The deal ends a five-year run in Cincinnati for Stephenson, 27, the team’s first-round pick in 2011. He had a 9.90 ERA in 10 relief appearances last season and a 5.15 ERA in 104 games (22 starts) since debuting in 2016. He had his best season in 2019 with a 3.76 ERA in 57 relief appearances.
Like Hoffman, Stephenson could improve with a change in scenery, Krall said.
“Robert was really good for us two years ago,” Krall said. “He struggled a bit this year.”
Hannah, 23, was a second-round pick in 2018. The Oakland A’s drafted him and traded him to the Reds for starter Tanner Roark at the trade deadline in 2019. He hit .224 in 18 games with the Single-A Daytona Tortugas in 2019.