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MLB Trade Rumors: Cincinnati Reds Interested In Coco Crisp

As the 2011 MLB trade deadline approaches in eleven days, sources are indicating to CBS Sports that the Cincinnati Reds have expressed some interest in Oakland Athletics centerfielder Coco Crisp. As the A's continue to struggle in 2011, they are likely going to be big sellers at the deadline. They have a variety of veteran players that are not super stars, but could fetch some moderate prospects in return.

Crisp is one such veteran who could provide a team like the Reds with a needed spark. The Reds outfield consists primarily of Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, and Jonny Gomes. While Gomes does provide some pop with 11 home runs, his .213 batting average can be a drag on the lineup. Additionally, outside of Drew Stubbs, the Reds do not have much in the way of speed. Adding Crisp would add a better batting average and significantly more speed. He could be inserted in the eight spot or in the one or two spot and give the lineup some excellent hit and run opportunities.