Trade Deadline Preview: Cincinnati Reds

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Feb 15, 2014; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a baseball on the field during Cincinnati Reds team workouts on the practice fields of Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Reds currently sit near the bottom of the National League Central. With a record of 43-41,  they are still over the .500 mark. They are five and a half games above the last place Cubs but still seven games back of the division leading Milwaukee Brewers.

However with the new expanded playoff system, the Reds are only three games out of the second wild card slot which is not much with half a season to play. The Reds will likely make some moves more on the side of buying than selling depending on what kind deals are possible. They could trade away prospects for a player to fulfill the needs they have now or they make a player for player trade like the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates did with their closers this past week, or players of two different positions in an area where the Reds have depth.

With the new playoff system there are more options and as always in baseball, anything can happen. Let’s look at some of the Reds needs and options.

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  • Ron Fulton

    Good post but as I have been saying, there is the biggest need for years, and that is left field. Jocketty has missed out on so many opportunities it makes me ill. Could have stopped the trade to the Pirates last year for Byrd for 700K and he would have been in left for us this year. Missed out on Nelson Cruz as well as Hunter Pence this past off season. Instead he gives the money to Bailey. Don’t even think about trading Winker, he is better right now than what we have in left field. That would be a disaster. I read one article where the Reds are rated last in the biggest bang for the buck with their roster, Jocketty is an utter failure.

    • Steve O.

      Byrd was a free agent after last season, even if the Reds had blocked that deal, there was no guarantee that he’d be back with the club for 2014. He was wanting a fair amount of cash, and the Reds had no payroll flexibility to offer what the Phillies gave him. Not sure many other teams would have given Byrd the deal he got from Philly.

      And during the winter, Cruz was reportedly looking for a huge deal. Plus, I think everyone associated with the Reds expected a little more thump from Ludwick this season, which hasn’t materialized. His .393 SLG is baffling especially when you see that Billy Hamilton’s is higher (.400).

      Pence re-signed with the Giants before he truly hit the free agent market, so there was no way the Reds were going to get him. They didn’t miss out on him.

      I agree with you on Winker. Eddie Taubensee told me this kid is the real deal.

      As for the worst bang for the buck thing, I wouldn’t read a whole lot into that. You could spew the numbers Votto, Bruce and, in my mind, the overpaid Bailey have produced this season and make a good case for that. Then, look at what production that have gotten from Mesoraco, Frazier, and Simon. It’s a bit of a balancing act.

      • Ron Fulton

        My point was that if the money given to Bailey shoukd have been used on a left fielder like one of those I mentioned I am sure he could have got one of those guys for just some of that money. Let us hope and pray that Jocketty don’t trade Winker in another one of his gaffes.