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Changes coming to Reds after All-Star Game

Cincinnati will be active following the annual midsummer classic.

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Cincinnati is waiting for the All-Star festivities at Great American Ballpark to end before it begins to sell key pieces. Johnny Cueto and Jay Bruce continue to draw a notable amount of interest, and according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, there are "rumblings of changes" coming to the Reds in the days following Tuesday night's All-Star game.

Cueto is among the Reds most likely to be dealt and is viewed as an attractive piece for contending clubs seeking a top of the rotation arm. Although he allowed five runs (three earned) in his final start against the Marlins before the All-Star break, he has had success in 2015. Over 118.2 innings, he has posted a 2.73 ERA and 3.06 FIP while also pitching to a 2.7 WAR in the first half.

Although Cueto might have even bring more value to a club that loses a starter to an injury between now and the end of the month, Nightengale adds the Astros, Blue Jays, and Royals are the three most aggressive teams in pursuit of the veteran right-hander. Houston has been seeking a top starter over the last few weeks and would like another ace-type pitcher to complement Dallas Keuchel in the rotation. Both Toronto and Kansas City have also been seeking an experienced starter and might have the depth necessary to get a deal done.

While Cueto is the Red drawing the most interest, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported there is a 50/50 chance Cincinnati trades Jay Bruce before the deadline. Bruce has posted a .251/.341/.465 batting line to complement 13 home runs and 42 RBIs in 2015. Aroldis Chapman could also be dealt with the market for closers getting smaller since the Phillies opted to pull back on trading Jonathan Papelbon. Chapman has posted a 1.69 ERA and 18 saves over 37.1 innings this season.

The Reds will likely be active over the next few weeks and their commitment to waiting to trade key pieces until after the All-Star game might have an impact on other clubs' strategies over the next few weeks. If Cueto is dealt soon, trades involving other starters might follow.