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Say hey, baseball: The Reds still aren't shopping Johnny Cueto

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The Reds are 15.5 games out of the NL Central lead, and 7.5 out of a wild card spot, trailing seven teams. Their playoff odds -- and granted, these are just odds -- are 0.6 percent, better than just two teams in the entire league. Technically they still have a shot! All it would take is a ton of offense, amazing pitching and so on. You know, just the stuff they didn't enter the season with, and at the non-mathematical halfway point, still don't have. And yet, they haven't even begun shopping their most significant trade chip, Johnny Cueto, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Cueto is going to end up signing a massive contract, one the Reds just can't afford unless they completely change their pay structure going forward. And why would they? Having Cueto and Joey Votto wasn't enough for them before -- tying up more payroll with older versions of the two of them doesn't seem like it'll work, either. All this makes the delay in moving Cueto questionable, even if the hope was that they would be competing this year, or if they just wanted to make sure Cueto would be in a Reds hat during this year's All-Star Game, which Cincinnati is hosting.

So, maybe we'll see the Reds realize this is the end soon, or, they will stop pretending Cueto isn't available once the All-Star Game is in the rear view. Like with the Phillies and Cole Hamels, Cueto is a major piece of the rebuilding process in Cincinnati. Unlike Hamels, though, Cueto is a free agent at the end of the season, so the Reds can't just keep waiting and waiting. Even a team that delays the inevitable as often as the Reds has to be aware of that, so by July 31, this should all be forgotten about. Right?

  • The U.S. Futures team bested the World Futures team in a 10-1 blowout. U-S-A! U-S-A!

  • Speaking of U.S. relevance on the world stage, World Cup champion and Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe threw out the first pitch Sunday at the Mariners' game against the Angels. The Mariners don't know how to follow an example, though, and now the Angels are in first place out west.

  • Clayton Kershaw replaced Max Scherzer on the National League roster since Scherzer pitched on Sunday. Man, the few Final Vote players who didn't make their way to Cincinnati must feel terrible about themselves.

  • The Futures Game is already behind us, but we've got a schedule of the rest of the All-Star festivities this week for your reference.

  • A 104-year-old Orioles fan threw out the first pitch on Sunday. She didn't reach the plate, but don't worry: The Orioles will trade her to the Cubs for a much worse fan and she'll be throwing strikes in no time.

  • The Pirates came back to beat the Cardinals in extra innings. Again. They're now just 2.5 games back of St. Louis in the Central.

  • It's not like you have any actual baseball to watch today, so check out the top 75 prospects at this midway point of the season.

  • Hey, David Wright is performing baseball-related activities. It's a nice change of pace to hear some good Mets injury news for once.

  • Our favorite dead baseball player with a Twitter account interviewed Molly Knight about her new book on the Dodgers.

  • The actual Home Run Derby is Monday night, but in the meantime, let's watch a dude try to hit homers with random objects instead of baseballs.


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