MLB trade deadline: Braves acquire Adam Duvall in four-player deal with Reds
The Braves have outfield help, and the Reds get pitching
The Braves and Reds have agreed to a four-player trade that sends outfielder Adam Duvall to Atlanta in exchange for right-handers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler and outfielder Preston Tucker, both teams announced on Monday.
Duvall, who turns 30 in early September, has a disappointing OPS+ of 83 this season, but the Braves will betting on his track record as a power source. From 2016-17, Duvall totaled 64 home runs and 60 doubles, although he posted a sub-.300 OBP over that span. In Atlanta, the right-handed-hitting Duvall could be limited to a platoon role, seeing time at the outfield corners and first base. He's not eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season.
On the Reds' side of things, Sims, 24, has struggled across 10 big-league starts and as many relief appearances. However, as a former first-rounder and former top-100 overall prospect, he still has upside. Wisler, 25, is also a former top-100 prospect who's struggled to adapt to the highest level. His ceiling plus the change of scenery make him a worthwhile gamble. As for Tucker, 28, he owns an OPS+ of 90 across parts of three big-league seasons and can man the outfield corners. He put up good power numbers in the minors, so the Reds will be hoping he can unlock something in Cincy.
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