3 biggest takeaways from the 1st half of the Cincinnati Reds 2022 season

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6) screams after striking out.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6) screams after striking out. / Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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3. The trade deadline will be very busy in Reds Country.

Buckle up, Reds Country! I think we're in for Part 2 of the Cincinnati Reds Fire Sale. We've already seen Tucker Barnhart, Sonny Gray, Amir Garrett, Nick Castellanos, Wade Miley, Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suárez, and Shogo Akiyama either traded, released, waived, or go unsigned. It's not going to stop there.

Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle, Brandon Drury, Tyler Naquin, and Tommy Pham may all have a new address by August 2nd. Two other names to keep an eye on are Kyle Farmer and Mike Minor. This could get ugly really fast.

One player who may be key to how the whole "trade season" plays out for the Cincinnati Reds will be Mike Moustakas. Will the Reds be able to find another team willing to take on Moose's remaining $22M salary for the 2023 season? If so, what else would the Reds have to give up?

This team is being built from the inside, and while the Cincinnati faithful wait with bated breath for prospects like Elly De La Cruz, Allan Cerda, and Matt McLain to come to their rescue, I'm afraid we're in for some dark days ahead.

The Cincinnati Reds have been one of the worst teams in baseball since the season began and I don't expect that to change as we head into the second-half. It's been difficult to find any silver lining this season, but maybe we'll be surprised.

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