Former Reds star could get traded again as Diamondbacks rumors surface

Say it ain't so, Geno.

Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Eugenio Suarez
Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Eugenio Suarez / Norm Hall/GettyImages

You'd be hard-pressed to talk with any Reds fans who didn't like Eugenio Suárez during his time in Cincinnati. A one-time Detroit Tigers prospect, Suárez came to the Queen City in 2014 as part of a trade for Alfredo Simon. Geno was beloved by the fans throughout Reds Country.

After some time in the minor leagues, Suárez ascended to the Reds active roster and was a mainstay at third base for over six seasons. But Geno was part of a trade package prior to the start of the 2022 season that brought Brandon Williamson, Jake Fraley, and Connor Phillips to the Reds organization from Seattle.

After two years with the Mariners, Suárez was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks this past offseason and was expected to takeover for the departed Evan Longoria at third base. Unfortunately, Suárez has fallen on hard times, and it appears as though his time in the desert may be reaching its end.

Former Reds' All-Star Eugenio Suárez in danger of losing starting job with D-backs

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the D-backs are willing to listen to trade offers for Suárez. The former Reds' All-Star is hitting .200/.265/.317 with five home runs and 30 RBI on the season. As Geno is prone to do, he's striking out at an unsustainable clip of nearly 30%. According to Baseball Savant, Suárez ranks among the bottom-20% in expected batting average, expected slugging percentage, and whiff rate.

Nightengale notes that if Suárez fails to turn things around in the near future, it's likely he'll lose his starting job. Suárez is owed $12 million this season as part of the contract extension he signed with Cincinnati earlier in his career. The third baseman also has a $15 million team-option for 2025, but that seems unlikely to be exercised by the D-backs, or any team that would attempt to trade for Geno's services.

Though Jeimer Candelario has had his ups and downs this season, Reds fans should not expect a homecoming for Suárez. Geno is not the same player that was crushing 30-plus homers per season during his formative years in Cincinnati. Since leaving the Reds organization, Suárez has hit just .228/.317/.406.

Obviously, Reds fans wish Suárez nothing but good vibes. But the slugger's time in Arizona could soon be coming to an close rather quickly.

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