The Reds could land three very good prospects.
Cincinnati could use Sonny Gray’s value to land some very good young talent as well. The Reds farm system has been decimated over the past few years as the team has traded away such players as Jeter Downs, Josiah Gray, Shed Long, Stuart Fairchild, and Taylor Trammell. Adding some young talent from the Angels would surely help replenish the farm system.
Cincinnati could swap Sonny Gray for the trio of Reid Detmers, Jordyn Adams, and Chris Rodriguez. All three are currently ranked in the Top 10 of the Angels system according to MLB Pipeline. Detmers was the Angels first-round pick in last year’s draft and is an advanced left-handed arm that could compete for the starting rotation in 2021.
Rodriguez is the Angels’ fourth-round selection from the 2016 MLB Draft. The right-hander is just 22-years old, but has suffered some injuries in his young career. However, he appears to be on the road to recovery and has the potential to be a frontline starting pitcher in the majors.
Adams, the Angels’ first-round pick in 2018, is still in the early development stage of his career, but the 21-year-old has blazing speed. Adams has also been adept at recognizing pitches, though he still refining his swing.
Reds fans would not want to hear the term “rebuilding”, but that’s what this type of move would indicate. However, the return for Gray would be tremendous and Nick Krall would at least have to consider this type of offer.