FoxSports.Com’s Ken Rosenthal, who last week reported that the Reds are considering trading for Oakland pitcher Joe Blanton, says a deal for Kenny Lofton may be in the works.
Rosenthal believes “the extent of their interest might hinge on which players – if any – they trade for a starting pitcher.”
In other words, a deal for Blanton or another starter might happen first.
He points out that Lofton bats left-handed and could fit into a platoon with Ryan Freel and Norris Hopper, who both bat right-handed.
Lofton played for Dusty Baker with the Giants in 2002 and the Cubs in 2003. He is a free agent who turns 41 in May. He has played for 11 teams in his 17-year career, including three NL Central teams – the Astros, Pirates and Cubs.