3 ways the Cincinnati Reds can win the trade deadline

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle (30) reacts after striking out a batter.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle (30) reacts after striking out a batter. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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3. The Reds should not trade Tyler Mahle at the deadline.

One player who's been rumored to be a trade target for other clubs this summer has been Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle. But I'm suggesting that Nick Krall and Company should resist the urge to deal the right-hander at the upcoming trade deadline.

Mahle, who's currently on the IL, has underperformed this season. He's not having a horrendous season, but any fan who's seen Mahle pitch for the last several years knows that's better than the numbers that he's put up this season.

Other clubs know that as well, but oftentimes teams will cite performance over potential. In other words, just because we all know that Tyler Mahle is better than the 3-7 win-loss record and 4.48 ERA, that's not going to be how other GMs see it.

Mahle could probably fetch a larger return this winter. There's also the slim possibility that Cincinnati could look to lock-up Mahle with a multi-year extension. While so many Reds fans would like to see the team extend Luis Castillo, he'll command nearly twice what Mahle would on the open market.

Tyler Mahle certainly has trade value, and if the Reds are able to get a good haul for his services, they should take it. But there shouldn't be a rush on the part of the Reds brass to deal Mahle this summer. He's still just 27 years old and is under team control through next season.

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