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ILoveWilly
07-02-2010, 08:07 PM
Anyone else feel the same? Of minor trades to be made, I still hope we can add a good veteran arm for the pen, and a good pinch hit bat off the bench. That is, if we can't make the homerun pie in the sky Lee trade or something. Getting a bat at SS would be a great help IMO - if there's one out there.

NeilHamburger
07-02-2010, 08:09 PM
I know some people would hate it. But, David DeJesus in center and hitting second could make this offense amazing.

Phillips
DeJesus
Votto
Rolen
Gomes
Bruce
Cabrera
Hernandez/Hannigan

Good Luck.

NorrisHopper30
07-02-2010, 08:11 PM
I've wanted DeJesus all year, he's very undervalued throughout his career and has a very sexy OBP.

Kingspoint
07-02-2010, 08:39 PM
I don't want a deal made. I like what we've got.

(I should clarify this. I want a better SS than Cabrera. But, since I don't think Walt will go that direction, I don't want a deal done.) I would love to see Gary Matthews, Jr. not make it to the REDS.

Vottomatic
07-03-2010, 03:21 AM
I would love to add a guy with a high OBP to bat second, but I think it's not going to happen considering OCab comes cheap. So nix that idea.

I would love to add a veteran quality arm to the bullpen. I think that is a possibility. But on the other hand, management giving Jordan Smith a shot and being patient while Ondrusek has come around has worked, surprisingly. Weakest links in the bullpen right now are Masset and Cordero. I wish Dusty would quit using Masset in critical situations until he gets it together. Was stupid to use him after Travis Wood the other day.

And if we could get Cliff Lee..........I'd be blown away. Not holding my breath though.

I can live with the offense, considering they're #1 in the NL.

But improving the pitching, which is actually pretty good, might put this team in the lead of all of the NL.

lidspinner
07-03-2010, 10:06 AM
ask me 3 weeks ago and I would have said lets ride with what we got....but I have seen big things these last few weeks and I really think we are contenders. So my answer is Yes, lets make a trade, but only a trade that gets us someone for more than a year or 2.

I am 100% signing off on getting Dan Haren....I am also 100% signing off on getting David Dejesus...not sure of what DD contract looks like years wise, but if we could get both those guys for 3 more years....then I am all for giving up a few AAA studs and 2 MLB starters to get those 2. Getting DD and DH could be what it takes to put this team at #1 in MLB. We would still need to find a arm for the pen but we might be able to get that from a starter. Give me those 2 guys and sign me up for season tix and postseason tix the next few years.

xavr1
07-03-2010, 10:16 AM
Agreed about wanting to make a trade. Yes, this is a good team now. Probably a playoff team. But it is NOT a world series winner. We arent beating the good teams with enough regularity to think we can go toe to toe with the Yankees with this current team. Although a winning season and making the playoffs would be great, this team as it stands is not a world series contender.

Vottomatic
07-03-2010, 10:48 AM
Agreed about wanting to make a trade. Yes, this is a good team now. Probably a playoff team. But it is NOT a world series winner. We arent beating the good teams with enough regularity to think we can go toe to toe with the Yankees with this current team. Although a winning season and making the playoffs would be great, this team as it stands is not a world series contender.

The difference with the good teams is they always seem to have that ace pitcher that we do squat against. That was the difference against the Phillies. We beat Halladay and it allowed us to win that series.

We beat a tough Ryan Dempster yesterday. We have to win these type of games if we want to be the best team in the NL.

The Cardinals have 3 top of the rotation guys in Carpenter, Wainwright and Garcia. We need to be able to match that with a Cliff Lee or Haren.

RedsFanInBama
07-03-2010, 12:05 PM
If we trade for a starting pitcher, it would seem that at least one of our current starters would have to go during the trade period, right? We've already got somewhat of a logjam at the position.

I am having a hard time figuring what we are going to do with our rotation once Volquez gets back. Do we send Wood down and put Leake on his regular schedule and just shut him down at the end of August or early in Sept? Then plug Wood in there? But then there's the Bailey factor as well.

defender
07-03-2010, 12:26 PM
Walt made a deal last year, and the Reds were not even contending. I am sure he does it this year. He might wait to see what he has in Volquez, so it may not be until the end of the month.

