Found November 22, 2011 on
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It is not only the time of year for turkey and cranberry sauce and the season to be jolly, it is rumor time in the baseball world.
With free agents on the market and trades to be made to fill holes, there is more than Christmas presents on the minds of baseball general managers.
The season hardly ended before a rumor surfaced on the internet that the Cincinnati Reds were talking to the Tampa Bay Rays about trading first baseman Joey Votto for pitcher James Shields.
Said one veteran National League scout, hearing the rumor, Trade Votto? Are the Reds nuts? Hes their best player. By far.
Rumors about Votto perplex and exasperate Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, who said, I dont know where these things come from. Were not talking about trading Votto and were not interested in trading Votto.
In many aspects, that trade makes sense on both fronts. The pitch-rich Rays believe they can seriously make a run in 2012 and adding Votto would enhance those chances immensely.
The Reds are...
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Couple of names that immediately stick out?
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