Joel Sherman of The New York Post had some interesting Cincinnati Reds related tidbits within his article about the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon. He noted that last year they were interested in acquiring Freddy Galvis, but opted to go with Troy Tulowitzki first. He later speculates that the team could be interested in Tucker Barnhart, as well.
Let’s break all of this down a little bit. The first thing to point out is that the New York Yankees could have picked up Freddy Galvis in August simply by taking on his contract, and they didn’t. He was put on waivers and made it to the Reds – which means every team in the American League passed on him first. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t or won’t be interested in trading for him. One reason they could have passed in August was that they had Didi Gregorius. The Yankees may attempt to re-sign him, but as Sherman notes (and has been noted plenty of other places), the Reds are also going after Gregorius. As the only true shortstop on the market, if the Reds were to land Gregorius, the Yankees would need a shortstop to replace him and Cincinnati would have a reason to move Galvis.
With Cincinnati also being interested in Yasmani Grandal, if they were to land the former All-Star backstop it could open up the possibility, or even likelihood that the Reds would potentially look at moving on of Tucker Barnhart or Curt Casali. While rosters are expanding to 26 players for the 2020 season, making it easier to carry three catchers on the roster – Kyle Farmer could be the 3rd catcher and allow the Reds to try and trade one of the other two for some value. Sherman ponders whether the Yankees could potentially acquire both Barnhart and Galvis in one deal.
For the Reds, making that trade probably means that their offseason has gone quite well. Not that there’s anything wrong with Tucker Barnhart or Freddy Galvis, but if Cincinnati is trading them that means their plans went quite well in acquiring a new catcher and shortstop.
What do the Yankees have that the Reds could use? That’s a tougher question to answer, at least with a specific player(s). Right now the needs could be different than what they are by the time the teams could be talking – free agency or even other trades can alter that. But perhaps Cincinnati wouldn’t be looking to fill an immediate need, either. The Yankees have a very deep farm system, giving the Reds plenty of options to look at if they wanted to go that route.