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MLB Trade Deadline: Reds Not In On David DeJesus Sweepstakes, Reports Say

On Monday, Jim Bowden of FOXSports.com came out with a report that the Reds were among at least three teams that were interested in Royals outfielder David DeJesus.

Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer John Fay, citing a "Reds insider" says there are no discussions with the Royals about DeJesus.

So, a Kansas City source says the Reds (and a number of teams) are talking about DeJesus while a Cincinnati source says that's not the case.

There are a few possibilities, which we've touched on before.

First, it's possible the Royals floated the Reds name when talking about DeJesus because they want to create the perception that there are teams lining up for his services. The more teams interested, the higher the price goes. I'm not saying this is the case, but it's possible.

Second, if the Reds have had conversations about DeJesus -- and I suspect they have, formally or informally -- the last thing they want is for that to get public. What if you're a Reds outfielder and you hear that the team is interested in a player that would step in and immediately replace you? Would that help your confidence? Probably not.

So there are reasons for this story to get out there from both sides. What's the truth? We'll find out on July 30.