Cincinnati Reds: Trade destinations for Nick Senzel

MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 28: Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds in action against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 28, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 28: Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds in action against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 28, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Indians

If the Cincinnati Reds wanted to make a splash in a trade, they would have an opportunity with the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians are seemingly deadset on starting their rebuilding process now. Corey Kluber has already been dealt. Mike Clevinger and Francisco Lindor have been regularly mentioned in trade rumors. While it would make sense for Cleveland to hold on to Lindor, at least to the trade deadline, they may look to deal him now, especially as his salary for 2020 has been established at $17.5 Million.

In Lindor, the Reds would theoretically have another middle of the order bat. The four time All Star posted a .284/.335/.518 batting line, hitting 32 homers and stealing 22 bases. He is also under team control for another year, as he is just in his second year of arbitration.

Acquiring a piece like Lindor would cost more than Senzel. The Reds do not exactly have a deep system, but there are some intriguing pieces there. A package involving Senzel, either Jonathan India or Tony Santillan, and an intriguing player in the lower minors might be enough. But even that is questionable.

If the Cincinnati Reds want to upgrade at short, Francisco Lindor is the real prize to target. However, it will take a lot more than Nick Senzel to get that to happen.