Cincinnati Reds Rumors: Fake Trade Conversation With Astros’ GM Luhnow

By Matt Wilkes

We’re a little over two weeks away from the trade deadline and rumors are starting to pick up with every passing day. The Cincinnati Reds are one of the few teams that could be selling in what looks to be a buyer’s market and according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, the moves could be coming very soon:

Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce, Mike Leake, Aroldis Chapman and Marlon Byrd could all be on the move in the coming weeks, but the first name I mentioned is getting the most attention right now. The Reds’ ace has a number of teams interested in him, including the Astros, Blue Jays, Yankees, Dodgers, Giants and Royals. While it’s been reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney that the Dodgers are viewed by baseball executives as the front-runners for Cueto, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman says that the Astros may have the most interest in the right-hander.

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A trade between the two teams would certainly make sense, as the 49-42 Astros could use another starting pitcher to pair up with AL All-Star starter Dallas Keuchel at the top of their rotation and the team has a plethora of prospects they could offer the Reds.

If Houston isn’t looking to give up as much, Leake could also be a trade target. And what team wouldn’t want Chapman anchoring their bullpen? With the wrist injury to right fielder George Springer that could keep him out until September, the Astros could also have Byrd and Bruce on their radar.

Since the two teams could potentially match up for several different trades, I thought it would be fun to team up with Eric Huysman, editor of Climbing Tal’s Hill, to discuss trades between the Astros and Reds. I’ll role-play as Reds general manager Walt Jocketty while Huysman will act as Astros GM Jeff Luhnow.

You can follow our conversation here:

We’ll update the conversation daily with all the latest news and rumors, so make sure to check back!

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