The Cincinnati Reds made people forget about the offensive woes the team had been enduring for most of the season with its recent run. But the San Diego Padres provided a painful reminder of just how streaky this offense can be. Furthermore, a bullpen that has been surrounded in doubt, and rightfully so (4.24 ERA, second-worst in the NL), has proven unreliable for now over half the season.
If the Reds were to indeed make some deals at the deadline, Walt Jocketty will probably aim to improve the following areas: left field, shortstop, backup first baseman and middle-relief pitcher.
It's worth noting that on July 1, the Reds website confirmed the team traded RHP Jair Jurrjens for minor league first baseman Harold Riggins. And with the Reds site reporting that Jack Hannahan is close to being healthy, that probably means the backup first baseman is taken care of.
Here are a few other perfect trade scenarios for the Reds at this year's deadline.