"I feel like we have great players on the team, but right now, we're just not getting it done," second baseman Brandon Phillips said. "We have some of the best talent in baseball on one team, but as a team, we're not putting things together. We have to do something to change up the attitude. It can be something small. I love my teammates to death, but we all want to win."
A source told MLB.com that the Reds have balked at the Rockies' high asking price for ace starter Ubaldo Jimenez, which included pitchers Travis Wood and Homer Bailey and either lefty Aroldis Chapman or catching prospect Devin Mesoraco. The belief is the Reds have moved on to Rays starter James Shields, who endured a rocky start Wednesday night -- allowing 10 earned runs on 12 hits in four innings to take a loss against the Athletics.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty is still a buyer on the market looking to add talent.
"I'm sure they're trying. He's one of the best," closer Francisco Cordero said of Jocketty. "I know the job he did with St. Louis, and he put our team together last year that won the division. He's looking for some help, and it won't surprise me between now and Sunday if we make a move and we get people to help the team compete and play better. We're not playing good right now."
Reds manager Dusty Baker is looped in on trade proposals but hasn't noticed the pace picking up yet.
"I hear about it. They ask my opinion on things," Baker said. "I don't have the final say so, but I'm one of the guys that are in on the discussions."
Cordero realizes it can be an unsettling period for a clubhouse approaching the Deadline -- because to bring in talent, it means teammates will likely depart.
"Nobody knew Jonny would go, and he got traded. You have to understand this is business, and you have to be ready for it whenever the time comes," Cordero said. "It's hard to see people go, people you've played with. At the same time, it's going to happen."