Ohioballplayer
07-03-2010, 12:43 PM
I would love Lee coming to this team and staying a while, but I think we could keep Haren longer if we trade for him, what scares me with Lee is that he could be a rental for the rest of the season, and go for the big contract somewhere else. I agree DeJesus would be a good addition, but I rather them look for a leadoff hitter and put BP batting second.

You are all right in saying we are a playoff team and not a world series contender, it's true. We need a solid ace Lee or Haren would be a BIG component in making this team a WS contender. I like Stubbs but the SO's are eating me alive, so what does Walt do about this, some days the kids looks really good, other days he is waving at everything like he is trying to swat flies!

Vottomatic
07-03-2010, 01:23 PM
I was trying to think outside of the box and starting looking around at non-contenders who are rebuilding, and looking at their starting pitching.

I doubt they'd make a trade but the Marlins have some good starting pitching.

They also are on the verge of a payroll increase.

Their highest paid player this season, lefthanded starting pitcher Nate Robertson (4.97 ERA) is a free agent after making $10M this season. He comes off the books and reduces their team payroll of $47M down to $37M.

Second baseman, Dan Uggla ($7.8M in '10) is arbitration eligible after the season. Uggla leads the team in HR's (15), is third in rbi (46), is batting .264, OBP of .351 and an OPS of .820. I seriously doubt they want to lose him and he gets a raise to probably $10M.

Hanley Ramirez salary ($7M in '10) increases to $11M next year and $15M in '12. Uggla probably making $10M and Hanley's increase to $11M (a $4M increase) add $14M to the $37M payroll, which equals $51M.

Their best pitcher, Josh Johnson, has his $3.75M in '10 increase to $7.75 next season and $13.75 in '12 and '13. He is currently sporting a starting pitching ERA of 1.82 and a WHIP of 0.96, while opponents hit .203 off of him. Could we pry him away with the right package of prospects? His increase of salary kicks my potential '11 Marlins team payroll to $55M.

Another problem for the Marlins. They have 13 players eligible for arbitration next season. THIRTEEN. And I'm not talking about just rookies making the minimum. Cody Ross - RFer ($4.45M in '10), Ricky Nolasco - Starting pitcher ($3.8M in '10), Leo Nunez - relief pitcher ($2M in '10), Andrew Miller - LH RP ($1.8M in '10), Anibal Sanchez - SP ($1.2M in '10), Ronny Paulino - catcher ($1.1M in '10), Renyel Pinto - RP ($1M), and others including Cameron Maybin.

Jorge Cantu is making $6M this season but becomes a FA after this season. That's lowers my proposed Marlins payroll back down to $49M. But can the afford not to re-sign him? He's batting .264 with 10 HR's and 50 rbi's. Plays 1B and 3B.

Why not convince the Marlins to save money by not re-signing Cantu. Trade them Alonso (1B) and Francisco (3B) and Maloney (SP) and LeCure (SP). Gives them their future starting first baseman, third baseman, and 2 starting pitchers to replace Josh Johnson.

Crazy idea, I know. Just trying to think outside the box and look for a quality starting pitcher other than Cliff Lee and Dan Haren.

He's 26 with a 42-19 career record and a career ERA of 3.10. He's a righthander. Plus, he's signed through 2013 and that's better than paying Cliff Lee $20M per season.

Overwhelm them with good prospects that are position blocked in our system, but aren't in theirs.

Keep in mind, the Marlins team payroll in the last ten years has never exceeded this year's $47M except for once, in 2005 ($60M). They are currently 9.5 games back.

Vottomatic
07-04-2010, 12:57 PM
Rumor last night of a Heisey for Marmol trade. I hope it's not true.

Kingspoint
07-04-2010, 03:05 PM
No team in the Majors has won more games over their last 12 games than the Cincinnati REDS.

Yeah. Let's make a trade because this team sucks.

Vottomatic
07-04-2010, 03:33 PM
They sucked yesterday. :D

The Voice of IH
07-04-2010, 03:35 PM
We don't want to make a trade because this team is bad, but because it can get better. IF we make the playoffs with this team, it will go straight to the crapper as soon as we face a true number 1, which will be the first game lol. (see mariner series for details). This team just needs 1 more piece, and we will be WS contenders.

Kingspoint
07-04-2010, 03:59 PM
This team will get better if it stands pat.

The Voice of IH
07-04-2010, 04:26 PM
All they have to do is trade prospects for a number 1, and send Logan Ondrusek (sp :confused:) down...it won't change the roster too much.

