Originally Posted by PuffyPig
Another pick: there wasn't anything that they thought was a big enough improvement to pick up.
That would mean there is no lefty bench hitter meaningfully better than Xavier Paul. It would mean no reliever much better than Ondrusek or Duke. Would mean that there is no infielder better than Izturis/Hannahan to back up and supply more offense.
In the case of Ludwick, it also means the Reds couldn't find a single hitter worth acquiring to fill in during April, May, June, July, early August.
Just seems a bit odd that they were so quiet all year.
My guess? Reds made an organizational decision this year that the farm system was depleted by promotions and trades, and that the number one priority was restoring organizational talent. This is the life blood of a medium market team. So no trades of prospects at this time. Which is fine except it may leave them short this season and who knows whether they are in the race next year.