We’re just over two days away from the 6 p.m. ET trade deadline on Tuesday night. The Cincinnati Reds have already dealt with Tyler Naquin and Luis Castillo and there are likely more to come.
By all accounts, the Reds were universally praised for the return they received by trading Castillo for the Seattle Mariners. Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo are both highly rated prospects. Cincinnati also received two pitching prospects.
For Naquin, the return was a little light. But the New York Mets, not just any team for that matter, weren’t going to give up some high-profile prospects for a “rental” outfielder like Naquin.
But it looks like the Reds aren’t done yet. Cincinnati has talented players who are rumored to be on the move, and as the deadline approaches, teams tend to get more desperate. Who are the Cincinnati Reds’ three most wanted trade candidates?
Donovan Solano went from IL to a trade chip for the Cincinnati Reds in the span of about a month. Solano had been out for over two months with a hamstring injury but since returning to the Reds’ lineup the 34-year-old has been quite productive.
Donnie Barrels has less than 100 at-bats, but an OPS of .840. Solano has always been very productive against left-handed pitchers, so any team looking for a right-handed bat would definitely give Reds general manager Nick Krall a shot.
Solano signed a one-year/$4.5 million contract with Cincinnati in the offseason. The veteran infielder was supposed to form a squad with former Pirates infielder Colin Moran. But Moran’s lack of production and Brandon Drury’s All-Star-level performance saw those roles get a bit mixed up.
Donovan Solano is a pro of pros, so it wouldn’t be upsetting at all if the Reds retained his services until the end of the season. However, there’s probably a team or two that would like to acquire his bat for the stretch run and Cincinnati might be able to nab a low-level prospect as part of a comeback.