Ken Rosenthal: Reds' Deadline Needs Are as Perplexing as Season


Ken Rosenthal is quickly becoming one of my favorite baseball writers here of late. That may be because he has paid the Reds a lot of attention lately, and he is a good follow on Twitter for Reds fans. You can follow him @Ken_Rosenthal. I read the article shown above today, and it gave some insight into what exactly Walt Jocketty would like to do for the Reds at the trade deadline.

The 2011 season has not been Walt Jocketty’s finest hour. He basically unloaded Orlando Cabrera and brought in my least favorite Red of all-time, Edgar Renteria. At least, he finally got the message and brought up Zack Cozart who started his career with a 7 game hit streak and has a hit in 7 of 8 games played.

What also remains perplexing is the Reds plans for the crop of Major League talent that they appear to have ready and waiting at AAA Louisville. Of course there is no one better to ask about the Bats than Blog Red Machine’s own Kevin Geary, but it appears to me that several players in Louisville could help the Reds right NOW.

So as the trade deadline looms, I expect the Reds to do something. Will it be anything to wow the fan base….I doubt it, but something will be done, be it large or minor.

And what will be done with guys like Dave Sappelt. I liken his skill set to Martin Prado of the Atlanta Braves. Sappelt his over .400 in spring training, and he is currently hitting .304 in Louisville. He may be able to lead off and contribute in left field.

And the list goes on…what will happen with Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco, Yonder Alonso, Chris Valaika, Jeremy Hermida, Juan Francisco etc.

I don’t even want to speculate, but I can guarantee that the next 9 days will be the most interesting 9 days of the season for the Reds. The roster may change, and OH! on the field, the Reds have a crucial 9 game home stand.

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Tags: Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Indians Dave Sappelt Devin Mesoraco Dusty Baker Edgar Renteria Jeremy Hermida Juan Francisco Ken Rosenthal Louisville Bats Orlando Cabrera Reds Prospects Todd Frazier Trade Deadline Walt Jocketty Yonder Alonso Zack Cozart

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