Just as was the case at the non-waiver trade deadline, the Cincinnati Reds made no deals as the month of August grew to a close of business. Shouldn’t be a huge shock.
What adds to some fans frustration? Consider what division rivals St. Louis and Pittsburgh have done this month.
Yesterday, in an effort to bolster its bullpen, the Redbirds acquired John Axford from the Milwaukee Brewers (didn’t see that one coming) in exchange for the PTBNL. A few days ago, the Pirates made a deal with the New York Mets. The Pirates landed outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck. Going to the Big Apple were minor leaguer Dilson Herrera and a PTBNL which was Vic Black, who has appeared in 3 games as a Pirate.
The bombshell dropped a while ago when FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Pirates were to get Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins. Outfielder Alex Presley would be headed to the Twin Cities in the deal. The deal was confirmed on Twitter by Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The Pirates had also made a couple of minor moves during this month, but those players acquired certainly don’t jump out at you like Byrd and Morneau. Another Canadian first baseman within the division…
And in Cincinnati, we wait…for September call-ups?
I reiterate that there’s a level of frustration in all of this for Reds fans. You see you two closest competitors making moves, but your beloved Redlegs appear dormant.
I’m not defending Walt here, but he did state last month that he felt the asking price for certain players in which the Reds had interest had a high price tag. A price he wasn’t willing to pay.
Could that have been the roadblock for August as well? Or was there the payroll issues at hand as well? I addressed the payroll issue last month. And this perceived dormancy does not mean that there wasn’t any effort.
I take this to the fans. Of those the players that have been traded this month, was there one that you felt would have been able to help the Reds?
Let us know who and why within out comments section below.