For all those Reds fans who are still upset that Nick Krall and the Cincinnati front office failed to make a deal at the MLB trade deadline; they tried. A deal just never came together.
According to New York Post columnist Jon Heyman, the Cincinnati Reds targeted Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer prior to the August 1st deadline, but the two sides were unable to come to an agreement.
Singer certainly fits the criteria of what the Reds were rumored to be looking for before the trade deadline. The right-hander is young and under team-control for another three years.
Reds rumors: Royals pitcher Brady Singer was on Cincinnati's radar at trade deadline.
Brady Singer's name was mentioned around the August 1st deadline, mainly because the Kansas City Royals are out of the postseason chase. Unfortunately for the fans in Kansas City, the Royals may be in line for yet another rebuild. After winning the 2015 World Series, KC hasn' had a single winning season.
Singer isn't an ace. In fact, he's yet to really develop into the player that had som much hype surrounding him heading into the 2018 MLB Draft. A teammate of current Cincinnati Reds infielder at the University of Florida, Singer was taken 18th in that that year's amateur draft.
Since arriving in the big leagues back in 2020, Singer has gone 27-28 with 4.26 ERA, 3.86 FIP, and 458 strikeouts over 481 innings of work. Singer fits the mold of a backend starting pitcher and has surpassed 125 innings pitched in each of the last three season.
Don't be surprised if the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals attempt to revisit a trade involving Brady Singer in the offseason. With such a poor showing this season, the Royals may be looking to blow it all up once again and start from scratch.
These latest Reds rumors should give hope to those fans who wanted to see Cincinnati make a trade at this year's deadline. Jon Heyman also noted in his column, that while the Reds were unlikely to receive cooperation from division rivals like the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.
In addition, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander were also likely to void a trade to Cincinnati. So, while Nick Krall and Reds front office may have attempted, and failed, to make additions at the MLB trade deadline, perhaps they'll have more success during the offseason.