The non-tender deadline is tonight. By midnight eastern, teams have to promise contracts to every player they want to keep - and who is also under 6 years of MLB service time.
Players are dropping like flies. In some cases, dropping like the flies that they dropped too many of last season.
Here's a short list of guys who might be useful to the Reds:
Rich Hill (RP, Age 33): Could be that second lefty in the bullpen, though his splits aren't that much better against LHB.
Daniel Schlereth (SP, Age 27): Originally came to the Tigers in the Curtis Granderson deal. The Tigers refused to give him a contract, despite the fact that he wasn't even eligible for arbitration yet.. Which meanshis shoulder is probably not OK at all. If he was healthy enough - and saw the appeal of easing back into things as a lefty specialist on a contending team - then he'd be a really interesting one-year contract. He's always held lefties down and his minor league K-rates are pretty nutzoid.
Jeff Karstens (SP, Age 30). AAA SP depth, maybe? Had an injury-riddled 2012. Out of options, so any team giving him a major league deal would prevent Reds from stashing him at AAA.
Jair Jurrjens (SP, Age 27): I dunno, put him in the bullpen? Still too intriguing and unpronounceable to ignore.
Andres Torres (CF, Age 35): Had an All Star-caliber season in 2010. If you buy his defense, Reds could do worse for a CF-capable 4th OF. Switch hitter. No power.
Tom Gorzelanny (RP, Age 30): Another candidate for Brayplacement. Had a nice season out of the Nats' pen last year. Held lefties to a .237/.289/.398 line.