Here are some of the guys I'd be targeting if I were Walt with 2 weeks to go. Some are a bit outside the box, some are not:
, OF, White Sox - Much has already been mentioned on this thread. IMO he is the perfect fit for the next 18 months.
Alejandro de Aza
, OF, White Sox - Could be a nice, cheaper (and younger) consolation to Rios who can also play CF if/when Ludwick comes back and/or Hamilton isn't ready to start Opening Day next year.
, OF, Cubs - They're looking for minor league pitching and could likely pick up a large part of the $25M due to him over the next 18 months. Soriano crushes LHP and could be a great platoon partner for Paul, although I'm not sure what happens when Ludwick comes back. I'd love to get local kid James Russell in a deal as well, although I see this kind of deal as very unlikely. If the Cubs picked up Soriano's entire tab, I'd be willing to throw them any two pitchers in the system other than Stephenson and Travieso.
Delino DeShields, Jr
., 2B, Astros (minor leagues) - This one is clearly outside the box, and won't help the Reds in 2013, or probably 2014-2015. However, there is no clear heir to Brandon Phillips above Rookie Ball, and the jury is still obviously out on Zack Cozart's long term future. The Astros just re-signed 2B Jose Altuve to a longterm deal, and they're not looking for big league help now. I wonder if this could be an opportunity for the Reds to deal from a position of strength (like OF or possibly SP) in order to bring DeShields Jr. into DeShields Sr.'s organization. Maybe something like Travieso straight up? Or, because the Astros regime seems to be partial to quantity bounties, something like Rogers + one of Cisco/Romano + one of Y.Rodriguez/Lutz?
In light of Altuve's extension, Brian T. Smith and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle note that a position change is a possibility for top prospect Delino DeShields Jr., whose path to the Majors as a second baseman is now blocked. The No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft, DeShields is hitting .290/.388/.399 with 30 steals in 71 games this season at high Class A. Last season, he swiped 101 bases in 135 games. General manager Jeff Luhnow said for the time being, DeShields would finish the season as a second baseman.
Again, certainly not a 2013 or 2014 issue, but might be interesting to move Phillips to 3B in 2015 for his final year or two if DeShields is ready to takeover 2B.