The Cincinnati Reds are not done adding pieces to their bullpen. With the trade deadline just days away, Cincinnati had already agreed to a deal with the New York Yankees that enabled Cincinnati to bolster their relief corps. The latest Reds trade rumors suggest the team has swung a deal for Mychal Givens. That addition will only strengthen the bullpen even more.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com is reporting that the Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds are finalizing a deal to send Given to the Queen City. Givens owns a 2.73 ERA and has 34 punch outs in 31 games this season.
Givens would be a tremendous upgrade over the majority of hurlers currently in the Cincinnati bullpen. The Reds rank dead-last in the NL in bullpen ERA (5.36) and have witnessed too many leads evaporate late in games this season.
The reported addition of Givens would seem to signify that Cincinnati is ready to compete for the National League Central Division. With the Chicago Cubs likely to sell off most of their starting infield in the coming days, it’s becoming clear that it looks to be a two-horse race between the Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers.
The latest Reds trade rumors will see Mychal Givens join the bullpen.
The 2021 season represents the second season that Mychal Givens has spent in Colorado. The right-hander joined the Rockies last season and has a 3.69 ERA during his 41 career games in the Mile High City.
Prior to 2020, Givens pitched for the Baltimore Orioles. While pitching for the O’s, Givens put together a 20-17 record, 20 saves, and 3.32 ERA. Givens is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season and the remainder of his 2021 salary is estimated to be less $2M.
According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, the Colorado Rockies will receive Case Williams in return. Williams was originally drafted by the Rockies in 2020 and then sent to Cincinnati in the deal that shipped Robert Stephenson and Jameson Hannah to Colorado prior to the 2021 season. Feinsand later reported that right-hander Noah Davis was also part of the deal.
No matter which way you slice it, these latest Reds trade rumors have to be exciting for the fanbase. The Cincinnati faithful have been patiently waiting for the bullpen to be addressed, and it appears the front office is doing just that.