You don't have to be a baseball expert to notice how badly the Reds need offensive help.
Entering Sunday, Cincinnati's depleted offense had mustered just 14 runs in eight games since the All-Star Break. With top hitters Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips expected to be out of the lineup for several more weeks, the need to add an extra bat has become critical if the Reds want keep pace in the postseason picture.
One of the names rumored to be connected to the Reds is Philadelphia's Marlon Byrd. And former general manager and current ESPN Insider Jim Bowden believes he has the perfect package the Reds could use to acquire Byrd via trade.
In his piece featuring proposed trades for each team in the National League Central, Bowden suggests GM Walt Jocketty should offer OF Donald Lutz and minor league RHP Jon Moscot to the Phillies in exchange for Byrd. Bowden points out that Byrd's power would play well in the cozy corridors of Great American Ball Park. However, one concern with Byrd is the fact that he's owed $8 million next season. Plus, he wouldn't be able to play anywhere else but the outfield either. With that being said, Byrd is definitely the premier power bat on the trade market and now team needs a boost to their offense than the Reds.
For what it's worth, I'm not in favor of the Reds taking on Byrd and his big salary. The Reds already have enough bad contracts on their payroll and adding another one in a soon-to-be 37-year-old outfielder isn't exactly wise. If I were Jocketty, I would rather pursue Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist, who has the flexibility to play first, third, and outfield on defense. Given Cincinnati's injury situation, Zobrist definitely makes the most sense. But Tampa Bay's recent winning streak may prevent the Rays from trading the super utilityman at all.