Reds: 4 trade proposals with the Tigers to improve the bullpen

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 19: Jose Cisnero #67 of the Detroit Tigers . (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 19: Jose Cisnero #67 of the Detroit Tigers . (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /
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Jose Cisnero #67 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during a game. Could the Reds land Cisnero in a trade?
CLEVELAND, OHIO – APRIL 11: Jose Cisnero #67 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during a game. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

3. The Reds and Tigers could work out a trade for Jose Cisnero and prospects.

Let’s take a look at a trade proposal that could be mutually beneficial for both the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers. Jose Cisnero is currently on a one-year/$970K contract and is under team-control for two more seasons. The right-hander has a 30.3% strikeout-rate this season with 35 punch outs in 26.2 innings of work.

While the aforementioned deals for Daniel Norris and Joe Jimenez would be essentially trying to capture lightning in a bottle, dealing for Cisnero could be an impact trade that would certainly move the needle and give David Bell a much needed addition to the Cincinnati bullpen.

However, the Reds could also make a bold play and try to secure a few more arms as well. With Detroit looking to the future and Cincinnati looking at the present, the two teams could add a few more names to this trade deal that could see both squads benefit.

Would the Tigers be willing to part with former first-round pick Beau Burrows. No longer in the team’s long-term plans to be part of the starting rotation, the right-hander could be an additional arm in the Cincinnati pen. Burrows has two minor league options remaining, and he could be nice project for Kyle Boddy and pitching coach Derek Johnson.

In addition, perhaps the Tigers could also throw in reliever Bryan Garcia. The 26-year-old is 1-1 on the season with a 4.70 ERA. Garcia does not even become arbitration eligible until 2023. The right-hander could carve out some sort of role in Cincinnati’s bullpen.

In return, the Reds may have to give up on some of their better prospects. Christian Roa comes to mind. The former second-round pick is an advanced arm that Detroit could add to their minor league stable. Cincinnati has a lot of depth at the position, and sacrificing a possible starter for immediate bullpen help may be necessary.

In addition, the Reds could throw in the duo of Bren Spillane and Debby Santana. Both are power-hitting corner outfielders, currently in the lower level of Cincinnati’s farm system. Spillane and Santana may both find their way into a corner outfield role in the future, but if the Reds want to shore up their bullpen, it may cost them some of their better minor league talent.