Reds quiet as Trade Deadline approaches

Reds quiet as Trade Deadline approaches

Reds quiet as Trade Deadline approaches

LOS ANGELES -- Major League Baseball teams have crossed the less-than-one week threshold before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. While some clubs have already been active, and many others are part of rumors, there hasn't been much heard from the Reds -- yet.

"It's very quiet. There have been a lot of conversations, but nothing of substance," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said on Thursday.

Next week's Deadline to trade players without passing them through waivers is 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Among the Reds' needs is a right-handed bat to help the offense. But they're also well aware that one is not far from returning from within their own ranks in Ryan Ludwick. The left fielder, who has been out of action since injuring his right shoulder on Opening Day, began a rehab assignment on Wednesday.

It's a similar situation with pitching needs as the Reds await the return of ace Johnny Cueto and key relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall.

"When we get them back, it strengthens our club even more," Jocketty said. "I don't want to trade prospects to improve the club. … Unless something develops in the next week, I'm not sure you'll see us do anything."

The addition of a second Wild Card last year has helped freeze activity on the trade market. Currently, 18 clubs have winning percentages of .450 or better -- which at least gives some teams hope of possibly getting into the postseason. Entering play on Thursday, Cincinnati had a 5 1/2-game lead for the second National League Wild Card spot.

"I think there are still several clubs unsure of what position they're in yet," Jocketty said. "I'm not sure the next week will make any difference. People have to remember that a lot of clubs don't want to signal to their fans they're giving up, either."

Would moving the Deadline back a couple of weeks from July 31 help loosen things up?

"It's been discussed a lot," Jocketty said. "I don't know if I'd push for it, but I wouldn't be opposed to it. A lot of clubs would have a clearer picture on where they stand."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.