Cincinnati Reds: 3 reasons to avoid trading for Blake Snell

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 21: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays is taken out of the game. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 21: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays is taken out of the game. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Luis Castillo #58 and Sonny Gray #54 of the Cincinnati Reds during the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.
CLEVELAND, OHIO – JULY 09: Luis Castillo #58 and Sonny Gray #54 of the Cincinnati Reds during the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

3. The Reds already have an imposing starting rotation.

It seems odd, doesn’t it? The Cincinnati Reds are likely to lose 40% of their starting rotation from the 2020 season, and yet, they’re still likely to be one of the most formidable forces in the National League. While Trevor Bauer took home the Cy Young this season, both Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo have the ability to do the same in 2021.

Regardless of where Trevor Bauer ends up in 2021, the Reds starting rotation will still be strong. Gray and Castillo are returning, as is Tyler Mahle. The right-hander proved his worth this past season and looks to be on track to finally reaching his potential as a solid piece in the middle of the Cincinnati starting rotation.

While I’m not overly excited about Wade Miley getting a second chance, the southpaw is likely to be the No. 4 starter heading into the season. If Miley can stay healthy and locate his pitches, he can be a solid contributor next season.

The fifth spot in the rotation is a toss-up between former starter Michael Lorenzen and rookie surprise Tejay Antone. Both figure to be in the mix for the No. 5 spot in the Reds rotation. Former No. 7 overall pick Nick Lodolo will also get his shot, as will highly-touted prospect Tony Santillan. Cincinnati has great depth in the pitching department.

Next. 3 players CIN wishes was still on the roster

The same cannot be said about the team’s hitting. The Cincinnati Reds offense was not very good at all last season, and if the Reds want to make a blockbuster trade this offseason it should be for the services of Francisco Lindor or Trevor Story. Adding one of those prominent shortstops would indirectly help out the pitching staff.