Reds Unlikely To Trade For Leadoff Hitter

Reds' leadoff hitters have a league worst .237 OBP, but John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that any help is going to have to come from within for the time being.

“I don’t think we have anyone in the minors capable of the filling that role,” said GM Walt Jocketty. “And, frankly,  there’s no one available in trade right now. I think we’re going to try to fix it internally. We may be able to do something in trade later.

Drew Stubbs has served as the primary leadoff hitter this year, but his batting line sits at just .174/.267/.283, though he has stolen seven bases in eight tries. Chris Dickerson has also spent some time hitting leadoff, but he's been even worse with the stick: .205/.222/.273.

The Reds are set all around the infield, so if they did pursue a trade for leadoff type down the road, they would have to look at an outfielder. Scott Podsednik could make some sense if the Royals are willing to move him, ditto Coco Crisp and the A's (when he gets healthy). That's just me speculating, though.

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