Monday, August 31, 2020

MLB Trade Review: Reds acquire Bradley


 

       The Cincinnati Reds have acquired RHP Archie Bradley from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for IF Josh VanMeter and OF Stuart Fairchild. 

       Bradley has been a good late inning reliever over the years for the Diamondbacks. The 7th overall pick in 2011 became their closer when Greg Holland was released last year. Bradley will be a much needed addition to a struggling Reds bullpen. While he hasn't had an amazing start to the season, Bradley still has one more year left of control, so I am surprised he got this low of a return. VanMeter is young with some MLB experience, but he has had an awful start to this season. A 2017 2nd rounder, Fairchild was Cincinnati's 11th best prospect (per MLB Pipeline) prior to the deal. He reached AA last year, and had good numbers.

       Bradley, 28, has a 4.22 ERA with 12 strikeouts, six saves and a 2.01 FIP in 10.2 innings for the D-backs this year. In his MLB career, all in Arizona, Bradley has a 3.96 ERA with 419 strikeouts, 28 saves and a 3.66 FIP in 404.1 innings. 

       VanMeter, 25, has one home run with a stolen base, a .059 average and a .334 OPS in 38 Plate Appearances for the Reds this year. In his MLB career, VanMeter has nine home runs with 10 stolen bases, a .214 average and an OPS of .683 in 298 Plate Appearances.

       Fairchild, 24, hit 12 home runs with six stolen bases, a .264 average and an OPS of .794 in 460 Plate Appearances for AA and High-A last year. In his minor league career, Fairchild has 24 home runs with 41 stolen bases, a .272 average and an OPS of .777 in 1212 Plate Appearances.

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