With the deadline to protect prospects from the Rule 5 Draft quickly approaching, don't be surprised to see some wheeling and dealing on the part of baseball executives this afternoon. Some of these borderline prospects may not bring enough value to their current team, and may be traded.
While the Cincinnati Reds face some difficult decisions of their own, if the opportunity presents itself to secure a talented young player, president of baseball operations Nick Krall should do just that.
If the Reds are interested in adding more than just their own prospects to the 40-man roster before today's 6 PM ET deadline, here at three Rule 5 Draft-eligible prospects from other teams who should pique Cincinnati's interest.
1. Reds could trade for Dodgers Rule 5 Draft-eligible prospect Hunter Feduccia
The Cincinnati Reds re-signed Luke Maile already this offseason, but the team lost Curt Casali to free agency. Chuckie Robinson, who spent all of last season at Triple-A and put up solid numbers, also elected free agency this offseason.
The Reds catching depth is quite thin, and Tyler Stephenson's below-average 2023 campaign has raised some concerns among the Cincinanti faithful. Perhaps swinging a trade for Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Hunter Feduccia would be a wise move.
Feduccia, 26, has been in the Dodgers' farm system since 2018. But, as most baseball fans know all too well, developing a catcher takes time. Feduccia is well regarded for his defense, but the left-handed hitting backstop posted a slash line of .279/.387/.451 at Triple-A last season.
Adding a solid backup option like Hunter Feduccia would relieve some concerns for the Cincinnati Reds heading into 2024. If either Tyler Stephenson or Luke Maile goes down due to injury, the unproven Daniel Vellojin would likely be the top replacement.
The Reds need to secure some depth at catcher this offseason, and if the Dodgers are willing to part with Feduccia, that would be a good place to start. LA is loaded with top-flight catching talent, so offloading a player like Feduccia would not affect the Dodgers farm system at all.