Cincinnati is currently 30-35, 12.5 games the division-leading Cardinals in the NL Central and are dealing with several key injuries, including losing starting pitcher Homer Bailey and shortstop Zack Cozart for the season.
One player the Reds would like to move is second baseman Brandon Phillips, who has been vocal about his displeasure with his contract lately, according to Heyman. Phillips has hit .295/.333/.364 this season with three home runs in 58 games.
The Reds also have one of the few blue-chip pitchers that could come on the market in lefty Johnny Cueto, who has started 2015 strong with a 2.98 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 90⅔ innings over 13 starts, walking 16 and striking out 86. This comes on the heels of a 2014 season that saw him finish second in NL Cy Young voting to Clayton Kershaw with a 2.25 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 243⅔ innings with 65 walks and 242 strikeouts.
Cueto is a trade candidate because this is the last season of his contract, and it is within Cincinnati's best interests to get something aside from a draft pick in exchange for him since he has not committed to the team long term.
Cincinnati also could trade outfielder Jay Bruce, who would provide power from the left side for a contender. Bruce is hitting .232/.339/.427 this season with 10 home runs in 63 games and has hit at least 18 home runs in every season of his big league career. He is signed for $12,5 million next season with a $1 million buyout of his deal available in 2017.
If the Reds decide to go all in on a sale, they could also move first baseman Joey Votto and third baseman Todd Frazier, but at this point they seem hesitant to commit to being sellers at all.