The Cincinnati Reds have made several trades over the years. What are the 15 greatest deadline deals the Reds have ever made in the team’s history?
The Cincinnati Reds have one of the most storied franchises in all of baseball. Along the way to their 15 playoff appearances, 10 National League pennants and five World Series Championships, the Reds made several deadline deals in order to improve their odds of making a playoff push, or to build for the future. What are the 15 greatest deadline deals the Reds have ever made?
Reds’ owner Bill DeWitt may go down in history as the orchestrator of the worst trade in MLB history. Before the 1966 MLB season, DeWitt traded Frank Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles for two pitchers and an outfielder. Robinson went on win the Triple Crown and the AL MVP that season en route to a World Championship.
Of course, the Reds have executed some great trades over the years as well. While the Houston Astros were considered the beneficiary at the time, Cincinnati’s deal with Houston that brought Joe Morgan and César Geronimo to the Reds turned out to be one of the biggest trades in the history of the game. It would help bring two World Series titles to the Queen City.
While those trades might not qualify as a deadline deals, the Reds have certainly made their fair share of trades in June and July that have helped shape the team’s chances to make a playoff push or acquire some minor league talent that may help them several years down the road. Let’s look back at the 15 greatest deadline deals in Reds’ history.