Reds Adding Bullpen Help Ahead of Friday’s Deadline

It is no secret which part of the Reds’ roster is giving them the most trouble. And late Tuesday night, or early Wednesday morning rather, the Reds finally gave some help to their bullpen. The New York Yankees sent RHP Luis Cessa and LHP Justin Wilson to Cincinnati. A PTBNL (player to be named later) was sent back to the Yankees as part of the overnight deal. Cessa, enjoying the best year of his career so far, has a 2.82 ERA and 1.252 WHIP over 38.1 IP this year. Wilson, on the otherhand, is in the middle of the worst statistical year of his career. He’s yielding a 7.50 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP.

The Reds weren’t done there, though. Around 12:00pm EST on Wednesday, Jon Heyman reported they were in agreement with the Colorado Rockies to acquire RHP Mychal Givens. Over 29.2 IP, Givens has accumulated a 2.73 ERA and a 1.315 WHIP. It’s worth noting that his road ERA of 0.82 is much better than that of his 3.86 home ERA in the most hitter-friendly park in the MLB.

It remains unclear who the Reds shipped out of the organization in either of the two deals. I expect at least one more trade to unfold this week. The front office seems to be done sitting on their hands. And their objective is clear: fix the bullpen.

Logan Vaughn

I write about Cincinnati sports in my free time.

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