Re: Make Billy Hamilton Available...
Replace Bailey with Lee....a slight upgrade that would only cost 20 million a year. Improve 3B offense with a rent a player while downgrading LF defense at no substantial upgrade to the O. Improve the catching momentarily while trading the closest backup catching prospect the Reds have....with another rent a player. Add millions and millions to this year's payroll with little chance of re-signing either FA acquisition (and deadline acquisitions do not qualify for draft picks if I remember correctly). No. I would not do this deal. Yes, it improves the Reds this season but hurts the future, handcuffs the payroll going forward and gives up on 2 really, really talented prospects and 2 solid but unspectacular ones for three players in the waning years of their careers.
I'd be interested if these player could be had for less as Mattfeet suggests. I think you have good targets but are giving up too much because of the short term aspect of the acquisitions and the huge salary involved.