The sky is gray, leaves are falling, and the stove is hot.
This seems like an opportunity the Reds should look in to. The problem is: What could the Reds offer?
- The Rays are buried under contracts for Overbay (through '10!) and Glaus ('08), so they can't use Hatte, Votto or EdE, even though they would be upgrades.
- They certainly don't need any of the outfielders Cinci could/should offer, with Rios/Wells/Lind there now.
- They also don't seem to need a crappy catcher or two.
In my mind, the Reds should identify the couple of players who are absolutely, positively untradable (Dunn if they think they can sign him long term, Harang, Bruce, maybe Bailey), and call every team that says "X would be available in the right package". They should have already called about Lincecum and Santana; nothing is likely to come of it, but it only costs a few minutes and a phone call. The worst they can do is say "No."