Report: Reds target trade for Shane Victorino, but price currently too high

Tuesday July 31st, 2012

The Reds want to trade for a leadoff hitter like Shane Victorino, but the Phillies' asking price might be too high. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds have made Philadelphia Phillies leadoff hitter Shane Victorino their top trade target ahead of Tuesday's MLB trade deadline, CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reported Monday. But the price may be too high for the Reds to pull the trigger.

The Phillies have also drawn interest in Victorino from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates, Knobler reported.

All three teams have inquired about Victorino for good reason: Their leadoff situations have been anemic all season. But the Reds are perhaps most in need of a leadoff hitter. Cincinnati ranks dead last in the majors in average (.203) and on-base percentage (.248) from the No. 1 spot.

The Reds are in the midst of a 10-game winning streak, their longest since 1999. They are currently three games ahead of the Pirates in the National League Central.

Victorino is currently batting .261 with nine homers, 40 RBI and a .324 OBP this season. Knobler reported that the Reds also have some interest in the Phillies' Juan Pierre.

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