I have no idea how Votto is doing - but he appears to be, at best, needing chunks of time off from here to the end of the season. At worst, who knows, maybe he isn't able to play much at all. Regardless, it would clearly appear this team could use a person capable of filling in at 1b when needed, and, in my view, could also use someone who can man LF several times a week, when not at 1b, pushing Ludwick and Schu to clearly bench roles (and strengthening the bench at the same time).
That said, this appears to be such a natural area of need that perhaps we can centralize the discussion that is taking place in several threads about possible targets. And, maybe, fingers crossed, there might start to be trade rumors at some point.
Fwiw, the players I am putting here have been mentioned elsewhere and appear to have somewhat manageable contract situations. For example, while I mentioned Swisher at one point, I went and looked up his contract, and there is no way the Reds are doing that. That said, how about we come up with a list of names and keep an eye out for trade rumors etc over the next few weeks?
The start of the list:
1. Ben Zobrist (I've made my feelings clear)
2. Lucas Duda (great suggestion from Dan in another thread)
3. Scott Van Slyke (mentioned elsewhere, he's got some 1b big league experience)
4. Luis Valbuena (way more IF than OF, but a little OF experience)
1b types (depends on how Votto is...IF he is done, then...):
1. Casey McGahee
2. Justin Morneau (my thought)
I am trying to keep this somewhat realistic in terms of who might be available and that might have a price the reds could pay in prospects and salary.
PS: This thread is for guarded optimism, that this team can make a run this year - and that said acquisition would help such a run possibly happen.