Originally Posted by mdccclxix
Right, but you can see my point that it didn't take much to acquire these players. The trade bait on the table, which doesn't include Frazier, Hamilton, Stephanson and Mesoraco, is all rated higher than the C+ style prospect that I sited for the relievers. Don't discount Sean Marshall either, btw, dude was the most valuable reliever in baseball the 2-3 years prior to 2012. So, I think a quality LF, CF, or 3b platoon guy to fill the bench, and a very good LHRP could be in order if the Reds find the right partner. You could shoot higher, though, with the current list of prospects.
We'll see. You know, Marshall was the right situation - Cubs rebuilding, didn't want to pay him, was an impending free agent on the last year of contract.
I think the answer to all this may be Ludwick. I could see the Reds adding a short term CFer without giving up much. I happen to think they may sign Victorino, although I'm not a huge fan of such a move.
I also could see the Reds filling the bench and bullpen and getting some pitching depth on the cheap.
But if Ludwick doesn't re-sign, I think getting a LF of quality who can hit will require a more significant package. There's nobody in the pipeline for the Reds, they will need a real hitter out there, and I think we are talking a serious package involving guys like Corcino, Gregorius or guys of equivalent value.