Notable additions: RHP Jonathan Broxton
Notable losses: None
Analysis: The Reds last won a World Series when they had a bullpen of Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton and Randy Myers in 1990. In 2012, the Reds arrived at the trade deadline with the National League’s best ERA, and they left it with even a better bullpen after acquiring Broxton. He gives the Reds added depth to the seventh and eighth innings. More importantly, it allows manager Dusty Baker to protect Aroldis Chapman's arm in the second half, not having to always pitch him back-to-back days in close games. The deal makes the Reds clearly the team to beat in the NL Central.
You may be interested to know what the former Reds executive had to say about the Kansas City Royals as well. Here's that excerpt:
Kansas City Royals
Notable additions: RHP J.C. Sulbaran, LHR Donnie Joseph
Notable losses: RHP Jonathan Broxton
Analysis: The Royals knew they weren't going to re-sign Broxton or offer him salary arbitration at season’s end, so with no draft pick compensation ahead they did the right thing to trade him for a couple minor-league arms. Sulbaran is a former high school teammate of Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer. He profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter. Joseph, 24, was the Reds’ third pick in the 2009 draft and should help their bullpen depth.
It's important to note that Bowden handed out grades higher than a B+ to only two other teams, and they both hail from Los Angeles -- the Dodgers (A-) and the Angels (A). On that same token, no team received a grade lower than a C-. Thus, making the trade in his mind a favorable one for the Reds and a not-so-good one for the cash-strapped Royals.
To read my take on the deal, check out my post from earlier.