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Reds among teams interested in Juan Pierre

Jul 7, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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We’ve heard all sorts of chatter about the Phillies possibly moving impending free agents Cole Hamels or Shane Victorino if GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. decides to become a seller before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but they aren’t the only players drawing interest from opposing general managers.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported last night that Reds are among the teams who have expressed interest in outfielder Juan Pierre. Entering today’s action, Reds leadoff hitters rank dead-last in the majors this season in batting average (.201), on-base percentage (.246) and OPS (.562), so GM Walt Jocketty is keeping the phone lines open for an upgrade.

Pierre joined the Phillies on a minor league deal over the winter and is hitting .312/.349/.380 with one home run, 17 RBI and a .730 OPS through 72 games played this season. The 34-year-old outfielder is currently tied for fourth in the majors with 20 stolen bases. If acquired by the Reds, he would likely be used as part of an outfield rotation with Drew Stubbs, Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey.

  1. whodeytn - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Please send Stubbs away to Philly!

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Is Dominic Brown hurt? If not, he must really not be impressing anyone if they haven’t brought him up to try to infuse life into this lineup.

    • greymares - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      He’s injured, (knee) but he still stinks.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 7, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      He is injured but should be back in action after the all-star break. And he does not suck. He has been dicked around by the Phillies. I guarantee that if he gets a call up, he will impress.

  3. gmsingh - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Juan needs to be with Ozzie. Ozzie says he has the best work ethic. No one’s really sure what Ozzie’s work ethic is, though.

  4. metalhead65 - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    if he is not brought here to start every day then why bother? his numbers demand he be the starting centerfielder and lead off batter compared to stubbs. the last thing Reds fans want to see is dusty platooning somebody else out there. stubbs has proved he is not up to doing the job and he refuses to Give Heisey the chance he gave to gomes and now to stubbs so why bring somebody in if they are not any better? given Walt’s track record with the reds it will probably cost them Billy Hunter to get him so no thanks!

    • metalhead65 - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      right I forgot he is a genius for what he did in st.louis. and he has made great deals for the reds like edmonds,renteria ludwick and trading 4 players for 1 in the Latos deal. while Latos has looked good his last 3 starts still not worth what they gave up to get him. sorry but signing guys from the scrap heap because they were once good players on your former team does not qualify as freat moves. and hey let’s not forget the willie harris signing either.

      • theman1932 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:28 AM

        The Latos deal was a good deal. Who did we give up? Nobdy. Volquez is garbage (petco has helped). Boxberger is average. Grandal is shaky behind the plate. I see it as a Latos for Yonder deal. I am a Yobder fan but there was nowhere to play him. 1st is blocked and Heisey should be in left.

  5. vincentbojackson - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Latos may end up being a solid frontline starter. However, at this moment the Padres clearly got the better end of this trade. Volquez is what he is, and right now that’s a middle of the rotation guy. Watching Grandal and Yonder on base all weekend against the Reds (and combining to pick off base runners) supports my claim.

    It would be nice to have Yonder and Grandal right now to use to trade for additional needs.

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