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Reds should deal Alejo Lopez while his trade-value is high

CINCINNATI, OHIO - JULY 01: Alejo Lopez #28 of the Cincinnati Reds grounds into a double play. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds optioned infielder Alejo Lopez back to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. While the rookie has played admirably, mostly as a pinch hitter, since his call-up to the big leagues, perhaps the 25-year-old holds more value as trade chip before the upcoming July 30th deadline.

This isn’t meant in any way to be a knock against Lopez, who’s game I absolutely love. Lopez is a hitter. He’s not a power-hitter, which is all the rage in today’s game.