I'm talking immediate things and less about hypothetical things. Some are more obvious than others, but they are things that would help improve the club.
(In no order):
a.) DFA Laynce Nix and promote Danny Dorn. Nix is better defensively, but that's it. Dorn has some of the same weaknesses as Nix (Doesn't walk a lot, stikes out quite a bit)...but Dorn's overall stats include quite a few ABs against LHP. If you look strictly at RHP, he's done very well OPSing over .900 this season. If nothing else, he would make a real platoon partner for Gomes in LF.
b.) Bump Bruce up to 2nd in the lineup. I think the biggest reason why he gets nothing to hit is because he hits before Stubbs, who has similar weaknesses at the plate. Put him in front of 2 players that are real threats and I think Bruce is more likely to see better pitches. I don't like this as a permanent move (because I like Phillips at 2 better), but definitely for now.
c.) Address the SS issue. Cabrera should be batting 8 or not in the lineup at all with his .612 season OPS. Janish's glove is legit. I think Janish has looked pretty good at plate as well this year. Janish should probably bat 8 too, but at least put him in the lineup more. There's no doubt he's better defensively.
d.) Give Chris Heisey more playing time. Start him all over in RF, CF, LF, just get him in the game more than a defensive substitution in the 8th or 9th inning. He's a valuable asset to the team and he's underused.
e.) Demote Cordero from closer. Not an easy decision with what he is getting paid, but it's got to be done. Put him in the game during spots where there are blowout leads. Or games that are out of reach. He has hurt this team this year. I'd promote Masset temporarily to take over and see how he does. It would also give Cordero some rest as he wouldn't be pitching as much.
f.) This one is the most hypothetical, but look to deal Harang before the deadline. It would free up money this year for a pursuit and it would get the Reds off the hook for the $2M buyout at the end of the year. He has to prove he is healthy and probably needs to pitch a few good games before the deadline...but I think a team in contention would add Harang. I think Wood could put up numbers similar to Harang for the remainder of the year.
g.) Play Gomes less. Especially when the team is on the road. Gomes hits .319 at home and .239 on the road. It also opens up more playing time for Heisey OR Dorn if he were to be called up.
I think the Reds could instantly improve the team by taking these small steps. Additional help will be needed from outside of the organization, no doubt, but these steps could be made in the interim and help the team.
Omissions? Mistakes? Anything you'd add or disagree with?