5 pitchers the Reds could target in the final hours of the MLB trade deadline

There's a little over 24 hours left until the MLB trade deadline passes.

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5. The Reds could target Rockies pitcher Brent Suter before the MLB trade deadline.

This just feels like the type of trade that the Cincinnati Reds should make. While most of Reds Country is hoping to see a top-shelf starter like Dylan Cease join the Cincinnati roster before the MLB trade deadline, the bullpen is in desperate need of some help.

That's not to say that the relief corps has not done their job this season. While Reds fans have been enamored by the play of rookies like Spencer Steer, Matt McLain, and Elly De La Cruz, the bullpen has been the most surprising aspect of this year's Reds team.

The Cincinnati Reds bullpen owns a 3.89 ERA; good enough for sixth-best in the National League. Reds relievers rank fourth opponent's batting average and seventh in strikeouts. But the Reds bullpen is gassed.

Cincinnati relievers have thrown the third-most innings in the league this season, and the majority of that load has fallen on the shoulders of Alexis Diaz, Buck Farmer, Ian Gibaut, and Lucas Sims. Even Alex Young has pitched a lot of innings this season.

While Reds fans eagerly await the return of Tejay Antone and Vladimir Gutierrez, both are returning from major injuries and it's questionable as to whether either one will actually be impactful once they return to the roster.

Brent Suter, a longtime nemesis of the Cincinnati Reds, would being a left-handed presence and 2.79 ERA to the Queen City. A Cincinnati native, Suter is a free agent after the season, so the asking price shouldn't be very high. The Reds desperately need another southpaw in the bullpen for the stretch run.

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