The Reds announced late Monday night that the club sent outfielder Adam Duvall to the Braves in exchange for pitchers Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler and outfielder Preston Tucker. None of the three players the Reds received were on the Braves’ 25-man roster.
Duvall, 29, hasn’t been very productive this season, batting a meager .205/.386/.399 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. He is good for the occasional homer even if he strikes out a lot and doesn’t get on base. Duvall could platoon with Ender Inciarte, pushing Ronald Acuna into center field when an opposing lefty starter is on the mound.
Sims, 24, was once a highly-touted pitching prospect, but he has struggled in 68 major league innings, owning a 5.96 ERA with a 54/31 K/BB ratio. He has spent most of his season with Triple-A Gwinnett, putting up a much better 2.84 ERA with an 83/34 K/BB ratio in 73 innings.
Wisler, 25, was also once a well-regarded pitching prospect. Across 324 2/3 innings in the majors, he owns a 5.27 ERA with 230 strikeouts and 107 walks. He and Sims will provide rotation depth for the Reds, who figure to trade Matt Harvey by tomorrow’s 4 PM ET non-waiver trade deadline.
Tucker, 28, hit .256/.307/.444 with four homers and 22 RBI in 127 plate appearances for the Braves this season. The Braves sent him down to Triple-A in late June, where he’s compiled a light .691 OPS in 21 games.
The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.
Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:
I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.
In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.
“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”
Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.
For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.