MLB Trade Deadline: 2014 Cincinnati Reds Must Go All-In

By Illya Harrell
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The Cincinnati Reds must do everything in their power to win a World Series in 2014 and 2015. With ace Johnny Cueto likely gone after the 2015 season, and three of their other four starting pitchers eligible to leave the next season, the future looks bleak. It’s do or die time.

Yes, the Reds squandered four years worth of opportunity with Dusty Baker at the helm. Not quite a horrible manager but bad, very bad. Stop the internal dialogues right now. In his 20 years as a major-league skipper, he was blessed with some of the best teams in the league; Barry Bonds in San Francisco, Sammy Sosa in Chicago and young, hungry and talented Reds teams.

And yes, GM Walt Jocketty has made some flat-out awful trades. Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers for a journeyman pitcher, Edwin Encarnacion to the Toronto Blue Jays for an aged third baseman with debilitating back problems and Travis Wood to the Chicago Cubs for a Gary Majewski pitch-alike.

So what now? Sell the farm: Robert Stephenson, Phillip Ervin, Michael Lorenzen and Jesse Winker. Make everyone available for immediate help. The middle of the pen desperately needs three new arms, left field is well below average and now it seems like $225 million man, Joey Votto, is flopping like he’s in his 40s. Which coincidentally is the age he will be when his contract finally expires. By 2023, don’t be surprised if he’s swinging one-handed with a walking cane in the other.

In his recent Rant Sports article, Robb Hoff suggested an Adam Dunn-Reds reunion. At this point, an Adam Rosales-Reds reunion would be an upgrade. And how hard can it possibly be to land middle-relief pitchers who are capable of entering games and not pitching like playground scrubs. Why hasn’t Jocketty addressed this problem that’s been obvious since Spring Training? Is he thinking maybe tomorrow that Logan Ondrusek will find his groove? Is he waiting for another Gary Majewski?

Illya Harrell is a Cincinnati Reds writer for Follow him on Twitter @Illya_Harrell, like him on Facebook and add him to your Google+ network.

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