All reports so far have suggested that the Cincinnati Reds would probably be quiet on the trade front this year. That is probably true but I think the Reds might soon wish they had done something sooner for a boost to their bullpen. It is much easier said than done to complete a deal of course but that is why they might wish they had gone after someone earlier in the MLB trade season. The options are few anyway this season but they grew less as the deadline drew closer and closer.
As the final hour came calling the rumors began to swirl that the Reds might go after San Francisco Giants reliever Javier Lopez. The problem as with all potential deals this season is that the asking price is high. That might and probably will take the Reds out of the running which could have been their last chance at a pre-deadline trade for relief.
Though the Reds have been a good team this season it grew clear over the last few weeks that they were not good enough to stick with the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. Whatever options there were on the market a few weeks ago have dwindled way down by now and the options for a waiver-dependent trade could be very limited as well. It is sad to say but whether they blame the market or something else, the Reds might not get simple help they needed.