The MLB trade deadline has come and gone. Outside of the addition of left-handed pitcher, the Cincinnati Reds did not make any significant upgrades.
But that doesn't mean that the Reds didn't entertain the thought. Per his interview with Bally Sports' broadcaster Jim Day, Reds GM Nick Krall said that the team had a lot of conversations, but just couldn't get anything done.
All along, it seemed like the offseason may be the best time for the Cincinnati Reds to pull off a trade that may help the team over the long haul. Who are three players that Reds fans should keep an eye on over the winter?
1. Reds could trade for Mariners pitcher George Kirby during the offseason.
How much are the Cincinnati Reds willing to give up? Because the price tag for Seattle Mariners pitcher George Kirby will be through the roof. One thing the Cincinnati Reds were said to be targeting at the trade deadline was young, controllable starting pitching. Kirby certainly checks those boxes.
Kirby does not become a free agent until after the 2028 season. Taken in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft, Kirby is Seattle's No. 2 starter beyond former Reds pitcher Luis Castillo.
Kirby finished sixth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting to his teammate Julio Rodriguez a year ago and went to the All-Star Game this year. Kirby has fantastic stuff, oftentimes getting the opposition to chase while keeping men off the bases. According to Baseball Savant, Kirby has a 2.7-percent walk-rate.
Securing the services of George Kirby will be no easy task, however, the Seattle Mariners have a ton of pitching depth. On the flipside, the M's bats have been ice-cold this season. Seattle's .711 OPS ranks 22nd among all major league ball clubs. Perhaps Jerry Dipoto and Nick Krall could pull off another blockbuster this offseason.