Early word from the GM Meetings has the Cincinnati Reds looking to move star closer Aroldis Chapman and second baseman Brandon Phillips, according to a source. The team is also willing to listen to offers for third baseman Todd Frazier and outfielder Jay Bruce, the source said.
Chapman, 27, is one of the games premiere closers. At the trade deadline earlier in the year, the Reds were asking for 3-4 top prospects in exchange for Chapman, a source said. They had plenty of teams interested in his services, including the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and others.
What are the chances a deal gets done? That is currently unclear, but one agent has heard that Chapman will get moved some time this offseason, but that is unconfirmed.
Phillips, 34, will be tough to trade given that he is scheduled to make $13 million in 2016 and $14 million in 2017.
That being said, Phillips is still a quality player and he showed it at the plate last year, hitting .294 with 12 home runs and 70 RBI in 148 games last season.
If the Reds are willing to eat money in his contract, a deal is possible, but if they are unwilling to eat any money in the deal, the chances for a trade are likely slim.
Frazier, 29, has established himself as one of the game’s top hitting third baseman, as he’s hit at least 19 home runs every year since 2012 and at least 29 home runs per year since 2014.
Frazier, as expected, wouldn’t come cheap in a trade, and of all the players listed, he is the least likely to go.
Bruce, 28, has hit under .230 the past two season, but has still maintained solid home run totals, hitting at least 18 home runs per year since he’s been in the league. He is scheduled to make $12.5 million in 2016 and has a club option worth $13 million for 2017.
It’s unlikely that anything is close, but this is a sign that the Reds are serious about starting a rebuild. It’s just up to them to get it going.
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