In the summer of 2022, the Cincinnati Reds made multiple trade deadline moves in an attempt to bolster the club's farm system. Cincinnati had already parted ways with Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suarez, Sonny Gray, and Amir Garrett prior to the season.
The deals the Reds made last summer have helped propel Cincinnati into the thick of the playoff race this summer as the team trails the Milwaukee Brewers by just 1.5 games in the NL Central. The Reds are also in the mix for the NL Wild Card, currently occupying a spot alongside the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.
Reds fans said goodbye to ace Luis Castillo along with starting pitcher Tyler Mahle, reliever Phillip Diehl, slugging infielder Brandon Drury, and outfielders Tommy Pham and Tyler Naquin.
Recapping the Reds 2022 MLB trade deadline deals.
Luis Castillo was one of the top trade acquisitions in all of Major League Baseball last year. Reds fans hated to see Castillo leave, yet Cincinnati received an impressive haul for their ace after dealing him to the Seattle Mariners.
The Reds received shortstop Noelvi Marte (ranked as the 16th best prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline), shortstop Edwin Arroyo, and right-handed pitching prospects Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore.
Cincinnati also traded starting pitcher Tyler Mahle to the Minnesota Twins. The Reds received Spencer Steer, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and pitcher Steve Hajjar in the deal.
Steer has been a major contributor to this year's ball club, and Encarnacion-Strand flew through the Reds farm system, making his debut earlier this month. The Reds traded Hajjar, along with Justin Boyd, in the spring to the Cleveland Guardians and in return received outfielder Will Benson.
Tyler Naquin and Phillip Diehl were dealt to the New York Mets for two young prospects. Hector Rodriguez, who is still only 19 years old, may be the best young outfield prospect in the Reds pipeline. Jose Acuña was also part of that trade and is 6-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 15 games at High-A Dayton.
Brandon Drury, who mashed 20 homers for the Cincinnati Reds in 2022, was traded to the San Diego Padres for shortstop prospect Victor Acosta. Drury became a free agent during the offseason and signed with the Los Angeles Angels. Acosta, just 19 years old, is getting his feet wet in Low-A Daytona this season.
Finally, the Reds traded veteran outfielder Tommy Pham to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later (Nick Northcutt). Fans questioned a lot of the moves Cincinnati made at the deadline last year, but looking at the production they've already received, Cincinnati were definitely winners at the 2022 MLB trade deadline.