In the hours leading up to the 2018 MLB trading deadline, the Cincinnati Reds have traded a player that gained a lot of attention over the past week. Late Monday evening, the Reds sent left fielder Adam Duvall to the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta currently sits in second place in the NL East Division, one game behind the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies.
At 29 years of age, Duvall has 15 home runs and 61 RBIs with a .205 batting average so far in the 2018 season. Duvall is currently tied for the fifth most home runs in the National League since the beginning of the 2016 season with 79 currently. He has also had appearances at first base and third base this season, showing that he is not only capable of hitting the ball but defending it in multiple positions as well.
In return for Duvall, Atlanta will send the Reds right-handed pitchers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler in addition to outfielder Preston Tucker.
Sims is a 24-year-old relief pitcher that has played in six games so far in 2018 for the Braves. In those six games, Sims has pitched 10.1 innings, allowing 12 hits, nine runs and two home runs while walking eight batters and striking out ten. Sims has a 7.84 ERA in 2018 and should add some depth to the Cincinnati bullpen which has been performing at an extremely high level all season but has been overworked. Another arm for the bullpen should be a welcomed sight in Cincinnati.
Wisler is a 25-year-old starting pitcher from Bryan, OH who has played in seven games, including three starts in 2018. Over his 26.2 innings pitched, Wisler has allowed 30 hits, 16 runs and six home runs while walking five batters and striking out 21. With a 1-1 record and 5.40 ERA in 2018, Wisler will look to right the ship a bit in Cincinnati, and maybe have a bit of a homecoming with friends and family. Bryan, OH is much closer to Cincinnati than it is to Atlanta, and Cincinnati sure needs help in their starting rotation. While Wisler may not look much better than what the Reds currently have in the rotation, but maybe a change of scenery is what the young pitcher needs to turn things around. We can all see how that has seemed to work for Matt Harvey.
Tucker is a 28-year-old outfielder that has played in 62 games this year for Atlanta. Tucker has a .256 batting average on the season with a .307 on-base percentage and .444 slugging percentage in 117 at-bats. The left-handed batter has 30 hits with four home runs and 22 RBIs, striking out 33 times on the season. His presence in the outfield will be much appreciated at this time now that Duvall is off to Atlanta.
Billy Hamilton is currently the only Reds outfielder still on the team that was with the team on Opening Day in March, though rumors have linked his name to the Cleveland Indians. Both Jesse Winker and Scott Schebler are currently sitting on the disabled list. Winker will be having season-ending surgery on his shoulder, putting him on the shelf for the remainder of the 2018 season. Schebler is dealing with a shoulder injury of his own at the moment, only throwing before games on a rehab assignment and being the designated hitter during the games.