The Definitive Case for Trading Alfredo Simon at the Deadline

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The Definitive Case for Trading Alfredo Simon at the Deadline
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If the Cincinnati Reds are going to make a midseason trade to help their postseason chances, they have a pretty good trade chip in Alfredo Simon.

It's been incredible to watch Simon turn into the pitcher he is today. The Reds claimed him off of waivers from the Baltimore Orioles right before the start of the 2012 season, and he has been everything from a reliable reliever to a very good starter for the Reds.

Some fans may question why a team would trade a player like Simon if he has been so effective. Let's be honest here for a moment. There aren't many players on this roster that other teams would want and that the Reds would be able to get much for. Cincinnati won't trade any of its star players, so teams will have to evaluate some of the role players on this roster.

As good as Simon has been since joining the Reds, he is expendable if it means bringing back some valuable pieces. He's not going to be able to be swapped for a guy like Giancarlo Stanton, but he could be used to bring back depth at certain positions.

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