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Reds to dangle Francisco for Lee

Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:39 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 12:52 am
 
Juan Francisco The Reds are expected to be among the top suitors for Cliff Lee.

Many assumed the Reds' top property available for Lee would be Yonder Alonso, their first-round pick in the 2008 draft who is a natural first baseman seeing some time in left field.

Not so, as Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the best bat Cincinatti can offer is Juan Francisco.

Alonso,ranked the No. 45 prospect in all of baseball prior to 2010 by Baseball America, began the year in Double-A but has been in Triple-A for 54 games. He's hitting for a .257/.294/.401 mark, and is obviously struggling to retain his strong eye and flash the power that made him such an intriguing prospect to begin with.

Francisco, 23 like Alonso, is also top prospect but with not nearly the same cachet as Alonso. He has already reached the majors, however, and has shown Triple-A not to be an issue.

Francisco, a natural third baseman who has started seeing time at first base and left field as well, has a .283/.313/.533 line in Triple-A in 195 plate appearances. He has just six at-bats at the major-league level, garnering one hit.

Many teams are in on Cliff Lee, and the Mariners will be seeking a near major-league ready bat as one of the pieces for the lefty. Dangling Francisco certainly gets the Reds off to a good start.

-- Evan Brunell

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