Evaluating the Cincinnati Reds’ options at the trade deadline

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Jesse Winker has led the Reds into a trade deadline dilemma. Photo from Yahoo.

Reds trade rumors 2021 are bubbling along ahead of the MLB trade deadline. This is a team which could go in either direction at the deadline. They have assets to flip. They have young talent to turn into veteran help if they fancy a run at the National League Central.

Cincinnati is bound to feature in trade deadline predictions, and for good reason. Players like Jesse Winker and Nicholas Castellanos would be among the best on the market if made available. The Reds also have notable holes in their roster, which makes them an easy team to speculate about.

Reds trade rumors 2021

Sitting 24th in team ERA, the Reds need arms. If they are going to buy, it will have to be pitching, and their rotation struggles have been amplified by Sonny Gray missing multiple starts. Reds fans will hope Luis Castillo‘s strong outing on June 15th is a sign of things to come.

Unfortunately, it’s not as straight forward as landing a starter or two. The bullpen has been brutal. No team has given up more runs from the ‘pen.

Some of this is the Great American Ball Park factor. It’s a hitters’ paradise. As such, it’s not surprising to see the Reds sitting third in runs per game, with Winker and Castellanos both locked into the All-Star roster.

If Reds trade rumors 2021 swing towards winning now, though, a bat might be of value. Eugenio Suarez is having a rough year, and Shogo Akiyama has not hit at all. The offense hardly needs a revamp, but a utility player could be of worth.

Reds trade targets

Jose Berrios is going to be a man in demand at the deadline. So many teams need starting pitching help. The Twins have fallen out of contention already, and while they may not be desperate to flip Berrios, he could prove a valuable piece. It’s hard to know what a fair deal would look like at this stage, but Minnesota might be looking for players who can help right away.


It has become a necessity to mention Jon Gray and German Marquez for teams like the Reds. No one knows what the Rockies will do. Colorado should sell, and if they do, Gray and Marquez are good candidates to help out this Reds staff. The hard-throwing Daniel Bard and Mychal Givens are worth calling about, too.

With another year of team control, the Nationals aren’t going to be in a rush to move Joe Ross. He’s an interesting trade candidate. The stuff is there – would the Reds take a chance on him?

Over in the American League, there are bullpen options aplenty. Kendall Graveman is a standout for the Mariners, while the Kansas City Royals might be tempted into a deal. Perhaps the Orioles would let Paul Fry or Tanner Scott go.

Landing a hitter is trickier. Aside from a blockbuster for Joey Gallo, it’s probably best to look to bench players or even those lighting up the minors. Gallo’s Rangers teammate Brock Holt could be of use to cover every defensive position.

These Reds trade targets are working on the assumption they will be buyers. Their results over the coming weeks could change that, of course, but this is a roster which can push for the division title, and the front office shouldn’t miss that opportunity, particularly Joey Votto heating up.

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