Originally written on Redlegs Review  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Yonder Alonso must feel more like a grub worm than a professional baseball player right now. This due to the recent speculation claiming the team is dangling the prized prospect as their primary trade bait for pitching -- namely another top-notch starter and/or closer to fill the vacancy left behind by free agent Francisco Cordero. While there's no doubt Cincinnati's starting rotation could use another "stopper" at the top, they must be extra cautious in parting with Alonso too soon. For one, Joey Votto's time in the Queen City may be coming down to it's final stretch. Given the market value for a player of Votto's caliber, it's improbable the Reds will be able to afford his services when his contract expires at the end of 2013. With Alonso being the only MLB-ready first basemen currently in their arsenal, it makes the decision on what to do with the Cuban slugger all the more difficult. Furthermore, it's plausible that the very pieces they seek in return for Alonso may already be ...
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