Reds: 3 trade proposals with the Yankees involving Tyler Naquin

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 18: Tyler Naquin #12 of the Cincinnati Reds bats. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 18: Tyler Naquin #12 of the Cincinnati Reds bats. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Naquin #12 of the Cincinnati Reds.
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 26: Tyler Naquin #12 of the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

2. Reds trade Tyler Naquin and others to Yankees for low-level prospects

If the Cincinnati Reds are more concerned about the future than the present, then perhaps Nick Krall and Brian Cashman can work out a deal that benefits the New York Yankees immediately, but the Redlegs won’t see the reward for a couple years down the road.

This trade proposal will again involve Tyler Naquin, who is one of the more attractive assets. But instead of just adding Naquin, maybe Krall can sweeten the pot with the likes of right-hander Jeff Hoffman and outfield prospect TJ Friedl.

Hoffman, who’s currently on the 10-day IL, was involved in a trade earlier this season; one that saw Cincinnati send right-hander Robert Stephenson to Colorado. Hoffman had underperformed as a starter during his previous two outings, but could add value to New York in short spurts out of the bullpen.

As for Friedl, he’s got talent, but it’s hard to see him cracking the Reds lineup this season. The left-handed hitting outfielder would give the Yanks a consolation prize if Naquin fails to impress. Friedl is currently in Triple-A and is capable of fielding all three outfield positions. Friedl’s speed and defense are his calling cards.

As for a return, how about three mid-level prospects from the Yankees? Cincinnati could secure the services of right-handers Matt Sauer, Glenn Otto, and Beck Way. All three are at least one, if not two years away from the big leagues, meaning Kyle Boddy and the Reds minor league coaches will have plenty of time to develop them into potential major league pitchers.