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Shane Victorino is “top target” for Reds

Jul 30, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

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We continue to hear chatter that the Reds are interested in Phillies outfielder Juan Pierre, but Danny Knobler of reports that his teammate Shane Victorino is actually the club’s “top target” as they continue their search for a leadoff hitter.

As of now, the Reds refuse to meet the Phillies’ asking price for the Hawaiian outfielder. For what it’s worth, Paul Daugherty the Cincinnati Enquirer reported last week that the Reds turned down a deal that would have sent right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek to Philadelphia for Victorino. If word of the nixed offer is accurate, that doesn’t sound like a very high asking price.

Victorino, an impending free agent, is hitting .261/.324/.401 with nine home runs, 40 RBI, 24 stolen bases and a .724 OPS in 101 games played this season. The Dodgers and Pirates are among the other teams who have reportedly expressed interest.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM

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    • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      I have trouble taking most of the trade rumors seriously. If you want to give me a thumbs down, feel free to do so. I do not object.

      • paperlions - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:41 PM

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  2. whodeytn - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    As a Reds fan, I don’t want Victorino on our team. He’s not really a big upgrade over anybody IMO.

  3. mwz73trz - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Have to say would be bad deal too, not much better over what they already have. If Reds are serious about making a run they should go after a left handed starter…….

  4. droopyyydog1 - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Drew Stubbs just won Player of the Week and is finally rounding into a player, why change that for a 1/2 season rental ? Besides Victorino isn’t exactly tearing it up any better the Stubbs.

  5. chasemutley - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Victorino is a veteran of a few playoff battles. If he’s traded to a contender he certainly would bring a veteran presence to a semi inexperienced Reds team.

    I own a Manual jersey, and I strongly believe that if Sandberg were the coach of the team we would be buyers instead of sellers.

    • CJ - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      I have a feeling you’ll get your wish next year.

    • siftin thru nonsense - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      I hope you spelled his name right on that jersey. It is ‘Manuel’.

  6. chasemutley - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Manual should have retired gracefully when his contract expired last year.

  7. xmatt0926x - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    As a Phillies fan I can assure you that Victorino is better than what he has shown this season. He’s not an elite player but anyone who has watched himconsistently can see that he’s struggling under the pressure of a contract year. He can run down anything in center field, hit about .285, steal 25-40 bases, 15 or so home runs. He’s better than some are portraying him.

    • siftin thru nonsense - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      Victorino had a bad right hand for a couple of months also. He hit 16 triples last yr. How many did Stubbs have? .. exactly.

    • siftin thru nonsense - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      also, double digits in triples for each of the last 3 yrs. This yr , only 5, but again, he has been injured dealing with that sore right hand.

  8. vincentbojackson - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    I’d rather have Pierre if I were the Reds. He’d come cheaper and they may not need to make a big splash with Stubbs getting it together the last two weeks.

  9. mrredlegz - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Agreed. The Reds are clicking right now. No need to make any moves. A LH starter? Who would you suggest that won’t cost Billy Hamilton? Did you know the Reds have only used 5 starting pitchers this year? If anything, our rotation is our biggest strength. They may not be the best starting 5, but they are certainly getting the job done.

  10. siftin thru nonsense - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    I dont think i would want stubbs. 200 K’s and hits .230-240. With the amount of K’s , he should hit 40 homers per yr, not 15-20. Has speed, but jeesh, get on base.

    • mrredlegz - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:37 AM

      Can’t bail on Stubbs at this point. He’s starting to get hot and the Ks are down. A leadoff hitter, he is not. But Victorino is not the solution.

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