5 starters the Reds could trade for and immediately sign to a contract extension

Might the Cincinnati Reds follow their own blueprint from the 2018-19 offseason?
Seattle Mariners pitcher Logan Gilbert
Seattle Mariners pitcher Logan Gilbert / Dustin Satloff/GettyImages
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2. Reds could trade for Mariners RHP Logan Gilbert & sign him to an extension

If there's a big fish in the pond, Logan Gilbert is it. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds have been frequent trade partners the past two seasons and that familiarity could lead to a potential deal during the offseason.

There's no need for the Mariners to trade Gilbert, just like there's no need for the Reds to trade Jonathan India. But, if the right deal presents itself this offseason, Jerry Dipoto is no stranger to making trades.

The Mariners already have a soild 1-2 punch atop their starting rotation witth former Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo and right-hander George Kirby. Seattle also has Bryce Miller, Bryan Woo, and Emerson Hancock.

Gilbert is entering his first year of arbitration eligibilty, and seems to be just scratching the surface of what his potential could be. The past two seasons, Gilbert has eclipsed 185 innings pitched and owns a collective-ERA of 3.47.

Gilbert will not come cheap; both in terms of a trade and what he'd expect in a contract extension. But if the Cincinnati Reds are intent on adding a top-shelf starter, there might not be anyone better (who is available in a trade) than Logan Gilbert.