2. Reds trade underachieving infield prospect for Rockies LHP Brent Suter.
It's time to bring the Archbishop Moeller High School graduate home, don't you think? Brent Suter has been one of the more underrated left-handed specialist for quite some time, and the Cincinnati Reds could certainly use another southpaw in the bullpen.
Currently, Suter is dealing with an oblique injury and is on the Rockies 15-day IL. The injury, however, appears minor in nature, so Suter should be back on the diamond within the next couple of weeks.
If healthy, Brent Suter should undoubtedly be on Nick Krall's radar. The southpaw is 4-0 this season with a 2.81 ERA. Suter is never going to be confused for Hunter Greene, but the left-hander is the king of soft-contact. According to Baseball Savant, Suter's hard-hit rate is in the 99th percentile.
So what might a trade like this cost in terms of prospect capital? Probably not as much as you would think. While Suter may be the better pitcher between he and the aforementioned Brad Hand, the soon-to-be 34-year-old is a free agent after the season.
Maybe an underachieving prospect with high upside would be enough to pry Suter away from the Mile High City. A young infielder like Ivan Johnson or Tyler Callihan comes to mind, or even a power-hitting outfield like Allan Cerda. And perhaps, in the end, a young pitching prospect would be enough to push the deal through.