When it comes to the MLB trade deadline, Cincinnati Reds fans had better get used to hearing names like Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle, and Brandon Drury floated about as possible players who'll have a new team after August 2nd.
Some players, however, are secure. There's no way Cincinnati will look to deal Jonathan India, Tyler Stephenson, or Hunter Greene. But any number of other players who don't necessarily make up the core of this franchise going forward could very well be on the trade block.
There are bound to be some surprises. Lets' be honest, did you actually think the Reds were going to trade Jesse Winker this past spring? With that in mind, which five unsuspecting players could be traded in the coming weeks?
1. Reds pitcher Jeff Hoffman could surprisingly be traded at the deadline.
Trading Jeff Hoffman last season would not only have been warranted, but applauded. However, given how poorly Hoffman performed during the first-half of the 2021 season, the Reds would have been fortunate to receive little more than a player to be named later.
While Hoffman's performance in 2022 hasn't been stellar, the right-hander is one of the most reliable relievers in the Cincinnati Reds bullpen. I know that doesn't count for much, but his statistics are somewhat impressive.
Hoffman is currently on the IL without an injury designation, which means he'll likely be back very soon. The right-hander currently owns a 3.18 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 25 appearances out of the Reds bullpen.
Jeff Hoffman is under team control through the 2024 season and is making just less than $1M in 2022. As a former starting pitcher, other teams could use Hoffman as an opener or allow him to go multiple innings in relief.
It would be mildly surprising to see the Cincinnati Reds part ways with Hoffman due to his affordable contract. But if another team offers a mid-tier prospect for the former first-round pick, it wouldn't be a shock to see Cincinnati part ways with the 29-year-old.