Broadcasters can be heard talking about it on the television and radio when a Major League Baseball game is being played. The people in the stands next to each other hear a rumor or two that they hadn’t heard before. That is how it usually is around the trade deadline in MLB, but that isn’t happening with the Cincinnati Reds. Things on the trade front are quiet for the Reds as well they should be.
It is a good thing that the trade rumors are quiet for them because the Reds really have no business making a trade this year. As reported on their official site, they already have a depleted farm system from big trades in the last few years. That isn’t the main reason I believe they should stick to their guns though. Earlier this month I could have been heard thinking that the Reds had better make some kind of move one way or the other but that thinking has changed and here is why.
They don’t need to make a trade to improve their team. Very soon they will have three pitchers and an outfielder returning from the disabled list. Chances are that those players will help the team out as much in their respective returns as a trade player would in the few months they have to make an impact.
Money could be an issue as well but when you have Ryan Ludwick, Johnny Cueto, Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall all coming off of the DL soon, you do not need to bring in other players. I don’t know that the Reds have any real chance of winning but if they are going to make a big push, you can bet it will happen when those players return to the active daily roster. Any trade deal at this point would be getting too cute.