Lotta talk about Reds SP, and other execs say it's legit: They're willing to discuss Mike Leake and Mat Latos. Johnny Cueto unlikely to go.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 11, 2014
Cincinnati seems to be open to trading anyone on their rotation except for Johnny Cueto but anything can happen. Pitching is something they are flexible with in terms of value; they would most likely trade Leake or Latos away for a big bat or two. The Reds were the third worst team in the MLB last season in scoring; they produced just 595 runs, which was 28th in the MLB. Cincinnati was also second to last in the MLB in hits with 1,282. With an already solid rotation, letting go of one of those pitchers for a guy or guys who are going to produce a lot of runs could help the Reds significantly. The Reds have been on the verge of reaching the next step for a few years now, but can’t seem to get over the hump.
Mat Latos and Mike Leake are both 26, and they both have a ton of upside. At 26, they’ve both established themselves as very reliable starting pitchers. The Reds will definitely have some decisions to make especially since they are both eligible for arbitration this year and eligible for free agency next year. Last season, Leake went 11-13 with an ERA of 3.70, and Latos went 5-5 with an ERA of 3.25.
Cincinnati has talent with Votto, Phillips, Shoemaker, Hamilton, etc.. but they’re lacking one or two guys who will consistently get hits and drive in RBIs. Votto had a down year, and Brandon Phillips isn’t getting any younger. Now could be the best time to make deals for Latos and Leake that could benefit the Reds in the future without having to risk losing them net year to free agency anyway.