Originally Posted by Benihana
Fair points. I guess with the news that Ludwick is almost ready, I just have a hard time seeing how/where we make real improvements to the big league roster unless it's a guy like Rios or De Aza. Rios looks a lot less likely given the Ludwick news, and probably the same could be said for de Aza given that he hits lefty and plays mediocre D in CF- we already have that player, his name is Shin Soo-Choo (only he gets on base a lot more than de Aza does).
I don't see the Reds upgrading SS during the year, and I don't know of a good platoon righty bat for CF that is currently out there. That leaves only the bullpen for real improvements, and I wouldn't trade a top 10 prospect for a bullpen rental.
So I'd think we could still be open-minded about prospect for prospect deals.
One other thought would be to see if the Cubs would take a guy like Cisco or Romano (or preferably Pedro Diaz) for James Russell. More likely, they'd ask for Guillon, Garrett, or Contreras. In that event, I'd look elsewhere.
I'd also see if they'd take a chance on a guy like Gelalich, Duran or Waldrop straight up, but it looks like their OF is a position of organizational strength with Bryant, Soler and Almora.