The reds have come together Archie Bradley in a deal for the last second term with Diamondbacks, according to reports from both clubs. A useful person Josh VanMeter and external perspective Stuart Fairchild are targeting the D-backs in exchange for Bradley, and Arizona will also send $ 100,000 to help cover Bradley’s remaining salary.
Bradley, 28, is in his second season as the main closing option in Arizona and has been a quality member of the pen for the past four years. The former No. 7 overall was one of the most highly rated prospects in the game, but he struggled in 34 starts in the major leagues before finding a home in the relief group of D-backs. Dating from 2017, Bradley reached a strong 2.98 ERA and 3.17 FIP with averages of 10.1 shots, 3.2 walks and 0.7 homers on nine passes (despite boarding a home park convenient for strikers).
Controlled in the 2021 season, Bradley agreed to a $ 4.1MM salary in arbitration last winter. This is spread over about $ 1.48 million in this year’s shortened schedule, and approximately $ 617,000 of that amount remains to be paid. He will have the right to arbitrate once again this winter.
Bullpen’s help was a major area of need for the Reds in the 2020 season as their facilitators combined to publish a terrible 5.48 ERA and 5.20 FIP. Closer Risele Iglesias fights to the ERA north of 5.00, while some of his best predicted people, Michael Lorenzen (6.75 ERA) and Pedro Sling (designated for assignment) have not been raised on occasion. Cincinnati received strong performances from Amir Gareth,, Lucas Sims and Tejay Antone, but the established hand has long seemed a sensible addition as they seek to cram water into the disappointing NL Central, which has seen the dice recede from the division’s package. The Reds, the Cardinals and the Brewers are clubs under .500 that are fighting for second place and maybe a place for Wild Card.
As with most Diamondbacks deals today – Arizona also sent Starling Mars to Marlin, Robbie Ray to the Blue Jays and Andrew Chaffin of Cubs – they will take an MLB-ready asset that can jump straight into the VanMeter list. D-backs also added left Caleb Smith in Marta’s suaf and left Travis Bergen in Ray’s deal. Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen and his staff regularly decide to prioritize controlled MLB tracks as a return on their trades rather than pure prospects, and this trend is being passed on to swap Bradley.
The 25-year-old VanMeter came out on 2-for-34 in 2020, but posted a slash .237 / .327 / .408 in 260 appearances last year. He is also a career .287 / .353 / .536 striker in 573 record appearances at the Triple-A level, indicating potential for record growth. Beyond the record of its minor league, VanMeter has a lot of positional flexibility, which is another hallmark of D-backs under Hazen’s watch. He was mostly second in the major leagues, but also has experience in all four corner positions (plus 810 innings in the minor leagues at a short stop).
However, Fairchild is very likely the bigger gain for the D-backs in this deal. Choosing a second round in 2017, he is considered a runner above the middle level with an over the middle shoulder and the ability to play all three outside slots. Fairchild posted big numbers in two very suitable for steel leagues last year, reducing .258 / .335 / .440 (130 wRC +) in Class-A Advanced and .275 / .380 / .444 (142 wRC +) by just 12.8% strikeout rate in Double-A.
Fairchild was usually ranked in the top 15 by the Reds, landing 10th in Baseball America, 11th on MLB.com, 13th on FanGraphs. The fact that there is no highly valued prospect within the deal probably speaks to several factors: the team’s opinion of VanMeter and Fairchild, as well as some possible pressure from the property to reduce wages.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first announced the deal (via Twitter). John Gambadoro of 98.7 Arizona Sports announced the return (link to Twitter). Athletic’s Zac Buchanan added that the D-backs are sending $ 100K to Cincinnati as well.