Vottomatic
07-04-2010, 05:08 PM
This team will get better if it stands pat.

That makes no sense at all.

I agree with Indian Hill. We're a good team that needs a #1 starter for beyond the regular season.

Kingspoint
07-04-2010, 05:19 PM
That makes no sense at all.



Of course, it makes sense.

When everyone was poo-pooing about how much change the REDS needed to make since the beginning of the season (it's never stopped), the REDS have managed to grab first place, hold it for a month, lose it for just a week, get it back and then not only hold it, but they have the best record in the Major Leagues for anyone's last 13 games.

They lost Homer Bailey for the last 5 weeks, Dickerson, their 4th Outfielder for the last 2 months, and the best "overall" Catcher in the NL for the last 4 weeks while using a Rookie pitcher starting, a 38-year old sub frequently, a left-side of the infield that's 70 years old, literally, a week-long absence (in June) from their best hitter Votto, an OBP of .250 from Cabrera, who's made more outs than anyone in all of baseball, an overused Closer, and the 25th ranked (per average game) attendance record in the Majors at home.

Yet, they still win. Things are "right" with this team, and there's plenty of room for improvement from the players who are already here and who are on the way back. They just added Bill Bray, who's showing to be capable, and Jordan Smith has been decent. Ondrusek has been good since he's been back up. Volquez and Hanigan will be back after the All-Star break. And, now Cordero's been getting some time off lately (as has Rhodes).

Roush's socks
07-04-2010, 05:29 PM
The Reds should only make a trade if the deal is too good to pass up. They have options from within the org like Volquez and Chapman. If they have a chance to move Maloney for a young player with upside they should go for it. I don't think he will ever get a chance with all the other starters in front of him.

Vottomatic
07-04-2010, 05:29 PM
Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, and Blue Jays were all over .500 two days ago (Jays lost their last 2 games to put them under). That's a tough division, and 3 of those teams still have better records than the Reds.

The Reds play in a division that has 2 teams out of 6 over .500. The Reds are 25-15 against the Central. Which means they are 1 game over .500 against the rest of mlb.

It's no so impressive when you look closer.

Padres and Cardinals have far better pitching than the Reds.

But I guess you're content to just make the playoffs and not win them. :rolleyes:

Kingspoint
07-04-2010, 05:32 PM
Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, and Blue Jays were all over .500 two days ago (Jays lost their last 2 games to put them under). That's a tough division, and 3 of those teams still have better records than the Reds.



Who cares? They're not in the National League. When the time comes to face one of them that matters, we'll be in the World Series.

Kingspoint
07-04-2010, 05:33 PM
But I guess you're content to just make the playoffs and not win them. :rolleyes:

I just recognize the talent we already have on the team and in the organization.

bshall2105
07-04-2010, 06:15 PM
I think we are the best team in the Central now. But the reason a trade will be neccessary is because the Cards will also make a deal. If they trade for yet another #1 starter, and we have noone to match up with Carpenter, Wainright, and possibly Lee the Cards become the favorite again.

Vottomatic
07-04-2010, 06:29 PM
I think we are the best team in the Central now. But the reason a trade will be neccessary is because the Cards will also make a deal. If they trade for yet another #1 starter, and we have noone to match up with Carpenter, Wainright, and possibly Lee the Cards become the favorite again.

No. Let's stand pat. I heard somewhere this team will get better if it just stands pat. ;)

Kingspoint
07-05-2010, 04:34 AM
No. Let's stand pat. I heard somewhere this team will get better if it just stands pat. ;)

I said three weeks ago that they would and they have gotten better. You need more proof than 10 wins in their last 13 games?

Vottomatic
07-05-2010, 11:25 AM
Let's see, going back 3 weeks.........we lost 2 of 3 to KC who is currently 10 games under .500. At home no less.

Then we lost 2 of 3 at home to the Dodgers who are currently 9 games over .500.

Got swept by the last place Seattle Mariners who are currently 13 games under .500.

Then swept the third place A's who are currently 1 game under .500.

Won 2 of 3 from the third worst team in baseball, the Indians.

Won 2 of 3 at home to the injured Phillies.

And just won 3 of 4 from the lowly Cubs who are 12 games under .500 and had and currently have the worst record in the Central against the Central division.

