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Cincinnati should target another arm in the bullpen and an upgrade in left field.
Some may argue for an upgrade at shortstop, but Zack Cozart makes up for his poor offense with tremendous defense. He actually has the fifth-highest WAR among shortstops in the league. Unless there is a significant upgrade available, Cozart should continue anchoring the Reds defense.
The Reds should look to make a trade for the Arizona Diamondbacks' Oliver Perez. There is no guarantee that Sean Marshall will be the same pitcher again, and Manny Parra has struggled this season with an ERA of 4.36 and a WHIP of 1.52.
They are in need of a solid left-hander in the bullpen, and Perez has proven he can get batters out from both sides of the plate. His ERA sits at 1.95, and batters have only hit .215 off him this season. A trade for Perez would not take a top prospect either.
For left field, Ben Zobrist would be a perfect fit. The great thing about Zobrist is his flexibility. He can play every outfield position and both middle infield spots, something that would have come in handy with all the injuries the Reds have dealt with this season.
His 4.0 WAR would be a big improvement over Ryan Ludwick's minus-0.5. Zobrist gets on base at a very solid .364 clip—better than any qualified player on the team this season.
Adding Zobrist and the return of Votto would bring some much-needed life to the anemic Reds offense.
If the Reds can stay healthy next year and add a couple pieces, there is no reason they can't return to the postseason in 2015.
**All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com