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Recently, the Cincinnati Reds traded away Yasiel Puig and Taylor Trammell, their top prospect, and got Trevor Bauer in return. This made a lot of Reds fans sad because Puig brought energy to the team that is very hard to replace. He seemed like he genuinely cared about his teammates and the city, and the city returned the favor by putting their full support behind Puig.
After thinking about this deal, which didn’t seem too great at first, it is starting to look better and better. The Reds improved an already very good pitching staff and the loss of Puig can be fixed by giving Josh VanMeter, Phillip Earvin, and now Aristides Aquino more playing time. All of those guys have the ability to be everyday players and to improve the ball club. The question is whether or not they will be able to put it all together in time to make a run this season.
The Reds are currently sitting at 6 games back in the National League Wild Card race and always seem to be on the verge of a run. It always seems as if one thing falls apart right when they get hot. They just split a series with the NL East-leading Braves and probably should have taken three out of four. The Reds were one baserunning mistake away from having a good chance at winning the third game in that series.
The Reds certainly have the ability to put together a run down the stretch, but there are seemingly too many questions and holes for them to really get it going.