Rox deal Hoffman to Reds for RHP, prospect

DENVER — In a classic change-of-scenery trade for once highly regarded pitching prospects who became right-handed relievers, the Rockies received Robert Stephenson from the Reds in exchange for Jeff Hoffman. Also, the Rockies received left-handed-hitting outfield prospect Jameson Hannah, their new No. 14 prospect, while sending to Cincinnati righty Case

DENVER — In a classic change-of-scenery trade for once highly regarded pitching prospects who became right-handed relievers, the Rockies received Robert Stephenson from the Reds in exchange for Jeff Hoffman.

Also, the Rockies received left-handed-hitting outfield prospect Jameson Hannah, their new No. 14 prospect, while sending to Cincinnati righty Case Williams — drafted this summer in the fourth round out of Douglas County (Colo.) High School.

Stephenson, who turns 28 on Feb. 24, was the Reds’ first-round Draft pick (27th overall) in 2011. He started 22 of his first 37 Major League appearances from 2016-18 before converting to the bullpen in ’19. That year, Stephenson went 3-2 with a 3.76 ERA across 57 appearances with 81 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings. But in ’20, he battled a mid-back strain and finished with a 9.90 ERA in 10 appearances.

Here is a thread from my conversation with RHP Jeff Hoffman, traded by the #Rockies to the #Reds today. https://t.co/72rYz1Oizl

— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) November 25, 2020

Hoffman, who turns 28 on Jan. 8, was selected ninth overall by the Blue Jays in 2014 and was a key figure in the trade…

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