Reds get Hoffman, top 30 prospect in trade

CINCINNATI — The Reds completed a trade on Wednesday that sent relief pitcher Robert Stephenson and Minor League outfielder Jameson Hannah to the Rockies for pitcher Jeff Hoffman and Minor League pitcher Case Williams. For the two Major League pitchers in the deal, it appears to be a change-of-scenery move

CINCINNATI — The Reds completed a trade on Wednesday that sent relief pitcher Robert Stephenson and Minor League outfielder Jameson Hannah to the Rockies for pitcher Jeff Hoffman and Minor League pitcher Case Williams.

For the two Major League pitchers in the deal, it appears to be a change-of-scenery move with both players also being out of options.

Hoffman, 27, was originally the ninth overall pick of the Blue Jays in the 2014 MLB Draft. At the 2015 Trade Deadline, he was the centerpiece of the deal that sent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado to Toronto.

“We feel he can give us multiple innings in a relief role or potentially a fifth-starter’s spot,” Reds general manager Nick Krall said. “He’s versatile with what he does, and he’s got pretty good stuff… We’re excited to get him and see what we can do to work with him and see him make progressions.”

The Reds covet pitchers with high spin rates and Hoffman fits that bill along with having a good curveball potential. But in 68 career games, including 38 starts, he was 10-16 with a 6.40 ERA. In a career-high 16…

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