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Losers of four straight, the Cincinnati Reds enter the All-Star break in a slump and may be looking to make a move heading into the second half of the season. 

The Reds sit only a game ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central standings in what is the tightest race in the National League. 

With their current situation, the Reds will likely be looking to deal to improve the team down the stretch.

2010 is one of the first years in a long time the Reds should be buyers at the trade deadline as opposed to sellers. 

One of the top areas of need for the Reds is the bullpen, as it was a relief pitcher that earned the loss all four games in this past weekend’s sweep at the hands of Philadelphia. 

One area the team has a surplus of talent is their starting pitching. 

With veteran Aaron Harang as well as proven youngsters Edinson Volquez and Homer Bailey about to come of the disabled list and Cuban flamethrower Aroldis Chapman at AAA Louisville, the Reds could use a starter as bait to bring in a reliever. 

One trade option for the Reds would be starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who has pitched well for Cincinnati this year with a record of 9-4 and a 4.04 ERA. 

However, if the Reds hold on to Arroyo into next season they would owe him the $11 million salary his option calls for. 

If they do not trade him, but do not decide to pick up the option for 2011, the Reds would have to pay the $2 million buyout. 

That may a price the Reds are not willing to pay. If that is the case, the Reds could look to trade the veteran who would likely be hot commodity on the market. 

Another option for the Reds would be to temporarily convert one of their extra starters into a reliever for the playoff chase. Volquez and Chapman would likely be the leading candidates if the team decided to go that direction. 

Cincinnati General Manager Walt Jocketty is known for making very good trade deadline deals, like the one he pulled off to acquire Scott Rolen a year ago. 

The one thing that is clear is that the Reds do need to make a deal. A team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 1995 can't sit on its hands while its opponents make themselves better. 

RO137807@ohio.edu - Twitter: @Rob_Ogden

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