Reds face stiff competition for starting pitching at MLB trade deadline

Reds fans want their team to land a starter, but there are other teams looking to acquire pitching as well.

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Just because you want something doesn't mean you're going to get it. Reds fans are dying for general manager Nick Krall to pull off a quality trade that brings a starting pitcher to Cincinnati.

But that might be a lot easier said than done. The market for starting pitching is fierce. Almost every contender is in the market for an extra arm at this stage of the season, which makes it a seller's market.

Teams like the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, and St. Louis Cardinals are sitting pretty right now. With the MLB trade deadline a little more than 24 hours away, if the Reds want to land a starter, it's going to be costly.

Reds face stiff competition for starting pitching at MLB trade deadline.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network is reporting that no fewer than 10 teams are in the market for starting pitching at the trade deadline., Yes, the Cincinnati Reds are among the group, but so are other contenders.

The Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Phillies, and Miami Marlins are all looking for starters as well.

Morosi also says that the price tag for starting pitchers remains high. And why shouldn't it? It's simple supply and demand. Teams who are looking to add another starter at the trade deadline will offer more in terms of prospect capital.

The Cincinnati Reds have several prospects that could be offered up in order to secure a starter at the MLB trade deadline. The question is, however, will they? Reds GM Nick Krall has maintained that he wants to maintain a sustainable farm system.

There's little more than a day left for the Cincinnati Reds to make a deal that could help this team get over the hump and make a playoff push. But, if the Reds want to acquire starting pitching, they'll be expected to pay a hefty price.

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