Reds should target Christian Pache after outfielder is left off A's roster

Oakland Athletics outfielder Christian Pache
Oakland Athletics outfielder Christian Pache / Brandon Vallance/GettyImages

Christian Pache has been one of the more underwhelming prospects in recent memory. An incredibly talented defender, Pache has had his share of struggles at the plate.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Pache, who's out of options will be left off the A's Opening Day roster. This means the 24-year-old must pass through waivers in order to be outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Or, perhaps the A's will find a trade partner for the athletically-gifted centerfielder. That's where the Cincinnati Reds come in. Reds GM Nick Krall should be on the horn with A's executive David Frost to see if a deal could be worked out.

Reds should make trade for A's outfielder Christian Pache.

This is one of those low-risk/ high-reward type of deals that rebuilding teams like the Cincinnati Reds need to make. Christian Pache, formerly of the Atlanta Braves, was one of the top prospects in all of baseball just a few years back.

Pache, along with Shea Langeliers, was a key piece of the trade that shipped Matt Olson to Atlanta prior to last season. Right-handers Joey Cusick and Joey Estes were part of the transaction as well.

Seeing as how they could pluck Pache off waivers once he's made available, the Reds would have to give up very little in return. But working out a trade rather than waiting in line for a waiver claim would guarantee that the outfielder would land in the Queen City.

The Cincinnati Reds have already released Chad Pinder. While Henry Ramos has had a terrific spring, he was forced to play last season overseas in the KBO and has a lifetime batting average of just .200.

As a Reds fan, do you really want a 30-year-old retread as the team's fifth outfielder? Or, would you prefer to see Cincinnati work out a trade with the Oakland Athletics for Christian Pache?

Pache has played in just 115 major league games and has fewer than 350 plate appearances. While Pache has struggled in the big leagues, the Reds could certainly see the upside in adding such a player to a position that is very thin in terms of talent.

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