2. Reds secure Shane Bieber and send 2 power-hitters to Guardians
The Cleveland Guardians ranked 29th in slugging percentage last season. Only the Oakland Atheltics ranked lower. Cleveland's 124 round trippers ranked dead-last in all of Major League Baseball.
While there are other ways to be competitive, the long ball is a difference-maker. Of the Top 10 teams in home runs last season, only three (New York Yankees, New York Mets, and Los Angeles Angels) missed the playoffs.
The Guardians need some power bats in their lineup. While the Cincinnati Reds would be unwilling to trade players like Christian Encarnacion-Strand or Noelvi Marte in exchange for Shane Bieber, there are some power-hitting outfielders in the team's minor league system that could pique Cleveland's interest.
Rece Hinds was added to the Reds 40-man roster earlier this year. The slugger absolutely crushes baseballs. And while Hinds' strikeout-rate is less than ideal, when the young outfielder connects, the ball goes a long, long way.
Yerlin Confidan is another highly-regarded power bat in the Reds pipeline. Confidan had huge success in the Arizona Complex League two years ago, but the 20-year-old has struggled during his past two minor league seasons.
If the Cleveland Guardians are looking to upgrade the power in the farm system, Rece Hinds and Yerlin Confidan would provide plenty of pop. Both have several years of team-control remaining and offer tremendous upside if they're able to cut down on the swings and misses.