The start of the 2014 Major League Baseball season hasn't been kind to the Cincinnati Reds, but there are still nearly four months remaining in the season. Depending on where the club stands come July 31, there are a few players who it could try to acquire.
Reds fans are down on the team right now, but they still haven't seen what this squad is capable, due to injuries. Luckily, first baseman Joey Votto has returned and pitcher Mat Latos is due to come back from the disabled list this week. If they both are activated and if nobody else gets hurt, this will be the first time all season that all of the Reds starters will be completely healthy.
Getting healthy this week will give Cincinnati about two months to see what it is capable of. As of now, the team is still in the playoff picture. Depending on how the next two months go, the team will figure out if it should be buyers or sellers at the deadline.
The Reds don't have many pieces to deal should they decide that they are buyers. Pitcher Alfredo Simon appears to be the best trade chip if they decide that they are still in contention.
Should the Reds sell, they have a few pieces that other teams would love to have. Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Aroldis Chapman could all be dangled on the trading block if the organization decides to try to make a big move for the future.
Looking at the team's current roster, there aren't many spots that need addressed. Cincinnati is splitting time between three players in left field, so that probably isn't an area that the team will look to address. The only other spots that the team may look at addressing are shortstop and left-handed relievers.
Now that there are two Wild Card spots, there will be fewer teams willing to sell at the deadline. That means that a trade at the deadline could be hard to find.
Given that the Reds are (hopefully) about to get healthy, let's assume that they will stay in contention when the deadline approaches. Keep reading to see some under-the-radar players that Cincinnati can try to nab in order to enhance its playoff chances.
*All stats are via MLB.com