3 Reds who are most likely to be traded during the offseason

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3. Reds RHP Luis Cessa could be traded during the offseason.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Cessa will be entering his final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. And while his modest salary, which is projected to be about $2.6M, is of no concern to Cincinnati's front office, there's a chance that Cessa could fetch some talented, young prospects in return.

Teams are always on the lookout for relief pitching, and Cessa has proven throughout his career that he can handle himself rather well out of the bullpen. While he saw time as a starter near the end of the 2022 season, it's much more likely that Cessa would return to the relief corps in 2023.

With so many relievers returning from injury in 2023, Cessa could be deemed expendable. Tejay Antone, Lucas Sims, Jeff Hoffman, and Tony Santillan all missed significant time on the IL last season.

As for the starting rotation, Nick Lodolo, Hunter Greene, and Graham Ashcraft would seem to have a stranglehold on three of the five spots. Justin Dunn, Connor Overton, and left-handed prospect Brandon Williamson will all be vying for a spot in the rotation as well.

The 2023 season will likely be Luis Cessa's last with the Cincinnati Reds. Cessa will be a free agent after next season, and no matter what type of numbers the right-hander posts, it's unlikely that Cincinnati will pursue a contract extension with the 30-year-old.

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