With a 20-25 record as of May 24, the Cincinnati Reds probably wish that they could have a restart on the season. They trail the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals by 5.5 games, which might already be too much to overcome. This team is also 3-7 in their last 10 games and appear to keep falling in the standings. With that being said, it wouldn't be surprising to see Cincinnati as sellers by the trade deadline.
Here's a look at three Reds players who are most likely to be traded by the MLB trade deadline in July.
Cincinnati Reds Trade Rumors
1. Sean Doolittle, RP
A two-time All-Star, Sean Doolittle would be a valuable addition for any contending team looking to bolster their bullpen. The 34-year-old veteran currently has a 3-0 record and a 4.15 ERA through 17.1 innings pitched. Not only is he valuable on the field, but Doolittle could also help a new team off the field. After all, he was one of the relievers who helped the Washington Nationals win the 2019 World Series, so there's the possibility that he could pass that experience down to a new group of players. He'll also be a free agent at the end of the season, which should make him an affordable asset to acquire.
2. Joey Votto, 1B
Joey Votto could be a potentially very hot commodity heading into the trade deadline. He's been a prolific power threat for the past 15 years and adds serious power potential for a left-handed bat. If any World Series contender is looking to add more left-handed hitting, they will consider trading for Votto. He is in the middle of a large $25 million per year contract with the Reds, so this will be difficult for teams to swallow. However, if the Reds are willing to eat some of that contract in trade for prospects - then a deal could definitely happen. Votto is hitting .226/.305/.425 with 5 home runs and 17 RBIs this season, while owning 300 home runs throughout his career.
3. Tyler Naquin, OF
Tyle Naquin signed with the Reds this past offseason for cheap, and it looks to be a great decision for his career arc. He's 30-years-old off to one of the hottest starts in his career. That includes a .252/.331/.519 slashing line with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs. If Naquin continues this production, he'll likely grab a more stable contract in next year's offseason. With this production, the Reds could definitely flip the outfielder to a contender for prospects. Naquin can play any spot in the outfield and adding a World Series title to his resume would do wonders for his next contract.
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