We all expected it, but it’s finally official:

The Reds have filed a grievance against the Washington Nationals over the trade that brought sore-shouldered reliever Gary Majewski to Cincinnati last season.

The Reds contend that Nationals general manager Jim Bowden failed to inform them of Majewski’s shoulder problems when they got the right-hander as part of an eight-player deal last July 13.

Majewski has struggled since joining the Reds, and is in the minors this season.

Major League Baseball spokesman Patrick Courtney confirmed the grievance on Saturday. Baseball officials will gather information about the disputed deal, and could decide to let it stand or force the teams to amend it.

There is no timetable for resolving the dispute, which has been simmering since last August. Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky declined to comment on Saturday.

I don’t expect much to come of this…but it’s a shame that Jim Bowden has continued to screw the Reds even after his tenure here ended so unceremoniously.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

Join the conversation! 7 Comments

  1. Daughterty today on Bowden’s tenure in Cincy.

  2. What was Dr’ Kremcheck’s position with the Nationals? I’ve not ever seen that addressed publicly, but you’d think that would be a huge issue (and a potential reason the grievance goes nowhere.)

    Personally, I feel the grievance is smoke and mirrors to detract from the fact that Krivsky made a terrible move. Hopefully, he is not on the verge of doing the same thing with Edwin Encarnacion.

    I don’t know why I listen to WLW any more when the game is not on. Cutler had the “wonderful” idea of trading Adam Dunn for Burke and Lidge. So now, it’s a good idea to trade starting offensive players for relief pitchers who might benefit from a change of scenery?

  3. Did he really think the Astros would trade for Dunn when they have Berkman and Lee? Where would Dunn play?

    More on topic, I hope Majewski comes up and pitches well this year, making the point of the grievance moot.

  4. Did he really think the Astros would trade for Dunn when they have Berkman and Lee? Where would Dunn play? I don’t know. I didn’t listen to the whole thing. If I were the Astros GM, I’d accept that deal in a heartbeat, then figure out what to do.

    More on topic, I hope Majewski comes up and pitches well this year, making the point of the grievance moot. How does Majewski’s performance this year make the grievance moot?

    Bill – I think Daughtery’s article is dead on the money.

  5. Cutler’s a moron; I try to stear clear of him whenever possible

  6. The basis of the grievance should be that it cost the Reds the World Series last year? Had Majewski been healthy, the Reds win the division. If that horrible Cardinals team of last year could win it then so could have the Reds.

  7. Assuming that a healthy Majewski would have won the Reds the division last year is ascribing entirely too much value to a middle reliever.

    As is trading two members of your starting lineup for a couple of them.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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