Reds: 3 trade proposals to bring shortstop Trevor Story to Cincinnati

DENVER, CO - MAY 15: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies throws to first base to complete the double play as Nick Castellanos #2 of the Cincinnati Reds slides. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MAY 15: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies throws to first base to complete the double play as Nick Castellanos #2 of the Cincinnati Reds slides. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Tony Santillan #64 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves.
CINCINNATI, OHIO – JUNE 24: Tony Santillan #64 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Brave. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

3. The Reds trade Rece Hinds and Tony Santillan for Trevor Story.

Rece Hinds may be one of the most polarizing prospects in the Cincinnati Reds’ farm system. FanGraphs rates Hinds as the team’s No. 9 overall prospect, while MLB Pipeline views the right-handed hitting slugger as the Reds No. 6-ranked prospect. No matter how much you value the former second-round pick, it’s obvious that Hinds can lunch the ball out of the ballpark.

Hinds is a boom or bust prospect, and it’s not yet known if he’s going to stick at third base or be moved to the outfield, or even first base. The 20-year-old has plus, plus-power, but a ton of swing-and-miss potential exist in that bat. Hinds power might be enough to tempt the Rockies’ front office to engage in a conversation with Nick Krall.

We’ve seen very little from Tony Santillan this season, and the Reds recently announced that they plan to move the right-hander into a bullpen role later this season. But perhaps the Rockies would be interested in Santillan’s services as a potential starter. Santillan has back-of-the-rotation capabilities, and recorded eight punch outs in a game earlier this season.

Would Hinds and Santillan be enough to snag Trevor Story? Possibly. If not, the Reds have several other lower-level prospects like Debby Santana, Yan Contreras, and Noah Davis who could be considered expendable if it means Cincinnati is able to land one of the best shortstops in the game.

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While it may seem like a pipe dream, the opportunity exists for the Cincinnati Reds to make a play for Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story. At 44-40, the team has put themselves in position to have a successful season and win the division. However, a lineup with Story, Jesse Winker, Nick Castellanos, Joey Votto, Jonathan India, and Tyler Stephenson could do more than just win the division.