2. Aristides Aquino
By signing Shogo Akimaya and then surprisingly landing Nick Castellanos, along with Nick Senzel taking over center field, the Reds outfield is all-of-sudden over crowded, and Jesse Winker’s name hasn’t even been thrown out there.
You might remember Aristides Aquino. He burst onto the seen in 2019, when in just 56 games, the then unknown prospect cracked 19 home runs with 47 RBIs.
As The Athletic’s Jim Bowden pointed out, sending Aquino to one of the corners would be better than what the Indians currently field. Considering it took Jordan Luplow 22 plate appearances to collect this first it, it’s a valid point.
Like Yaz, Aquino comes with considerable risk because he has such little track record to fall back on. At least Yaz is playing well in his second season, while Aquino has been limited to just five games because of the log jam.
Winker could also end up being an option, as he’s no stranger to trade rumors involving the Indians and the Reds. The left-hander has a career .835 OPS in 898 plate appearances in parts of four seasons.
The Indians and Reds have some trade history, so don’t forget Cincinnati as Aug. 31 approaches.