As a huge Cincinnati Reds fan, I have been watching the trade deadline rather closely. Many of my favorite players were rumored at one time or another to be leaving the team, including Drew Stubbs. Stubbs has had a horrific start to his season in 2012 in my view and he was looking like he would be replaced if the right trade came along. While that still may be true, Drew Stubbs has been making a strong case to reconsider. Over the last seven games, Stubbs has been a monster at the plate. I hope it is enough to keep him in the lineup.
How hot is red hot?
Drew Stubbs has been killing the baseball over the past seven games. I doubt it is a coincidence that the Cincinnati Reds just completed a ten game winning streak before losing to the San Diego Padres on July 30, 2012. Stubbs has hit .375 in that time period. That is insane when you consider he has hit .230 or so on the season. Stubbs has also been productive with extra base hits. He has blasted four home runs and driven in eleven runs.
Is it enough to keep him in the lineup?
As the trade deadline draws nearer, it is becoming rather likely that the Reds are standing pat. The bottom line with Stubbs is really a matter of only having one direction to go. It would be hard for things to get worse for a guy with his talent. He is likely to remain solid throughout the rest of the 2012 season. Why not get that pay off rather than trade it away? Stubbs has always been an up and down kind of guy. We have suffered through the down and now are getting some of the up payoff.
When it comes to trades, it is sometimes about what you are giving away. The Reds have every reason to believe that they are standing on solid ground. They have the most dependable starting rotation in the National League that should keep them in most every game. They also have a team attitude of winning that is more valuable than any one player. Joey Votto is by far their most valuable player, but they have won big time with him on the DL. The last thing we would want is to potentially send a Drew Stubbs type of player out there that could come back to hurt us. He is a powder keg type of player. I hope that the Reds see that as well.
*Southern is a life-long Cincinnati Reds fan that grew up watching Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and the boys dominate the Major Leagues. He longs for those days once again in Cincinnati.
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