Is that the Reds are in a great position heading into 2012 and beyond. Obviously, 2011 has been largely disappointing even though they are still technically in the race. Having said that, is there really a trade that is going to cement the Reds as a favorite in the Central the last two months? Not likely and really not worth it considering that, even if the Reds come back to win the division, the playoffs against Philly, Atlanta, etc. could be a tough go.
Yet, the team is positioned very well heading into the future. Look at the Reds compared to our Central rivals:
Cincinnati - Solid rotation, young and improving lineup, large number of prospects to either call up or make a deal.
Milwaukee - Good rotation, although Grienke could be dealt, solid lineup that will lose Prince Fielder, prospects available dwindling due to past moves.
Pittsburgh - Very similar to the Reds. Good young nucleus and developing prospects in the minors. Derrek Lee deal was dumb though.
St. Louis - Aging rotation. Good lineup although Pujols is a big question hanging over them, virtually no prospects after their moves over the last 2 seasons. I was stunned about the Furcal deal since now they are basically spent in regards to players available in the minors.
Houston - Completely rebuilding at the MLB level. Will not be a serious contender until 2014 at the earliest.
Chicago - Is in the same position that Houston is in. Needs to unload and rebuild. They have a chance to do it quicker with their deep pockets but still a ways away from contention.
So, to make a deal today just to make a deal is plain dumb. However, if there is a move to be made that enhances the 2011 Reds AND the future Reds like a Rolen type move then I'm for it. But, a no move today doesn't signal the doom and gloom that some want to portray.