MLB Rumors: Cincinnati Reds "Aggressively Pursuing Trades"

The Cincinnati Reds are in all-out rebuilding mode, but they will be trying to make their mark on the offseason in their own way—by constructing some trades. 

MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic says the Reds are looking to deal from strength in order to beef up a weakness.

One rival official says they are aggressively pursuing trades in which they work off their surplus of shortstop prospects to acquire outfielders with similar upside.

Rosenthal points out that the Reds’ top five prospects and seven of their top eight are all infielders, many of them middle infielders. Two of the top three, young shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, were acquired from the Seattle Mariners at the trade deadline in return for Luis Castillo.

If they can turn some of those elite middle infielders and/or third basemen into outfielders, it would help balance out the flow of talent in the system. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks are a team flush with young, promising outfielders for sale, but as Rosenthal notes, with the Snakes looking for major league-ready talent in return, the Reds will have trouble meeting their price. 

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