Re: What if Walt stands pat?
I trust Walt will do the right thing but I really don't envy him right now. I don't know if it is a function of the youth on this team but the Reds are a wildly inconsistent team which makes it very hard to improve.
Joey Votto and Scott Rolen are the only guys on this team, that month to month you pretty much know what you will get. Everybody else is up and down in HUGE swings.
Top three OPS guys in July - How many people would guess
Votto 1.111, Stubbs .761, Cabrera .706
Phillips, Rolen, Bruce and Gomes have been dreadful in July, but at the same time, when they play at the top of their game it will be extremely difficult to get someone better at any of their positions.
So I believe that the trade deadline will be pretty low key with maybe a bullpen arm or bench guy. Not much more than that.