Possible Trade Deadline Targets For Cincinnati Reds As Sellers

Possible Trade Deadline Targets For Cincinnati Reds As Sellers

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The Cincinnati Reds currently sit 6.5 games out of first place with two months to go before the July 31 trade deadline. I dissect six possible trades that could be made by the Reds between now and then.

6. Brandon Phillips to San Francisco

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6. Brandon Phillips to San Francisco

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Rumors circulated in the offseason that the Cincinnati Reds were actively pursuing a trade of their All-Star second baseman. The San Francisco Giants are leading the NL West despite receiving little to no production from their second basemen. Starter Brandon Hicks is hitting .186 on the season, and the Giants could afford to use an upgrade offensively and defensively.

Return: Prospects

5. Aroldis Chapman to Oakland

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5. Aroldis Chapman to Oakland

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Trading Aroldis Chapman seems like a no-brainer for the Cincinnati Reds -- if for no other reason than the impressive return they could command. Oakland ranks first in MLB for team ERA, but is tied for second-last in saves (just eight). Chapman could provide Oakland with stability at the back end of their bullpen, as well as excitement leading into the postseason.

Return: Jed Lowrie, prospects

4. Johnny Cueto to Chicago White Sox

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4. Johnny Cueto to Chicago White Sox

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The Chicago White Sox are still in the mix at second in the AL Central behind the Detroit Tigers. Despite a strong offense, their staff ERA ranks 29th in the league at 4.62. The addition of Johnny Cueto could solidify a staff in desperate need of improvement if they have any desire of the postseason.

Return: Dayan Viciedo, prospects

3. Mike Leake to Baltimore

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3. Mike Leake to Baltimore

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Just 2.5 games out of first place in the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles find themselves in need of pitching as their staff ranks 23rd in MLB. Mike Leake would fit the bill for Baltimore -- young and controllable for the foreseeable future. Those traits would also cost Baltimore a great deal as well.

Return: Nick Markakis, prospects

2. Aroldis Chapman to Texas

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2. Aroldis Chapman to Texas

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Texas lost Prince Fielder and their pitching has been rather suspect, ranking 26th in ERA and tied for second-last in saves (nine). Adding Aroldis Chapman would add success to a struggling bullpen and give the team (and fans) something to rally behind. This would be a very typical Texas move in July.

Return: Rougned Odor, Jim Adduci/pitcher, prospects

1. Brandon Phillips to Atlanta

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1. Brandon Phillips to Atlanta

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Ask any Braves fan, and they'll tell you that Dan uggla just isn't cutting it. And with Miami (shockingly) staying hot on the heels of Atlanta, the Braves are in need of minor improvements to get over the hump. Enter Brandon Phillips. Atlanta has shown the willingness to spend money and trade prospects in order to improve their team.

Return: Prospects

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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