The Cincinnati Reds have certainly been active this week. They’ve traded with the New York Mets Boston Red Sox, and the Seattle Mariners (for what seems to be the 19th time in the last six months). Luis Castillo, Tyler Naquin, Tommy Pham, and Phillip Diehl are out. A whole bunch of prospects are in.
The deadline for teams to come to agreements on a deal is at 6pm ET tonight. Not every deal is likely to be announced by then, but the commissioners office must have the paperwork by then. We’ve seen it over the last few years that deals became public 20-40-60 minutes after the deadline.
Cincinnati still seems to have two bigger fish on the trade market in starting pitcher Tyler Mahle and infielder Brandon Drury. After trades of Luis Castillo and Frankie Montas, Tyler Mahle may be the best starting pitcher on the market at this point. Drury, who has been the Reds best hitter this season and leads the team in doubles, triples, home runs, hits, runs, RBI, and OPS, would certainly seem to be a nice pick up for a contending team. Drury is set to be a free agent after this season. Mahle, however, isn’t a free agent until after the 2023 season.
We’ll all have to keep scrolling twitter all day to see what happens. Maybe the Reds decide that they will keep one or both of the players. Maybe they only trade one of them. Perhaps they make a trade involving someone else. That’s kind of the excitement with the trade deadline, I guess, when your team isn’t going to be a buyer because they are 20-something games under the .500 mark (they are currently 20 under).