3 Reds top prospects who should be trade candidates and 2 who should be off limits

The Cincinnati Reds have a lot of top-level talent in the minor leagues, but there are some prospects who should be off limits in trade talks.

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Reds top prospect who should be trade candidate: Edwin Arroyo, SS

Not everyone is going to agree with this, and this isn't a call to just give Edwin Arroyo away. But, if the Cincinnati Reds are looking to make an impact move at this year's trade deadline, they're going to have to sacrifice one of their top prospects.

Arroyo has been with the Reds organization for less than a year, as he was one of the key acquisitions Cincinnati attained during last July's deal with the Seattle Mariners that saw Luis Castillo sent to the Emerald City.

While Arroyo's stats (.229/.294/.384) won't necessarily back it up, the shortstop does have a fantastic approach at the plate and is expected to an above-average hitter who plays elite-level defense at one of the most important positions.

However, if there's one position that the Cincinnati Reds have an abundance of, it's shortstop. The Reds have already promoted Elly De La Cruz and Matt McLain to the big leagues and are having difficulties finding ways to get the rookie duo into the lineup on a regular basis along with Jonathan India, Spencer Steer, and Joey Votto.

The Reds also have two infield prospects (Noelvi Marte and Christian Encarnacion-Strand) knocking on the major league door while waiting patiently at Triple-A Louisville.

Again, if Edwin Arroyo were to be considered in a potential trade, such a deal would need to secure a starting pitcher who's more than just a two-month rental, or a right-handed hitting outfielder.