The Cincinnati Reds have been one of MLB's worst teams throughout the 2022 season. Even though the campaign is far from over, there's little reason to believe that Cincinnati can turn things around.
The Reds currently sit 13 games back of the NL Central lead, as well as 13.5 from the National League's second wild card spot. That's just too much of a deficit to overcome, positioning the club as a probable seller ahead of this year's trade deadline.
The MLB trade deadline is August 2, and these three Reds are the most likely to be moved before the first week in August.
Reds Trade Rumors
1. Tyler Mahle, SP
Tyler Mahle has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, which should garner him a lot of attention before the deadline. While he's 0-1 in six starts over the last four weeks, the 27-year-old has pitched to a 3.08 ERA and 1.000 WHIP over 38 innings. The injury bug has ravaged several teams' starting rotations and Mahle is the perfect player to fill in any gaps. He's yet to make a postseason appearance in his six-year career, but that's negligible if he can keep up his current play. Plus, he's arbitration-eligible until the end of 2024.
2. Tyler Naquin, OF
Any playoff-bound team looking to add some outfield depth should give Tyler Naquin some consideration. The 31-year-old veteran has been batting worse in 2022 (.255) compared to his career average (.271), but he's still managed to record five home runs and 22 RBIs in 137 at-bats. He was also a part of the Cleveland Guardians' 2016 World Series appearance and even though Naquin didn't play well during that run, it was still a valuable experience. Throw in the fact that he has 1,400-plus innings played at each outfield position and it's hard not to see why a contending would like him. Naquin is currently sidelined with a quadriceps strain but could be back next week, meaning the issue isn't much of a concern.
3. Hunter Strickland, RP
After an impressive 2021 MLB campaign with three different teams, Hunter Strickland has struggled this year. He's 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in 22.0 IP over 24 games, making him a prime trade candidate. Even if his numbers aren't sexy, any inquiring team could believe that a change in scenery can turn the 33-year-old's season around. After all, Strickland proved that he could be an effective pitcher after he landed on the Milwaukee Brewers last year, pitching to a 1.73 ERA in 35 relief appearances. Perhaps leaving the basement-dwelling Reds can help him get back to that level, making him a worthwhile target for a club looking for veteran bullpen experience.
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