Tyler Naquin's latest injury will greatly diminish his trade value

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tyler Naquin.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tyler Naquin. / Vaughn Ridley/GettyImages

Tyler Naquin was placed on the 10-day IL earlier this week, but don't look for the Cincinnati Reds right fielder to back on the field any time soon. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Bobby Nightengale, David Bell expects Naquin to be sidelined for about a month with a quad strain.

A muscle injury like that, as we've seen with Naqin's teammates Donovan Solano and Jonathan India, can be quite fickle. We should expect that timeline to be very fluid and it would not be surprising if Naquin was out of the lineup for the better part of six weeks.

The Reds are likely to be sellers at the MLB trade deadline, and Tyler Naquin was thought to be a player that could be on the move later this summer. This latest injury has certainly diminished his trade value and the former Cleveland outfielder may now finish the season in Cincinnati.

Reds OF Tyler Naquin's latest injury has diminished his trade value.

Reds fans should expect to hear a handful of names mentioned in trade rumors for the next two months. Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle will most definitely be discussed in potential trades. You're also likely to hear that both Tommy Pham and Brandon Drury are drawing trade interest as well.

Most contending teams will be in the market for "rental players". Those established major leaguers who will become free agents at the end of the year. Pham, Drury, and Tyler Naquin all fit that bill. Mike Minor, depending on how he pitches over the next month-plus, may enter the conversation as well.

None of those players mentioned will fetch the type of haul that can change the direction of a franchise. But in 2020 we saw the Reds give up one of their Top 10 prospects (Stuart Fairchild) and utility player Josh VanMeter in exchange for Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley.

Cincinnati surrendered up-and-coming starting pitcher Packy Naughton that same year in exchange for outfielder Brian Goodwin. Last season, the Reds gave up two right-handed pitching prospects (Noah Davis and Case Williams) and in return received Colorado Rockies' reliever Mychal Givens.

Again, none of those are earth-shattering or blockbuster trades. But the ability for the Reds to restock their farm system this summer will be key to their success in the future. If Tyler Naquin returns to the Cincinnati lineup quickly, the front office may still look to trade him.

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