3 players Christian Encarnacion-Strand could replace on the Reds roster

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand
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2. Christian Encarnacion-Strand could replace Wil Myers on the Reds roster.

This a probably a move that most of Reds Country can get behind. However, it seems like the most unlikely move the Cincinnati Reds front office will make. Why? Because the Reds would have to designate Myers for assignment and then be on the hook for the remainder of his salary after inking him to a one-year/$7.5-million deal during the offseason.

The Reds were probably hopeful, before the season began, that Myers would play well in the hitter-friendly surroundings of Great American Ball Park. If that happened, just like Tyler Naquin or Tommy Pham a year ago, the Reds could then flip Myers to a contender at the trade deadline.

But, with Myers hitting below .200 on the season and his on-base percentage not even above .300, it's going to be hard for the Reds to get anything more than cash considerations for the 32-year-old's services by the time the trade deadline swings around.

Wil Myers currently occupies an everyday role with the club, so swapping the veteran for Christian Encarnacion-Strand might be the most productive way to get the prospects bat into the lineup on a regular basis.

While it's certainly on the table, if you're looking at getting Encarnacion-Strand up to the bigs before August 1st, this feels like the least likely option. After signing him as a free agent last winter, the Reds are likely looking to recoup something from Myers at the trade deadline, even if that means delaying Encarnacion-Strand's big league debut until later this summer.