I went into deep thought into what trades the Reds should make (trying to get my mind off my current situation) and figured out a trade or two could really cause some good things to happen for 2010. So I came up with three trades the Reds should make and the chain reaction that follows.
1. Cincinnati Reds trade SP Aaron Harang, RP Arthur Rhodes and cash to the Philadelphia Phillies for OF Michael Taylor, SP J.A. Happ and a PTBNL. CHAIN REACTION: This allows the Reds to not only fill the rotation spot left by Harang, but also get their future power hitting LF and frees up some cash. And by doing those things, Yonder Alonso and Matt Maloney are now officially trade bait to maybe pick up a major league ready SS.
2. Cincinnati Reds trade CL Francisco Cordero and OF Drew Stubbs to the Los Angeles Dodgers for CF Matt Kemp, SS Dee Gordon and a PTBNL. CHAIN REACTION: By trading Cordero to the Dodgers we get a future star in Kemp, maybe our future SS and also once again free up money. Now that Kemp will man CF for us for years to come Chris Heisey nows becomes another person we can trade for a weakness.
3. Cincinnati Reds trade 3B Edwin Encarnacion and SP Matt Maloney to the Toronto Blue Jays for 3B Scott Rolen. CHAIN REACTION: With the Reds getting Rolen we now have a GG caliber 3B and a guy who is more consistant at the plate than EdE. And it gives Frazier and Francisco one more year in the minors to see who really is the better player and starter at 3B for the Reds in 2011. The one who loses out on that battle can be traded with Alonson/Maloney for the SS we need.