2 Reds veterans who could surprising be traded at the deadline and 1 who'll stick around

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Mike Moustakas (9) hits a three-run home run.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Mike Moustakas (9) hits a three-run home run. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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The Cincinnati Reds traded veteran outfielder Tyler Naquin to the New York Mets on Thursday night. Fans should expect many more trades in the coming days as the organization is looking to rebuild from the inside.

The Reds front office will undoubtedly be working the phones for the next few days trying to acquire young talent. Dealing Naquin was the just the first in what could be more than a half-dozen transactions by the time August 2nd rolls around.

Cincinnati has several veterans on this year's squad, some of which are on expiring contracts (Brandon Drury) and some of whom are not (Kyle Farmer). Which two veterans might surprisingly be dealt before next Tuesday's trade deadline and which one will stick around through the end of the year?

Reds veteran LHP Mike Minor could be traded at the deadline.

Some team out there, desperate for pitching help but not willing to risk a top prospect or two, will take a flier on Mike Minor. What will the Cincinnati Reds receive in return? Little more than a 40-man roster spot and the ability to trot out a younger pitcher every fifth day. Those two things alone are worth waving goodbye to the failed experiment that is Mike Minor.

Minor was traded to the Reds earlier the spring when Cincinnati shipped Amir Garrett to Kansas City. No one understood the trade, and it's questionable that even Reds GM Nick Krall understood it himself. For a team looking to shed payroll, it made little sense to deal a player making a little over $2M for a player slated to take home $10M.

After watching Minor take home nearly half his salary after a setback during spring training saw him land on the 60-day IL to begin the season, the southpaw has been an utter disaster since joining the Cincinnati starting rotation. Minor is 1-7 with a 6.65 ERA in nine starts with a WHIP of 1.609.

With Justin Dunn and Connor Overton almost certain to join the Cincinnati Reds starting rotation in the next month or so, there's no need for Minor to occupy a spot on the 40-man roster. The Reds will surely have to absorb some, if not all of the remaining salary owed to the 34-year-old, but even if the club can get cash considerations just to rid themselves of the pitcher, it's worth it.