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Cincinnati Reds: 3 Realistic Trades for Reds This Offseason
David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Reds are taking necessary but underwhelming steps to address an underachieving bench by signing veterans Skip Schumaker and Brayan Pena. But, while Cincinnati plugs holes with gum, the division rival St. Louis Cardinals are filling potholes with concrete. Jhonny Peralta will join an offense that can already swap offensive numbers with any American League team.  While the team does return its core in 2014, which will enable them to compete for the NL Central, it's becoming increasingly more evident that they'll need to play add-on in order to do more. 

The first priority should be keeping Choo. But to accomplish this, they'll likely need to shed payroll. The favorite to aide in doing so at this juncture would be Brandon Phillips, but Homer Bailey's name is starting to circulate among MLB rumor sites. The opportunity will present itself for the Reds to leverage its talent and make significant moves to bolster its roster while maintaining cost. Here are three trades that realistically make sense and are fiscally plausible. 

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