Trade Deadline Preview: Cincinnati Reds

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Jun 19, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Parra (43) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 4-3 in twelve innings. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Reds have one major weakness that must be fixed somehow and two minor ones that could be left alone. They also do have internal resources that could be used to fill some of the holes. With a strong starting rotation that includes Johnny Cueto and a now healthy Mat Latos the Reds are looking to have a good second half. Still there are weaknesses to be addressed.

1. The bullpen is the number one place where the Reds need help. Their starters have been going deep into games leaving the eighth and ninth innings to Jonathan Braxton and Aroldis Chapman but the rest of their bullpen has suffered due to injury and just poor pitching. They especially need help in the form of a left handed reliever. After closer Chapman their lone lefty in the bullpen is Manny Parra who has struggled and who currently has a 4.43 ERA.

2. The Reds could use some help in the outfield. This is especially true in left field where they have gotten very little offensive production from guys like Ryan Ludwick who’s lack of power is noticeable and whose slash line of .269/.325/.407 is disappointing.

3. Finally the Reds could use a back-up infielder, preferably someone who could play multiple positions in case of any further injuries. Their corner infielder Jack Hannahan has been making progress recovering from shoulder surgery last October but there are no guarantees as to when or if he will be back and if he does return if he will be 100% and able to play everyday.

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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.