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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