Cincinnati Reds: 5 potential trade chips ahead of the MLB trade deadline

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CINCINNATI, OHIO – JUNE 18: Josh VanMeter #17 of the Cincinnati Reds is hit by a pitch in the 8th inning against the Houston Astros at Great American Ball Park on June 18, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds are said to be buyers as the MLB trade deadline looms. With so many talented prospects in the Reds’ farm system, who could be on the move?

President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams has classified the Cincinnati Reds as buyers with the July 31st trade deadline quickly approaching. If that’s true, which Reds’ prospects or minor leaguers might other general managers and front office executives have their eyes on?

During an interview with C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic, Williams said the Reds were “in the buyer category”. Williams told Mark Sheldon of that the Reds would be looking for “players that would help us in a window, not just this year.” If Cincinnati is looking for a controllable hitter or pitcher, it’s going to cost them a pretty penny.

The Cincinnati Reds have a done a good job lately stock piling assets. Five straight losing seasons will help in that regard. Their farm system is ranked in the Top 10 of all Major League Baseball. If Williams, Nick Krall, and the Reds front office truly want to be buyers at the deadline, some of those assets may be on the move.

The Reds have three players listed in the Top 100 prospects according to MLB Pipeline. None of those three players are yet ready for The Show, but their potential is through the roof. Would Cincinnati be willing to part with some of their top-end prospects? That all depends on what they could snag in return. Let’s check out 5 potential trade chips who could be on the move before July 31st.

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