The Rays and Reds have labored out the ultimate particulars of a pair of offseason trades between the 2 golf equipment, as per a number of reporters (together with MLB.com’s Juan Toribio). Back in November, the 2 golf equipment engaged in two trades, one which despatched right-hander Jose De Leon to Cincinnati and (every week later) one other that despatched first baseman/outfielder Brian O’Grady to Tampa Bay. Both trades noticed the gamers exchanged for both money concerns or a participant to be named later, and right this moment’s information confirms that the 2 groups have agreed to just accept cash to finish the transactions.
Cincinnati optioned De Leon to the minors two weeks in the past, after the righty posted a 6.75 ERA over 2 2/3 Spring Training innings. When and if the season will get underway, the 27-year-old De Leon will proceed to work to get again to the shape that made him a highly-touted top-40 prospect previous to the 2016 and 2017 seasons. De Leon’s progress was halted, nevertheless, by Tommy John surgical procedure in March 2018. He returned to throw 56 minor league and 4 Major League innings in 2019.
O’Grady was additionally optioned to Triple-A simply earlier right this moment, which was anticipated on condition that the Rays have already got numerous left-handed hitting first base choices. O’Grady’s capacity to deal with all three outfield positions might find yourself being his clearer path to enjoying time in Tampa Bay, because the Rays are ceaselessly in search of gamers with defensive versatility. An eighth-round choose for the Reds within the 2014 draft, O’Grady made his MLB debut in 2019, making 48 plate appearances (and hitting .190/.292/.429) over 28 video games. The 27-year-old O’Grady has a .252/.354/.453 slash line over 2276 profession PA within the minor leagues.