Adam Duvall, Matt Harvey, Billy Hamilton, Scooter Gennett, Raisel Inglesias. All names we heard as possible trading chips as the Reds put the finishing touches on their rebuild. Well, Adam Duvall wasn’t the most likely player to be dealt, but he was the first.
I don’t know a whole lot about the Braves’ prospects but Preston Tucker is a MLB outfielder and is expected to join the Reds on Tuesday. He isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire this season, hitting .256 this season in his 127 plate appearances spread out across 62-games (25 starts). He’ll likely be another bat off the bench with a few spot starts, which will give some of the younger outfielders a great opportunity to earn themselves a serious look for the 2019 Opening Day roster.
The key piece to this trade appears to be right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims, who has a 2.84 ERA in Triple-A Gwinnett.
I don’t hate this deal, and here’s why. Adam Duvall, while having clutch HRs despite his low batting average, was set to get a sizable pay increase this coming offseason in arbitration. This also sets the table for an outfield with Winker and Schebler manning the corner positions, which should excite all Reds fans. Dick Williams appears to feel the same way.
Adam Duvall is currently 29-years-old (he’ll be 30 at the end of the season) and the future is Schebler and Winker in the outfield, with whoever is left over to play center field. Regardless of who plays in center, the outfield has something that they haven’t had in a while, which is stability and effective hitting. Maybe it’s someone within the organization that draws in between Winker and Schebler, or maybe it’s another offseason acquisition. Although, it sounds like it will be Billy Hamilton unless the Reds are just bluffing.
I doubt this is the last move we’ll see the Reds make before the deadline on July 31st. A lot of people think the market for Harvey has been non-existent but we all know it only takes one phone call for everything to change. Regardless of what happens, we all knew we’d be saying goodbye to one, if not multiple Reds this week.
Best of luck to Adam in Atlanta. I look forward to you hitting some clutch-bombs in the playoffs this season (we all know Philly isn’t winning the NL East).Follow @BennyMacBlog