Let's recap:

We played 2 winning teams out of 7 teams and went 12-10.

It's really tough to predict a winning stretch or that a team will get better when they're playing losing teams. :rolleyes: Way to go out on a limb there.

What is this crud about "they've gotten better"????

Cubs suck. Phillies are reeling and injured. And those aren't the teams I'm worried about.

San Diego may have the best pitching in all of baseball and we don't fare well against good pitching.

Atlanta is mashing right handed pitching and struggling against lefties. Last time I checked, Harang, Arroyo, Cueto, Bailey, Leake, and Volquez are all right handed. Will Wood even be around next time we play Atlanta?

We have a losing record against St. Louis but I think we only play them one more time.

We've only played Milwaukee twice and they're getting hot.

We've played 9 more home games than road games so far.

Lots of things not in our favor.

Am I proud of this team? Yes. Do I love this team? Yes. Do I think they're going to contend all year? Yes.

Do I think they could get better by a trade? Yes.

Do I think Cliff Lee would help? No brainer. Gives us an ace who can pitch twice in any postseason series. He's a lefty, and right now we might eventually be facing the Braves who aren't as good against lefties, as they are killing righties.

I'm not much for improving our offense. You can't argue with being #1 in the NL in a ton of categories. But I still think we could bolster the bench with a little more pop.

The bullpen could use a strikeout guy and someone more consistent at shutting people down.

Kingspoint
07-05-2010, 04:50 PM
Though I'm not advocating that we make a deal, if I were the General Manager I would make a trade to acquire Brandon League from the Mariners. League has pitched well over the last two years and is pitching even better right now. He strikes out players at a good clip and keeps a low WHIP for the most part over the last few years. He's got a ton of Major League experience.

He's coming from the other league, so players will have a hard time hitting him this year in the National League because they are unfamiliar with him. There's less risk of him bombing out than there is for many a relief pitcher.

He wouldn't cost a lot, and the REDS have a hundred different scenarios where the Mariners would be willing to part with League.

ILoveWilly
07-05-2010, 05:11 PM
I said three weeks ago that they would and they have gotten better. You need more proof than 10 wins in their last 13 games?

What's to say that will keep up though? A huge slump also preceded that.

I don't know how anyone can advocate not making ANY trade, especially considering being on the opposite end of the coin in the past as sellers, and we traded very solid relievers for PTBNL and cash considerations, stuff like that.

Really, are you going to tell me we can't afford to add a proven veteran reliever that cheap?

I'm not saying that we should give up major prospects or anything in some sort of blockbuster deal, and we don't have to. If we could pick up the equivalent of a Weathers or Mercker type guy for nothing, why not do it? Or even a good proven pinch hit specialist. I don't get it. It's not like it takes much, by the end of the month teams are willing to give up that stuff for practically nothing, just like we have in the past.

Reds
07-05-2010, 06:14 PM
What's to say that will keep up though? A huge slump also preceded that.

Huge slump? Have we even lost 7 of 10 or 5 in a row this year? We've been swept, like when the Mariners did it, but we bounced back rather quickly. I don't think we've seen a huge slump yet...

The Voice of IH
07-05-2010, 06:50 PM
Huge slump? Have we even lost 7 of 10 or 5 in a row this year? We've been swept, like when the Mariners did it, but we bounced back rather quickly. I don't think we've seen a huge slump yet...

we have lost 5 straight multiple times thus far this season. (pause for details.)


EDIT: Oh no I was WRONG!!!! ;)
we went on a 5 game skid one: Apr 14th-Apr 19th
And we lost 4 of 5: May 30 to June 4th
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something that is important in this situation is teams needing an extra boost with in these next few weeks too keep momentum and confidence up. Most teams (not all but most) need that little push to get them atop the mountain. If the Reds are able to close a Maor deal to bring in the extra piece it would show that the franchise is behind them and willing to go for it all just like them.

ILoveWilly
07-05-2010, 06:57 PM
Huge slump? Have we even lost 7 of 10 or 5 in a row this year? We've been swept, like when the Mariners did it, but we bounced back rather quickly. I don't think we've seen a huge slump yet...

I believe at one point we lost 10 of 15 or 16 or so, before this resurgence.

Irregardless, my point is, giving up nothing to get a piece to help the team. How can you argue that is bad in ANY way?

