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Cincinnati Reds: Three trade packages for Amed Rosario

Sep 3, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) throws out New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) throws out New York Yankees right fielder Clint Frazier. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a triple.
Mar 9, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a triple. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Reds are rumored to be interested in Indians shortstop Amed Rosario.

As the calendar readies to turn to February, the Cincinnati Reds have yet to address the void at shortstop. However, the latest rumors suggest that Cincinnati is interested possibly swinging a trade for Cleveland Indians shortstop Amed Rosario. What would it take for the Reds to pry Rosario away from the Tribe?

Rosario, as recently as early-January, was a member of the New York Mets. However, on January 7th, the Mets dealt Rosario, along with Andrés Giménez, Josh Wolf, and Isaiah Greene to the Indians in exchange for All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco.

After signing Cesar Hernandez, the Indians could make Rosario expendable, rolling with a middle infield of Hernandez and the highly-touted youngster Giménez. After watching Marcus Semien, Andrelton Simmons, and Freddy Galvis sign one-year deals earlier this week, Didi Gregorius is the lone free agent shortstop remaining.

Gregorius is reportedly looking for a multiyear deal with an average annual value of $15M. Rosario’s 2021 salary is $2.4M. With the Reds already showing a desire to slash payroll this offseason, going with the less expensive option seems like a route Nick Krall and the front office would be most likely to take.

So, if the Indians are indeed willing to move Amed Rosario, what would the Reds have to give up? Rosario is under team control for the next three seasons, and while he hasn’t yet lived up to lofty billing thrust upon him as the No. 11-rated prospect in all of baseball back in 2016, according to MLB Pipeline, he represents an upgrade at shortstop for Cincinnati.

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