Cincinnati Reds: 3 players who could be gone by the trade deadline

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 09: Matt Kemp #27 of the Cincinnati Reds is seen before the game against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park on April 9, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 09: Matt Kemp #27 of the Cincinnati Reds is seen before the game against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park on April 9, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – MARCH 28: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cincinnati Reds licks his bat after a foul ball during the second inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Opening Day between the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on March 28, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /

A slow start to the season already has some fans ready to quit on this year’s Cincinnati Reds team. If the losing continues, which 3 players will be gone when the trade deadline rolls around?

The Cincinnati Reds won their first game of the season and then went on an eight-game losing streak. While we as fans always try to support our team, the Reds recent track record doesn’t instill a lot of confidence in the fanbase. If the Reds continue to come up short, they’ll no doubt be sellers at the trade deadline. Who’s most likely to be shipped elsewhere?

Even before the season started, there were whispers. What if this doesn’t work? So far, the Reds have gotten out of the gates rather slowly. With nine free agents on this year’s roster, if the team is out of the playoff hunt come June, there’s plenty of players that other teams would love to pick up.

The question would come down to value. Last year, the Cincinnati Reds had the opportunity to trade both Billy Hamilton and Matt Harvey and failed to do so. Hamilton was non-tendered and is now with the Kansas City Royals, while Harvey signed a free agent deal this winter with the Los Angeles Angels.

If the Reds are in a similar situation later this summer, hopefully the organization will not stand idly by and fail to get at least something for a player that’s likely to leave via free agency. Even securing an Advanced-A level prospect is better than letting a player go for nothing.

So, while we all hope that the Cincinnati Reds are in contention this summer, they’ve dug themselves a hole early on. If they fail to get out, they’re destined to be sellers come mid-to-late July. Who are the three most likely players to be gone by the trade deadline?