Re: Are we really out of trading chips?
Sure, there are players the Reds could trade for a decent return, but most of them would leave bigger holes in the current roster.
Quite a few players on the roster have virtually no trade value at this point (Majewski, the ancient bullpenners, Milton). Some players would bring a good return (Harang, Arroyo, Dunn), but their absence would leave major holes in the 2007 roster -- more than a trade could fill.
It would be downright silly to trade guys like Phillips, Ross, Denorfia, and Encarnacion at this point -- they are productive, cheap, and under the Reds' control for several more seasons.
The Reds are in no position to be trading their best minor leaguers right now. They will need as much cheap talent as they can get in 2009.
Freel is the Reds' main chip at this point -- he's got talent but Denorfia makes him expendable, plus he only has one year left on his current deal.
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