Next, we head back to the NL Central and find our old friends, the Cincinnati Reds. Much like the White Sox, the Reds are looking to make a big jump in 2020 and challenge for a central division title.
The Reds did some of their heavy lifting in July when the team acquired Trevor Bauer in a 3-team deal. This winter, they have added Mike Moustakas and Wade Miley to the roster, continuing their goal to build a contender.
The Reds OF isn’t as incomplete as the White Sox, but they would still be wise not to bank on Nick Senzel and Aristides Aquino, and while Jesse Winker is a solid player, he is still limited. Haniger would be the best OF in Cincinnati and would slot in nicely in the 2-5 spot of their lineup.
The Reds have a few nice prospects that make sense for Seattle, including Johnathan India and Tony Santillan. But perhaps most notably in the realm of trade targets, is the depth of MLB quality starters Cincy has collected.
It is widely believed that Tyler Mahle is the odd man out in the Reds rotation and Mahle is actually a very Dipoto”y” type of arm. He misses bats and has the K: BB ratio Dipoto needs to see to have an interest. He also saw his groundball rate jump in 2019 and the 25-year-old has 4-years of club control remaining.
Mahle by himself isn’t going to be enough to lure Dipoto, but using him as a secondary piece could be appealing. The Reds also have a competitive balance B pick as well.