Re: Will the Reds make any trades before the deadline?
I think if they make any trades it will be on a eye for next year. Maybe unload guys they know won't be here next year, who are somewhat replaceable for the remainder of the year with minor leaguers, i.e. Weathers, Affeldt, but only if they can get someone who can help sometime next year.
I think the Reds FO thinks they can at least stay close enough to the wild card to keep the main guys. I know most people don't like it, but if the Reds can stay in the hunt until the last week of the season, I think it will have a huge motivational effect going into next year, on both the fans and the players.
That and the fact that it is a buyers market, which means that the Reds would not get good value for the players they trade, makes me want to keep them so the Reds can compete. They don't have to make the playoffs, just stay in the race. The experience of being in a playoff hunt, even if it is just the wild card, is very valuable, especially considering the young age of the players.