GM: Reds definitely buying

At 48-50, the Reds are only four games out of first place entering Thursday’s off day but they are looking up to three other clubs in the National League Central. So they are very much in the race, which has Reds general manager Walt Jocketty taking a buyer’s mentality heading closer to July 31.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” Jocketty said. “We would like to improve our club since it’s easier to do before the 31st. There is some urgency but not tremendous urgency. I still have a lot of confidence that we’re good enough to win but if there is a chance to upgrade the club, we would try to pursue it.”

Jocketty would not specify the player or players he is seeking to get as upgrades, but there is a type he wants.

“I’d prefer guys who are under contract for a while,” Jocketty said. “I’m not sure anything will develop. We’re trying to win this year but we want to stay full of talent so we know we can compete for years to come.”

— Mark Sheldon


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Is A. Soriano out of trade talks for the Cubs? He may be able to fill the leadoff and run producing roles the Reds may need. Would the Reds not be interested in Beltran and move him to left?

Soriano is gtting to old. Outfeilders are a dime a dozen and Hiesey has to be that guy. I would trade Votto and bring up Alonso because dude can hit. More value for votto and Alonso will keep close to votto numbers

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