Red's president of baseball operations Dick Williams chatted over some parts of the club's trading deadline approaching C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic (subscription link). Of particular interest, he left no doubt about the organization's intention to seek roster improvements over the next few weeks.
"We'll look and see what we can do to make us better, which would put us in the buyers category," Williams says. "We feel that we are in the thickness of the competition so we think it is important to see what we can do to improve the club," he continued.
The Reds have been much better since a horrible start to the season. But they do not look like a typical challenger at 41
It is reasonable for Reds to continue to press under the circumstances. They differed with a certain prospectus capital for closer improvements during the winter. While everything has not gone according to plan, the club has little reason to pull out of the race now with a sale that would probably not correspond to as much future value.
That's not to say that the Cincinnati front office refers to an all-in strategy. Williams says the club will not "focus exclusively on this year, but we will look for if we find deals that make us better." With a desire to improve the club's prospects now and in the near future, it seems that Williams and his staff will be most fascinated by controllable goals. (That being said, he does not completely rule out the possibility of limited rental acquisition efforts.)
If Redsna is in it to win it, it seems NL Central has five buy-side clubs. The pirates could still swing, or at least consider offers that enhance their future prospects without stripping too much immediate roster talent. But they will not be true sellers if they stay within a few games at a pace. A quick turn from Cincinnati org or one of its competitors could still change math, but it seems likely that the whole package will remain in the hunt.
It is fascinating to consider how this dynamics will shape the market. For one thing, most if not all potential rental targets on these boxes will not be added to sales. Although most of the law only works as restricted buyers, everyone will probably look at adding assets. It will dispel the overall market development quite a lot – especially if the NL Central Act engages in any direct contact competition or hot water preparation with its inter-division competitors.