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Questions Surrounding Cincinnati Reds’ Approach To Trade Deadline

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With the Cincinnati Reds treading water a little over a month before the 2014 July trading deadline, rumors have begun circulating as to who the Reds should and would be willing to trade. A team in limbo, like the Reds, could choose to be sellers or buyers in July.

Regardless of the route they choose to take, who should they not trade this summer?

Devin Mesoraco

Considering the torrid start to the season for the young Reds’ catcher, it is a no-brainer that Cincinnati should build their team around players such as him. Combining skill with a passionate personality, Mesoraco could be one of the leaders the Reds need to build around.

The key for the Reds’ success with Mesoraco will lie within their ability (or inability) to surround him with quality players. Their best catching prospect since the years of Johnny Bench, Mesoraco is a shining light on a dimming roster

Sam LeCure

He is the only completely reliable arm in the bullpen, isn’t he? LeCure is the pitcher who manager Bryan Price can always rely on to bail the Reds out of less-than-ideal situations. While LeCure would be wanted on the market, he is too valuable (and affordable) for the Reds to lose.

Bryan Pena

If there is one position in which the Reds have depth offensively and defensively, that would be at catcher. The free agent signing of Pena has been a life saver for the Reds. Pena has provided the Reds with consistent offense, strong defense (behind the plate and at first base) and leadership — not to mention an infectious smile.

What should the Reds address?

Unless you have lived under a rock all season — offense, offense, offense.

How can the Reds reload the organization?

By trading players such as Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman and Mike Leake. With the majority of teams in playoff contention in need of pitching, the Reds are sure to find a trade that works for both clubs.

Which teams match up best as trade partners with the Reds?

Teams such as the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox would be ideal to partner with the Reds on trades.

Who could the Reds target?

As mentioned, one team that matches up perfectly with the Reds would be the Detroit Tigers. A team that could benefit from Cueto, Leake or Chapman, they also possess a player who would be ideal for the Reds – Nick Castellanos. At just 22 years old, Castellanos has struggled for the Tigers in his first full season (.249, four home runs, 20 runs batted in), but possesses incredible potential.

The Reds will be looking to improve at two positions — left field and shortstop. For a team to match up well with the Reds, they will have to provide Cincinnati with quality young talent at these positions.

Barring an unforeseen 10-game winning streak, the Reds are almost destined to become sellers at the deadline. There are deals to be made, as they have been in the past, but it remains to be seen whether or not general manager Walt Jocketty is willing to conceded the season before August.

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.