Reds rumored to be engaged in advanced trade talks with the Rays

Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall takes a phone call.
Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall takes a phone call. / Kareem Elgazzar, Cincinnati Enquirer via

The latest Reds rumors should not come as a surprise after last season's performance. According to Baseball Insider Jon Morosi, the Cincinnati Reds are one of many teams engaged in trade talks with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Along with the Redlegs, sources cite the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, and Los Angeles Angels as others who are looking to swing a deal with the Rays.

If you think Cincinnati's roster crunch is bad, you should see Tampa Bay's. This is not the first time that the Rays have found themselves in this spot. Last winter, Tampa Bay dealt several players prior to the non-tender deadline.

Latest Reds rumors suggest Cincinnati is engaged in trade talks with Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay already decided to trade first baseman Ji-Man Choi, and it now appears as if the organization is listening to offers from other teams, especially those who are looking for pitching.

The Tampa Bay Rays have always been known to value cost control and financial flexibility. So if the Cincinnati Reds are looking to bolster their bullpen or starting rotation, it's a good bet that Tampa Bay would be willing to part with any of their arbitration eligible players.

The Reds have 10 players who enter this coming week in line for arbitration, but the Rays have 16 players who'll be looking for a bump in pay next season. That, coupled with a number of talented prospects who'll need to be added to the team's 40-man roster, have put the Rays in a bit of a pickle.

These latest Reds rumors will be interesting to follow, as the Rays won't be the only team looking to make some trades in the coming days. There are other teams throughout Major League Baseball who'll be looking for some roster flexibility prior to the non-tender deadline.

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