The more that I think about it the more I'd like the Reds to stand pat and try and tread water until we get some of our guys back. Why make a knee jerk reaction and trade away the haul they would have to give up to get Stanton?
It's easy to forget that the Reds are 19 and 16 without aruguably their second best offensive player off of last year's team for the whole season so far. 3 games above .500 with Jay Bruce struggling most of the season at the plate. 3 games from the division lead with Johnny Cueto missing 5 starts now. This team should get better as the season goes on and if they don't then it wasn't meant to be. If they can tread water and get hot in the second half going into the playoffs, everyone will forget the "struggles" of the first half.
I'm not saying I'd be disappointed if they got Stanton or even that they shouldn't do their due dilligence in seeing what it would take. I'm also not saying that the roster can't/shouldn't be tweaked if it can be made better. I'm just saying that where the Reds stand right now is not a terrible place to be.