July is sure to be an exciting time for Reds fans. Despite losing four straight to the Milwaukee Brewers, the cincinnati reds they remain in contention in the NL Central and are seeking a playoff bid in what most fans thought was going to be a rebuilding year.
The MLB trade deadline is two weeks away, and for the first time in a while, the Reds are interested in buying rather than selling. This will be a welcome change for Reds Country, who have seen the likes of Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray and Eugenio Suárez switch for more than a year.
According to Jon Morori or MLB Network, the Reds have been in contact with other teams regarding starting pitching, among other things. But with all this excitement, Nick Krall and the Cincinnati Reds front office must avoid making a big mistake just because they were ahead of schedule.
The biggest mistake the Cincinnati Reds can make at the MLB trade deadline is overpaying for a rental player. For those who don’t know, a rental player is one who will be a free agent at the end of the season.
In essence, teams looking to acquire a player for the August-September period only to see said player enter free agency after the season are sacrificing what could be a lot, in terms of prospective capital, in exchange for two months of player. .
In the case of the Reds, this would mean trading a top-tier prospect for two months of a starting pitcher. While the Reds could use an additional starter, is a young player like Edwin Arroyo, Connor Phillips or Rece Hinds worth giving up?
There has been a Proposed trade making it round via social media, centered around the acquisition of Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito by the Cincinnati Reds. The proposition caused Cincinnati to send Chase Petty, Yerlin Confidan and Javyien Sandrige to Chicago in exchange for Giolito.
The only way a trade like this makes sense is if Giolito signs a contract extension the moment he arrives in Cincinnati. Because that’s highly unlikely, such a deal doesn’t make any sense.
Last year, the Reds were on the winning side of a severe overpay after signing Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Spencer Steer and Steve Hajjar to Tyler Mahle. Nick Krall also fleeced the New York Mets after taking over the services of José Acuña and Héctor Rodríguez for two months from Tyler Naquin.
Nick Krall and the Cincinnati Reds front office don’t want to be on the other side of such a trade, so the one mistake this organization can’t make at the MLB trade deadline is overpaying for a rental.