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MLB Trade Deadline: 5 Lefties To Boost Cincinnati Reds’ Bullpen

MLB Trade Deadline: 5 Lefties To Boost Cincinnati Reds’ Bullpen

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The Cincinnati Reds need a left-handed bullpen arm. With Sean Marshall out for the remainder of the season, Manny Parra cannot do it all by himself. After a rough start, Parra has come on as of late, having not allowed a single run in his last 18 outings. Still, he's the Reds' only southpaw middle reliever, and it is irrational for any team with hopes at the postseason to have just one option. Here are some lefties the Reds should go after.

5. Glen Perkins -- Minnesota Twins

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5. Glen Perkins -- Minnesota Twins

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Glen Perkins is the only long shot on the list, and he's also the best. He nabbed the save for the American League in the 2014 All-Star Game. Even though the Twins are out of the hunt this season, their farm has at least three top MLB prospects ready for 2015. Perkins is also a fan favorite from St, Paul, MN. The chances of him being traded are slim.

4. Oliver Perez -- Arizona Diamondbacks

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4. Oliver Perez -- Arizona Diamondbacks

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After flopping hard as a New York Mets' starting pitcher, Oliver Perez has resurrected his career in a relief role. In 40 games this season he sports a 2.00 ERA, 1.139 WHIP, 10.0 K/9 and only one home run allowed in Arizona's home-run-friendly Chase Field.

3. Tony Sipp -- Houston Astros

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3. Tony Sipp -- Houston Astros

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Tony Sipp is another lefty who would fit well in Cincinnati. In 28.1 innings with Houston this season, Sipp has an ERA of 2.54, 0.81 WHIP, 5.1 H/9, 12.4 K/9 and stellar 5.57 K/BB ratio.

2. Antonio Bastardo -- Philadelphia Phillies

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2. Antonio Bastardo -- Philadelphia Phillies

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The Reds are looking hard at current Phillies left-hander Antonio Bastardo. He mixes a low-90's fastball with slider as his off-speed pitch. Bastardo's only pitfall is lack of command, averaging 4.9 BB/9. However, he makes up for it with an identical 4.9 H/9 and 10.9 K/9.

1. James Russell -- Chicago Cubs

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1. James Russell -- Chicago Cubs

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Left-handed specialist James Russell was born in Cincinnati. If Walt Jocketty wants to bring him home and pry him away from the Chicago Cubs, he'll bring a 2014 ERA of 2.86 and a 1.16 WHIP to the Queen City. Russell is prone to the long ball, surrendering three in 28.1 innings.