The Cincinnati Reds have traded Luis Castillo, Tommy Pham, and Tyler Naquin. General manager Nick Krall is undoubtedly still working the phones this morning, and with the deadline looming, it's safe to assume that the Reds may make a few more moves before 6 PM ET.
Brandon Drury and Tyler Mahle have been popular names among the pundits and MLB insiders, but one name we've not yet heard a lot of is shortstop Kyle Farmer. Given how well the 31-year-old has played this season, it's a bit surprising, isn't it?
Farmer has had his most productive season to date and is not scheduled to become a free agent until after the 2024 season. His .692 OPS isn't anything to write home about, and on a contending team Farmer would likely be platooned at either shortstop or second base. But it's his productivity against left-handed pitching that opposing GMs may be focused on.
Will the Reds deal Kyle Farmer at the MLB trade deadline?
It seems unlikely the Cincinnati Reds would be willing to deal Kyle Farmer at the trade deadline, but the possibility exists. Farmer has obliterated up southpaws to the tune of .333/.404/.600 with 13 extra base hits and 25 RBIs.
With a base salary of just over $3M and team control beyond the 2023 season, it's very surprising that Farmer hasn't been mentioned as a potential trade target of teams like the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, and Seattle Mariners. While Farmer doesn't offer the same pop as Brandon Drury, he's certainly been just as devastating against left-handed pitching.
Given Kyle Farmer's status as a fan-favorite and team leader combined with his low salary, it's unlikely we'll see him traded before today's deadline. The Cincinnati Reds, however, have a plethora of young shortstops in the farm system and Farmer will turn 32 years old later this month.
The probability of Farmer being traded is likely less than 10%, but it only takes one interested team to sway the minds of the Cincinnati Reds front office. It's just very hard to see another team put forth an offer that would be worth more than what Farmer brings to the franchise, both for the remainder of this season and into the future.