The Cincinnati Reds begin a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles this evening and Tyler Naquin will not be in the lineup. The outfielder was traded to the New York Mets last night in exchange for two minor league prospects.
Naquin, along with minor league reliever Phillip Diehl, was dealt to the Mets in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jose Acuna and infielder/ outfielder Hector Rodriguez.
Naquin, who was signed to a minor league contract last spring, was a regular in the Cincinnati lineup, especially versus right-handed pitchers. Naquin posted a .749 OPS with seven home runs and 33 RBIs. Unfortunately, Naquin's multiple trips to the IL kept him from ever really finding his rhythm in the batters' box.
1. The Reds could replace Tyler Naquin with Aristides Aquino.
With Tyler Naquin' spot on the 40-man roster now vacant, the Cincinnati Reds will have to fill it. Aristides Aquino has been tearing up the competition at Triple-A Louisville since his rehab assignment began two weeks ago. Will The Punisher replace Tyler Naquin in the Reds lineup?
Aquino has been in the Derby City since July 13th and is hitting .367 with three home runs and eight runs batted in. Aquino, as is par for the course, has a strikeout-rate of over 30% during his nine games with the Bats.
Aquino has had multiple chances to secure a regular spot in the Cincinnati lineup since 2019. The slugger amassed huge support within the organization after setting the world on fire follow the trade of Yasiel Puig in July of 2019. But Aquino has been little more than a disappointment since September of 2019.
Given how he's performed since arriving at Louisville, coupled with the fact that he's out of minor league options, all signs point to Aristides Aquino replacing Tyler Naquin in the Cincinnati Reds lineup. But there are other options.