By Robb Hoff @NFLNostradamus on May 31, 2014
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty will have to be at his persuasive best to deal the five Reds who need to be traded before the 2014 trade deadline. Who are they?
The Cincinnati Reds thought they had a reliable late-inning power reliever in Logan Ondrusek, but have discovered his flaws prevent him from realizing his potential. A contender might part with a mid-tier middle-infield prospect for a bullpen power arm with a track record of past success like Ondrusek.
The Cincinnati Reds have to hope that left-handed reliever Sean Marshall can make enough of an impression over the next couple months to lure a contender in need of a lefty to take Marshall and his over $ 6.5 million salary next year in exchange for virtually nothing.
The Cincinnati Reds re-signed left-fielder Ryan Ludwick after his stellar 2012 campaign, only to be extremely disappointed by the return in their investment for the past two years. The Reds are likely to accept a pittance in exchange for Ludwick, who has a $ 4.5 million buyout for 2015.
The Cincinnati Reds signed Jonathan Broxton with the intent of replacing Aroldis Chapman as closer so he could become a starter. Now that it seems all but certain that Chapman will remain the Reds' closer for the next couple of years, the Reds have to deal Broxton and the $ 9 million owed to him in 2015 for the most promising prospect a contender would be willing to offer.
The Cincinnati Reds are in perfect position to sell high when it comes to starting pitcher Mike Leake. With Leake, Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos all set to become free agents after the 2015 season, the Reds need to leverage Leake in trade this year to boost the team's offense for 2015 and keep front-end starters Cueto and Latos in the rotation next year for a serious bid to contend.
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