The Cincinnati Reds are at the midway point of the season. They have played 30 games of their 60-game schedule and they are 13-17. That’s hardly the record that they were expecting at this point. It’s hardly the record anyone was expecting at this point. There’s been a lot of reasons for it – injuries (Moustakas has missed more than a third of the year, same for Nick Senzel), lack of performance from many, just flat out bad luck. It’s simply not gone the way anyone hoped or expected. But despite all of that, and despite a 13-17 record, the Reds are only one game out of the playoffs entering the day. With the trade deadline set for Monday afternoon, the team has to decide which direction to go. And according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, they have. They won’t be sellers.
Reds are planning to go for it — meaning buy, not sell. So ace Trevor Bauer is likely to stay put. Reds mainly need to get hitters and relievers to play to their abilities. They are underperforming at 13-17 but are only 1 game out of 8th playoff spot.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 28, 2020
Going for it, and being buyers are two pretty different things. Going for it could simply mean sticking with what they’ve got and hoping that the team performs to expectations (which was pretty good entering the season). Looking at the every day lineup, particularly now that the team has decided that Jose Garcia is going to be the shortstop moving forward, it’s tough to see where they would realistically make a trade for a starting player on the offensive side of the ball. On the mound, they aren’t going to trade for a starting pitcher. Perhaps a reliever could be had, though.
From my view at 10,000 feet, it just seems that if the team does decide to be buyers, it’s not going to be for a big splashy kind of player. They’re going to the dance with who they came with. If those guys play to their expectations, the Reds should make it to the playoffs. And once there, they can throw Sonny Gray, Trevor Bauer, and Luis Castillo at you, while hoping the offense can put together some runs. The lineup isn’t perfect, but they’ve got real talent there, too. And as we’ve seen more than a few times in our lives – getting into the playoffs is just as important as how good you were in the regular season. Get there and get hot.