The Cincinnati Reds failed to do anything before the non-waiver trade deadline, which amounts to waving a white flag on the 2014 season. Players like Asdrubal Cabrera, Martin Prado and Emilio Bonafacio would’ve been significant upgrades over the Reds’ current middle infielders of Zack Cozart, Ramon Santiago, Kristopher Negron and Skip Schumaker.
In the end, trading for a middle infielder or two may not have made much of a difference for the Reds this season because their offense is so completely inept with Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto sidelined. Even with Phillips and Votto in the lineup, the Reds offense was far from a juggernaut.
Even though the Reds were only six games out of first place in the NL Central heading into the last game of July, the deficit might as well be twice that with the way the offense struggles and the fact that three other teams are ahead of them in the standings.
The Reds could still make a trade for a waiver claim in August before the roster deadline for postseason eligibility, but if the Reds continue to play like they have after the All-Star break (2-10), they’ll have to make that move in the first week of the month to avoid finding themselves completely out of contention for good.
Phillips won’t be back until the end of August at the earliest, and Votto may not play again this year. Cozart, along with Jay Bruce, have been so bad offensively in 2014, that they can’t be expected to make much of a difference for the rest of the year.
With the non-waiver trade deadline gone and the white flag waving, the Reds’ organization appears content to miss another opportunity to make the most of another promising season.