After a largely quiet day, the Reds came in hot with two trades announced after the 4 p.m. trade deadline.
From the Diamondbacks, the Reds acquired right-handed reliever Archie Bradley in exchange for Josh VanMeter and outfield prospect Stuart Fairchild (team’s No. 11 prospect, per MLB Pipeline).
Utilityman Josh Van Meter and outfielder Stuart Fairchild are headed to the Diamondbacks for Archie Bradley, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 31, 2020
Cincinnati is also receiving money in exchange for Bradley.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) August 31, 2020
Bradley was a former top-100 prospect as a starting pitcher but converted to relieving full time in 2017. He’s been rock solid in the bullpen, posting a 2.87 ERA, 3.17 FIP, and 3.59 xFIP in 225.2 innings. The 28-year-old has a 4.22 ERA, 2.08 FIP, and 3.48 xFIP in 10.2 innings this season. He’s under team control through the 2021 season. Bradley will immediately become one of David Bell’s go-to relievers in high-leverage situations.
The Reds also acquired a bench bat, trading pitching prospect Packy Naughton (team’s No. 14 prospect) and a player to be named later to the Angels for outfielder Brian Goodwin.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 31, 2020
Goodwin can play all three outfield positions but has primarily manned left field for the Angels. A left-handed batter, he’s hit .254/.321/.461 with a 105 wRC+ in 1,069 career plate appearances. The 29-year-old is an above-average hitter against both lefties and righties, but he has reverse platoon splits, performing better against southpaws (121 wRC+) than right-handers (101 wRC+) in his career. This season, he’s hitting .242/.330/.463 in 109 plate appearances. He should be an immediate upgrade over Mark Payton on the Reds’ bench.
The Reds also called up outfielder Aristides Aquino and optioned reliever Joel Kuhnel, perhaps signaling that Nick Senzel’s return from the injured list may not be soon.
[UPDATE: General manager Nick Krall said the Goodwin acquisition does not indicate how long the team expects Senzel to be out.]
We’ll have more thoughts and analysis on the trades in the coming hours and days.
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