This is kinda silly, but take a look:
And so, with Pena expected to be a reserve for the Reds, the trade rumors have run rampant. Most rumors have him going to the Nationals, where former Reds general manager Jim Bowden is calling the shots. Nationals special advisor Jose Cardenal has been at several Reds games scouting Pena for Bowden.
But Reds GM Dan O’Brien has made it quite clear he isn’t interested in shipping off Pena, who he still believes has a bright future with the club.
“There’s always going to be a perceived interest in all of our outfielders,” O’Brien said. “The bottom line is, for us, at this time, the outfield is one of our strengths, because of the depth and versatility it provides.”
Since O’Brien has now denied it, expect Pena to be dealt within the month.
Seriously, Pena could bring some pitching, which is what the Reds need. However, I’d rather see Casey dealt and Pena in the Reds starting lineup for the next decade. That’s what would really improve this club.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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