Trading for one of the D-backs outfielders should not be on the Reds' radar

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jake McCarthy
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jake McCarthy / Lachlan Cunningham/GettyImages
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You'll get little argument from most Reds fans that addressing the outfield is one of Cincinnati's biggest needs this offseason.

Last year, after failing to re-sign Nick Castellanos and trading Jesse Winker, the Cincinnati Reds entered the season with an outfield comprised of Tommy Pham (LF), Nick Senzel (CF), and Tyler Naquin (RF).

Pham and Naquin are no longer with the team, and Senzel ended the season on the IL. The Reds outfield certainly needs to be addressed, and perhaps the best way to do so is through a trade. However, the Reds should avoid looking to the Arizona Diamondbacks for help in this department.

The Reds should not trade for one of the D-backs outfielders.

When one thinks about the Cincinnati Reds and their farm system, you can't help but observe the glut of shortstops in the team's pipeline. The same can be said of the Arizona Diamondbacks' outfield depth on their 40-man roster.

After acquiring Kyle Lewis from the Seattle Mariners, the D-backs now have six outfielders on the roster; all of which are 26 years old or younger and controllable beyond the 2023 season. That seems like a nice fit for the rebuilding Reds, right?

If at least one of those aformentioned outfielders was a right-handed hitter, you might be onto something. But Alek Thomas, Daulton Varsho, Jake McCarthy, Corbin Carroll, and Pavin Smith are all left-handed hitters.

The Cincinnati Reds have enough left-handed hitting outfielders. TJ Friedl, Jake Fraley, and Michael Siani all figure to see the field in 2023. If the Reds are going to entertain trading for a young outfield prospects, Cincinnati GM Nick Krall had better find one who can hit from the right side.

A trade may be the correct way to fix the void that currently exists in the Cincinnati outfield, but Arizona is not the right trade partner for the Reds this offseason.

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