The Reds insist they remain buyers on the trade deadline market. The Braves are interested in Jonny Gomes. The Reds are interested in Ubaldo Jimenez and James Shields. Frighteningly, rumors have linked the Reds to Todd Coffey, Jason Isringhausen, Coco Crisp and Chone Figgins (I just threw up in my mouth a little bit), too.

This is going to be an interesting week and a half.

For what it’s worth, of all those names, the one that interests me the most — by far — is Shields. He would fit in very nicely. My guess, however, is that Cincinnati’s biggest move of the trade deadline will involve someone not named above. Stay tuned.