3 surprise trade candidates the Reds could deal during the 2022-23 offseason

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India. / Albert Cesare/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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The Cincinnati Reds are in the middle of a rebuild. The roster is about to get a shakeup in the coming days with the non-tender deadline quickly approaching. There's also a number of prospects who'll be added to the 40-man roster in order to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft.

Unless your name is Joey Votto or Hunter Greene, chances are good that you don't feel 100% confident in your standing as a member of the Reds organization. Cincinnati proved last season that virtually anyone on the roster could be traded at any time - just ask Jesse Winker.

While trading Tucker Barnhart, Amir Garrett, and Sonny Gray were somewhat expected, dealing Winker and Eugenio Suarez came as a surprise to Reds fans last spring. What three players could surprisingly be deal during the 2022-23 offseason?

1. Reds OF TJ Friedl could surprisingly be traded during the offseason.

It would certainly be surprising if TJ Friedl was traded this offseason, especially since the 27-year-old just completed his rookie season and will be under team control for the next five years. Friedl, who made an adjustment to his swing/ approach midway through the 2022 season slashed .240/.314/.436 in 72 games for the Cincinnati Reds.

Friedl enters the offseason as one of the favorites to find some sort of role in the outfield next season. While it's fair to say that Friedl has the makings of platoon player rather than an everyday starter, the Pennsylvania native could still carve out a very nice role on next year's team.

Are there any teams out there who may be looking for a low-cost, versatile, left-handed hitting outfielder? Uh, yeah. Probably 29 of them. If one of those teams came calling would Cincinnati be willing to listen to offers or do they value what Friedl brings both in 2023 and beyond?

TJ Friedl seems like the perfect type of player that the Cincinnati Reds would love to have on next year's team; cheap, controllable, and plays a position of need. It would be surprising to see the Reds part with Friedl so soon after seeing him have success in the major leagues, but Cincinnati may be looking two-to-three years down the road.