The Biggest Issues Cincinnati Reds Must Address at the Trade Deadline

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The Biggest Issues Cincinnati Reds Must Address at the Trade Deadline
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The Major League Baseball trade deadline has been greatly affected by the addition of the second wild card, but the Cincinnati Reds still need to do their best to address areas of need at this year's deadline.

Thanks to the second wild card, more teams stay in contention for longer. As of June 17, only three teams in all of baseball are more than six games out in the wild-card race. Despite all of the injuries and a lack of offense, the Reds sit only three games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the wild-card race.

While some of those deficits seem too big to overcome, more than three months remains in the season. Teams will eventually have to decide whether to buy or sell at the deadline.

A limited budget and a lack of top prospects will make it tough for Cincinnati to pull off big deals at this year's deadline. Luckily, this team doesn't need much in order to boost its playoff hopes. The rotation is loaded, and the lineup has finally gotten healthy. If each starting position player begins to live up to expectations, plenty of talent is already on the roster.

Keep reading to see what areas the Reds need to improve at the deadline. 

 

*All stats are via MLB.com

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