Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams chatted on several elements of trading strategy at the club's end in C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic (subscription link). In particular, he no longer doubts the organization's intention to seek roster improvements over the next few weeks.
"We looked around to see what we could do to make us better, which put us in the consumer category," Williams said. "We feel we are in a big race so we think it's important to see what we can do to improve the club," he continued to explain.
The Reds are better because of a terrible start at the time. But they do not look like a typical opponent in 41-46. Fortunately, they are away from being buried because of the failure of any NL Central Rival to pull away from the pack. Entering play today, only 4.5 games separates the Cincinnati club living under the ground from the Cubs-setting Cubs. (The second place in the NL West team has three times the deficit.)
It's good for Reds to keep pressing under the circumstances. They have shared some capital expectations for near-term winter improvements. While everything is not gone according to the plan, the club has little reason to pull off the race now with a sell-off that probably will not net all that much in the future.
Not to say that the front of Cincinnati The office wants an all-in strategy. Williams said the club did not "focus exclusively this year, but we look to see if we find deals that make us better." With a determination to improve the perspective of the club today and in the near future, it seems that Williams and his staff will be most interested by controlling targets. (He said he did not completely lead the possibilities of limited lease rental efforts.)
If the Reds are in it to win it, it seems that NL Central will have five buy-side clubs . The Pirates may still pivot, or at least consider the deals to improve their future views without scraping too much immediate talent from the roster. But they will not be the real seller if they stay within some speed game. The quick turn from Cincinnati org or one of its competitors can still change math, but it appears that the whole pack will remain in the pursuit.
It's fascinating to consider the ways in which it is dynamic in the shape of the market. For one thing, most if not all potential rental targets for rosters will not be built for sale. Although most teams operate only as limited buyers, everyone can look at adding assets. That's a bit of a general development of the market a bit ̵