Cincinnati Reds trade rumors are really nothing new, but a Todd Frazier trade could change everything. The Reds showcased not just the stadium, but also several really good players over the All-Star weekend. During the game itself, the announcers alluded to Frazier possibly being put on the trade market before the July 31 deadline. A report from ESPN on Wednesday (July 15) discussed how Reds closer Aroldis Chapman and starting pitcher Johnny Cueto could get dealt soon. Chapman was even asked about it by reporters.
“It is something that is part of the game but out of my control. I won’t worry about it. It is up to the front office what happens.”
This makes it very clear that the Cincinnati Reds trade rumors aren’t going to slow down, especially with the team 7 and a half games out of third place in the National League Central alone. Things are looking bleak for the team, leading to various rumors about rebuilding from the ground up. This is why Todd Frazier got brought up during the All-Star Game as a potential trade candidate. But would the front office really risk turning the fan base against them after the display he put on at the Home Run Derby?
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Frazier won the competition in front of the Cincinnati fans in what many MLB analysts are calling the best derby ever. His stock has never been higher, and the All-Star third baseman has even been mentioned in the NL MVP discussion. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has stated before that the club is not engaged in any serious trade talks involving Frazier, but even that comment suggests he is listening to offers. Frazier is definitely a player that could help out a lot of other teams. The New York Mets are one of the teams already linked to him.
Todd Frazier isn’t new to Cincinnati Reds trade rumors, but his emergence as one of the stars of the game has certainly increased the interest. He is 29-years-old this year, and is in the first season of a two-year, $12 million deal with the Reds. Frazier also has an arbitration year in 2017 before he would become a free agent. It means he is still under team control for at least two more seasons. That could make him an extremely valuable trade piece for a team that might look to completely rebuild.
When it comes to players that could be moved before the July 31 MLB trade deadline, Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman lead the list of pieces the Reds could deal. It will certainly be interesting to watch and see if these Cincinnati Reds trade rumors and the chatter from the analysts leads to the team officially entertaining offers for Todd Frazier. If the front office dealt Cueto, Chapman, and Frazier, would the fans ever forgive them?
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