Reds bolster bullpen ahead of trade deadline

  • Nate Selfie
    Nate Selfie

  Looking for any kind of spark to ignite the club and get back into the playoff hunt, the Cincinnati Reds made a pair of acquisitions prior to the August 31 trade deadline.
  Cincinnati made a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in which they acquired their closer, Archie Bradley. Under contract through the end of 2021, Bradley figures to be counted on as an immediate late innings contributor and to provide some depth to the bullpen which has seen its ups and downs throughout the abbreviated 2020 season. The Reds also traded for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin and will likely use him in a utility role with the opportunity to start periodically.
    For local product Nate Jones, he appeared in two contests recently as he took to the mound on August 31 versus the Chicago Cubs. Jones came on in the top of the eighth inning as the Reds trailed 7-2. He allowed a single and recorded a strikeout and was brought out once more in the top of the ninth and escaped unscathed as his club would fall 7-5. On September 1, he appeared to start the sixth inning taking on the St. Louis Cardinals with his squad trailing 11-0. Jones would face seven hitters in total as he surrendered three hits, two runs (one earned) while recording one strikeout, as the Reds suffered a 16-2 defeat.
  Cincinnati will be on the road this week and they travel to take on the Cubs and Cardinals.