Originally Posted by M2
Infante = downgrade (you can argue over how much, but it's still a downgrade). And he will cost money (on top of the mammothly expensive OF options you listed), so the Reds will have even less to lock up Latos and/or Bailey if they go that route.
Guerrero - no thank you.
Profar is a SS. The kid probably wants nothing to do with a team that wants to stick him at 2B. He could probably upgrade Cozart's bat, but he didn't look particularly ready to match what Phillips gives you at the plate.
Henry Rodriguez - absolutely not.
Again, here's my problem: OF < Choo and 2B < Phillips does not improve the Cincinnati Reds. So I'm seeing ideas that cost a lot of money, potentially involve the Reds also trading a SP and they all seem to be plans to morph the Reds into an 85-win team.
I don't view Infante as much of a downgrade from Phillips TBH. They're pretty similar with the stick and Infante is also an above-average defender. I highly doubt Infante will get 4/$50M. And they're the same age (in my mind, this analysis shows just how overrated of a baseball player Phillips is).
The idea is that the Reds are going to tread water at 2B, lose on Choo (but not as badly as throwing Hamilton to the wolves) and get a net gain somewhere else.
All that said, I'd trade Chapman before Phillips...