The Cincinnati Reds are said to be buyers at the trade deadline and relief pitchers should top the list of possible acquisitions.
President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams left little doubt that the Cincinnati Reds will be buyers as the trade deadline looms. In an interview with C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic, Williams even uses the word “buyers” to describe the Reds. The bullpen appears to be an area of immediate need and one Williams and the front office should look to improve.
While some would advocate that the Reds should be in the market for a bat, I’m not convinced. Jon Morosi of MLB Network even tweeted earlier this season that Cincinnati would be in the market for a controllable hitter at the deadline. Eh, I doubt it. The Reds have enough hitters, and with the way Major League Baseball is headed, you can never have enough arms in the bullpen.
I’m not calling Morosi’s insight wrong, as he has more information regarding player movement and front office discussions than I do, but if the Reds want to compete for a division title or Wild Card spot, the bullpen is where the front office should be focused. While a controllable hitter would be nice, Cincinnati already has a problem getting appropriate at-bats for well-deserving players.
While the Reds’ relievers have been solid throughout the season, as Rosecrans correctly points out in his article, the bullpen’s ERA has risen from 3.73 to 4.05 in less than two weeks. The weekend trip in Colorado elevated that number even more. So, which five relief pitchers might the Cincinnati Reds set their sights on as teams inch closer to the July 31st deadline.