The Cincinnati Reds have a void in their outfield. In 2021, the Reds ran out Nick Castellanos, Tyler Naquin, and Jesse Winker as the team's starting outfield. In 2022, the Cincinnati faithful saw Jake Fraley, Aristides Aquino, and Nick Senzel take the field on a regular basis by the end of the year.
Heading into next season, the Reds have Fraley, Senzel, TJ Friedl, Nick Solak, TJ Friedl, Stuart Fairchild, and Michael Siani headlining the list of outfielders on the team's 40-man roster.
Those aren't the type of names that are going to strike fear into opposing pitching staffs, and (sans Siani) it's not a recipe for a very good defensive alignment either. So what do the Reds do about it? Perhaps a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks is in order.
Reds rumors suggest Cincinnati is targeting D-backs outfielders.
The latest Reds rumors suggest that Cincinnati is focused on adding one of the Arizona Diamondbacks outfielders to the club. Unfortunately, they're not alone.
According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Reds are one of several teams who have inquired about the availability of D-backs' outfielders Daulton Varsho, Alek Thomas, and Jake McCarthy.
Other teams who are interested in the trio include the Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Yankees. It's safe to say that the D-backs are in the driver's seat when it comes to any potential trade deal involving Varsho, Thomas, or McCarthy.
With Cincinnati's current roster and so much of the outfield talent in the minors at least a year or two away from the big leagues, it's easy to see why these latest Reds rumors have come about. All three outfielders are 25 years old or younger.
Varsho and McCarthy are the more polished hitters in the group, but there are very few centerfielders who possess the athletic ability of Thomas. The Reds got an up-close and personal view of Thomas' skills when the two teams played each other last season.
The Cincinnati front office would be willing to give up in return, if these latest Reds rumors are to be believed, is not yet known. However, Piecoro notes that Arizona will be looking for upgrades across the infield and perhaps behind the plate as well.