Down to just Jonny Gomes and Drew Stubbs, the Reds threw Miguel Cairo into right field for the Reds/Pirates showdown after Chris Heisey was scratched. Jay Bruce has been out since August 30 with side pain while Jim Edmonds was recently activated -- to his surprise -- to serve in a pinch if needed.
“I’ve got my fingers crossed that something’s gonna happen,” manager Dusty Baker told the Cincinnati Enquirer on finding outfield help from outside of the organization.
"You know [GM] Walt [Jocketty] is working on contacting a lot of different teams, even though that person wouldn’t be eligible for the playoffs. You’ve seen a lot of times, somebody helps you get there."
To be eligible for the postseason, a player must be in the club's organization on August 31. So as Baker referenced, any acquisition could not help the team in October. While the Reds largely have the Central sewn up, it's not over 'til it's over (to paraphrase Yogi Berra) and there's still the matter of having enough players to run out a lineup in the waning weeks of the year.
It would stand to reason that down-and-out teams would gladly part with a warm body in exchange for cash considerations or a prospect with an outside chance at future contributions, so bank on a move happening.-- Evan Brunell
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