CINCINNATI, Oh. (WYMT) - Major League Baseball's no waiver trade deadline is now past and the Cincinnati Reds, along with many teams staying relatively quiet.
There were several players on the Reds' radar but General Manager Walt Jocketty says talks were as slow as any trade deadline he can remember, and for whatever reason teams were just not willing to part with their players.
"I think for a number of reasons. I think number one, there are still a few teams that are in (the playoff race)," says Jocketty. "A lot of teams that may not necessarily be in the race felt it was important to hold on to their guys because for one reason or another, it was a guy who has an influence on the club or they got to try and help them win games. It's just harder and harder to make deals. Plus, a lot of guys are being signed to multi-year deals so they're not available at the trade deadline."
The Reds are off Thursday and in the NL Central standings, they remain in third place, six games behind the division-leading Pittsburgh Pirates who have the best record in all of baseball at 65-42. The St. Louis Cardinals are in second place, two and a half games behind Pittsburgh and three and a half games ahead of Cincinnati. The Cards and Pirates wrap up their series Thursday night, and tomorrow the Cardinals come to Cincinnati for a big weekend three game series.