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Reds still want leadoff man, prefer Victorino

By Danny Knobler | Baseball Insider

The Reds have won 10 games in a row for the first time since 1999, and Monday night they try for their first 11-game winning streak since 1957.

They're still not satisfied with their team.

The Reds continue to search for a leadoff hitter as the hours tick down to Tuesday's 4 p.m. (ET) non-waiver trade deadline, sources say. Shane Victorino of the Phillies has been their top target, but the price has thus far been out of the range that the Reds are willing to pay.

The Phillies are also shopping Juan Pierre, but the Reds' interest in him appears to have been exaggerated.

The Reds aren't the only team to complain about the high price tag the Phillies have put on Victorino. Because of the wide interest in Victorino (the Dodgers and Pirates have also been mentioned), perhaps they can get it.

While the Reds have averaged more than five runs a game during their winning streak, it hasn't been because the leadoff man has been getting on base. Reds leadoff hitters have had just a .213 on-base percentage during the streak.

 
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