In light of the stalled Jake Peavy to Atlanta trade rumors, I thought of this idea and wanted to hear your thoughts.
Reds trade Bronson Arroyo to the Atlanta Braves for second baseman Kelly Johnson. The Reds then send Johnson to St. Louis for outfielder Ryan Ludwick.
Atlanta is looking for two starting pitchers whether they acquire Peavy or not. Arroyo solidifies their rotation while the Braves have Prado and others to replace Johnson at second base. There has been rumors of a Ludwick for Johnson deal but Atlanta needs pitching more than a righthand hitter at this time. The Reds acquire the righthand hitter for the middle of the lineup and he can play LF. At the same time, the Reds free up additional payroll to maybe sign a veteran pitcher (preferably lefthanded) for the fourth or fifth spot in the rotation.
While many would not like to trade within the division, if it improves the Reds why care?