2. Reds send a mix of major and minor league talent to the Rays.
This one might sting a little more because we’re talking about including some major leauge talent along with some high-level prospects. However, if Cincinnati hopes to keep their farm system somewhat intact, the front office may have to fork over some players they were hoping to be part of the 2021 roster.
Tejay Antone burst onto the scene last season and put together a phenomenal rookie season for the Cincinnati Reds. Antone saw time as a spot starter and in the team’s bullpen and seems poised to be in setup for similar role this season. Weakening the Reds bullpen isn’t ideal, but Cincinnati needs to fill that hole in the infield.
Add to Antone the likes of top prospect Nick Lodolo and the Reds may be able to garner to the Rays attention. Remember, Tampa Bay holds all the cards here. There’s no rush to move Adames, despite top prospect Wander Franco waiting in the wings. The Rays would certainly inquire as the availability of Lodolo after dealing away Blake Snell this winter.
Rece Hinds is a power-hitter without a position. The Reds don’t yet know what direction to go with Hinds, but what they do know is that he can hit the ball a long way. Michael Siani has the ability to win several Gold Gloves as a centerfielder in the near future, but if his bat never catches up to his defense, his ceiling is Billy Hamilton.