Reds manager Bell agrees to two-year extension

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CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds and manager David Bell announced a two-year extension through of his contract through 2023.

Bell, 49, agreed in October 2018 to a three-year contract that included a team option for 2022. The Reds are 76-74 this season, third in the NL Central, and 184-190 under Bell.

“I think we’ve talked about this all year,” general manager Nick Krall said after Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh was rained out. “He’s done a great job with the team we have right now, and it was natural to have him leading us forward. We got to the playoffs last year, and we’ve had a great run this year, and we still have a chance. He knows how to run a clubhouse, and he knows how to run a dugout.”

Cincinnati was swept by Atlanta 2-0 in the first round of last years expanded playoffs.

Gus Bell, the manager’s grandfather, and Buddy Bell, the manager’s father, both played for the Reds.

“It’s an incredible honor to be in this organization and work for this organization and to be in this position and work with this group of coaches and Nick and his staff and loving every opportunity to be with these players,” Bell said. “I’m just thankful to be able to just continue all the work we’ve done together. There’s been a lot of progress in this organization, and I’m fortunate to be part of that team.

“The only focus I have right now is finishing this season strong and accomplishing what we set out to do at the beginning of the year. It would be nice to be able to continue that and striving for that success and much success for years to come.”

Cincinnati’s coaching staff also is expected to return.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.