With a flock of trade rumors already making their way around the mill, it's time for the Cincinnati Reds to start making some noise within them. The Reds find themselves atop the N.L. Central and proving to be the team everyone knew they could be—but is that team, alone, enough to get Castillini's boys through October?
Cincinnati has begun coming around offensively, but the offensive lineup could still use some tuning. The addition of a legit right-handed power bat who can play left field should be No. 1 on the list in terms of needs and wants for the club.
Even though Cincy boasts one of (if not) the best bullpen(s) in baseball, relief pitching is always near the top of any baseball club's list in terms of additional help needed to push their team into October.
The Reds have been lucky at this point in the season to have only used five starters. They are, however, treading a thin line between a very steady starting five and a possible disaster. The team has no immediate backup ready to step in and start other than Brett Tomko at Triple-A—not necessarily the option a team wants when heading towards an October run.
But relief help would open up Aroldis Chapman—now that is an option to be reckoned with.
It is because of this that the Reds should stay away from rumors involving starting pitchers such as Ryan Dempster, who is pictured above. Why spend more for a starter when you can spend less on a relief pitcher that can free up Chapman?
Let's check out five players the Reds could target at the deadline.