This is the trade deadline of middle-inning arms. The Cubs traded for Justin Wilson last night, Addison Reed was traded this morning, Houston traded for Francisco Liriano, Milwaukee acquired Jeremy Jeffress from Texas, Cleveland picked up Joe Smith, Washington traded for Brandon Kintzler, and now both the Diamondbacks and Dodgers have picked up depth in their pursuit of the postseason.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired David Hernandez from the Los Angeles Angels, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Tony Watson from the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tony Cingrani from the Cincinnati Reds.
Hernandez is having a career year with a 2.23 ERA and 1.85 FIP, playing for his third team in three seasons. He has not allowed a home run all season, keeping the ball on the ground while hammering the strike zone. While the Diamondbacks bullpen has been surprisingly effective this season, they’ve relied on pitchers who haven’t shown the ability to be successful over an entire season. That includes players such as Fernando Rodney, Archie Bradley, Randall Delgado, and Jorge De La Rosa.
Hernandez will be a quality late inning option for Arizona.
As for the Dodgers, they’ve acquired two former closers to sure up the later innings in front of Kenley Jansen. Watson has certainly declined the past two seasons, seeing his strikeouts decline drastically, and his ERA more than double from two seasons ago. Cingrani has been even less effective, carrying a career 4.55 BB/9, and astronomical 7.10 ERA. While Cingrani is a lefty arm, he’s been less effective against lefties this season (.464 wOBA against lefties vs .343 wOBA against righties).
The return for Pittsburgh was solid: