Reds: 3 potential trade packages for injury-riddled New York Mets

CINCINNATI, OHIO - MAY 21: Tyler Naquin #12 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a home run. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - MAY 21: Tyler Naquin #12 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a home run. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds in action.
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 10: Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds in action. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

3. Reds send Nick Senzel to the Mets for two talented arms.

Nick Senzel is a great player, when he’s healthy. The problem of late has been Senzel’s ability to stay on the field. The 25-year-old is currently nursing a knee injury, but it’s assumed to be minor and the former first-round pick is expected back on the field very soon. Would Cincinnati really part with their former top prospect?

Senzel’s development, in my opinion, has been slowed by more than just injuries. The Reds management turned Senzel from a talented third baseman into a serviceable centerfielder. That position change, along with changing his swing back in 2019, really hampered his ascension.

So far this season, the Reds have shuffled Nick Senzel all over the field. He’s seen time at second base, third base, and center field. The Mets would be taking a risk, adding a player who’s suffered through his fair share of injuries over the years, but there’s a ton of upside if Senzel can stay healthy.

Speaking of upside, the Cincinnati Reds could ask for solid return should they deem Senzel expendable. With several young outfielders and a bevy of third basemen in the minor leagues, Nick Krall and the Reds front office should turn their attention toward two of New York’s top pitching prospects.

Both Matt Allan and J.T. Ginn are considered by many to by two to three years away from their big league debut, but as the old saying goes, you can never have enough pitching. Allan was the Mets’ third-round pick in 2019 and has a heater that can sit in the mid-to-upper 90s. Ginn played college ball for Texas A&M, but is coming off Tommy John surgery. Both could be key rotation pieces in the future.

Next. Reds will struggle to Garcia in the minors

The fear of trading Nick Senzel is that he finally puts together a season worthy of his high draft position, and the Reds would then appear foolish for giving up on him. The other side of the coin sees the former No. 2 overall pick sustain another devastating injury, miss several months of time, and see his trade value all but disappear. It’s a difficult sell, but it could net the Reds some talented prospects in return.