Cincinnati Reds: Three trade targets as deadline looms

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 02: Daniel Norris #44 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during game two of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 02: Daniel Norris #44 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during game two of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Dick Williams, president of baseball operations talks to the media during the press conference to introduce Shogo Akiyama as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.
CINCINNATI, OHIO – JANUARY 08: Dick Williams, president of baseball operations talks to the media during the press conference to introduce Shogo Akiyama as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Will the Reds make a play for one of these players today?

The 2020 trade deadline is quickly approaching and the Cincinnati Reds have stood pat to this point. In an odd year, we’re likely to see a flurry moves today as several team who are vying for spot in the postseason look to improve their clubs for a stretch run. Will the Reds be one of those teams, and if so, who are they likely to target?

The Reds did the majority of their building over the offseason. The front office added infielder Mike Moustakas, reliever Pedro Strop, starting pitcher Wade Miley and outfielders Shogo Akiyama and Nick Castellanos. With the exception of Castellanos, Cincinnati has not received much of a return on their investment.

Mike Moustakas has been in and out of the lineup, struggling to find some semblance of a rhythm. Akiyama has not adjusted well to the American game, as the left-handed hitting outfielder is slashing just .186/.271/.233 and has yet to see a ball leave the yard.

Pedro Strop was released this past week after appearing in just four games for the Reds, and Wade Miley is on the injured list again. It looks like some reinforcements may be necessary if Cincinnati hopes to compete for a spot in the playoffs. Who might the Reds target as the trade deadline looms?