The Cincinnati Reds currently six games back of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central division. Third place is not what the Reds had in mind coming into the 2013 MLB season. The team has plenty of talent and potential to accomplish something special this season, but they certainly could have used some help to do so. The biggest mistake the Reds could have made is staying quiet at the trade deadline.
“Today was completely dead — nothing,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said, according to Reds.com. “This was the quietest Trade Deadline day I’ve had. It started to pick up the last few days like it always does. [Tuesday] was very busy. But in the end, the guys we wanted weren’t available and didn’t get traded.”
Obviously, if the moves were not there then it is hard to get any deals done. With that being said, Cincinnati has a small window to bring home a World Series. With the St. Louis Cardinals always contending and the Pirates being an up and coming team, there is simply not enough time to be doing nothing to improve.
It was a relatively uneventful trade deadline in general. Teams that had pieces to deal were asking for way too much in return. Cincinnati had players in mind but was not going to pay through the roof to land them.
The Reds could have used some pitching help. They also needed a right-handed bat to bolster the offense. Neither came to fruition, which could definitely haunt the team down the stretch.