Kingspoint
07-05-2010, 07:37 PM
Let's see, going back 3 weeks.........we lost 2 of 3 to KC who is currently 10 games under .500. At home no less.

Then we lost 2 of 3 at home to the Dodgers who are currently 9 games over .500.

Got swept by the last place Seattle Mariners who are currently 13 games under .500.

Then swept the third place A's who are currently 1 game under .500.

Won 2 of 3 from the third worst team in baseball, the Indians.

Won 2 of 3 at home to the injured Phillies.

And just won 3 of 4 from the lowly Cubs who are 12 games under .500 and had and currently have the worst record in the Central against the Central division.

Let's recap:

We played 2 winning teams out of 7 teams and went 12-10.

It's really tough to predict a winning stretch or that a team will get better when they're playing losing teams. :rolleyes: Way to go out on a limb there.

What is this crud about "they've gotten better"????

Cubs suck. Phillies are reeling and injured. And those aren't the teams I'm worried about.

San Diego may have the best pitching in all of baseball and we don't fare well against good pitching.

Atlanta is mashing right handed pitching and struggling against lefties. Last time I checked, Harang, Arroyo, Cueto, Bailey, Leake, and Volquez are all right handed. Will Wood even be around next time we play Atlanta?

We have a losing record against St. Louis but I think we only play them one more time.

We've only played Milwaukee twice and they're getting hot.

We've played 9 more home games than road games so far.

Lots of things not in our favor.

Am I proud of this team? Yes. Do I love this team? Yes. Do I think they're going to contend all year? Yes.

Do I think they could get better by a trade? Yes.

Do I think Cliff Lee would help? No brainer. Gives us an ace who can pitch twice in any postseason series. He's a lefty, and right now we might eventually be facing the Braves who aren't as good against lefties, as they are killing righties.

I'm not much for improving our offense. You can't argue with being #1 in the NL in a ton of categories. But I still think we could bolster the bench with a little more pop.

The bullpen could use a strikeout guy and someone more consistent at shutting people down.

You're not going to win this argument Vottomatic. The REDS are the hottest team in the National League over any team's last 13 games. That's all the proof you need that they are improving and playing better than they were before.

Kingspoint
07-05-2010, 07:40 PM
What's to say that will keep up though? A huge slump also preceded that.

I don't know how anyone can advocate not making ANY trade, especially considering being on the opposite end of the coin in the past as sellers, and we traded very solid relievers for PTBNL and cash considerations, stuff like that.

Really, are you going to tell me we can't afford to add a proven veteran reliever that cheap?

I'm not saying that we should give up major prospects or anything in some sort of blockbuster deal, and we don't have to. If we could pick up the equivalent of a Weathers or Mercker type guy for nothing, why not do it? Or even a good proven pinch hit specialist. I don't get it. It's not like it takes much, by the end of the month teams are willing to give up that stuff for practically nothing, just like we have in the past.

All teams have slumps. It's 162 game season. The lineup is constantly in flux. The schedule is constantly in flux. The fan attendance is constantly in flux. Player's emotions are constantly in flux. The baseball season is one of constantly being in flux.

Be happy. Your REDS are the hottest team in all of baseball AND they are in first place in the Central AND only 2 teams in the National League have a better record than they do AND Ryan Hanigan and Edison Volquez will be joining the team this month AND we have several young players who are only going to get better with just a few veterans who could possibly get worse.

Kingspoint
07-05-2010, 07:42 PM
A huge slump also preceded that.


Check out the Golf Thread and get some perspective. They've had two bad holes out of 9 with 6 excellent holes.

Kingspoint
07-05-2010, 07:43 PM
I believe at one point we lost 10 of 15 or 16 or so, before this resurgence.

Irregardless, my point is, giving up nothing to get a piece to help the team. How can you argue that is bad in ANY way?

It could mess with the chemistry. It could damage the future.

bellhead
07-05-2010, 09:23 PM
Would you do this, Seattle needs young bats we would like Lee and we would like to add an arm to the bullpen...

We offer 3 or 4 young AAA bats example...

Alsono, Heisly, and Fransisco to the M's for Lee and Brandon League.

League is their setup man and he has descent stats...

Can reach the century mark on the radar gun with his fastball. Has good movement on his slider, and he adds a change-up to make him potentially dominant.

