Trade for Ben Zobrist in July
Jul 11, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) reacts a while looking at dugout after hitting a single in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Coming out of the All-Star break the Reds were an up-and-coming team who had ridden strong pitching into contention, despite an anemic offense. The trade deadline loomed and the timing was perfect to pick up a bat to help in the second half.
Ben Zobrist was one of many who might have helped the Reds, and he was versatile and cheap and young enough for them to have carried him into 2015 and beyond.
Instead, the Reds sat on their hands and watched the season slip away by early August.