Reds executives have been reaching out to many clubs and agents to make acquisitions. A source told MLB.com on Tuesday that those efforts included speaking to the Braves about trading for Ender Inciarte.
No deal appeared imminent, however. It was not immediately known what Atlanta asked for in return.
While the Reds' primary offseason focus is to acquire starting pitching, they are also in need of a new center fielder to replace Billy Hamilton. Hamilton was non-tendered in November, and he signed a one-year, $4.25 million contract with the Royals on Tuesday.
Despite his great defensive ability, Hamilton has never won a National League Gold Glove Award, partly because Inciarte has won each of the past three years. But Inciarte would also bring more offense as a career .289/.337/.390 hitter over five seasons in the big leagues — two with Arizona and three with Atlanta. He was also a 2017 NL All-Star.