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Reds: Ranking the Top 5 best trade deadline targets

CINCINNATI, OHIO - JULY 20: The Cincinnati Reds celebrate after beating the New York Mets 4-3. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - JULY 20: The Cincinnati Reds celebrate after beating the New York Mets 4-3. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Reds celebrate after beating the New York Mets.
CINCINNATI, OHIO – JULY 20: The Cincinnati Reds celebrate after beating the New York Mets. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Who should be the top trade target for the Cincinnati Reds?

The MLB trade deadline is a little over one week away, and if the Cincinnati Reds are serious about taking home the National League Central Division crown, Nick Krall and the front office are going to have to make some moves prior to next Friday. Which of the potential targets, likely on the trade block, rank among the top five?

Obviously, Cincinnati could use help in their bullpen, so don’t be surprised to see the names of several relief pitchers on this list. However, shortstop has been a position of weakness for the Reds this season as well, and recent struggles on the part of Vladimir Gutierrez and Jeff Hoffman have raised questions about the starting rotation as well.

Still, the most obvious need is a relief pitcher or two. With the likely returns of Lucas Sims and Tejay Antone in the coming weeks, it’s necessary for the team to sell the farm in order to shore up the relief corps. That said, there’s no way the Redlegs are going to be able to make up ground on the Milwaukee Brewers without landing a few reliable relievers.

Looking at some of the trade targets, it’s doubtful that Cincinnati will give up any of their top-tier prospects. Some major league talent could be shipped out, but the likely candidates the Reds would be willing to part with (Shogo Akiyama, Mike Moustakas, Eugenio Suarez, etc.) all carry big salaries and have underperformed this season or are injured.

It’ll be an interesting week in Reds Country. The team has a three-game set upcoming against the St. Louis Cardinals before heading on the road to battle the Chicago Cubs for four games and heading to the Big Apple for a three-set with the New York Mets. Who should the Reds be eyeing in the coming days?

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