Buster Olney tweeted Thursday that the Reds are seeking RH relief help for the second half of the season. Ben Nicholson-Smith of mlbtraderumors.com goes a step further and throws out “intriguing” names of players who could become available this month.

Note that the names listed are pure speculation of available relievers on the part of Smith, and not an actual rumored deal between the Reds and other clubs.

The striking thing to me is that outside of Kansas City Royal closer Joakim Soria, the list of relievers mentioned don’t appear to be a major upgrade to what the Reds currently have in the organization. Given that Soria is signed cheaply through the 2014 season, I have a hard time seeing him go anywhere. Leo Nunez is about the only name that interests me.

The stats below are for 2007 through the 2010 all-star break.

Pitcher G IP ERA WHIP HR/9 H/9 BB/9 K/9 K/BB
Joakim Soria 207 224.1 2.13 0.994 0.7 6.4 2.5 10.2 4.1
Jason Frasor 199 196.2 3.89 1.286 0.6 7.5 4.1 8.9 2.2
Kerry Wood 168 165.2 3.97 1.274 0.7 7.7 3.8 10.3 2.7
Kevin Gregg 252 255.2 3.84 1.283 0.9 7.2 4.4 8.9 2.0
David Aardsma 176 180.2 4.48 1.445 0.8 8.1 4.9 9.6 2.0
Octavio Dotel 203 195.0 3.88 1.333 1.3 7.7 4.3 11.5 2.7
Leo Nunez 171 197.1 3.56 1.206 1.1 8.1 2.8 7.3 2.6
Matt Capps 223 226.2 3.45 1.226 1.0 9.3 1.8 7.2 4.0
Russ Springer 220 173.1 2.86 1.165 0.8 7.7 2.8 8.8 3.1

And then at the bottom of the table, there is today’s most recent acquisition, Russ Springer.

Springer accepted a pro-rated contract offer for $850,000, which means he’ll receive less than half of that based on the amount of time he spends with the Reds this season.

Springer was scheduled to fly out today for Louisville, where he must test his arm for 10 days to two weeks at the Triple-A level.

Springer’s recent numbers appear to be better than the pitchers not named Soria. The only negative I see about Springer is that he hasn’t averaged more than 1 inning per appearance since the 2000 season. However, it’s a great low-cost, low risk pick-up that could result in as good or better results than the right handed relievers that are available on the trade market.

Why trade prospects away for league average relievers, when guys like Springer can be signed without trading minor league talent? If he cannot get guys out in AAA, the Reds wouldn’t have to call him up.

I’m actually surprised the Reds haven’t made a similar deal with David Weathers.

Pitcher G IP ERA WHIP HR/9 H/9 BB/9 K/9 K/BB
David Weathers 210 209.1 3.57 1.344 0.9 8.4 3.7 5.6 1.5