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3 teams that could target Reds outfielder Tyler Naquin at the trade deadline

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Tyler Naquin (12) hits a solo home run.
Cincinnati Reds right fielder Tyler Naquin (12) hits a solo home run. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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While Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto has dominated the trade talk of late, the New York Yankees got the ball rolling last night after landing another outfielder in Kansas City Royals's All-Star Andrew Benintendi. In exchange, the Royals received three minor league pitching prospects.

But the Yankees weren't the only team after Benintendi's services. Several other contending teams throughout the league could be looking to add a left-handed hitting outfielder to their roster in the coming days.

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Tyler Naquin fits that mold. While he doesn't have a Gold Glove or an All-Star appearance to his credit, Naquin is a serviceable outfielder with power and speed.

Naquin has spent some time on the IL this season, but he now appears to be healthy. The 31-year-old will be a free agent after the season, so it makes perfect for the Reds to trade Naquin prior to next Tuesday's deadline. Where might the former Cleveland outfielder end up?

1. The Blue Jays could trade for Reds OF Tyler Naquin.

Tyler Naquin may not rate as highly as Andrew Benintendi, but the Cincinnati Reds outfielder could be a nice consolation prize for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays had been rumored to be after Benintendi before the New York Yankees finally put together a package that the Kansas City Royals found irresistible.

The Blue Jays are trying to fend off the Tampa Bay Rays and maintain their lead in the Wild Card chase. There's little doubt that the Rays and perhaps even the Baltimore Orioles will look to add talent at the deadline. The Boston Red Sox, who are just five games back of the Jays, might be more inclined to sell.

Toronto's starting outfield of George Springer, Teoscar Hernandez, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. are all right-handed hitters. Fellow outfielder Raimel Tapia is a left-handed batter, butt he doesn't have near the power of Tyler Naquin. The Blue Jays would be an obvious fit for Naquin, but they may prefer Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ.

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