As the non-waiver trade deadline creeps closer the chance that the Reds do nothing increases.

If that’s the case Reds general manager Walt Jocketty is OK with it.

“We’re not in a position where we feel like we have to do something” he said. “We’re looking at ways to improve the club. But if we can’t make a move that does that we do nothing.”

The Reds are in a unique position as the Thursday 4 p.m. deadline approaches. They should be getting Ryan Ludwick Sean Marshall Jonathan Broxton Ryan Hanigan and Johnny Cueto back from the disabled list at various times.

“Those guys will help us” Jocketty said.

Jocketty continues to try to do something. His top front office people – assistant GM Bob Miller director of scouting and play development Bill Bavasi and special assistants Cam Bonifay and Jerry Walker – are in Los Angeles

“I’ve called a few clubs” Jocketty said. “But it doesn’t seem like much is going on -- at least with the teams I talk to. It generally seems to pick up up the last week. We’re hoping it does. Right now it’s kind of boring.”

The Reds are set at first base second base right field center field and catcher. Third baseman Todd Frazier shortstop Zack Cozart and the left fielders have struggled at times offensively.

For the Reds to make a move at one of those positions the player would have to be a major upgrade over what they have. Take third baseman Michael Young of the Phillies. His name comes up in trade rumors even though the Phillies are reportedly not moving him.

Going into Saturday Young was hitting .278/.344/.404 with seven home runs and 32 RBI. Frazier was hitting .252/.341/.415 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI. Young makes $16 million. Why would the Reds give up prospects to add Young when they’re getting the same offense from Frazier?

And Frazier has come on lately. He was hitting .406 with six doubles and seven RBI over his last nine games going into Saturday.