The Cincinnati Reds really, really need to acquire a leadoff hitter this offseason. You don't believe me? Well, the numbers speak for themselves. Reds leadoff hitters finished dead last in the National League last year in average (.208), on-base percentage (.254), OPS (.581), hits (146), stolen bases (10), and walks (37). Yes, one would be absolutely correct in saying that the biggest weakness of the team in 2012 was the top of the batting order. And since adding a serviceable leadoff man through free agency seems too pricey, executing a trade may be the only viable way for the Reds to get what they need.
With that in mind, here is one deal GM Walt Jocketty should consider if the other team is willing:
Mike Leake & Drew Stubbs to Colorado for Dexter Fowler
+ Leake, the 2009 first round pick by the Reds, has all the sudden become expendable due to the re-signing of closer Jonathan Broxton. Current closer Aroldis Chapman is expected to transition into the starting ro...