3 Players the Reds Could Move Prior to the MLB Trade Deadline
By Zach Brunner
With the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline quickly approaching, the Cincinnati Reds look like they could be sellers. With a 41-46 record at the All-Star break, the Reds are 4.5 games out in the both the NL Central and the Wild Card race. However, they have four teams to leapfrog in the division and seven in the Wild Card, so it'll be no easy task for them to make the 2019 MLB postseason.
If Cincinnati ends up being a seller, here are three players that they could move before the end of the month.
1. Raisel Iglesias, Relief Pitcher
Back in May, Raisel Iglesias complained about the Reds organization, saying he has been used "horribly wrong." If the Cincinnati closer is unhappy, the Reds best move might be to ship him to a contender. While Iglesias has recorded 16 saves in 18 chances, he's sporting a career-worst 4.06 ERA and 1.38 WHIP as a reliever. A change of scenery could be best for Iglesias and give a playoff team a big arm out of the bullpen.
2. Tanner Roark, Starting Pitcher
Tanner Roark is on a one-year, $10 million contract, making him an ideal trade asset near the deadline. After posting an ERA above 4.00 in his last two seasons in Washington, Roark is currently pitching to a 3.51 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings pitched in his first season with the Reds. He's arguably the most likely player to be traded, and should also be the easiest to move as he'll only cost a contender a mid-level prospect in the potential swap.
3. Jose Peraza, Second Base/Shortstop
Jose Peraza is the exact type of player that MLB playoff contenders look to trade for at the deadline. He can play multiple positions defensively (2B, SS, OF) and can steal a base – he's 75-for-103 in his career. Peraza's versatility and that he's arbitration eligible next season makes him a nice trade chip, if the Reds end up being sellers at the July 31 trade deadline.
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