3. Reds OF Tyler Naquin is becoming a more expensive trade chip.
One of the hottest hitters on the Cincinnati Reds of late is outfielder Tyler Naquin. The 31-year-old has found a regular spot in the lineup after the Reds finally decided to designate Aristides Aquino for assignment.
In his last seven games, Naquin is hitting .320/.393/.520 with nine RBIs. During that same seven-game stretch, according to FanGraphs, Naquin has a wRC+ of 159. However, his strikeout-rate during that time has been an abysmal 41.4%.
Tyler Naquin is in the final year of his arbitration window, and while he 31-year-old is unlikely to break the bank once he becomes a free agent at the end of the season, the Reds are unlikely to re-sign the former Cleveland outfielder to a contract extension this offseason.
Naquin is only owed $4M this season, which could be viewed as a bargain for several teams looking for a versatile outfielder with speed and a power stroke from the lef side of the batters' box. Naquin can be a very streaky hitter, and it would behoove the Cincinnati Reds to deal the Texas native when he's riding a hot streak.