With joey Votto going on the disabled list for at least a month the Cincinnati Reds will have to make some big decisions as the non-waiver trading deadline approaches. Votto was hitting .342 and had a National League leading .465 on base percentage. Cincinnati has struggled at times during season scoring runs and losing Votto will leave a big hole in their lineup. Second baseman Brandon Phillips is the only other regular hitting above .275.
The rest of the Reds batting order are streaky at best. All-Star right fielder Jay Bruce has solid power numbers 18 home runs and 57 RBIs but he tends to strike out a little too much. Leftfielder Ryan Ludwick is a lot like Bruce solid power numbers but only a .236 batting average but he has hit well over the last couple of weeks. Two young players that have solid potential are third baseman Todd Frazier and outfielder Chris Heisey. Frazier is hitting.272 and he has showed on occasion some pop in his bat and Heisey is more of a gap hitter and he is hitting .276.
The big question is “Do the Reds trade for another bat?”And “Who do you trade?” That is the dilemma General Manager Walt Jocketty is facing. Knowing the history of Jocketty, he has not been shy about making a big deal at the trading deadline to obtain players he feels that will help the team. The Reds have depth of pitching and middle infielders in their farm system. Look for Jocketty to trade one or two prospects along with a veteran to get the added offensive punch Cincinnati needs.
The Dwight Howard trade rumors have begun again with the Los Angeles Lakers. With the Brooklyn Nets stating that they are no longer interested in trading for Howard Los Angeles seems like the most logical team for Orlando to deal with. The latest rumor has Howard going to the Lakers, Andrew Bynum from Los Angeles to Houston, and Orlando receiving a combination of young players, draft picks, and salary cap relief. The Magic want to dump some of their most expensive contracts the players mentioned are Hedo Turkoglu, Glen Davis, Chris Duhon, and Jason Richardson.
The Dallas Mavericks have put together a solid team for the 2012-13 season and also have cap space after next season to pursue some top level free agents. The Mavericks have acquired center Chris Kaman, power forward Elton Brand, swingman Dahntay Jones and guard Darren Collison all these players have cap friendly contracts. Also Dallas has amnestied center Brendan Haywood. Haywood is owed 21 million dollars over the next three seasons. Dallas still has to pay Haywood’s salary but it does not count against the salary cap.
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