Reds Rumors: Cincinnati Targeting Left-Handed Hitter

CINCINNATI, OH - MARCH 31: Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker talks with general manager Walt Jocketty before the opening day game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ballpark on March 31, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

A rival executive told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Cincinnati Reds want to add a left-handed hitter.

Rosenthal notes that such a move might seem counter-intuitive to the team’s success due to the presence of Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, sluggers that hit from the left side.

The problem the Reds have faced this season, says Rosenthal, is that several of their right-handed hitters are not hitting right-handed pitching. This list of players includes Ryan Hanigan, Zack Cozart, Chris Heisey, Drew Stubbs and Ryan Ludwick.

As a team, Cincinnati has only posted a OPS of .704 versus right-handed pitching, placing them 23rd in the league in that category. On the other hand, the Reds .789 OPS against southpaws ranks first in the majors.

Despite the presence of Votto, Bruce and third baseman Todd Frazier, Reds hitters find themselves in the bottom third of the league in runs scored and on base percentage (.311).

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