Reds should pounce on Athletics' left-handed reliever at MLB trade deadline

If there's one thing the Reds could use at the trade deadline, it's a left-handed reliever.

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sam Moll
Oakland Athletics pitcher Sam Moll / Eric Espada/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Reds currently have just one left-handed reliever in the bullpen. While Alex Young has been very good this season, he's the lone lefty in the Reds pen with Reiver Sanmartin on the 60-day IL.

If Cincinnati wants to make a run this October, being able to play the matchups in the playoffs becomes crucial. Adding another southpaw should be on the Reds shortlist as the MLB trade deadline approaches.

It just so happens that, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required), Oakland A's reliever Sam Moll is drawing trade interest with the deadline a week away. The Cincinnati Reds should jump on the opportunity to bring Moll into the fold.

Reds should pounce on Athletics' left-handed reliever Sam Moll at MLB trade deadline.

Sam Moll fits the bill of everything the Cincinnati Reds are looking for. The 31-year-old is making the league minimum this season and has yet to even reach arbitration. Moll won't become a free agent until after the 2027 season.

Moll, who's appeared in 42 games this season, has had success against lefties. Left-handed hitters are slashing just .191/.250/.286 against Moll on the season. Of his 34 strikeouts this season, 25 have come against left-handed batters.

Seeing as how the Oakland A's are in full-on rebuild-mode, a prospect or two would likely be required to seal the deal. Seeing how Sam Moll is 31 and 21, the return shouldn't be exorbitant. That said, it won't necessarily come cheap either as teams across the league will be looking to add a left-handed specialist for the stretch run.

For those Reds fans looking for GM Nick Krall to find affordable talent that is more than a rental for the final two months of the season, you should be happy to see a name like Moll drawing interest at the trade deadline. Perhaps Cincinnati will be able to swing a deal with Oakland before next week's deadline.

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