Astros: A trade idea that solves the Ken Giles situation
Let’s make a trade.
Don’t laugh, but Giles could be a headlining piece for a trade for Iglesias. I’ll give you a second to compose yourself.
The Astros could work out a trade with Giles and a couple of prospects to the Cincinnati Reds for Iglesias. Giles is still relatively young with a power arm, he could replace Iglesias as the closer right away. He is in need of a change of scenery, and the young Reds could be a launching pad to his career.
Iglesias is the better player in this trade, so the Reds would not make a 1-1 trade. In order to get him, you will have to throw in some extra pieces. The good news, with Giles involved, you don’t need to add top prospects. It may take two mid-level prospects to intrigue the Reds to pull the trigger. This is not one of those situations where they would trade an A.J. Reed type player, but you never know.
Who could be the two prospects?
This is just a guess, but it may take a pitcher and an outfielder to get the reds to bite. Maybe someone like RHP Hector Perez (10th top prospect) and OF Myles Straw (20th top prospect). With his rapid rise through the minors, Straw has gotten a lot of attention around baseball. He has elite level speed which could be very useful for a team as a leadoff hitter with a high on-base rate. Perez could be an impact starter for the Reds as soon as next season.
The speculated deal:
Astros get Iglesias.
Reds get Giles and two prospects (Perez and Straw were examples).
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The Reds would be taking a gamble with Giles, but he is clearly in need of a change. It could be any two prospects going the other way, but that is a way to move Giles and get a closer without giving up the top talent. What do you think? Would the Reds accept? Just an idea.