3 surprise trades the Reds could pull off before the deadline

Will Reds GM Nick Krall pull a rabbit out of his hat this afternoon?

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The MLB trade deadline is less than 12 hours away, and we're sure to see several unexpected moves before the clock hits 6 PM ET.

The Cincinnati Reds scooped up a left-handed reliever on Monday night after swinging a deal for Sam Moll of the Oakland Athletics. In exchange, Cincinnati sent pitching prospect Joe Boyle out west.

But will Reds fans see any surprise additions at this year's trade deadline. Let's look a few possibilities that could come out of left field.

1. Reds surprise trade candidate: Justin Verlander, New York Mets

Yes, this will certainly continue until the trade deadline passes or the New York Mets actually do the unthinkable and trade Justin Verlander. Last year's Cy Young Award-winner has been red-hot of late, which is only going to increase the price tag.

The Cincinnati Reds have been very loosely connected to Verlander for the past few days, and why shouldn't they be? Yes, Verlander is no spring chicken, but he's still quite effective and is under contract through next season.

The New York Mets recently traded Max Scherzer to the Texas Rangers, so there's no reason to think they won't do the same with Verlander. The right-hander maintains a no-trade clause in his contract, so he'd have to agree to the destination before a deal could be agreed upon. Does Verlander want to finish his career in Cincinnati?

The Reds are said to be in the market for starting pitching, so Verlander definitely checks that box. While the nine-time All-Star isn't the same player he was earlier in his career, Verlander has allowed just seven runs in his last five outings and struck out 27 batters.

This still seems like an unlikely match, but there's a small chance that the Cincinnati Reds pull off this type of blockbuster deal. Reds fans would be surprised, but no shocked if Justin Verlander made his way to the Queen City before the trade deadline passes.