Jul 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Minnesota Twins designated hitter Josh Willingham (16) talk during batting practice before a game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Cincinnati Reds Interested in Minnesota Twins Josh Willingham?

The Cincinnati Reds are a team currently under-performing as we approach the All Star break and could end up being very active on the MLB trade market in order to find more hitting.

One such target via trade for the Reds could be  Josh Willingham from the Minnesota Twins.

John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer suggests the Reds should not focus on acquiring pitching at the deadline, but instea focus on hitting and target a guy like Willingham:

One name to keep in mind: Josh Willingham. He’s a right-handed bat. His average is down (.224), but he has a .356 on-base. He hit 28 and 35 home runs the last two years playing his home games in Oakland and Minnesota. Great American is much more hitter friendly than either.

He’s “only” owed $7 million next year.

I only see the Reds going after someone like Willingham, if they are worried about what they’ll get from Ryan Ludwick upon his return. And given all the time he’s missed they have to be.

Willingham certainly has the offensive ability to help the Reds where they need it most, but he comes at a hefty price tag and is out past the All Star break with an injury.

We have seen the Reds be active before in recent years at the deadline. Willingham coming to town would certainly help turn things around, but the Reds have to decide if he is worth the cost.

 

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