The Reds need some offensive punch, and they need it badly. The Reds have some players that could get that offensive punch via trade IMO. The Reds pitching seems to be just getting better at all levels.
--Homer Bailey went 8 2/3 shutout innings for Louisville. He allowed six hits, struck out nine and walked two. Over his last three starts, he's gone 23 1/3 innings and allowed one run on 17 hits. He's struck out 23 and walked four. He's 6-5 with a 3.13 ERA overall.
--Travis Wood, a left-hander, went seven shutout innings for Carolina. He allowed one hit -- I think he took a no-hitter to the sixth -- walked one and struck out nine. Over his five starts, he's gone 36 innings and allowed two runs on 19 hits. He's struck out 34 and walked four. He's 6-3 with a 1.11 ERA overall.
Matt Maloney has pitched pretty well in his first two starts in the majors. The Reds also have some good young hitters in AA. CF Chris Heisey, 24, is hitting .364 with 11 HR and 34 RBI's, and 11 SB's. Todd Frazier, 23, is hitting .333 with 4 HR, and 34 RBI's. Taveras is really struggling. The Reds have had hardly any offensive production at 3B, SS, CF all year. What do you do if your Walt? Do you trade Harang, Arroyo, Bailey, Woods or Maloney? Which one would be most valuable in the trade market? Do you bring up Heisey and Frazier and plug them into the lineup, and see what they can do? It's your call. What do you do if your Walt Jocketty?