This club has been knocked from it's thrown. They just signed Izzy who could be about 2-4 weeks away from putting on that Reds jersey. These guys have Rolen who should be placed on the DL.. Instead are playing a 24 man roster. This team who at one point was one of the top offenses in the league yet now are fighting for runs. This team went pretty hard for Cliff Lee and now we hear reports that they'd still be in the hunt for bullpen help. WAIT! Stop there.. Don't waste your time dealing prospects for bullpen help. Everyone needs bullpen help and no one is wanting to deal relief arms. Chapman has been converted.. Bailey could be an option as well. Izzy and Springer could be options in late innings. Burton has been solid for Louisville. Please don't spare prospects on the 'pen.
Continue to focus on a frontline starter. Harang is at least a month away.. Bailey about 2-3 weeks away (if he's in the rotation). Leake is going to need rest and we seen that Edison may not be as automatic as we thought. I know St. Louis has their eye on Oswalt or Haren. I also know Walt said he wouldn't block a deal to prevent St. Louis from netting a player but you can't let them run away with the division.
I also think a bat for the bench is needed. Laynce Nix is expendable in my opinion. Here is my proposition:
Trade Travis Wood, Matt Klinker, Logan Ondrusek, Todd Frazier, and Danny Dorn to Arizona for Dan Haren and Cash.
Sign Jermaine Dye or Hank Blalock for the bench.. DFA Laynce Nix.
This team has a chance to make believers out of this city and the league. The nails are set in the coffin, we just need to get a hammer to nail them in.