In order to get a true impact player such as a TOR starter or say Stephen Drew to play SS the Reds are going to have to trade something of value. As much as we would all love to trade Lecure & Dorn for Cliff Lee a deal like that would never happen. Looking at the Reds team I see four young players who could be a centerpiece of a big trade.
1. Yonder Alonso. seems that despite his not exactly destroying minor league pitching (possibly due to the hamate fracture) he is desired by other clubs. I've heard his name in the Lee rumors. IMO he is 100% tradable due to being blocked by Votto & having only dabbled in playing LF this year. He would seem to be the one big trade chip the team wouldn't miss.
2. Devin Mesoraco. Two words: sell high. Not that he couldn't someday be a fine major league catcher. Its that his value is higher now than its even been. Try to pawn off Todd Frazier in a deal for a TOR starter & the other team will wrinkle their nose due to his poor 2010 (so far). Yet the same team that wouldn't have even thought of Mesoraco 3 months ago is now drooling over him.
3. Chris Heisey or Drew Stubbs. while the team could play Stubbs in CF & Heisey in LF i believe the team would be better off by cashing in the trade value of a young centerfielder rather than playing Heisey in LF. LF & 1B have to be the easiest positions to find a competent player. even if Gomes reverts to being a platoon bat it shouldn't be that hard to find a lefty bat to play LF vs a RHP. Heck, we may even have one in house (Francisco, Dorn or even Dickerson)
4. Travis Wood. He is the one guy of the four that I would really like to keep. The old "you can never have enough pitching" addage certainly could apply to the Reds with Volquez (recovering from injury), Bailey (injured), Leake (young), Arroyo (may not be back for 2011) & Chapman (unproven). Cueto has been good so far but has put up an ERA+ of 92 & 97 in his two full seasons. The only way I would deal Wood is in a deal for a TOR arm that will be here past 2010 (say Haren, Greinke, Oswalt, etc). I would not include him in deal for Cliff Lee.
I would be shocked if Chapman was dealt. It could happen but I would be very suprised. I have heard Baliey's name mentioned as a trade chip but I can't see a team trading for a guy on the DL. After Alonso, Mes, Heisey/Stubbs & Wood the other prospects we have don't seem to have the value needed to make the centerpiece of a big trade. If anyone thinks someone else in the system could bring us back a big name please throw his name in the hat.
So, which top prospects would you be OK with trading in a deal for a star player & which prospects do you want to keep?