The trade deadline has passed but news of the deals can still trickle in. Here’s the latest trickle: the Reds have traded Tony Cingrani to the Dodgers.
Cingrani, a six year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Reds, has pitched in 25 games this year and has posted an unsightly 5.40 ERA. He began the season as the top left-handed reliever for the Reds but has been particularly hittable of late and he lost that spot to Wandy Peralta, making him expendable. Lefties have, disturbingly, raked against him.
Tony Watson, who the Dodgers also acquired this afternoon, is also a lefty, so maybe they’ll use him as spare parts or something. I dunno.
Hey guys, guess what: another Rays post. This one is news, though:
The Pirates just announced that they’ve acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash.
Dickerson, as we’ve mentioned 10,000 times in the past few days, was DFA’d by the Rays for . . . reasons. The outfielder/DH hit .282/.325/.490 with a career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA last year, making the All-Star game. Which is really bad, according to some people who I still don’t totally understand, but what do I know? He’ll slide into an outfield situation in Pittsburgh that currently features Adam Frazier at the top of the depth chart in left.
Hudson is entering the second year of a two-year, $11 million deal, which likely explains why cash is coming back to Tampa Bay in the trade. In 2017 the lefty specialist posted a 4.38 ERA in 71 games, striking out 66 batters and walking 33 in 61.2 innings.
Gray was a 13th rounder in last year’s draft out of Rice. He’s a middle infielder who will turn 22 next month. Last year he played 53 games in the New York-Penn league.