I think both teams win on this...All of our guys in AAA are behind somebody who is not going anywhere soon. The go to the M's and play soon, we pick up two pitchers which on paper will put us over the top...

Vottomatic
07-05-2010, 09:25 PM
You're not going to win this argument Vottomatic. The REDS are the hottest team in the National League over any team's last 13 games. That's all the proof you need that they are improving and playing better than they were before.

Win this argument?

13 games? We'll gee. That's representative of an entire season.

Most of the responses are against your opinion.

Vottomatic
07-05-2010, 09:27 PM
......and we definitely don't need any bullpen help. :rolleyes: Our bullpen is lights out. :eek: They just flat out dominated tonight. :rolleyes: No need to get bullpen help through a trade. We'll be just fine.

Whatever dude.

Kingspoint
07-05-2010, 10:44 PM
Would you do this, Seattle needs young bats we would like Lee and we would like to add an arm to the bullpen...

We offer 3 or 4 young AAA bats example...

Alsono, Heisly, and Fransisco to the M's for Lee and Brandon League.

League is their setup man and he has descent stats...

Can reach the century mark on the radar gun with his fastball. Has good movement on his slider, and he adds a change-up to make him potentially dominant.

I think both teams win on this...All of our guys in AAA are behind somebody who is not going anywhere soon. The go to the M's and play soon, we pick up two pitchers which on paper will put us over the top...

I would do that. Seattle won't get that much from anyone else. The Mariners have their starting LeftFielder and 1st Baseman for the next 10 years, plus a nice Utility Infielder/Outfielder in Francisco.

Vottomatic
07-05-2010, 10:54 PM
Would you do this, Seattle needs young bats we would like Lee and we would like to add an arm to the bullpen...

We offer 3 or 4 young AAA bats example...

Alsono, Heisly, and Fransisco to the M's for Lee and Brandon League.

League is their setup man and he has descent stats...

Can reach the century mark on the radar gun with his fastball. Has good movement on his slider, and he adds a change-up to make him potentially dominant.

I think both teams win on this...All of our guys in AAA are behind somebody who is not going anywhere soon. The go to the M's and play soon, we pick up two pitchers which on paper will put us over the top...

Alonso, Francisco, Dorn, Jordan Smith, Maloney, for Brandon League and Cliff Lee.

League takes Jordan Smith's place on the roster. Lee replaces........????

I'm not that impressed with Jordan Smith. But he has had his moments so far.......is young........still developing.......and has had a taste with some success of the big leagues.

Alonso is position blocked at the major league level. Former #1 draft pick.

So is Francisco. Wasn't he our minor league POY last year?

So is Dorn. Batting .320 while playing a new position......first base.

And Maloney is the odd man out at the major league level in terms of starting pitching.

And I do the deal only if we can sign Cliff Lee long term. Ask for a negotiating window from mlb and see if we can get it done.

Kingspoint
07-06-2010, 05:18 AM
Though I'm not advocating that we make a deal, if I were the General Manager I would make a trade to acquire Brandon League from the Mariners. League has pitched well over the last two years and is pitching even better right now. He strikes out players at a good clip and keeps a low WHIP for the most part over the last few years. He's got a ton of Major League experience.

He's coming from the other league, so players will have a hard time hitting him this year in the National League because they are unfamiliar with him. There's less risk of him bombing out than there is for many a relief pitcher.

He wouldn't cost a lot, and the REDS have a hundred different scenarios where the Mariners would be willing to part with League.

Of course, as soon as I say this, I watch Brandon League blow a save chance for Felix Hernandez Monday Night. League couldn't even get out of the inning he started. That doesn't change how I feel about him, but for many, if they saw him do that for the REDS, they'd want someone else.

Good pitchers have poor outings. It's not possible for it to be any other way.

Reds42MLB
07-06-2010, 07:16 AM
If we are going to add someone it should be a good set up man/closer. Someone we can rely on outside of Rhodes and turn to if Coco decides to blow up badly in the 2nd half. That is the only move I'm actually hoping happens. Scott Downs is the guy I've pegged for the Reds to go after. Even though he is a lefty like Rhodes he would be a nice little piece to the puzzle.

The way Volquez plays upon his return is really going to influence if we go after any kind of SP at all. If he performs well we won't be going after anyone in terms of a SP. Even if he struggles I would still be shocked to see us go after a starter before the deadline. RP is and should be our focus if we plan to make a move.