The Cincinnati Reds expected to be a an underwhelming team in 2022. The team had a fire-sale over the offseason that saw them trade players such as Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suarez, and Sonny Gray. The Reds never had any intentions of competing in 2022. And they are expected to be sellers at the 2022 MLB trade deadline.
Cincinnati has a plethora of players they may trade. But today, we are taking a look at the 4 players the Reds need to trade this season.
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4 players Reds must trade ahead of 2022 MLB trade deadline
At 29 years old, Brandon Drury is enjoying a breakout season. The versatile infielder/outfielder has already set a personal-best in home runs with 17. He also owns an .851 OPS. And his ability to play multiple positions will catch potential suitors' attention ahead of the trade deadline.
And at 29 years old, he isn't going to a part of the Reds rebuilding plan. So Cincinnati needs to capitalize on his current value and trade Brandon Drury.
Unfortunately for Cincinnati, Tyler Mahle isn't having the best year. But he's posted an ERA in the mid 3's over the past two seasons. So teams should still be interested based on his track record. Mahle is also just 27 years old.
The right-hander currently has an ERA approaching 4.50 to go along with a 1.30 WHIP. He still gets quite a few strikeouts, but walks have been an issue at times.
The Reds may not get a massive return for Mahle, but he still should net them a decent profit. If Mahle can pitch well during the remainder of July that would boost his trade value as well.
Outfielder Tommy Pham inked a one-year deal with the Reds prior to the 2022 campaign. The signing was odd given the state of the Reds organization. But after thinking about it, this deal actually made a ton of sense.
Pham was coming off of a down season that saw him hit under .230. He did hit 15 home runs and steal 14 bases, but Pham wanted to prove he had more in the tank. And at 34 years old, any multi-year deal may be his last chance to make good money. So reestablishing himself in a hitter-friendly park such as Great American Ballpark made sense.
As for the Reds, signing a player such as Tommy Pham and trading him ahead of the 2022 MLB trade deadline also made sense. Cincinnati took a chance on the veteran hoping he would produce solid results. As of this story's publication, he is slashing .253/.342/.418 with 11 home runs 7 stolen bases.
Those numbers will entice teams seeking outfielders on the trade market.
Luis Castillo is expected to be arguably the most sought after trade candidate ahead of the deadline.
Castillo is amongst the best pitchers in baseball when at the top of his game. The 29-year old right-hander currently owns a 3.09 ERA. He is also holding opposing hitters to a lowly .213 batting average. Castillo features a quality fastball to go along with a devastating change-up.
He has only posted an ERA over 4 once in his 6-year career despite pitching at a hitter-friendly park. So between Luis Castillo's track record and 2022 performance, the Reds are going to receive plenty of trade value for the star pitcher.
Castillo is going to be linked to a significant number of teams over the next month. And I would be shocked if Cincinnati does not trade him.