What might the Reds do?
The Reds have, thus far, been relatively quiet on the trade rumor front this summer. It’s not that they don’t have needs, however.
Cincinnati’s bullpen has been taxed by the injuries to its two set-up men — lefty Sean Marshall and right-hander Jonathan Broxton. Both could be back around the All-Star break, possibly. The Reds and GM Walt Jocketty must decide if they can wait for Marshall and Broxton, which would be a big help, or seek outside assistance.
It’s a similar situation in left field. Ryan Ludwick, expected to be the cleanup hitter this year, has been out since suffering a right shoulder injury on Opening Day. Ludwick could be back some time in August. But with Chris Heisey and Todd Frazier yet to really ignite, the Reds have lacked right-handed production much of this season. Another bat would certainly help, but might the “addition” of Ludwick provide the requored boost?
Either way — if the Reds make a deal before or on July 31, it would likely be in one or both of these areas.
– Mark Sheldon