While the Reds seek the high expensive pitchers like Bedard and Haren in both of talent and contracts, one team that is being overlook here is the Pirates.
The Pirates are under new management. They are in full rebuilding mode (again). And two young pitchers that would interest the Reds are Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny. Could the Reds get both of these starters? That would be a long shot but there is no reason they could pry one of these starters if the Reds are offering the likes of Bailey, Hamilton, Votto and possibly Encarncion.
But if you're the Reds and looking to make a three year run, I would go for both of these starters. And what would it take to pry both Snell and Gorzelanny? How about this slobber-knocker:
Bailey, Hamilton, Encarncion, Belisle and Coutlangus for Snell and Gorzelanny.
Pirates have several young OFs but Hamilton would be a perfect fit in either CF or LF (especially if Bay is traded to the Tribe). Encarncion at third means the Bucs can either move Jose Bautista to RF or possibly trade him for younger talent. Bailey and Belisle immediately move in the Bucs rotation while Coutlangus gives the Bucs a lefty option for the bullpen and possible replacement for Damos Marte (if he is dealt elsewhere). But more importantly the deal with the Reds sets up the Bucs to make other deals for younger talent by trading the likes of Bay, Bautista and Marte.
The Reds solified their rotation and at the same time can use Keppinger at third and bat him second in the lineup, where he was able to put the ball in play....something we haven't seen since Barry Larkin batted there. Freel and Hopper would share CF and the Reds still have Bruce as their future RF. Reds have options in the bullpen as lefthanded relief with the likes of Bray and Stanton.
Thought I would throw out that idea to chew on.