It may seem a little early to be discussing trades, right? I mean, it's only May. While that may be true for most teams, the Cincinnati Reds are 3-21 and going nowhere fast.
Sad as it may seem, it's already time for the Reds to turn their attention to the future. Remarkably, Cincinnati is 13.5 games back of first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
With all the injuries that the Reds have incurred to this point in the season and the likelihood of another fire sale around the trade deadline, perhaps Cincinnati should take advantage of Tommy Pham's hot-start and trade him now.
Could the Reds and Guardians work out a trade for Tommy Pham?
Our friends over at Away Back Gone, a sister site in the FanSided Network that focuses on the Cleveland Guardians, suggested that a trade for Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham might be a good idea. We couldn't agree more.
Pham's stats are quite impressive, and while he's played quite well to begin the season, it's only a matter of time before the losing will become overwhelming for the veteran. Pham has never been shy about sharing his opinions in the past, and perhaps it would benefit the former San Diego Padres outfielder to the shores of Lake Erie.
Now, what might the Cincinnati Reds be able to get in return? Well, that depends on how badly the Guardians want to shore up their outfield. At the moment, the Guardians outfield is comprised of Oscar Mercado, Myles Straw, and Steven Kwan.
The Guardians don't necessarily have an elite outfield prospect who they can call-up this season, and Cleveland would be appear to be in the thick of the hunt for the AL Central crown at this moment. The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals don't yet appear to be in contention, but the Guardians pitching is helping to keep them afloat.
A player like Pham would add speed and power to Cleveland's lineup, and the Guardians have a relatively deep farm system. The Reds could look to acquire a player like Tanner Burns or Jhonkensy Noel in return.
I don't expect the Cincinnati Reds to wave the white flag just yet, but it's definitely an intriguing idea. Tommy Pham is a one-year deal, and while the team has a mutual option with the outfielder, I can't imagine him wanting to return to the Queen City in 2023.