3. Reds could target Tigers RHP Alex Lange at MLB trade deadline.
This isn't a name that has garnered much attention to date, but if the Cincinnati Reds are looking to make a real upgrade to their bullpen, targeting Detroit Tigers pitcher Alex Lange might be a wise decision.
Lange, unlike Lance Lynn and even Scott Barlow, has multiple years of team-control remaining. Lange has yet to reach arbitration, meaning he won't reach free agency until 2028. A first-round pick in 2017, Lange has struggled with free passes, but has a strikeout-rate near 30-percent according to FanGraphs.
Lange's curveball's is his go-to pitch, and he pairs that with a 95-plus mph fastball. The right-hander will also go a changeup on occasions as well. Lange has done a good job this season of keeping the ball in the ballpark, allowing only three home runs on the year.
Now, because Alex Lange is much more than a rental, his services won't come cheap. And that, in the end, could be the biggest reason why Cincinnati doesn't want to go down this road.
In order to get a player like Lange, the Cincinnati Reds would have to be comfortable parting with one or more of their top prospects. Is adding a reliever like Lange worth relinquishing a prospect like Lyon Richardson, Carlos Jorge, or Jay Allen II? That's the question that Nick Krall and his team will have to answer.