The Reds, who want to add a right-handed bat, actually lead the NL in OPS against lefties, with four of their eight regulars — Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Bruce and Todd Frazier — above .800. One problem for the Reds if they want to acquire a bat or a left-handed reliever such as the White Sox’s Matt Thornton: They’ve made a number of successful trades in recent years but thinned out their talent base in the process. The Reds moved lefty Travis Wood to get lefty reliever Sean Marshall, shortstop Didi Gregorius to get outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and catcher Yasmani Grandal and first baseman Yadier Alonso to get righty Mat Latos. Baseball America ranked the Reds 15th in its organizational talent rankings entering the season. — Ken Rosenthal
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