Reds' GM keeping eye out for a hitter

Reds' GM keeping eye out for a hitter

TORONTO -- All is quiet on the trade landscape, while all has been too quiet with the Reds' offensive production.

That has general manager Walt Jocketty keeping an eye out for an additional bat.

"One area where we could improve would be offense," Jocketty said.

The market hasn't heated up in anticipation of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"Not yet. There's not a lot of action going," Jocketty said. "There are too many clubs that feel they're still in it."

The Reds entered Wednesday 15th out of 16 National League teams with a .244 team average and 12th with 291 runs scored. Over the last 18 games, the offense is batting .218.

"We're not scoring runs. We just have to do a better job," Jocketty said. "Last night we scored, but it was at the end of the game and we came up a little short. We need to keep trying to drive in runs during critical situations."

Will the Reds be players on the market to add someone as the deadline gets closer?

"We'll try," Jocketty said. "We can't predict that stuff, but we'll certainly try."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.