MLB Trade Rumors: Ranking Cincinnati Reds' Best Trade Chips

By Grant E. Doepel

Ranking Cincinnati Reds' Best Trade Chips

Top 6 Best Trade Chips For Cincinnati Reds
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With the Cincinnati Reds losers of nine of their past 11 games and finding themselves under .500 for the first time since June 20, it has become obvious that they are no longer "buyers" with the trade deadline approaching in just two days. Keeping that in mind, let's take a look at six players who would prove to be the best trading chips in order to improve the Reds long term.

6. Alfredo Simon - SP

Ranking Cincinnati Reds Best Trade Chips
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6. Alfredo Simon - SP

Ranking Cincinnati Reds Best Trade Chips
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At 12-5 with a 2.86 ERA, Alfredo Simon has been stellar in 2014. Only making $ 1.5 million on the season, Simon is also arbitration eligible in 2015 for the last time. He has struggled out of the gate since the All Star Break and could give teams a pause for concern that are looking for an affordable starter. In return the Reds would likely receive a team's top 10 prospect in addition to mid-level prospects as well.

5. Mike Leake - SP

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5. Mike Leake - SP

Ranking Cincinnati Reds Best Trade Chips
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Mike Leake has been very consistent for the Reds since starting straight out of college in 2010. Making $ 5.93 million in 2014, Leake is arbitration eligible for the final time next season. With a 3.73 ERA on the year, Leake would likely bring a higher prospect return than Simon due to his track record as well as being seven years younger. The Reds would be wise to ask an interested club for two top 10 prospects or a productive major league bat.

4. Mat Latos - SP

Ranking Cincinnati Reds Best Trade Chips
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4. Mat Latos - SP

Ranking Cincinnati Reds Best Trade Chips
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Mat Latos has been very good for the Reds since being traded from the San Diego Padres. In three years, he is 30-14 with a 3.32 ERA. At just 26 years old, Latos will command a hefty deal as a free agent in two years. If the Reds opted to trade their second ace, the return would consist of a top-five prospect, a top-10 prospect as well as a serviceable major leaguer. While Latos should be the starter they keep, a trade would go far in retooling.

3. Jonathan Broxton - RP

Ranking Cincinnati Reds Best Trade Chips
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3. Jonathan Broxton - RP

Ranking Cincinnati Reds Best Trade Chips
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Strong bullpen arms are a hot commodity right now in MLB -- Huston Street (0.97 ERA) and Joakim Soria (2.70) were both traded for top prospects. With his 0.98 ERA, a trade of Broxton would likely bring the same in return for the Reds with two high-end prospects to help rebuild a roster. With the emergence of Jumbo Diaz and Carlos Contreras (and signing of Rasiel Iglesias), the Reds can afford to part ways with a few arms.

2. Aroldis Chapman - Closer

Ranking Cincinnati Reds Best Trade Chips
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2. Aroldis Chapman - Closer

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With arguably the best fastball in all of baseball, Aroldis Chapman would be a huge acquisition for any team at the trade deadline, but the Reds will be asking a king's ransom in return. If a team was willing to do what was needed to trade for Chapman, the Reds would likely receive two top-five prospects as well as a productive and established outfielder (or reliever) in return. While fans would hate to lose him, it has to tempt the Reds.

1. Johnny Cueto - SP

Ranking Cincinnati Reds Best Trade Chips
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1. Johnny Cueto - SP

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Right now, Johnny Cueto and Clayton Kershaw are battling for the title of "best pitcher in baseball" in a very close race. At 11-6 with a 2.08 ERA, Cueto has been simply dominant in 2014. Due only $ 10 million in 2015, the Reds are sure to receive plenty of calls regarding their ace at the deadline -- and they should listen. Trading Cueto would net the Reds either MLB-ready outfielders or a load of top-tier prospects to retool the farm system.

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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