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Cincinnati Reds’ Top 5 Trade Assets

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Cincinnati Reds: Top 5 Trade Assets

Cincinnati Reds Rumors: Top 5 Trade Assets
Jake Roth-USA Today Sports

The Cincinnati Reds are having a great first half of the year as they are currently well over .500, but they are sitting 3.5 games back of the division lead. At the same time, they are tied for the lead in the Wild Card and if the season ended today, the Reds would be on their way to the playoffs. If they want to continue their success in the second half and take over the division, they will need to acquire a couple of key players before the trade deadline is over on July 31.

In order to acquire players, the Reds will need to get rid of a couple of assets they have their team. The Reds have arguably the best pitching staff in all of baseball and will definitely not want to get rid of any key guys they have in their starting rotation or in the bullpen.

What they can get rid of are some middle relievers who are not going to be needed as much and could help out another team. They can also trade away prospects (like most playoff contenders will do), and role players who come off the bench.

A player who can hit for average at the bottom of the lineup would be a great addition for the Reds as they are already stacked at the top of the lineup. You need to be able to hit throughout the lineup in baseball though, and a run producer at the bottom of the line is key to any team.

Here are the Reds' top five trade assets heading into the trade deadline.

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5. Alfredo Simon

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Alfredo Simon has been fantastic coming out of the pen so far this season for the Reds. He has a 2.93 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 46 innings. He could be a key seventh or eighth inning guy for a team willing to trade for him.

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4. Xavier Paul

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Xavier Paul is a backup outfielder who plays both right field and left field for the Reds. The 28 year old has hit .244 with five home runs and 25 runs batted in this season. The Reds probably won’t be using him as a starter in the future especially with Billy Hamilton in the organization, so why not trade him for someone they can use?

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3. Derrick Robinson

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Derrick Robinson is a backup outfielder for the Reds who is elusive. He can play center field or left field and has hit .254 this season with seven runs batted in. He is a young player the Reds could use to get a mediocre player in a multi-player trade, but he won’t be shipped for any season-changing players.

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2. Tony Cingrani

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Tony Cingrani is currently the fifth starter in the Reds' rotation and is 3-0 in his short stint so far as a major league starting pitcher. It is not likely that the Reds will deal him because they will be short on depth, but he is definitely a player a lot of teams would want.

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1. Billy Hamilton

Jake Roth-USA Today Sports

Billy Hamilton has yet to make his major league debut, but could possibly be the Reds' starting center fielder to start the 2014 season. A lot of teams want him and you can’t blame them as Hamilton has speed like no other. He had a record breaking 155 steals last season in High-A and Double-A combined and if there is one thing you can’t teach, it’s speed. He causes havoc on the basepaths and can cover a tremendous amount of ground in the outfield.