Ballclub within two and a half games of the division in mid-July has an obligation to its fans to look for deals to help get into the playoffs this year.
Team may need to sell off some salary this off-season, but not now. Now the objective should be to get in the playoffs and win.
Reds should avoid making bad deals and destroying their farm, but they shouldn't be afraid to pull the trigger on a fair deal. Reds have excellent starting pitching which will be wasted if team doesn't fill holes or seek offensive upgrades.
I'm surprised the Reds are this close, but since they are they must try (within reason) to make the playoffs. That's why they exist.