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This Day in Reds History: Pokey Reese Dealt to Rockies

December 18, 2001: The Reds deal Gold Glove second baseman Pokey Reese and lefty reliever Dennys Reyes to the Colorado Rockies for pitchers Gabe White and Luke Hudson.

The very next day, on December 19, Reese is dealt by the Rockies to the Boston Red Sox for catcher Scott Hatteberg. Two days after that, on December 21, both Reese and Hatteberg are both non-tendered by their respective new teams and become free agents.

Baseball-reference.com reports that the Reds had tried to sign Reese to a four-year, $21 million contract in April, but that the deal was declined. The offer was made after Reese had won two consecutive Gold Gloves and had hit .285 and .255 after winning the second base job for the Reds. Reese had only hit above .239 twice in six minor league seasons, and never higher than .269, but had hit better than expected at the major league level. However, the 30 point drop from 1999 to 2000 continued in 2001 as Reese only hit .224 with nine home runs and a 627 OPS (58 OPS+) and the Reds decided to deal him rather than pay him the $3.2 million he made for the 2001 season. After the Red Sox released him, Reese signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in January for $1.75 million and battled back to a .264 average, but still a low 681 OPS (79 OPS+). He played two more seasons, one with the Red Sox, before retiring.

For Reese’s career, he hit .248 in eight seasons with 44 total home runs and a 659 OPS (68 OPS+). In five seasons with the Reds, Reese batted .250 with 36 home runs and a 671 OPS (70 OPS+).

Reyes had been a Reds reliever for four seasons, going 9-10 with a 4.39 ERA, with a 9.3 strikeout rate, but allowing 5.9 walks per nine innings pitched. Still active, he’s pitched for ten major league teams in 14 seasons, going 35-35 with a 4.18 ERA. In 669 career games, he’s struck out an average of 8.0 batters per nine innings, but has still allowed 4.9 walks per nine for his career. His best season came in 2006 for the Minnesota Twins when Reyes was 5-0 with an 0.89 ERA in 66 games.

The Reds had traded lefty reliever Gabe White to the Rockies for reliever Manny Aybar in 2000. White had difficulty with allowing gopher balls with the Reds in his first stint, serving up 17 homer in 98 innings in 1998. He did much better in his second stint with the Reds, having his best season in 2002 when he was 6-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 62 games, allowing only three home runs in 54 innings. He was later traded back to the Reds for a third stint with the team in 2004. Overall, White pitched in 11 different seasons, going 34-26 with a 4.51 ERA (105 ERA+). In parts of seven different seasons with the Reds, White was 18-12 with a 4.26 ERA.

Luke Hudson had battled injuries with the Rockies and continued to do so at every stop in his career. He gave Reds fans a ray of hope in 2004 when he was 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA in nine starts, but he fell back to 6-9 with a 6.38 ERA in 2005, allowing 14 home runs in 84 innings pitched and the Reds released him. He played his final two seasons with the Kansas City Royals. Hudson pitched in five career seasons, going 17-18 with a 5.11 ERA. In three seasons with the Reds, Hudson was 10-11 with a 4.92 ERA.

After being released by the Rockies, Hatteberg signed in January with the Oakland A’s, also for less money than he had earned the previous season. He converted to first base from catcher and became a reliable, if not spectacular left handed bat for the A’s. He was granted free agency and signed with the Reds in late fall of 2006. For his 14 year career, Hatteberg batted .273 with 106 home runs, and a .772 OPS (101 OPS+). Hatteberg played three seasons for the Reds, hitting .291 with 23 homers and an .823 OPS (109 OPS+).