Red president of baseball operations, Dick Williams, spoke with several elements of the club's trading term with K. Athletic, K. Trent of Rocks. Of particular significance, he left no doubt about the organization's intention to seek improvements in the list over the next few weeks.
"We'll look around to see what we can do to make us better, which will put us in a buyer category," says Williams. "We feel we are in the heat of the race, so we think it is important to see what we can do to improve the club," he explained.
The reds were much better than the terrible start of the season. But they do not look like a typical 41-46 contender. Fortunately, they are far from buried because of the failure of any of NL Central's rivals to withdraw from the pack. Entering today in the game, only 4.5 games separated Cincinnati-winning club from the bearish pace. (The second-place team in NL West faces three times the deficit.)
It is wise for the reds to continue to press in these circumstances. They parted with some promising capital for short-term improvements in the winter. While everything has not gone ahead, the club has little reason to withdraw from the race now with a sale that will probably not clear that whole future value.
This does not mean that the Cincinnati front of the office intends to use everything. Williams says the club will not focus exclusively on this year, but we will be looking to see if we can find deals that will make us better. With determination to improve the club's prospects now and in the near future, it seems that its staff will be most intrigued by controllable goals. (That said, he did not entirely exclude the possibility of limited renting efforts.)
If the reds are in it to win it, then it seems that NL Central will have five clubs to buy. Pirates could still revolve, or at least consider deals that improve their future prospects without releasing too many immediate talents from the list. But they will not be real sellers if they stay within a few games of the pace. A quick turnaround from Cincinnati org or one of its competitors may still change math, but it seems likely that the full package will remain in the pursuit.
It is charming to consider how this dynamics will shape the market. On the one hand, most of the potential rental targets for these lists will not be offered for sale. Even if most of the teams work only as limited buyers, they will probably be looking for assets. This will very little distort the overall development of the market ̵