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Reds calling on Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco

In Cleveland Indians rumors, the Cincinnati Reds have called about a trade involving pitchers Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco.

In Cleveland Indians rumors, the Cincinnati Reds are talking to the Tribe regarding starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman.

No surprise here, considering how desperate the Reds are for starting pitching. Cincinnati actually boasts some nice lineup pieces, but the organization’s losing ways are wearing on the fan base, and a move toward winning has to be made.

Enter Kluber or Carrasco.

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For Kluber, or even Carrasco, the Indians could go after Reds’ top prospects Nick Senzel, Hunter Greene, or Taylor Trammell.

For what it’s worth, the Reds appear more focused on the Mariners’ James Paxton and the Yankees Sonny Gray at the moment. That doesn’t mean they won’t change their minds, though.

Heyman pointed out how the Reds may be hesitant to deal away top prospects because so many trades didn’t work out for the organization when they were competing for division titles back in the early 2010s.

If they go with Gray, they probably won’t have to give up as much as they would have to for someone such as Kluber, or Salazar.

Senzel is the Reds’ top prospect, and he’s come through the system as a third baseman. When MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince speculated on possible trades for Kluber or Carrasco, Senzel’s name came up.

In his minor league career, Senzel’s hit  .314, in addition to carrying a .903 OPS. If he stays at third in Cincy, his pathway is likely blocked by Eugenio Suarez, although Castrovince wrote the outfield  could be a fit.

His name is worth watching because he can help in the big-league next season.

Hunter Greene is the Reds’ No. 2 prospect. In his first full big-league season with the Class A Dayton Dragons, Greene regularly touched 100 miles per hour. He can also hit, although the Reds didn’t have appear at the plate in 2018. I find it unlikely the Reds will move him.

Trammell is an intriguing name because he plays outfield and he seems to be developing more at every stop. He was the story of last summer’s Futures game, during All-Star weekend. He hit .277  (.781 OPS). Unfortunately for the Indians, he won’t be be big-league ready for a couple more seasons.

Current Red, Jesse Winker was a name thrown out by Castrovince because he plays the outfield and has flashed power in his limited playing time. His 2018 season was cut down by injury, though.

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The Reds seem like an ideal trade partner because they have a prospect who can help now, as well as some players who will be ready down the line. Plus, Kluber or Carrasco would be be in the NL with virtually no chance of the Indians and Reds meeting in the postseason.

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