The Cincinnati Reds made some trades on Monday afternoon right as the trade deadline was set to expire. The team picked up outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Los Angeles Angels and then made a move to acquire right-handed reliever Archie Bradley from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Reds also received cash from Arizona in the deal. Cincinnati sent out left-handed prospect Packy Naughton and a player to be named later in the deal with the Angels. In the move with Arizona the Reds sent Josh VanMeter and outfield prospect Stuart Fairchild.
- Brian Goodwin – Outfielder (MLB)
- Archie Bradley – Reliever (MLB)
- Cash (undisclosed amount)
- Josh VanMeter – Utilityman (MiLB)
- Stuart Fairchild – Outfielder (MiLB)
- Packy Naughton – Lefty Starter (MiLB)
- Player to be named later
Since we’re here at RedsMinorLeagues.com we’re going to focus more on the guys that were traded away. Josh VanMeter has been back-and-forth between the big league club and Prasco Park this year. After a solid, but unspectacular season in Cincinnati last season, he struggled this year at the Major League level. The lefty can-play-almost-anywhere guy hit .059, going 2-34 this season with Cincinnati with a double and a home run.
Stuart Fairchild has been at Prasco Park this year, but has not been called up to Cincinnati. The #8 prospect in the organization can play all three outfield spots and is considered an above-average defender. Last season in the second half he made big strides at the plate, really cutting down on how often he struck out. Reports out of Prasco was that he had continued developing there and was looking good. He’s not that far away from being able to be a useful big leaguer and he’s got starter potential as a good defender and solid hitter with sneaky pop in his bat.
Packy Naughton was one of the organizations top left-handed pitching prospects. With that said, he fell just outside of the Top 25 rankings. Naughton could be a back end of the rotation caliber starter, but there’s not a ton of wiggle room on his stuff, which is solid across the board but nothing really stands out. He throws plenty of strikes and can mix things up well.
As far as the acquisitions – both players are under contract for 2021, and Goodwin is also under contract for 2022. Both players make the Cincinnati Reds better right now. Goodwin has been an above-average hitter this year and for his career. He’s not a “game changer” so to speak, but he’s an upgrade to the roster without question. Bradley could be a bit of a game changer, though. The bullpen has been a big weakness for the Reds this year and his track record suggests he’s a big upgrade. You never really know with relievers, but he does all the things you want a good reliever to do.