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Reds Could Use Tyler Mahle Trade to Unload Burdensome Contract

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Cincinnati Reds are rumored to be considering a Tyler Mahle trade as an opportunity to unload a burdensome contract.
The Cincinnati Reds are rumored to be considering a Tyler Mahle trade as an opportunity to unload a burdensome contract. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

After getting off to putrid 37-59 start, the Cincinnati Reds are all but officially out of postseason contention. Cincinnati will be one of the biggest "sellers" at this next week's trade deadline, and starting pitcher Tyler Mahle has been at the center of the speculation of names to move.

While Mahle's near-imminent departure may sting, there's a belief his trade will allow the Reds to unload a burdensome contract in the process.

ESPN's Jeff Passan recently gave a primer on the trade market for this year's pitchers and discusses Cincinnati's interest in unloading the contract of 33-year-old infielder Mike Moustakas.

Moustakas is owed a combined $34 million between this year and next, before a club option on his $20 million value is scheduled for 2024. Simply put, his .212/.300/.349 and six home runs is something the Reds would be wise to move off of as quickly as possible.

Tyler Mahle Trade Rumors

Passan surveyed sources across baseball, who are seemingly split on Cincinnati drawing a hard-tie between any Mahle trades and Moustakas' contract. According to Passan, "one executive said Cincinnati is focusing on hoarding prospects and would rather eat Moustakas' deal" to not undercut value for Mahle.

However, another source believed the "frenzy for starting pitching" gives Cincinnati a "better opportunity" to make this happen with Moustakas' contract involved.

Only time will tell what the Reds do in the next six days, but there's no doubt that one or two of the current names on the roster will be calling another city home.

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