The Cincinnati Reds are in a curious position where it can be difficult to assess whether they will be buyers or sellers at the upcoming July 31 trade deadline.
The club currently sits at 48-42 and are 3.5 games back of the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers and one game back of the second NL wild-card spot. However, the Reds have been wildly inconsistent this year—better of late, however—and could just as easily find themselves with a near double-digit deficit to make up in the division.
The most likely scenario has the Reds looking to add pieces at the deadline in an attempt to make their third straight playoff appearance. So, for the most part, we'll be looking at deals to help strengthen the Reds' current roster. However, we'll also explore a few deals that could get the Reds the prospects they desire to retool and make a run in 2015.
Over the course of this article, I'll break down the Reds' biggest areas of need, give some prospect names who could be of use in possible trades, assess big leaguers with the potential to be moved in the event the Reds become minor sellers, possible targets and some suggested deals.
Let's get started.