez.
That's my initial suggestion.
Others? Anyone off the beaten path you would like the Reds to think about targeting?
Feel free to tell me why my initial suggestion is dumb or, perhaps, not a dumb suggestion. Or ignore. Or what not.
But I would love to see them find someone like this.