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4 Reds players who should already be on the trade block

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Tommy Pham (28) hits an RBI.
Cincinnati Reds left fielder Tommy Pham (28) hits an RBI. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cincinnati Reds are a team in complete disarray. The ownership chose to pinch pennies rather than put a winning product on the field and the team has the worst record in baseball.

The Reds, sadly, are going nowhere fast. While the return of Luis Castillo and Tyler Stephenson from the Injured List will certainly help, Cincinnati's 2022 season looks to have ended shortly after it began.

The Reds already traded Tucker Barnhart, Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suárez, Amir Garrett, and Sonny Gray. The team let Wade Miley go for nothing. And Nick Castellanos didn't even receive phone call from the front office after he opted out of his contract.

It's early, but the Cincinnati Reds should already be thinking about trading some of their current players. Unless massive improvements are made during the offseason, it's a stretch to think that this franchise will compete for a postseason berth anytime between now and the 2024 season.

The Reds need to scrap any idea the team had for being competitive in 2022 and focus on the future. That means that anyone who's unlikely to remain with the team after this year and the next should be on the trade block. Let's look at the four most likely candidates.

1. Reds OF Tommy Pham should already be on the trade block.

Whoa, wait a minute. Tommy Pham just got here. That's right and it's time for him to go. Pham signed a one-year/$7.5M contract with the Cincinnati Reds this spring. Pham's contract contains a $6M mutual-option for the 2023 season as well with a $1.5M buyout.

Pham, after a slow start, has been Cincinnati's most productive bat. So why trade him? Because Pham is one of the Reds best trade chips at this stage in the game. Should one of the contending teams lose one of their starting outfielders to injury in the coming weeks, Pham could be stopgap option.

We saw the Atlanta Braves add players like Eddie Rosario, Jorge Soler, and Joc Pederson last summer. Those players are in a similar mold to Tommy Pham; experienced outfielders with something to prove.

Pham has already called the 2022 season his revenge tour. He's looking to get his numbers up and then looking to cash in 2023. There's no way Pham will stick around the Queen City next season, I don't care how good or how bad his numbers are by the end of the year.

Tommy Pham should be one of the first players to go when Cincinnati inevitably begins to sell off pieces from this year's team. The Reds outfield could get by with the like of Nick Senzel, Jake Fraley, TJ Friedl, and Ronnie Dawson.