“Having conversations about those players doesn’t mean we’re going to trade them,” Krall said. “It doesn’t mean we’re not going to trade them. We’re working right now to figure out how we can do the best we can to build for long term and sustainable success.”
In his second season with the Reds, Naquin, 31, hit .246 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs. He hit .270 with 19 home runs and 70 RBIs for the Reds in 2021 after they signed him as a free agent in February that year. He’ll be a free agent after this season.
“We definitely wish him well in his career,” Reds General Manager Nick Krall said. “Going to a first-place club, that’s great for him.”
Diehl, 28, had a 4.24 ERA in 25 appearances for the Triple-A Louisville Bats and had a 11.12 ERA in five appearances with the Reds in April and May. The Reds selected him off waivers from the Colorado Rockies in April 2021.
The Reds assigned Acuna, 19, of Venezuela, to Single-A Daytona. He was 3-0 with a 2.67 ERA in eight appearances, including five starts, at the Rookie League level and in the Single-A Florida State league this year.
“He has a chance to be a Major League starting pitcher with three plus Major League pitches,” Krall said.
Rodriguez, 18, of the Dominican Republic, will play for the Reds in the Arizona Complex League. The Mets signed him as an undrafted free agent in January 2021. He hit .356 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in the Florida Complex League this year.
“He’s a plus runner,” Krall said. “He has a chance to have a plus hit tool. We’re really excited about him.”