With the All-Star break done and over with, the second half of the MLB season is now underway. From now until the end of July, trade rumors will swirl amongst all 30 MLB teams with potential departures or acquisitions. It’s an opportunity for a team to find that final piece to the puzzle to make that playoff run this year or a chance for a team with a desirable player to make a trade for some prospects to build for years to come. Some teams are looking for that short-term boost to win right now. Others are building for the future.
Interestingly enough, the Cincinnati Reds are potentially in a position for both of those scenarios. The Reds have been one of the most exciting teams to watch in 2018, even after a 3-15 start to the season. After releasing Bryan Price of his duties as manager after the first 21 games, the Reds have gone on for a record of 40-39 under interim manager Jim Riggleman, putting Cincinnati at 43-54 on the year. The Reds might be 14 games behind the NL Central Division-leading Chicago Cubs (56-39), but the fourth-place Pittsburgh Pirates have a record of 49-49 and the third-place St. Louis Cardinals have a 49-47 record. It might be a bit of a longshot, but Cincinnati still has a shot to clinch a wild-card berth.
But the question is, are the Reds thinking about making a run for a playoff berth? Or do they want to find pieces for the future? Let’s take a look at a few of the trade options for Cincinnati.