3 trade deadline disasters that prove the Reds were right to stand pat

Other than Sam Moll, the Cincinnati Reds stood pat at the MLB trade deadline.

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3. Reds avoided disaster by not making a trade deadline deal for Lucas Giolito.

Well, the Cincinnati Reds avoided the initial disaster of trading for Lucas Giolito and the aftershock of the Cleveland Guardians plucking him off waivers. Giolito was a very coveted pitcher at this year's trade deadline, but has been absolutely atrocious since being traded.

Giolito was one of the biggest names to be dealt this summer. He owned a 3.79 ERA and 131 punch outs through 121 innings of work. But after arriving in LA, Giolito went 1-5 in six starts with a 6.89 ERA.

Giolito was put on waivers by the Halos and ended up getting picked up by the Guardians last week. In his Cleveland debut, Giolito went three innings and allowed nine runs on seven hits while walking three batters. The right-hander allowed three home runs as well.

Giolito was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Los Angeles Angels on July 26th. Reliever Reynaldo Lopez was also part of the package sent to the South Side. In exchange, the White Sox swindled the Halos out of left-hander Ky Bush and catching prospect Edgar Quero.

According to MLB Pipeline, both Bush and Quero are Top 10 prospects in the White Sox farm system. Quero himself is actually a Top 100 prospect. Essentially, the Reds may have had to surrender Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Lyon Richardson in order to swing a trade with the White Sox.

I don't know about you, but after seeing what some of these teams gave up in order to acquire some talent that's been mediocre at best, I'm quite content with the plan that Cincinnati Reds GM Nick Krall stuck to at this year's trade deadline.