I don't talk to GMs. I don't know who was available or the price.
But I do know this. Many teams are not contenders who would prefer prospects to veterans. That early in the season the demands may be relatively high. That a team like the Reds, a supposed contender, should be willing to mortgage the future just a bit to cure a current problem.
You call my position ridiculous. I think your position is ridiculous -- that in all of organized baseball there was not one good hitter available all season for a fair and meaningful price.
This team went three months playing Derrick Robinson and Donald Lutz. If you think that's the best the GM could do, feel free, but it's a defeatist, passive, and unimaginative position.