Reds Add Veteran Outfielder Goodwin, Angels Get Crafty Lefty
Even if the Reds are four games under .500 going into Monday night, Cincinnati demonstrated that it’s still striving to make the 2020 expanded playoffs, as it acquired bullpen help in the form of righthander Archie Bradley and a veteran outfielder in Brian Goodwin.
Brian Goodwin, OF
The Angels landed Goodwin off waivers from the Royals at the end of spring training in 2019. He’s turned into a pleasant surprise as a very productive center fielder/lefty bat who posted 2.2 bWAR in 2019. He’s not been as valuable so far this year, but he still is a very speedy outfielder with sneaky power and the ability to play all three outfield spots. With Nick Senzel on the injured list, Goodwin gives the Reds a needed boost in the outfield. Goodwin has three more years of team control remaining after this season.
Nationals Trade Brian Goodwin To Royals For Pitching Prospect
The Royals and Nationals are becoming frequent trading partners.
Packy Naughton, LHP
Naughton was the Reds’ ninth-round pick in 2017 out of Virginia Tech after an up-and-down college career that saw him succeed much more against wood bats in the Cape Cod League than he did for the Hokies. His ability to retire hitters swinging dead trees has continued in pro ball. He has a plus changeup that he can double up on, and he has above-average control. That allows his low-90s fastball to play up. His fringy curveball is not as effective as it was during stretches of his college career. Naughton ranked as the Reds’ No. 20 prospect at the midseason. He’ll have to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason or else be left exposed for the Rule 5 draft.
Player To Be Named Later
Any player not part of the 60-player pool cannot officially be traded as their minor league contracts are suspended. Baseball America will update when the player is named.