Cincinnati Reds: Breaking Down the Latest Trade Deadline Buzz

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Cincinnati Reds: Breaking Down the Latest Trade Deadline Buzz
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As next week's July 31st MLB trade deadline approaches, the Cincinnati Reds will need to evaluate their team and decide if they need to improve their roster.

At 55-40 and in first place in the NL Central, the Reds are looking to make the postseason for the second time in three seasons.

When the team swept the St. Louis Cardinals last weekend, it looked like they were ready to make a run. However, All-Star first baseman Joey Votto went on the disabled list with a knee injury on Monday.

It appeared the team would need to make a move quickly when Votto went down, but the team went on a run since the injury. In the first week without Votto, the team won five of seven games because of great pitching and timely hitting.

According to MLB.com, the Reds have the third-best pitching staff in the major leagues (including the No. 1 ranked bullpen). Pitching in Great American Ball Park for half of the team's games makes their pitching staff look even better.

The offense struggled at times even with their first baseman healthy, so they may look to improve their roster. 

Since Votto went down, Brandon Phillips has stepped up and led the offense. The rest of the lineup has come through with clutch hits, and they have won 10 of their past 12 games.

While the team is in first place, MLB.com has the Reds ranked last in batting average and on-base percentage out of the leadoff spot.

Drew Stubbs and Zack Cozart have spent the majority of the time at the top of the lineup, but neither player has performed well in the leadoff role. Ideally, Cincinnati would like Stubbs to be the leadoff man of the future.

Outside of Votto and Jay Bruce, the Reds do not have a left-handed hitter in their lineup. They have gone through several left-handed bench players, but they have not had any success with those players.

After an offseason of big moves, the team does not have many top prospects they will be willing to trade. 

The team will consider trading for either a left-handed bat for the bench or a left fielder who can bat leadoff for the team.

The Reds would probably be fine without making a move, but they will at least explore other options in order to help their postseason chances.

 

*Stats are from MLB.com*

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