I think the Reds are setting themselves up perfectly the more I think about it.
If they sign Ludwick, they have all positions filled.
1B Votto, backup Frazier
SS Cozart, backup Gregorius
3B Frazier, backup Rolen or utility guy
LF Ludwick, backup Heisey
CF Stubbs, backup Heisey with B Hamilton in the wings
C Hanigan, backup Mez
Depth - Redmond, Cingrani, Corcino, Villareal, Sharky Rogers
CL Broxton, or possibly Chapman
RP - Marshall, Hoover, Lecure, Ondrusek, Arredondo, Simon?
Talk about continuity with guys in the wings.
The Reds don't really need to do any trades. This put them in position to consider trades without having to do anything. Which basically means they'd have to be overwhelmed to realistically consider a trade. I like being in that position.