What to know about the Reds’ trade deadline plans and an update on Jessie Bates


Hi I’m Charlie Goldsmith, and I cover the Reds and Bengals for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Leading off

The most important detail going forward from the Cincinnati Reds’ offseason was how their trade with the Seattle Mariners on March 14 developed very quickly.

During spring training, when the Mariners offered a good return for Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez, Reds general manager Nick Krall took the opportunity and the deal happened fast. Now exactly three months later, the framework of that trade gives the clearest picture of the Reds’ plans for the 2022 trade deadline.

When projecting the Reds’ strategy for the 2022 deadline, the answers go back to March 14. The Mariners trade showed what matters most to Krall.

“Our goal is to continue to make our organization better,” Krall said during spring training. “It’s about long-term success and sustainability. We’re evaluating everything.”

For the Reds, these deals can happen fast if the return is right. There isn’t a move they “need” to make in July, but there are several that could make sense for them. As much planning as the Reds are going through to prepare for the deadline, the return will dictate almost any trade, especially since Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle are under contract for another season.

And the Reds’ track record shows what they’d be trying to get back. Nearly every major addition over the last three years can fall in one of these buckets as the Reds look to build “up the middle.”

The Reds have added catchers (Matt Nelson, Jackson Miller), shortstops (Matt McLain, Jose Torres, Ricardo Cabrera) and center fielders (Jay Allen, Ariel Almonte) who are athletic, contact-first hitters, as well as starting pitchers (Brandon Williamson, Justin Dunn, Chase Petty, Connor Phillips) with upside and the potential to be strikeout throwers.

Even though the Reds have a dozen possible trade candidates, the Reds likely won’t pursue a complete tear down like the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs did at last year’s trade deadline.

The Reds will value keeping a few veterans who can mentor younger players as well as players…



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