3. Reds should target White Sox RHP Lance Lynn at the MLB trade deadline.
I'm going to keep pounding this drum until the Chicago White Sox figure out how they plan to approach the MLB trade deadline. One of the best ways to help a tired bullpen to to subtract the number of innings they're required to cover. Enter Lance Lynn.
While not the same pitcher he was in the past, Lynn is still an effective starter who can give David Bell six or seven innings each time he takes the hill. Is he going to give up home runs? Yes, but that's the norm for almost every pitcher who toes the rubber at Great American Ball Park.
Adding Lynn would buy the Reds time until Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo return from the IL. It also gives Nick Krall a contingency plan in the even that one of the young starters reaches an innings limit. While it's been said that Andrew Abbott has no restrictions heading into the second-half of his rookie season, that remains to be seen.
By adding Lynn to the starting rotation, Bell could move Luke Weaver to the bullpen. For all the struggles that Weaver has incurred as a member of the rotation, adding the right-hander to the bullpen would give Cincinnati a pitcher who can cover multiple innings.
If the Cincinnati Reds entered the month of September with Lance Lynn, Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, Graham Ashcraft, and Andrew Abbott in the rotation, fans would have to feel pretty good.
The bullpen could then feature Lucas Sims, Alexis Diaz, Ian Gibaut, Buck Farmer, Tejay Antone, Alex Young, Vladimir Gutierrez, and Fernando Cruz. Pitchers like Luke Weaver, Brandon Williamson, Ben Lively, Daniel Duarte, Tony Santillan, and Levi Stoudt would all be available as well.