Despite the Chicago Cubs' best efforts, the Cincinnati Reds still trail them in the standings. The Redlegs are an abysmal 23 games below .500 and are showing no signs of turning things around anytime.
The Reds' lineup is healthier than it's been all season with Tyler Stephenson the lone player missing from David Bell's lineup card. Still, Cincinnati cannot string together wins and seem destined to be sellers at the MLB trade deadline.
Tommy Pham, Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle, and Brandon Drury will be popular names in the coming weeks. Don't be surprised to see Kyle Farmer and Tyler Naquin wearing another uniform before August 2nd either.
But the Reds have other players on their roster who hold trade value as well, though they might not immediately come to mind. Let's look at three Cincinnati Reds players who hold more trade value than you may think.
1. Reds RHP Jeff Hoffman holds more trade value than you think.
It may shock you to know that Jeff Hoffman has been one of the Cincinnati Reds' most reliable relievers in 2022. I know that's not saying a lot, but when it comes to relief pitchers who've appeared in 20 or more games this season, only Alexis Díaz has a better ERA among Cincinnati hurlers.
Hoffman turned himself around after a trip to the Injured List in 2021. Hoffman was converted from a spot starter into a reliever and the right-hander has shined during the majority of his outings. Hoffman owns a 3.18 ERA and has 35 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched.
Jeff Hoffman matches the type of player that a number of contending teams will be in the market for. The 29-year-old can go multiple innings and knows how to find the strike zone. Hoffman has done a much better job this season at keeping the ball in the ballpark, but he still struggles to keep the base paths clear. Hoffman, according to FanGraphs, has a walk-rate of 12.6%.
Hoffman could certainly be the target of any number of teams who are searching for bullpen help. The former first-round pick is typically called upon midway through the game. While Hoffman may not be a lockdown closer, he can eat innings and get opposing batters to swing and miss.