Possible Trade Deadline Targets For Cincinnati Reds As Buyers

Possible Trade Deadline Targets For Cincinnati Reds As Buyers

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With just over two months until the July 31 trade deadline, the Cincinnati Reds are between becoming "buyers" and "sellers". I take a look at five possible trade candidates for the Reds to go after as buyers this season.

5. Gerardo Parra

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5. Gerardo Parra

Gerardo Parra
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Though primarily a right fielder, 27-year-old Gerardo Parra could be inserted into left field for the Reds and give the team an instant upgrade along with some much-needed youth at the position. A career .276 hitter, Parra adds hitting stability to an inconsistent team.

Contract: 1/$ 4.5 mil (arbitration)
Pro: Age, consistency, can hit for power and average, strong defense
Con: Another left-handed hitter

4. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton
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4. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton
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He will be on the list of rumors for every team that could possibly be in contention for 2014. Stanton is a rare player that is one of the best young talents in the game. Miami knows just how rare Stanton's abilities are, and will be holding him at ransom.

Contract: 1/$ 6.5 mil (arbitration)
Pro: Right-handed, age, consistency, power bat, arm
Con: Will require huge contract soon, inconsistent defense, will cost ton of prospects

3. Everth Cabrera

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3. Everth Cabrera

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Everth Cabrera would be an arguable upgrade over Zack Cozart. Cabrera has the speed and bat control to succeed, but has yet to consistently put it all together for an entire season. He would not bring RBIs to the team, but would consistently reach base ahead of the middle of the lineup.

Contract: 1/$ 2.4 mil (arbitration)
Pro: Speed, age, versatility, cost, flashes of brilliance
Con: Average defense, at times inconsistent with the bat

2. Carlos Quentin

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2. Carlos Quentin

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In need of a powerful right-handed bat to anchor the lineup, Carlos Quentin could fit the bill for the Reds, and be a cheaper (less talented) alternative to a trade for Giancarlo Stanton.

Contract: 3/$ 27 mil (through '16)
Pro: Power, right-handed, track record
Con: Injuries, can be streaky, average defense

1. Carlos Gonzalez

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1. Carlos Gonzalez

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In a perfect scenario, the Reds would be able to pry away Carlos Gonzalez from the Colorado Rockies to man left field for the next four years. A career .297 hitter (.355 OBP), Gonzalez would give the Reds the power and consistency they need.

Contract: 7/$ 80 mil (signed in '11)
Pro: Power, consistency, age, prime years, constant threat, good defense
Con: Contract, left-handed

Grant Doepel is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GrantDoepel, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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