The Cincinnati Reds have made two trades at the 2020 trade deadline. Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic was the first to report on both of those deals. Brian Goodwin, an outfielder, was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in one deal. The Reds then acquired right-handed reliever Archie Bradley from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a second deal.
In the Archie Bradley deal the Reds are sending Arizona utilityman Josh VanMeter and outfield prospect Stuart Fairchild. Reports I had been hearing on Fairchild from Prasco Park were good. Entering the year, Fairchild was a top 10 prospect with the organization. The Reds are also getting cash back in this deal.
In the deal for Brian Goodwin the Reds are trading left-handed pitching prospect Packy Naughton to Los Angeles. They are also sending a player to be named later.
Brian Goodwin is currently hitting .242/.330/.463 through 30 games this season. The left-handed hitter has a career best OPS+ of 114 right now, and is coming off of a season in 2019 when he had an OPS+ of 108. He can play left field, center field, and right field – and he’s got experience at all three spots this year. He strikes out a lot, with a career rate of 28.4%. This season he’s walking at an 11% clip, up from an 8.6% rate over the previous three seasons. He is under team control through the 2022 season and is arbitration eligible in both 2021 and 2022.
Archie Bradley hasn’t been in the bullpen for his entire career, but has been there for the last four seasons. This season he’s sporting a 4.22 ERA, but in his career as a reliever his ERA is 3.01 in 227.0 innings – all for Arizona. This season he’s been crushed by a high BABIP, which currently sits at .448 on the year. The league average BABIP this season is .288. He has three walks and 12 strikeouts this season in 10.2 innings pitched and he’s notched six saves. Cincinnati will be hoping that the BABIP Gods allow things to even out for him moving forward. Bradley is under team control through 2021 and will be arbitration eligible.
Adding another outfielder to the mix is certainly an interesting move. The team also called up Aristides Aquino this afternoon, while optioning Joel Kuhnel back to Prasco Park. The addition of Bradley to the bullpen makes tons of sense. Cincinnati’s bullpen has either been good, or terrible. Consistency could go a long way to improving the late-inning woes for the Reds.