One of the many teams the Cleveland Indians talked to during the Winter Meetings last week was the Cincinnati Reds. The Tribe were reportedly after third baseman Todd Frazier, who the Reds are shopping as they prepare to hibernate in a rebuild for the next several seasons. Frazier would make a great addition in Cleveland, however, the two teams were said to not be very close on a deal.
Shortly after rumors of the Reds and Indians talking about a trade leaked out, most were quick to jump in and say that such a trade was probably not going to happen. According to a recent report from Jon Heyman, the talks may not be so dead after all. Talks between the Reds and interested parties are "heating up," says Heyman, and one of the teams rumored to be most interested in Frazier is the Indians. Other teams include the Washington Nationals, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Angels, so there will most likely be a bidding war for two years of Frazier’s services.
Unlike most of the teams the Indians talked with last week, the Reds probably are not asking for Danny Salazar or Carlos Carrasco. Instead, they are most likely after Indians top prospects such as outfielders Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier, or pitcher Rob Kaminsky. If they are asking for one of Salazar or Carrasco, the two may still be leagues apart.
The Reds are also said to be shopping outfielder Jay Bruce, whose career has gone off the rails following a 4.2 season in 2013. Since then, he has been worth -0.8 fWAR and has gotten on base at a sub-.300 clip in two seasons. If the Indians are showing any interest in Bruce, which does not appear to be the case right now, it would probably require the Reds to eat a lot of the $12.5 million he is owed in 2016.
It is no surprise the Indians are interested in Frazier, either. He can play every position the team needs right now--third base, outfield, and first base--while carrying a great bat. If only he was also a lefty reliever...