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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Reds veteran OF Tommy Pham might not be traded at the deadline.

It was no surprise that the Cincinnati Reds parted ways with Tyler Naquin. The former Cleveland Guardians outfielder is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season and was unlikely to re-sign with the Reds heading into 2023.

Tommy Pham is in a similar boat, but there are some differences between the two. Pham (.710) has a lower OPS than Naquin (.749) and the former San Diego Padres outfielder has a mutual option for the 2023 season that includes a $1.5M buyout.

Of course, the Reds could pay that down if another team shows interest in Pham, but there are other trade candidates who don't carry the amount of baggage that comes with having the volatile outfielder on your roster.

While Tommy Pham's fiery personality can be a positive at times, it can also be detrimental. It's curious, isn't it, that Pham had very few suitors in free agency last spring despite posting a 103 OPS+ and logging 15 home runs while playing in San Diego's very pitcher-friendly ballpark. Pham signed very late after the collective bargaining agreement was settled.

Of course it wouldn't be a shock if Tommy Pham found a new home before August 2nd, but there've been very rumblings about another team having interest in the 34-year-old. Pham has multiple hits in three of his past four games, but prior to that, he was hitting just .183 with 22 strikeouts during the month of July.

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