Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the job security of Reds manager Bryan Price is “extremely tenuous”. He adds that Hall of Famer and long-time Red Barry Larkin is viewed as the most likely successor if Price’s seat were vacated.
The Reds entered play Saturday with a 55-77 record, dead last in the NL Central. They lost nine games in a row between August 14-23, and are poised to finish fifth in the division for the first time since 2008. Their .417 winning percentage would be their worst since 2001.
In fairness to Price, the Reds’ August slump came after the Reds traded away ace Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake at the trade deadline. They also traded Marlon Byrd two weeks ago.
The Giants pulled off a last-minute deal before the waiver trade deadline, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the team has acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Red Sox. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston will receive minor league left-hander Luis Ysla in return.
Rosenthal reported earlier tonight that the Giants were in touch with the Red Sox about De Aza and were also looking at some infield targets. Some speculated on the Dodgers as a potential fit, but the defending World Series champions got the deal done.
De Aza was cast aside by the Orioles after getting off to a miserable start this season, but he batted .292/.347/.484 with 18 extra-base hits (including four home runs) and 25 RBI in 60 games after joining the Red Sox in June. The Giants already acquired Marlon Byrd from the Reds in August after Hunter Pence went down with an oblique injury, but De Aza will provide manager Bruce Bochy with some extra depth from the left side of the plate.
The Giants acquired Marlon Byrd from the Reds earlier this month after Hunter Pence went down with an oblique injury, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports they aren’t done trying to make some tweaks to their roster.
De Aza really struggled with the Orioles earlier this year, but he’s batting .292 with 18 extra-base hits (including four home runs), 25 RBI, and an .831 OPS in 60 games since joining the Red Sox in June. Boston is understandably running Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. out there on most days right now, but De Aza could be a useful piece for a contender in a part-time or bench role.
The clock is ticking on the possibility, as the Giants must get a deal done by the end of the day today in order to have De Aza eligible for the postseason. Stay tuned.