3 pitchers the Reds should target at the trade deadline to relieve their overworked bullpen

The Reds bullpen looks exhausted. How can Cincinnati's front office give them some help?

Oakland Athletics pitcher Trevor May
Oakland Athletics pitcher Trevor May / Brandon Vallance/GettyImages
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2. Reds should target Athletics RHP Trevor May at the MLB trade deadline.

If there's one team looking to sell at the MLB trade deadline, it's the Oakland Athletics. The A's will be looking to move anything that's not nailed down prior to August 1st, and Trevor May could be a nice pickup on behalf of the Cincinnati Reds.

The veteran's strikeout-rate is down considerably from year's past and walks have been a problem this season. In fact, May has as many strikeouts (23) as he does free passes. That's usually not a good combination.

But May carries salary of little less than $3-million for the remainder of the 2023 season, so the right-hander would fit nicely into the Reds payroll. May is 2-4 with a 4.73 ERA, but has performed much better over his last several outings.

Since the beginning of June, May has appeared in 17 games and recorded nine saves. The 33-year-old owns a 2.87 ERA during that span and 15 punch outs in 15.2 innings pitched.

This is a low-risk trade that really shouldn't cost the Reds much in terms of prospect capital. Just like Cincinnati last August, Oakland will be looking to rid themselves of any veteran on an expiring deal, even if it nets them little more than a lottery ticket.