Originally Posted by Spring~Fields
My focus was on my questions of what do the Reds have in resources to trade, that a motivated team would be interested in and to give the Reds a good return for that trade.
I think this is a good question to ask for the off season. Unfortunately I don't think the Reds have much to trade. Here is the way I look at it.
SP - Amongst the starting pitching the only one that I think has tradeability is Arroyo. But... IMO the Reds don't have anyone who can replace what Arroyo can do. If the Reds had been in contention last season Arroyo may be getting MVP votes for his second half effort. Bailey, Thompson, Owings, and Ramirez are good options to have but if they have to fill two spots that may be dangerous.
RP - Contrary to some I don't want to see Cordero traded because I don't think you will get value back for him. He is what he is but the Reds don't have anyone that has shown the ability to close. If Burton shows that ability this season it would just make for an even better pen. You can never have too many live arms down in the bullpen.
Position Players - The one that I can see traded is Phillips. Phillips is in the discussion as the second best 2b in the game. He had a down year last season but he is locked up long term to an ok contract. He will begin to get more expensive and in typical reds fan fashion he will become a target. Encarnacion I can see being moved but I don't see him having much value on the market.
Prospects and Core - Votto, Bruce, Cueto, and Volquez are all types of players the Reds should target, not trade for. Dickerson and Hannigan have earned the chance to start but I don't know the value those guys would have. Then you get down to the prospects. Outside of Alonso, Bailey Fraizer, and Soto the Reds don't have much trade value. A guy like Valakia may be valued differently in ever organization but it always seems the Cards have players similar to Valakia's game. Stewart seems to have a live arm and some upside but I doubt any team is going to build a trade around him as the PTBNL. Thompson and Ramirez aren't going to warrant much in a trade by themselves. IMO a problem is the Reds aren't as deep as they have been in the past. They don't have that heir apparent ready to come up and fill in for a traded major leaguer.