Cincinnati Reds: 5 blockbuster trades to consider this offseason

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 5: A Cincinnati Reds players' glove and hat sit on the steps of the dugout. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 5: A Cincinnati Reds players' glove and hat sit on the steps of the dugout. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
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Brandon Marsh #89 of the Los Angeles Angels poses for a photo during Photo Day.
TEMPE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 18: Brandon Marsh #89 of the Los Angeles Angels poses for a photo during Photo Day. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

4. Might the Reds make a deal for the Angels top prospect?

What would it take for the Cincinnati Reds to pry Brandon Marsh away from the Los Angeles Angels? Maybe not as much as you would think. The Angels top prospect is effectively blocked at the major league level by Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Jo Adell. Marsh was a second-round pick of the Angels in 2016.

But why would the Reds want to pick up another outfielder? Have you been watching the Cincinnati Reds play over the past two seasons? It seems while the Reds have a plethora of talented outfielders, not one is able to put it all together. Nick Castellanos might be the most complete outfielder on Cincinnati’s roster, and he can opt out of his contract this winter.

The Nick Senzel experiment in center field has been a giant flop to this point. Senzel’s inability to stay healthy has certainly impacted his transition from the infield dirt to the outfield grass. But, beyond that, adding Shogo Akiyama to the roster last offseason likely ruined any type of confidence Senzel might have had heading into 2020.

I still believe that Senzel can be an elite-level player at the big league level, but to this point he’s not shown he can stay healthy. Adding a player like Marsh would give the Cincinnati Reds a phenomenal upgrade in center field both in the short and long-term. It’d probably cost some good, young pitchers, of which the Reds have many.