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#pounditMonday, December 5, 2022

Multiple teams reportedly showing interest in Reds’ relievers

The Cincinnati Reds are in last place in the NL Central division and are positioned to be sellers at the trade deadline, and there are reportedly multiple teams that want to do business with them.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, the Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies are all among the teams that have contacted the Reds about their bullpen arms. Cincinnati has multiple relievers that are under team control beyond 2018, so the return could be significant.

The Reds have one of the better late-inning bullpen groups in baseball. Both David Hernandez and Jared Hughes have ERAs under 2.00, and closer Raisel Iglesias is having a career year with 19 saves in 22 opportunities and a 2.20 ERA. The right-hander has struck out 47 batters in 45 innings.

Contending teams are almost always searching for bullpen help around the trade deadline, and the Reds could stockpile prospects if they’re willing to move on from some of their relievers. There have also been rumblings that they could trade at least one starting pitcher.

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