3 players from the AL Central the Reds could target at the MLB trade deadline

The AL Central has been down this season. That just means several teams are likely to be sellers at the MLB trade deadline.

Chicago White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn
Chicago White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn / Justin Casterline/GettyImages
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2. Reds could target White Sox RHP Lance Lynn at MLB trade deadline.

Don't let Lance Lynn's contract get in the way. The veteran starter is under contract through the remainder of the 2023 after inking a two-year/$38-million deal in 2022. Lynn has an $18-million team-option for 2024, but that contains a $1-million buyout.

If the Reds are looking for an innings-eater that can still rack up the strikeouts, Lynn should be on GM Nick Krall's shortlist. Lynn has gone over 100 innings for the Chicago White Sox this season and while his ERA is not great, that doesn't tell the whole story.

Lynn's ERA is hovering just around 6.00, but his FIP is below 5.00. An even deeper look into some of the more advacned statistics shows that Lynn's xFIP is sitting at 3.82.

That, coupled with 11.05 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and a 27-percent strikeout-rate, according to FanGraphs, should put Lance Lynn atop the Reds wishlist as the MLB trade deadline approaches.

It's not known what the Chicago White Sox should expect in return for Lynn's services. Seeing as how Lynn is little more than a two-month rental, you have to assume the asking price cannot be extravagant. But a trade for Lynn would probably require a low-level prospect similar to what Cincinnati received for Tyler Naquin or Brandon Drury last summer.