WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty watches batting practice before a game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
"We’d like to upgrade leadoff, cleanup and the bench — and if we can — help our pitching a little bit," he said.
"I’m not sure if any of it is possible. But that’s what we’re trying to do."
With that tight of a race any improvements could make the difference, but Jocketty admitted that it’s likely to be a seller’s market. With the second Wild Card in play, there are only 10 teams who sit more than five games out of a playoff position.
At Red Reporter, other players who fit the team's needs and could become available were offered up. Among the additional names discussed were David DeJesus, Reed Johnson and Jason Bourgeois.
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