The Cincinnati Reds enter the All-Star break as one of the hottest teams in baseball. After a 23-29 start to the season, Cincinnati goes into the break at 51-44 and just 1.5 games back in the NL Central. However, the Reds can't afford to stand pat if they want to win the division.
The top four teams are separated by just 3.5 games in the Central, and the race will be tight until the end of the year. All four squads have very talented teams, so the Reds need to look to improve their roster before the trade deadline.
The starting pitching has been phenomenal, so there is no need to upgrade there. What the Reds could really use is an upgrade at shortstop and left field. A lefty in the bullpen should be the other target player.
Let's take a look at the deals Reds GM Walt Jocketty should be proposing before the deadline.