Breaking Down the Most Likely Trade Partners for the Cincinnati Reds

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Breaking Down the Most Likely Trade Partners for the Cincinnati Reds
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The Cincinnati Reds' activity at the 2014 trade deadline could make or break their season. The club has been treading water to this point and own a 39-38 record, despite playing without key players like Mat Latos, Sean Marshall, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips for various portions of the year.

In any event, the Reds find themselves 7.5 games back of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers and three games back of the rival St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot.

In short, they're in need of a shakeup. The team could use upgrades in left field, at shortstop and also in the bullpen. Upgrading the shortstop position seems like a bit of a pipe dream, as the price on players like Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez will be quite high.

The Reds can settle, however, and should look to upgrade left field and/or the bullpen.

Throughout the remainder of this article, we'll break down four different teams that appear to be the Reds' most likely trade partners moving forward. I'll give suggestions on players the Reds should look to acquire and even suggest a few prospects the ballclub could give up in order to begin a possible trade dialogue. 

 

*All stats are current through play on June 25, 2014, and come courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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