As of this post’s writing, we’re at 4 1/2 hours until the 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline. It looks like we can just about cross Shane Victorino off of the Reds search for a leadoff guy. My MLB.com colleague Todd Zolecki, and others, are reporting that the Phillies and Dodgers are close to a deal that would send Victorino to L.A.
UPDATE — Victorino is done deal
Last night, 1B Lyle Overbay was designated for assignment by the D-Backs. Overbay, batting .292 this season would fill the perceived need for a left-handed bat off of the bench. But Overbay was in a 2-for-18 funk in July and the Reds seem to be pretty pleased with Xavier Paul at the moment. It probably wouldn’t take much to get Overbay, however.
There have also been reports from Ken Rosenthal that the Reds are talking to the Cubs about Matt Garza. However, Garza is shelved until after the Deadline because of a fluid in his triceps and he’s making $9.5 million this season and third-year arbitration eligible this winter. At 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA this season, would he be a big enough upgrade over what the Reds currently have to give up the prospects or more in return? I don’t think so.